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The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship to offer no cost executive programs in St. Petersburg

Calvin Burrows



Pictured from left to right: Jeff Single, Boca Restaurant, Lenise Germany, Livy O’s Catering, Alicia Emidy, White Whale Solutions Photographer – Matthew Yoder, myiconography Photo Credit: Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship

The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, part of Florida State University’s College of Business, offers its Small Business Executive Program (SBEP) and Nonprofit Executive Program (SBEP) at no cost to eligible applicants each fall and spring in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area. 

The Jim Moran Institute’s  SBEP helps for-profit business leaders work on their businesses while accommodating their busy schedules. Participants learn the Business Model Canvas and are given tools to emerge as more influential leaders ready to capitalize on business opportunities. 

The NPEP helps nonprofit business leaders develop long-term strategies and action plans to capitalize on future opportunities. Both programs expose participants to industry experts in marketing, exit strategy, financial analysis, and other essential business topics.

“We want to help small business owners and nonprofit leaders work on their business rather than working in their business,” said Shane Smith, director of Central Florida Operations at the Jim Moran Institute. “We highly encourage small business owners in the Tampa/St. Pete metro area to apply and take time out of their daily schedule to prioritize working on the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. Our program speakers will share tools to help businesses grow and sustain their operations, while also covering planning and strategic resources focused on Covid-19 related issues.”

The upcoming SBEP and NPEP programs will be held virtually, with all class sessions presented via Zoom. The program consists of eight sessions, each focusing on a particular aspect of growing and managing a small business. Starting in September and running through December, the sessions will be held every week from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Funded by The Jim Moran Foundation and Jim and Jan Moran, the program is offered at no cost to participants.

The application deadline for the upcoming virtual SBEP and NPEP in St. Petersburg is Monday, Aug. 31. CEOs, small business owners, and nonprofit leaders operating for three years or more and with five or more employees are eligible. All applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on August 31 to be considered.

Please note that the programs’ dates and structure are subject to change as the Jim Moran Institute continues to monitor the current Covid-19 guidelines from public health officials.

For more information about the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship’s Central Florida Operations, including other programs and events, contact Smith at

Free Executive Programs

Offered at no cost to participants, the applications for the upcoming St. Petersburg Small Business Executive Program and Nonprofit Executive Program close on August 31.

To apply for the Small Business Executive Program, please click here.

To apply for the Nonprofit Executive Program, please click here.


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