CLEVELAND, Miss. — Dominique Killens, a senior Management major and member of the DSU football team, will serve on a student panel at the Mississippi Entrepreneurship Forum on April 12 in Hattiesburg. Killens is a student entrepreneur who has started two businesses during his time at DSU and will speak about his experiences at the conference. Killens will graduate in May and begin the MBA program this fall.
Christy Sledge, Instructor in Marketing said, “Dominique is an energetic student athlete with a passion for entrepreneurship. He has been dedicated to pursuing a small business all while completing his degree and playing football at Delta State University. I look forward to seeing how Dominique emerges as a leader and small business owner in Mississippi.”
Leading entrepreneurs, economic developers, innovators, and future business owners will participate in the Forum. The Honorable Michael Watson, Mississippi Secretary of State, will speak on Wednesday afternoon and Dr. Joe Paul, President of The University of Southern Mississippi, will give welcome remarks on Thursday morning. Panel discussions on Technology, Commercialization, and Innovation; and Mississippi’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem will be included in the agenda. In addition to the panels, the Forum offers opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs to network with owners of thriving businesses and gain valuable, practical tips for establishing and building a successful business. Now in its eighth year, the Forum is part of the Catalyzing Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Initiative, funded by a financial gift from the Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation. Previous events have been held in Clarksdale, Tupelo, Greenwood, Oxford, Jackson, Ridgeland, and Vicksburg. The 2021 forum was held virtually due to COVID-19.
A complete list of sponsors, including colleges and universities in Mississippi, and additional information about the 2022 Mississippi Entrepreneurship Forum is available on the MEF website.
Over 200 attendees are expected at this year’s MEF, including several members of DSU’s faculty and staff.