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Applications Open for No Cost Small Business Executive Program

ST. PETERSBURG, FL — The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, part of the Florida State University College of Business, is accepting applications for its Small Business Executive Program (SBEP) Class VIII in St. Petersburg, Fla.  

The program, which is offered at no cost to participants, is funded by Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation. The deadline to apply is August 7.

The SBEP helps for-profit business leaders work on their business while accommodating their busy schedules. Taught by industry experts, participants learn the Business Model Canvas and are given other tools to emerge as stronger leaders ready to capitalize on business opportunities. The program helps identify clear and focused strategies in marketing, exit strategies, financial analysis, and more.

“This is our third year offering the SBEP in the Greater Tampa Bay area and I am looking forward to working with even more local entrepreneurs to help them enhance and expand their businesses,” said Shane Smith, PhD, director of Central Florida Operations at the Jim Moran Institute. “As an entrepreneur myself, I understand the obstacles these leaders face and truly believe our program will help them turn those challenges into new opportunities.” 


The SBEP consists of eight sessions, each focusing on a particular aspect of growing a small business. Beginning September 6, 2022, and running through December 13, 2022, the sessions are held every other week from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Applicants must be actively involved in running a business, be a key decision-maker and their company must have been established for at least three years and have three or more employees to be eligible for the program.  


“The class serves as both a refresher for older students and a great base for entrepreneurs as well,” said SBEP participant Jason Woody, President/CEO of Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research. “If selected, I would encourage you to attend all sessions and network with your classmates.”

Graduates receive a certificate and the opportunity to join an ongoing peer roundtable. They are also encouraged to participate in workshops, conferences, and other Jim Moran Institute events. 

To apply for the SBEP, visit For more information, or to learn more about the Jim Moran Institute’s Central Florida Operations, contact Shane Smith at or call 813-789-5966.  


While the upcoming executive program is currently scheduled to be held in-person, the Jim Moran Institute is following the guidance of college, university, local, state, and federal officials in each of their satellite locations to maintain the health and safety of clients, staff, volunteers, and guests. The fluidity of the situation is likely to require continuing flexibility. All program schedules and formats are subject to change and will be revised as needed.  

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. 

For more information, visit 

About Central Florida Operations 
The Jim Moran Institute’s Central Florida Operations office serves entrepreneurs, business owners and nonprofit leaders in the Central Florida community through multiple programs designed to take advantage of local resources. Providing executive education and leveraging the resources of the Jim Moran Institute, the Central Florida Operations helps its clients’ businesses – and the region’s economy – grow and prosper. 

Based in Tampa Bay, the Central Florida Operations services are for for-profit and nonprofit businesses and are geared toward CEOs, entrepreneurs, business owners and presidents whose companies have been established for at least three years and have three or more employees. Services are provided for little to no cost.   


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