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*Media Advisory* Entrepreneurship


WHAT: "Entrepreneurship: Where Practice and Theory Meet, " will bring together practitioners and researchers from across the nation to discuss current research and best practices for creating successful new ventures and vibrant rural economies.

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 7, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Sheraton St. Louis City Center Hotel
400 S. 14th Street
Downtown St. Louis

Who: The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, the McQuinn Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Missouri, University of Missouri Extension Community Economic & Entrepreneurial Development (ExCEED), and the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI)

Keynote speakers will be:

Elaine Edgcomb, director of the Aspen Institute Microenterprise Fund for Innovation, Effectiveness, Learning and Dissemination (FIELD). Previously, she served for 13 years as the founding executive director of the Small Enterprise Education and Promotion Network, an association of more than 40 U.S. and Canadian nonprofit organizations that support small business and microenterprise development in the developing world.

Deborah M. Markley is managing director and director of research for RUPRI's Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, a national research and policy center.

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