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S.C. State’s Business Program in the College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences will celebrate its 41st annual Business Week Monday, March 25 through Thursday, March 28. This year’s theme is “Empowering the Community through Economic Development.”

Business Week is designed to bring the academic and business communities together by engaging students in various activities and topics that will have an impact on their professional and personal lives. It is also a time to recognize the accomplishments of students.

Dr. Barbara Adams, interim dean for the College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences, says that “as an AACSB-International accredited school, Business Week embodies our mission of preparing our graduates to compete in a competitive and diverse workplace.”

“We are excited about the 2013 Business Week and invite everyone to join us in our celebration,” says Dr. Guohua Ma, assistant professor of business administration. Dr. Ma and Dr. Ann S. Winstead, coordinator of the Leadership and Professional Development Program at SC State University, planned the 41st annual Business Week activities. For additional information, contact Dr. Ma at 803-531-8173.

The following activities are scheduled for Business Week 2013:

10 a.m. Monday, March 25

* Kick-off session featuring Gregg Robinson, executive director, Orangeburg County Economic Development Commission. The topic will be “The State of Economic Development in Orangeburg County.” Location: Belcher Hall’s fourth floor auditorium.

2 p.m. Monday, March 25

* Panel Discussions: (1) Infrastructure/Regulation Issues — location, traffic, roads, logistics, public transportation, taxes. Led by Dr. Harry Miley, president, Miley and Associates and visiting professor, S.C. State University. (2) Financing Issues — venture capitalism, bank loans, personal financing, other source borrowing Led by Hugh Workman, asset manager, Solace Financial LLC, Charlotte, N.C. (3) Environmental Concerns — Air and Water Quality Issues. Led by Dr. Adrienne Cooper, associate vice president, Research and Economic Development, S.C. State. Topic: “Factors that Influence Economic Recovery and Small Business Development.” Location: Belcher Hall’s fourth floor auditorium.

12 p.m. Tuesday, March 26

* Business Community Luncheon — Dr. Harry Miley, president, Miley and Associates and SCSU visiting professor, will speak on the topic “South Carolina Economies.” Location: Presidents’ State Room.

2 p.m. Tuesday, March 26

* Adolphus Johnson, president, New America Inc., will speak on the topic “Path to Financial Independence.” Location: Belcher Hall’s fourth floor auditorium.

2 p.m. Wednesday, March 27

* Executive Speaker Series — Robert Barnett, associate vice president, Workforce, Education and Manufacturing Policy, S.C. Chamber of Commerce will speak on the topic “The Role of Business and Government in Workforce Readiness.” Location: Belcher Hall’s fourth floor auditorium.

2 p.m. Wednesday, March 27

* Writing Competition in Belcher Hall.

9 a.m. Thursday, March 28

* Study Abroad Fair in the foyer of Belcher Hall.

12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28

* “Taste of the World” International Food Sampling in Belcher Hall’s foyer.

3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28

* International Student Forum/Brain Bowl Activity. Location: Belcher Hall’s third floor development center.

6 p.m. Thursday, March 28

* Awards Dinner featuring Karen R. Jenkins, president and chief executive officer of KRJ Consulting LLC. Topic: “Financial Empowerment for Business Success — How to Get There from Here.” Location: K.W. Green Student Center’s Bulldog Lounge.

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