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The Jim Moran Institute becomes member of prestigious "Leadership Circle"

Tallahassee, FL- The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship in the Florida State University College of Business earned a revered spot as a member of The Leadership Circle, a group of nationally-acclaimed, university-based entrepreneurship centers that are dedicated to the advancement of entrepreneurship. The Leadership Circle is affiliated with the prestigious Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC).

In joining this prestigious group, the Jim Moran Institute has made a substantial commitment to support the expansion of entrepreneurship education. The Institute has pledged to collaborate, communicate, and jointly-advance excellence in entrepreneurship, further demonstrating its commitment to cultivate, train, and inspire entrepreneurial leaders. Collectively, the Leadership Circle member universities represent the very best in entrepreneurship education and research. Through the membership, the Jim Moran Institute and the Florida State University College of Business join the ranks of highly-renowned member-centers, such as the Arthur M. Blank Entrepreneurship Center at Babson College, the Falcone Center at Syracuse University, the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at USC, and the Heather and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA.

"The Jim Moran Institute and the Florida State University College of Business are committed to cultivating, training and inspiring entrepreneurial leaders," said Dr. Tim Holcomb, executive director of the Jim Moran Institute. "We are very proud of our accomplishments over the last 15 years and we are excited to be recognized with other premier centers that are making a real impact in the world of entrepreneurship."

Founded in 1996, the GCEC provides a coordinated vehicle through which participating members can collaborate, communicate and jointly advance excellence in entrepreneurship. Today, the GCEC stands as the premier organization addressing emerging topics and issues of importance to university-based entrepreneurship centers in the U.S. and abroad. The consortium is comprised of over 200 university-based entrepreneurship centers ranging in age from well-established and nationally-ranked to new and emerging centers, and stands as the premier leadership organization addressing the emerging topics of importance to centers for entrepreneurship around the world.

To learn more about the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, please visit http://www.jmi.fsu.edu/. For more information on the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, please visit http://www.nationalconsortium.org/index.cfm.

About the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship
The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at The Florida State University was established in 1995 through generous donations from automobile industry legend Jim Moran, his wife Jan, and JM Family Enterprises, Inc and supplemented with a major grant from the State of Florida to create a fully-funded endowment. Its mission is to cultivate, train and inspire entrepreneurial leaders in the community through world-class education, leading-edge research and applied training, intensive consulting assistance and mentorship to entrepreneurs and business owners, and public recognition. The dedicated staff of entrepreneurship professionals, academic scholars, and staff foster the entrepreneurship spirit by helping to organize, expand and promote the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship in such a way as to facilitate new business and to further the goals of established businesses. Our faculty and staff provide students, faculty, aspiring entrepreneurs, and business owners the tools and expertise necessary to develop strategies that establish and sustain advantages for businesses in today's competitive marketplace and to creatively pursue new opportunities and innovations involving the startup of new business ventures. Through degree and certificate programs in entrepreneurship, outreach programs that reach across Florida and throughout the world, and complementary activities such as half-day workshops and a speaker series, the Jim Moran Institute currently serves more than 1,000 undergraduates and about 200 businesses each year.

For more information contact:
Lindsay Potvin
(850) 644-7840 office; lpotvin@cob.fsu.edu

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