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March 26, 2018
USM Small Business Development Council Special Workshop

The USM SBDC is uniquely privileged to host a special workshop on Protecting Your Intellectual Property, Copyrights, Patents and Trademarks in Small Business. This  event will be presented by renowned intellectual property attorney Jeremy Smith of Bradley, Arant, Boult and Cummings  Law Firm.
Please, feel invited to join us for this one-of-a-kind presentation and event. Jeremy is an unparalleled resource for the MS SBDC,  and a captivating presenter. 

Event is No Charge but Please Register:
www.mssbdc.org and click on the "Workshop Schedule" icon or 
Call: 601-266-5892
Thursday, March 29 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
USM Trent Lott National Center
6197 Hwy 49 South, Hattiesburg
First Floor, Classroom 101/102

The Gulf Coast and USM SBDC are members of the Mississippi Small Business Development Centers (MSBDC) network. MSBDC has assisted Mississippi businesses since 1981. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. GC Contact: Connie Whitt - 1636 Popps Ferry Road, Suite 207, Biloxi, MS 39532 - Email: gcsbdc@olemiss.edu or Phone: 228.396.8661. USM Contact: Rita Mitchell - 118 College Drive #5191, Room 224, Hattiesburg, MS 39406 - 0001Email: rita.a.mitchell@eagles.usm.org or Phone: 601.266.5892.

The Mississippi Small Business Development Center is an accredited member of America's Small Business Development Centers and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration through The University of Mississippi. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA, The University of Mississippi or The University of Southern Mississippi.
MSED Alum Speaks Post-Disaster Economic Development Recovery to Emergency Managers

LONG BEACH, Calif. - David E. Leiva (MS ED '13) was a bronze finalist in the international poster competition at the recent International Association of Emergency Managers annual conference in Long Beach, Calif.

His poster was entitled "What went wrong in Greensburg, Kansas? A cautionary tale on post-disaster recovery from an economic development perspective." The poster was built around the thesis he completed as a graduate student in the program. The thesis was regarding a small Midwest town that rebuilt after a 2007 EF-5 tornado and boasted the highest concentration of LEED Platinum buildings in the country years later. Leiva revisited Greensburg last summer to update his research.

At the same conference held in November, Leiva presented an hour-long presentation on his subject to about 80 emergency managers. The city has not been able to attract one green technology company in over a decade and a business park remains empty. During a lively question and answer session, Leiva suggested Greensburg should abandon its green economic development effort and return to its historical roots as a transportation hub on US Route 54 which runs through the city. He offered the same opinion to city officials in July 2017 during his visit. His topic was considered timely because of the recent spat of major disasters and their long-term recovery prospects.

David now works with the U.S. Navy on an economic development project concerning the use of the Port of Gulfport as a strategic seaport. The Port is one of only 17 nationwide and the continues to emphasize the importance of the Southeastern Defense Corridor to facilitate major global defense shipments and activities.
Economic Development for Defense Communities Course

The well-received ED 711 Economic Development for Defense Communities course will be offered again in summer 2018 from June 4th to July 29th. The on-line course is designed for economic developers whose economy is defense dependent and for military personnel involved with civilian affairs, logistics, and procurement. The course makes extensive use of data analytics to understand the defense industry and how to diversify local economies, and includes topics such as the military in the national economy; the social, economic and community impacts of the defense industry; defense contractors and the DoD procurement process; shifts in defense procurement and tools for measuring the economic impacts and mapping the supply chains of the defense industry. The course is taught by Dr. Ed Bee, President and founder of Taimerica Management Company. He has extensive economic development experience with the DoD including community support of the Tinker Air Logistics Center, the Corpus Christi Army Depot, and the Corpus Christi Homeport. Bee has also worked with communities to support DoD needs during the construction of the Kings Bay Submarine Base and the expansion of Ft. Stewart, Georgia.
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Hattiesburg, MS 39401-0001