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Millsaps Executive Forum--Tues, Nov 19th at Butler Snow 7:30a-10a

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First Amazon Academy event in U.S. scheduled Nov. 1 in Southaven

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MISSISSIPPI ENTREPRENEURSHIP FORUM SET FOR APRIL 2-3, 2020 IN VICKSBURG

MISSISSIPPI ENTREPRENEURSHIP FORUM SET FOR APRIL 2-3, 2020 IN VICKSBURG

The 2020 Mississippi Entrepreneurship Forum will be held Thursday and Friday, April 2-3, 2020 at the Vicksburg Convention Center. The event will bring together leading entrepreneurs, economic developers, innovators, and future business owners to learn more about the current entrepreneurial climate and the future of entrepreneurship in Mississippi.

For the first time, the MEF will host a Student Business Pitch Competition that will take place on April 2, 2020.

Sponsored by the University of Mississippi’s McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, the event is part of the Catalyzing Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED) initiative which is funded from a generous financial gift from the Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation. Now in its sixth year, the Mississippi Entrepreneurship Forum will provide working opportunities for aspiring business owners and thriving entrepreneurs to share practical and immediately useful information about building a business.

Additionally, attendees will hear best practices of successful case studies and learn more about resources and strategies available to entrepreneurs from institutions of higher education in Mississippi and other key organizations.

Panels on technology and innovation, student entrepreneurship, and the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem also will be conducted on April 3, 2020.

Previous Forums have been held in Clarksdale, Tupelo, Greenwood, Oxford, and Jackson.

MEF planning committee members include Allyson Best (University of Mississippi); Tasha Bibb (Innovate Mississippi); John Brandon (Mississippi College); Dr. Marty Brock (Mississippi University for Women); Ty Durham (Millsaps College); Saundra McFarland (Jackson State University); Janice Karcher (ERDCWERX); Dr. JR Love (University of Mississippi); Nash Nunnery (Mississippi Development Authority); Dr. Sheriece Robinson (Mississippi Community College Board); Jeffrey Rupp (Mississippi State University); Will Tabor (Mississippi Community College Board); James Wilcox (University of Southern Mississippi), and Dr. Glendscene Williams (Delta State University).

For more information about the 2020 Mississippi Entrepreneurship Forum, please go to meforum.olemiss.edu, or contact JR Love at jrlove@olemiss.edu or Tasha Bibb at tbibb@innovate.ms.

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MDHS issues request for proposals on $36 million in services across Mississippi

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                                 MDHS Request for Proposals

MDHS issues request for proposals on $36 million in services across Mississippi

As part of its ongoing commitment to helping Mississippi families move from a state of crisis to a state of self-sufficiency, the Mississippi Department of Human Services is requesting proposals to provide services in low income, at-risk areas of the state.

The agency will primarily invest Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant dollars, in concert with public and private partners to fund the programs.

“These programs are further examples of our commitment to providing families in their greatest time of need with a greater chance to succeed,” said Christopher Freeze, MDHS Executive Director. “We will continually look for ways to efficiently use resources available to assist children and families in need pursue happy and productive lives.”

The RFPs will provide services in the following areas:

Funding for non-profit organizations to implement After School Program Activities in multiple locations, with a priority given to entities that target children and youth attending schools in high poverty/low performing schools or at-risk youth attending schools in high poverty areas where high juvenile justice referrals take place. Emphasis will be placed on assisting students who have been truant, suspended, or expelled to improve academic achievement. The programs will also focus on literacy; academic tutoring services and remedial education activities; career exploration assessment and activities; leadership and personal development; and work-based learning activities. Funding will be in an amount not to exceed $15 million.

Effectively and cost-efficiently provide a broad spectrum of Family Dynamics services throughout the State of Mississippi. The purpose of this initiative is to train, educate, encourage, and assist parents in meeting the nurturing, financial, growth and development needs of their children. Funding will be in an amount not to exceed $6 million.

Effectively and cost-efficiently provide quality Workforce Training and Education Programs throughout the entire State of Mississippi. The programs will provide education and workforce training programs that target youth ages 16 to 24 and adults ages 18 to 59 who are unemployed or underemployed, by providing adult education, career and technical education and workforce training programs. Funding will be in an amount not to exceed $15 million.

For more information on the request for proposals, go to the Mississippi Department of Human Services website at https://www.mdhs.ms.gov/subgrant-procurement.



 


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