Lincoln University to hold business symposium

The Lincoln University School of Business is partnering with the Missouri Small Business Center to stage its first business symposium.

The symposium will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel, 610 Bolivar St.

The business symposium, which will celebrate 131 years of business at Lincoln and in Jefferson City, aims to build collaborative relationships with the local business and financial communities.

“We’re trying to share what Lincoln has to offer in terms of providing economic development support for Jefferson City,” said Eric Burgess, head of the Lincoln business department.

The daylong event will feature keynote speakers, a buffet luncheon and three mini workshops. From 2:30-4 p.m., there will be a young grad panel discussion between successful Lincoln graduates and Lincoln School of Business student leaders.

The Lincoln School of Business will also present an economic study showing the significant economic impact Lincoln University has had in the Jefferson City area, Burgess said.

He hopes to make the business symposium an annual event.

“Most of the people who are serving as facilitators for workshops and presentations at this symposium are members of our business advisory board,” Burgess said. “We want to continue that relationship and want to continue developing programs, like the symposium, that build relationships in the