HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of high school students from across Mississippi were at Southern Miss-sponsored events Tuesday which gave them a "crash course" on what it's like to start and grow a business. They participated in Symposium 2 of USM's annual Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP).
It's focus was on basic market research, proper business etiquette and professional networking.
USM's Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education has been sponsoring the series since 2007.
"It introduces them, really, to the heartbreak of being an entrepreneur, but also the possible successes of being an entrepreneur," said James Wilcox, director of the Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education. "So, we try to make it as comprehensive as possible," he said.
"It's taught me to never give up," said Ondrea Ladner, a senior at Poplarville High School. "(It's taught me) if someone tells you no, or if you do get stuck somewhere, to just keep going," she said.
Symposium 1 dealt with basics of entrepreneurship.
Symposium 3, scheduled for next month, will give competing students a chance to present their business ideas to experts.
The winners will take part in an upcoming state competition at USM.