Innovate Mississippi’s Discovery Luncheon to Spotlight Local Oxford Innovators

Innovate Mississippi

OXFORD, Miss — Innovate Mississippi announces that it will host a Discovery Luncheon in Oxford on Friday, February 10, 2017, at the Oxford Conference Center from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Discovery Luncheons are community-based events held throughout the state designed to spotlight Mississippi’s rich entrepreneurial culture. Organized by Innovate Mississippi, the Oxford Discovery Luncheon is presented by mTrade, LLC and sponsored by the Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation.  The luncheon will serve as the kick-off to The University of Mississippi’s Venture Launch Weekend event. 

The agenda begins at 11:30 a.m. with registration and networking. The lunch program starts promptly at 12:00 noon. Dr. Bill Rayburn, founder of Mortgage Trade, will serve as the featured speaker and share his inspiring and successful entrepreneurial journey. The entrepreneur speaker will be Karen Kurr, owner, and founder of NoTime2Cook, a health-conscious, made-from-scratch packaged meal operation. Time for Q&A with the speakers will be included. The event will conclude at 1:00 p.m.

“Entrepreneurs are often the hidden gems of any community, and Oxford’s entrepreneurial scene is as vibrant as any community in Mississippi,” said Tony Jeff, president, and CEO of Innovate Mississippi. “We’re excited to hear Bill Rayburn’s story of a local entrepreneurial success and his immediate re-investment into his next startup. We hope to also uncover some other great entrepreneurs in the community and to help connect the community to statewide innovation activity.” 

“Oxford is on fire with successful business startups,” added Jon Maynard, president, and CEO of the Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation. “If you have any interest in starting a business, or even growing the business that you have, you need to come hear what Bill Rayburn and Karen Kurr have to say. They are two success stories from opposite ends of the spectrum for their types of businesses. You can learn a lot from what these two individuals have to say about the resources and experience in Oxford.” 

To register or for more information, visit or contact Janet Parker, outreach and development manager for Innovate Mississippi, at or 601-832-8100 or Allen Kurr, VP Economic Development for The Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation, allen@oxfordms.com662-234-4651.

Innovate Mississippi is a nonprofit organization with the mission to drive innovation and technology-based economic development for the State of Mississippi. Visit to learn more.

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