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McNair Institute sponsors showcase

 The McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise at the University of South Carolina announces the Third Annual McNair Entrepreneurship Showcase to be held Jan. 31 at The Senate in Columbia featuring Steve Forbes as keynote speaker.

"The showcase is designed to inspire, invigorate and inform students, business leaders and alumni about entrepreneurship and innovation in South Carolina," said Dirk Brown, faculty director of the McNair Institute.

The event will feature UofSC student- and alumni-owned startups,  representing a variety of industries such as technology, consumer goods, and marketing. Attendees will also be able to meet with regional resource providers for entrepreneurs and small businesses. 

The showcase event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Young America's Foundation. Registration is open.

For questions, please contact Kristina Hooks, or 803.777.1717.

About Steve Forbes
Keynote speaker Steve Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media. His newest project is the podcast “What’s Ahead,” where he engages the world’s top newsmakers, politicians and pioneers in business and economics and discusses his signature views on the intersection of society, economics and policy. Forbes campaigned for the Republican nomination for the Presidency in 1996 and 2000. He is an accomplished author (books include Reviving America: How Repealing Obamacare, Replacing the Tax Code and Reforming The Fed will Restore Hope and Prosperity and Money: How the Destruction of the Dollar Threatens the Global Economy – and What We Can Do About It, co-authored by Elizabeth Ames), and the only writer to have won the highly prestigious Crystal Owl Award four times. The prize was formerly given by U.S. Steel Corporation to the financial journalist whose economic forecasts for the coming year proved most accurate.

About the McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise at the University of South Carolina
The McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise at the University of South Carolina promotes scholarly activity, educates students about the role of free enterprise and entrepreneurship in enhancing economic growth, and encourages students to contribute and participate through entrepreneurism in creating a better America.

The Institute is funded through the generosity of the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation which also funds centers at multiple other universities across the nation supporting entrepreneurship and free enterprise education. Under the guiding vision of Robert and Janice McNair, the foundation is committed to developing a new generation of entrepreneurial leaders who have both the technical skills and the philosophical understanding of how the free enterprise system forms the basis of economic opportunity and prosperity for individuals in our country.

About the Event National Sponsor, Young America's Foundation
Young America’s Foundation is committed to ensuring that increasing numbers of young Americans understand and are inspired by the ideas of individual freedom and free enterprise. In particular, it educates and inspires young people to defend and articulate free enterprise principles. Young America’s Foundation’s student programs aim to popularize the ideas of free markets, limited government, and lower taxes necessary to generate economic growth and prosperity for more Americans.

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