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Lauren Little Appointed as Jacksonville Program Associate

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Entrepreneur and military veteran Lauren Little has joined the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, in the Florida State University College of Business, as a program associate in the organization’s Jacksonville office.

“I am excited to be part of the Jim Moran Institute team,” said Little who started in her position earlier this year. “The organization’s mission of training and inspiring entrepreneurs throughout Florida aligns perfectly with my entrepreneurial background and passion for helping others.”

Little is the founder and chief executive officer of Little Brown Squirrel, an online commerce store that sells gear for the outdoor enthusiast. She is also the owner of Little Sprinkles, a blog focusing on business and balance. She previously owned and operated multiple Edible Arrangements franchises in the Jacksonville community, where she employed more than 20 team members and generated more than $1 million in revenue.

“Lauren’s entrepreneurial experience and dedication to the Jacksonville business community makes her a great addition to our team,” said Stephanie Royal, associate director of the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship’s Jacksonville office. “Her appointment reflects the growth of our organization as the leading entrepreneurial resource in Florida and our dedication to assisting small business owners in Jacksonville.”

Little has worked with a variety of organizations, including the Clara White Mission, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Sisters Network and the National Breast Cancer Foundation. She finds time to give back to the Jacksonville community by mentoring young women on entrepreneurship and motivation. Currently, she volunteers at Community Health Outreach in Jacksonville.

Little served eight years in the United States Marine Corps. She earned her Bachelor of Science in business administration from Columbia College.

To learn more about the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, including programs and events, contact Stephanie Royal at sroyal@jimmoraninstitute.fsu.edu.

About the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship

The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship cultivates, trains and inspires entrepreneurial leaders through world-class executive education, applied training, public recognition and leading-edge research. Jim Moran was an automotive pioneer and an entrepreneur at heart who, at the age of 7, sold soda pop at sandlot baseball games in Chicago. With a career that spanned more than six decades, he built an amazing chronicle of achievements in the automobile industry. His vision for the Jim Moran Institute was to provide opportunities that would help others become more successful business owners. A 1995 contribution from Jim and Jan Moran and JM Family Enterprises established the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at the Florida State University College of Business. Since 2011, further enhancements to the Jim Moran Institute and its outreach have been made possible by Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation.

About the North Florida Operations

The Jim Moran Institute’s North Florida Operations serves established entrepreneurs and business owners in the North Florida community through executive education programs designed to take advantage of local resources. Providing executive education and leveraging the resources of the Jim Moran Institute, the North Florida Operations helps its clients’ businesses – and the region’s economy – grow and prosper. Based in Tallahassee and Jacksonville, the North Florida Operations' services are provided to for-profit and nonprofit businesses and are geared toward CEOs, entrepreneurs, business owners and presidents of small businesses whose companies have been established for at least three years with five or more employees. Services are provided for little to no cost.