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30 Minute Business Dig

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Emily J. Carter, Director of Entrepreneurship & Business Development for Southern Illinois University Carbondale, manages the Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship Centers, and the satellite Manufacturing Extension Center in southern Illinois. Emily also manages grants and projects involving outreach and technical assistance efforts for the University. An adjunct faculty in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts, Emily provides instruction to graduate students in the fields of business and entrepreneurship. Ms. Carter’s extensive business development experience has touched hundreds of entrepreneurs throughout the region. A sought after speaker, Ms. Carter frequently shares her guidance for access to capital, entrepreneurial training, and marketing strategies. She has presented to national audiences including the Association of Small Business Development Centers, Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, National Business Incubation Association, and United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. A third generation southern Illinois Entrepreneur with over twenty years of small business experience, her professional affiliations and advocacy efforts include Chairmanship of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee of the Illinois State Treasurer’s Advisory Board on Women’s Issues, former President of the Illinois Small Business Development Association, and board member of the Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center. She is an inaugural recipient of the Money Smart Award presented by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in recognition of her exemplary efforts in helping Illinois residents become financially literate and economically empowered. Ms. Carter holds a Bachelor's in Marketing and a Master's in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and holds professional certifications ranging from International Trade to Business Incubation.