Blue Ribbon Business Series

The Blue Ribbon Business Resources Series is designed to help members stay current on business trends and issues that can impact your planning and business operations. The series includes:

  • Power Breakfasts
  • Lunch & Learn Programs
  • Quarterly Webinars
  • Business After Hours

All programs are open to Partnership members at no charge and the general public for $25 per person. Members are encouraged to bring friends and potential new Partnership members. Ideas for future programs are always welcome; just contact the GSDP director of membership development at (662) 323-3322.

2020 Scheduled Programs

The following events are scheduled through December 2020. All events are subject to change, so contact the Partnership at (662) 323-3322 or check our online calendar for the latest information. We’re excited to not only continue offering our monthly Business After Hours, but also offer new webinars for business professionals who would like to learn valuable information from the comfort of their own desks and offices.

Quarterly WEBINARS – *In Collaboration with Mississippi State University Extension Center for Continuing Education

  • Wednesday, January 8th , 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Mastering Public Speaking
  • Wednesday, April 1st, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Leadership
  • Wednesday, July 1st, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Blogging and Podcasting for Beginners
  • Wednesday, September 9th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Get Grants

Business After Hours – *Indicates REGIONAL with both Columbus & West Point 

  • Thursday, January 9th, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – PACCAR Engine Company*
  • Tuesday, March 17th, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – St. Patrick’s Day Special, Moe’s Original BBQ
  • Thursday, April 30th, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Graham Roofing*
  • Thursday, May 21st, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Dave’s Dark Horse Tavern
  • Thursday, July 9th or July 16th, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – TBA
  • Thursday, August 20th, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Bulldog Club, Mississippi State University
  • Thursday, October 22nd, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Black & Orange Bash, Cadence Bank, The Mill at MSU, C.C. Clark, Mitchell Distributing
  • Thursday, November 19th, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – TBA

Lunch & Learns

    • Wednesday, March 25th – 11:30 a.m. – Cash Flow Projections & Budgeting for Small Businesses by Chip Templeton – Sponsored by Renaissance Community Loan Fund, hosted at the LaQuinta Inn & Suites, catering by The Little Dooey
    • Wednesday, May 6th – 11:30 a.m. – Customer Service 101 – Luncheon & Seminar provided by Chick-Fil-A Starkville – Location TBD