MISSION

To foster business, community, and workforce development and facilitate the process of innovation to enhance the regional economy and support the transfer of institutional knowledge and resources derived from within the University to the external environment to create new, high-value jobs, positive economic and social benefits, and advance entrepreneurship.

HISTORY

In 2003, the Innovation Center and closely allied nonprofit organization Missouri Research Corporation were launched to support Southeast Missouri State University’s strategic priority to advance the region’s economic appeal and strength by accelerating local and regional economic growth and development. Over the next several years, those entities’ efforts included offering business development services, business incubator space, entrepreneurial training, access to capital, research and technical assistance, and more.

In 2006, the entities partnered with the Kauffman Foundation and the Delta Regional Authority to offer trainings for aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs in Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

By 2011, there had been over 600 participants trained through the program resulting in 281 new businesses. The Kauffman Foundation then joined with the nonprofit to continue the development and distribution of the program nationwide to over 150 affiliate organizations.

In 2013, the U.S. Department of Commerce awarded the entities with designation as an Economic Development Administration (EDA) University Center and the nonprofit was renamed the Missouri Innovation Corporation (MIC) to reflect its development into more entrepreneurial and economic development activity. With this rapid growth of both outreach and student-focused efforts, there was a separation to better serve each group resulting in the now Economic and Business Engagement Center primarily serving the external community.

PARTNERS
U.S. Small Business Administration

 

America's SBDC

 

Economic Development Administration

 

USDA

 

Missouri Department of Economic Development

 

Missouri Technology Corporation

 

Missouri Association of Councils of Government

 

Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers

 

Delta Entrepreneurship Network

 

Delta Regional Authority

 

InnovateU

 

Crystal Jones, PCED

Crystal Jones, PCED

Director

Certifications• Professional Community & Economic Developer, Community Development Institute
• Delta Leadership Institute, Delta Regional Authority
• Executive Education, Harvard Kennedy School

cgjones@semo.edu
(573) 651-5956

Christy Mershon

Christy Mershon

Assistant Director of Continuing Education

cmershon@semo.edu
(573) 986-6879

Jakob Pallesen

Jakob Pallesen

SBTDC Counselor

Certifications• Certified Global Business Professional, NASBITE
• LivePlan Expert Advisor
• Economic Gardening, Edward Lowe Foundation
• EMSI Certified, Economic Modeling Specialists International

jpallesen@semo.edu
(573) 651-5156

Gabrielle Penca

Gabrielle Penca

Project Coordinator

gpenca@semo.edu
(573) 986-6085

Kelli Behrle

Kelli Behrle

Project Coordinator

Certifications• Economic Development Strategies Certification, Delta Regional Authority
kbehrle@semo.edu
(573) 651-2287

Andrew Chronister

Andrew Chronister

Ag Tech Coordinator

Certifications• FAA Remote Pilot Certification
achronister@semo.edu
(573) 651-2929

John Gruidl, Ph.D.

John Gruidl, Ph.D.

Senior Research Analyst

jgruidl@semo.edu
(573) 651-2929

Michael King

Michael King

Continuing Education Program Technician

Certifications• Apple Teacher
• Social Marketing Certification, Hootsuite Academy

mdking@semo.edu
(573) 986-6436

Kalya Ray

Kalya Ray

SBTDC Graduate Assistant

Certifications• QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor
• LivePlan Expert Advisor
• Microsoft Office Excel Certified

sbtdc@semo.edu
(573) 651-6084

Courtney Beattie

Courtney Beattie

SBTDC Student Consultant

sbtdc@semo.edu
(573) 651-6084

CONTACT US

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