(HINESVILLE, Ga.) Cecilia Russo Turner served as the keynote speaker for the BIG Café event for the Business Innovation Group (BIG) at Georgia Southern University. The event was held at Georgia Southern University’s Liberty Campus, 175 West Memorial Drive, Hinesville, Ga. 31313.

The BIG Café is a monthly event that brings together entrepreneurs, business leaders, and community members to learn, network, and collaborate. The keynote speaker for each event is a successful entrepreneur or business leader who shares their insights and advice with the audience.

“Cecilia Russo Turner embodies the character qualities of a great leader. She runs her business with a heartfelt mission, contributes to her community, raises up other leaders and represents clients that align with her values,” said Catherine Blake, Georgia Southern University’s Hinesville Business Incubator Manager. “Ms. Russo Turner has an inspiring personal story that reminds us that investing our time, talent and treasure in others builds a lasting legacy. We just love her!”

Cecilia Russo Turner made a bold choice in 2008 when she left a secure job to pursue publicity and event planning for Tour de Georgia. This decision turned out to be the catalyst for her success over the past 15 years. Today, Cecilia Russo Marketing (CRM) is a highly reputable agency offering comprehensive PR and marketing services.

To commemorate 15 years in business, CRM has launched the Cecilia Russo Marketing Entrepreneurship Grants, a program supported by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp. This initiative will provide three deserving entrepreneurs with $5,000 each to support their small businesses.

In 2018, Russo Turner was honored as the Entrepreneur of the Year by the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce. She also served as the 2021-2022 Campaign Chair for the United Way of the Coastal Empire, successfully raising a record-breaking $13.1 million in and through the organization and positively impacting the lives of over 206,000 individuals.

At the BIG Café event, Russo Turner discussed her journey as a small business owner and offered her advice for fellow entrepreneurs. This was a must-attend event for anyone who is interested in learning from a successful entrepreneur and gaining insights into leadership styles.

The BIG Café is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Catherine Blake at 770-883-1117 or cblake@georgiasouthern.edu.

The Business Innovation Group at Georgia Southern University works to build an ecosystem throughout the State of Georgia to help entrepreneurs create, incubate and accelerate their for-profit business enterprises. BIG works to facilitate access to university resources, to create opportunities for student experiential learning, and to foster an environment that supports a growth mindset throughout the state. The Hinesville Business Incubator is a new program launched through a partnership with the City of Hinesville and the Hinesville Development Authority made possible by an Educational Development Authority (EDA) grant. As a unit of the Office of Innovation & Commercialization at Georgia Southern University, BIG is committed to developing and deploying new technological platforms, innovative programs, quality services and educational events to help meet the needs of area businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators seeking to expand business operations and/or launch new business enterprises, products and services. Visit: https://research.georgiasouthern.edu/big/

Based in Savannah, Ga., Cecilia Russo Marketing is a boutique agency delivering trusted and successful results since its founding in 2008. Owner and President Cecilia Russo Turner is a native of Savannah and uniquely understands the local and regional trends of brand-building strategies and reputation management while leveraging traditional and social platforms to engage with key publics and consistently exceed client expectations. For more information, call 912-665-0005 or visit ceciliarussomarketing.com.

Cynthia Cradduck