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Brianna Dennis

Executive Director, Kelley Center for Economic Development
Francis Marion University
(843) 374-4218


Brianna Dennis serves as the Executive Director for the Kelley Center for Economic Development at Francis Marion University. Brianna has worked with a large number of small businesses to develop strategic business plans since 2005 – many who have gone on to successfully secure financing or demonstrate measurable growth. She manages Florence and Lake City Business Incubators as well as conduct individual business consultation to incubator sites and community businesses as well as provides small business training workshops. Dennis is also the representative for the Economic Development initiatives and support as related to Francis Marion University.

Brianna is currently a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) from the National Development Council and Certified in Entrepreneurship Center Management from the InternationalBusiness Innovation Association in 2018.  She received her BBA inMarketing from FMU in 2003 and her MBA from Francis Marion University in 2007. Dennis received a state award for Entrepreneurship Teacher of the Year in 2010 by YES Carolina, is the recipient of the national 2012 Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education by The Freedom’s Foundation, and was named an FMU Leadership Fellow in 2015.