Join a BBB Leadership, Service Workshop – The Oxford Eagle


The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council (YAC) and the Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation (EDF) will present a Big Bad Business workshop at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, titled “Leaderserv: Excellence in Servant Leadership.”

The workshop will be led by Dr. Jeremy Meuser and Dr. Jarvis Smallfield in partnership with the University of Mississippi School of Business for entrepreneurs, especially creatives and artists. The workshop will take place virtually over Zoom and is free and open to the public.

This servant leadership workshop has two components: the survey of a participant’s leadership skills, which is conducted before the workshop, and then the virtual workshop, where these results are explained. Participants will learn where they can develop their leadership skills from professionals using a scientifically refined questionnaire and personalized analysis.

“A lot of small business owners are just one or two people, but the need for small business leadership skills is there. You can improve relationships with customers, business partners, and the wider community if your leadership skills are strong. It’s especially necessary for artists and creatives who need to cultivate long-term clients, and even work with local governments, nonprofits and businesses for commissioned work,” explained Wayne Andrews. , director of the YAC.

The Big Bad Business series offers free workshops and networking opportunities for creatives and entrepreneurs to learn small business skills and connect with experts in the field. The workshops began as Arts Incubator, a quarterly series, in 2014, and are now monthly as the Big Bad Business Series in part through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, South Arts Foundation and the Mississippi Arts Commission.

“We encourage entrepreneurs to learn about servant leadership. Benefits include happier workplaces and employees, stronger customer relationships, and continued opportunities for growth in the community. Dr. Meuser is a talented resource in our community who we are thrilled to partner with again,” said Meghan Gallagher, Outreach and Education Coordinator for YAC.

“We also encourage everyone who attends to join the Lyceum Brew entrepreneurs who then meet up at Lamar Yard,” she added.

Those interested in attending the workshop should register by Friday, March 25andand for those interested in upcoming workshops this spring, please visit

Megane Gallagher

Education and Outreach Coordinator
Yoknapatawpha Arts Council


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