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Delta State to offer First Steps to Starting a Business workshop

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Delta State University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host First Steps to Starting a Business workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, July 22, at the Henry M. Seymour Library, 201 Cypress Drive in Indianola.

 

Christie Sledge, director of the Small Business Development Center at Delta State, will be the featured speaker.

 

Are you interested in starting your own business, but dont know where to begin? This seminar outlines the basic steps to start a business. Topics include: regulations such as licenses and permits; legal forms of business ownership; basic marketing concepts to help analyze the revenue potential; lending terminology; outline for a business plan and other resources to assist in starting a business.

 

Registration is required for all workshops.

 

Delta State Universitys SBDC is a member of the Mississippi Small Business Development Centers (MSBDC) network and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. MSBDC has assisted Mississippi businesses since 1981. 

 

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance by calling (662) 846-4236 or by mail to the Delta State University MSBDC at P.O. Box 3235, Cleveland, MS 38733.

 

The workshop is free and open to the public. If you would like to attend and to reserve a seat, contact the Delta State SBDC at (662) 846-4236 or e-mail dsusbdc@deltastate.edu.

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Delta State to offer ‛Money Sources For Your Small Business workshop

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Delta State University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will offer a “Money Sources For Your Small Business” workshop from 2- 4 p.m., Tuesday, July 20, in Room 271 of Broom Hall on the campus.

 

Christie Sledge, director of the Small Business Development Center at Delta State, will be the featured speaker.

 

This seminar explores ways to finance a business. Topics include steps in securing a bank loan, SBA Guaranty Loan Programs, Planning and Development District financing, how to compare financing sources, what the lender wants in a proposal and how your credit score impacts your ability to secure financing.

 

Delta State University’s SBDC is a member of the Mississippi Small Business Development Centers (MSBDC) network and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. MSBDC has assisted Mississippi businesses since 1981. 

 

Registration is required for all workshops.

 

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance by calling (662) 846-4236 or by mail to the Delta State University MSBDC at P.O. Box 3235, Cleveland, MS 38733.

 

The workshop is free and open to the public. If you would like to attend and to reserve a seat, contact the Delta State SBDC at (662) 846-4236 or e-mail dsusbdc@deltastate.edu.

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Robertson scholars hold Josie Robertson Day of Service

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Greg
McCoy (far left), director of the Sunflower County Freedom Project, and Luther Brown (front row, far left), director of the Delta State Delta Center are pictured with the Robertson Scholars and students of the Sunflower County Freedom Project during the Josie Robertson Day of Service on the campus of Delta State University. 

 

 

Twenty-two Robertson Scholars from the University of North Carolina (UNC) and Duke University recently dedicated a day of service in the Mississippi Delta in her honor of Josie Robertson, who died this past year. 

The Robertson Scholars Program was created in 2000 through a $24 million gift from Julian Robertson, a 1955 graduate of UNC and his wife Josie. Inspired by their sons, one of whom graduated from Duke in 1998 and another who graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2001, the Robertson’s wanted to encourage further collaboration between the two universities. The establishment of this innovative program, which recruits and supports undergraduates on both campuses, was designed to serve as a catalyst for increased collaboration between students, faculty, and staff of the two universities.

 

The Scholars are engaged in summer internships in four locations:  Appalachian Kentucky, New Orleans, Atlanta, and the Mississippi Delta.

 

They converged on Cleveland to sort through thousands of books that have been sent to the Delta by the Harry Potter Alliance to be distributed through charities across the Delta. They were assisted in this Herculean task by students of the Sunflower County Freedom Project, and the service activities were coordinated by Jessica Broadus and Tori Wilmarth, the two Robertson Scholars who are interning in the Delta State University Delta Center for Culture and Learning this summer.

 

Following their day of service, the group was given a Delta Heritage tour lead by Delta Center staff, which included stops at Dockery Farms, the grave of Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer, and historic Mound Bayou. 

 

During the tour they talked about the Delta’s agricultural heritage and its rightful claim to being the birthplace of both the Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll. The Scholars also visited Po’ Monkey’s Lounge, hosted a potluck dinner for the Greenville Renaissance Scholars, ate a lot of Mississippi Delta catfish, and spent a night dancing to the Blues at Red’ Lounge in Clarksdale. 

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Delta Music Institute Summer Camp presents concert

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Adam McPhail of Hattiesburg, and Starlin Browning of Pontotoc, rehearse for Saturday night’s DMI Summer Camp concert.

 


 

Students attending the fourth annual Delta Music Institute (DMI) Summer Camp will present a free concert of commercial music at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 17, in the Bologna Performing Arts Center (BPAC) on the campus of Delta State University.

The concert will include material from the rock and soul genres, along with several original songs created by the camp’s songwriting students.

Eighteen students ages 15-18 from across the state of Mississippi are participating in the 2010 DMI Summer Camp. The intensive six-day residential camp experience explores three music career tracks, including audio engineering, performance, and songwriting that are integrated together, culminating in a recording session at the DMI studios and showcase performance at the BPAC. Instructors for the DMI camp are Delta Music Institute faculty members along with visiting music industry professionals.

The Delta Music Institute is a first step towards an extensive program in Music Industry Studies at Delta State. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, business, and creative areas of the music industry.

The concert is open to the public. Supporters of young musicians are encouraged to attend and enjoy the show.

For more information, call the DMI office at (662) 846-4579.

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Delta State Named to Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service

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Delta State University has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll joining Mississippi State University and the University of Southern Mississippi as the only public universities in the state to be recognized for this honor

 

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary, innovative, and effective community service programs. 

 

Delta State’s Delta Center for Culture and Learning through its Office of Student and Community Engagement and the Delta Volunteers (a United Way agency) sponsored service events in January to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and in March, when it offered an Alternative Spring Break service project. The Delta Center also sponsored the Lighthouse Heritage After-School Program at D.M. Smith Middle School, which provided tutoring, arts and heritage activities to low income students. Delta State has long been a leader in service-learning and civic engagement in the community. Last year, 1,379 students clocked 56,833 service hours.  Delta State also offers around 25 courses each semester that incorporate service into the curriculum. For more information about the Delta Center call 662-846-4311.

 

"I am pleased that Delta State has, once again, been recognized to receive this prestigious honor” stated Dr. John Hilpert, President of Delta State University. “Receiving national recognition is very rewarding and confirms the strong commitment of our faculty and students to promote community involvement and participate in such worthwhile initiatives.”

 

The Honor Roll recognizes a wide diversity of higher education institutions for their community service programs, practices, and community partnerships. It is administered by Learn and Serve America at the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development. Many higher education associations, including Campus Compact and the American Council on Education, also support and promote the Honor Roll.

 

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. The Corporation administers Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America, a program that supports service-learning in schools, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations. For more information, go to www.nationalservice.gov.