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Alum to offer advice on starting businesses

By Melissa Wray
On November 17, 2011

  • Crews work to clean up the wreckage from the Norfolk Southerm train that derailed near the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Mendenhall on Sunday, Feb. 5. Christopher Whitten

The University of Memphis' Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation will host  "Lunch With an Entrepreneur" on Monday at noon in room 326 of the FedEx Institute of Technology.

Though the event and lunch are both free, it is preferred that students, faculty and staff register online for the event to secure a spot.

The guest speaker will be Jason Gillum, a graduate of The U of M's Fogelman College of Business and Economics.

Gillum is also the founder and owner of a multi-million staffing and solutions firm called Millennium Search.

During the lunch, he will share his personal experiences and success stories, as well as offer advice on how students can build their own successful businesses.

Marybeth Collins, graduate assistant for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, said it was those exact qualities that drove her and the other graduate assistants to contact Gillum to get him to participate as a guest speaker.

"His organization has established some important relationships with other Memphis-based organizations," she said.

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a newly-formed program whose sole purpose is to help residents of Shelby County with their plans to establish their businesses.

Graduate assistant Chad Holmes said he hopes people who attend the lunch will gain inspiration, hope and tactics from hearing Gillum's success story.

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