Entrepreneur Academy to begin at Alcorn Expansion

Published 8:50 am Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Pearlie Goodman has taught school for more than 30 years, and to help her get a focus on what she wants to do after retiring as an educator, she participated in Entrepreneur Academy, a 10-session program offered at the Alcorn State University Vicksburg Expansion Center.

Goodman said she participated in the first session that Alcorn offered and though she has not started her business yet — feels like she benefited from the program.

“I got a lot from the sessions and it has given me a little bit of a start in what I would like to do,” she said.

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Goodman added that she would recommend the program to others, and beginning Feb. 9 Alcorn’s second offering of the academy is scheduled.

The 10-session program includes instruction on how to develop a business plan, how to brand your business and what it takes to obtain permits and licenses, said Smith.

“I didn’t know how to set up an LLC (Limited Liability Company),” said Goodman, and during Entrepreneur Academy participants are introduced to the private limited company style business structure.

“Entrepreneur Academy is for someone who wants to start a business or for those that have just opened a business,” said Raneisha Smith, the technology assistant at the Vicksburg campus.

Question and answer sessions will be offered during the program along with hands-on projects and power point lectures, Smith said.

“Instruction in QuickBooks and how to pay employees will be covered during one of the sessions and business owners are scheduled to talk about their own businesses,” she said.

With aspirations of starting a catering business, Quincy Steed participated in the fall session of the academy and said hearing from local business owners was beneficial.

“Some people in the community came and spoke and they had lots of information to share,” Steed said.

Spring classes are held from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays and the registration fee is $25, which includes a binder and weekly handouts.

A small ceremony is held at the conclusion of the program and certificates are awarded to those who have participated, Smith said.

Entrepreneur Academy is also eligible for Continuing Education Units.

To register or for more information, call 601-629-3538.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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