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The Jim Moran Institute names new director for South Florida outreach

The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship has named Jennifer Brin Kovach the director of its South Florida Outreach Division.

Kovach will provide assistance and consulting services to small businesses and nonprofit organizations -- placing special attention on organizations in economically distressed areas of South Florida.  She will also facilitate and build community and business partnerships, provide coaching and training, and foster communication among community organizations and businesses with the goal of helping sustain and grow operations.

“We are excited to have Jennifer join our outreach efforts,” said Randy Blass, director of The Jim Moran Institute at the Florida State University College of Business. “She has the management skills required to cultivate business partnerships and a background in nonprofit work, which will allow her to understand the needs and inner workings of the diverse array of community and civic organizations in the South Florida area.”

 Kovach’s professional background includes extensive leadership roles in small business development and the non-profit industry.  Most recently, Kovach served a five-year term as director of the Florida Women’s Business Center (FWBC), an entrepreneur resource center in South Florida dedicated to helping area women start or grow their businesses. She helped secure $500,000 in long-term grant funding and increased training and counseling services.  During her tenure she served as the state coordinator of the Women’s Economic Development Outreach Conference, the workshop committee chair of the Palm Beach Partners Business Matchmaker Conference and Expo, and co-chair of the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s W.O.M.E.N. Committee.

“The Jim Moran Institute has such a diverse range of services to help small businesses and nonprofits,” said Kovach.  “It is exciting to help deliver those services to the South Florida community.  I look forward to bringing together as many South Florida economic development, non-profit and business organizations as possible to ensure success for local entrepreneurs and small businesses.” 

Prior to her employment with the FWBC, she served as the director of Program and Community Service for Family Service Inc. where she wrote several grants and introduced business development, organizational and cost management initiatives. Earlier in her career, Kovach worked for Kids in Distress, where she began as a program supervisor and later was promoted to a staffing coordinator. She began her professional career at the Children’s Home Society Intercoastal Division, where she provided counseling to families.

Kovach earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Florida State University and an MBA from Florida Atlantic University.  A native of South Florida, she has participated as a volunteer and in philanthropic endeavors at such notable organizations as the Junior League, United Way, American Red Cross, Ronald McDonald House and as a board member of Family Central.

About The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship

The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at 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 and with additional funding from The Jim Moran Foundation. 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 team 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 creatively pursue new opportunities and innovations involving the start-up 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.

The South Florida Outreach Division seeks to expand The Jim Moran Institute program and services into South Florida and include one-on-one consulting, seminars and CEO roundtables, and an annual business conference.  To learn more about the Jim Moran Institute’s South Florida Outreach Division call 954-228-3082, email: jkovach@fsu.edu or visit our website at www.jmi.fsu.edu.

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