The Jim Moran Institute Hosts 7th Annual Business & Leadership Conference In Fort Lauderdale

Jun 29, 2017

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship in the Florida State University College of Business hosted its 7th Annual Jim Moran Institute Business & Leadership Conference June 21 to June 22 at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center. The conference provided high-level executive training and networking opportunities to entrepreneurs, business leaders, and non-profit executives.

New York Times best-selling author and entrepreneur, Jon Acuff was the keynote speaker. Acuff shared his expertise on “hustle and empath” and explained how the right combination of both characteristics can lead to greater success for company sales. Acuff is featured regularly on national media programs, including CNN, Fox News and Good Day LA. He is also a contributor to Time, the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company magazine and MSNBC.

Norm Brodsky, Inc. magazine’s senior contributing editor, columnist and a veteran entrepreneur, returned as the conference’s opening keynote speaker on June 21. Brodsky shared advice on how company’s stuck between growth stages can progress to the next level. He owns three companies including BEN Global Mentorship, an e-learning company.

The “Pitch the Editor” competition featured five conference attendees who each presented three-minute pitches to Brodsky, Mike Myrhe, Florida director of America’s Small Business Development Center; and Debora Lima, reporter for the South Florida Business Journal. Owen O’Neill, founder of Clinics Can Help, a discount medical equipment provider, won the competition and took home $5,000 in cash courtesy of the Brodsky Foundation.  

The conference also offered workshops by national experts on topics including finance, legal, strategic planning, leadership, and marketing and nonprofits.

Best-selling author of The Facebook Guide to Small Business Marketing, editor, producer and serial entrepreneur, Ramon Ray wrapped up the conference by sharing advice on how smart companies can thrive in today’s sharing economy.

About the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship
The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship cultivates, trains and inspires entrepreneurial leaders through world-class executive education, applied training, public recognition and leading-edge research.

Jim Moran was an automotive pioneer and an entrepreneur at heart, who at the age of seven, sold soda pop at sandlot baseball diamonds in Chicago. With a career that spanned more than six decades, he built an amazing chronicle of achievements in the automobile industry.

His vision for the Jim Moran Institute was to provide opportunities that would help others become more successful business owners. A 1995 contribution from Jim and Jan Moran and JM Family Enterprises established the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at the Florida State University College of Business. Since 2011, further enhancements to the Jim Moran Institute and its outreach have been made possible by Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation.

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