CIE Asks You to Vote for Operation Jumpstart

Cape Girardeau’s Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) has been nominated for an award for its Operation Jumpstart program. The winner is selected based upon which entry receives the most votes. The CIE is urging the community to help them secure this award by voting for them on this website:

Voting closes April 13 at 4 p.m. CST
The award is  “What Works in Supporting Entrepreneurship in Communities” a U.S. Sourcelink Innovative Practices Challenge

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Operation JumpStart was created in 2006 by the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The program has gained national recognition for its success in accelerating microenterprise creation. In the last several years over 680 individuals in rural communities in Missouri, Tennessee, and Illinois have completed the Operation JumpStart program leading to the immediate creation of over 250 new businesses.

In 2011, Operation JumpStart became the exclusive national distributor of the Kauffman Foundation’s First Step FastTrac program. Operation JumpStart is now supporting microenterprise development organizations across the United States. The CIE also partnered with the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) to create a network of Operation JumpStart affiliates in the 252 counties and parishes in the eight states served by the DRA. A network approaching 150 organizations has been developed and it is anticipated that in 2012 this network will provide Operation JumpStart training to over 1,000 aspiring entrepreneurs in this economically distressed region.

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