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Drury University’s Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation will host its first Minority Entrepreneurship Conference on Oct. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Trustee Science Center.

The conference will provide an opportunity for minority entrepreneurs to learn basic entrepreneurship skills, hear about contracting with the government and specific funding opportunities and network with other entrepreneurs and professionals that can help with their businesses.

“The addition of the Minority Entrepreneurship Conference is a natural fit with our mission both at the Edward Jones Center and Drury at large,” said Kelley Still, executive director of the EJC.

“Our relationships with the minority community are very important to us and have allowed us to develop meaningful programming for entrepreneurs in the community,” Still said.

The conference will highlight these keynote speakers

• Alan Green, director of the office of supplier and workforce diversity for the state of Missouri

• Lester Woods, external civil rights director for the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Other sessions will include:

• Minority entrepreneur success stories
• Marketing with social media
• Business plan basics
• Understanding financial statements
• Working with your banker
• Social entrepreneurship through nonprofits
• Legal Aspects of Your Business

In addition to these sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to visit booths of potential business partners including bankers, accountants, insurance brokers, attorneys and marketing professionals.

One-on-one sessions will also be available for those seeking further advice.

The cost of the conference is $50.

For more information or to register for the conference, visit