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Center for Entrepreneurship

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Sanjib Chowdhury

Faculty Director

457 Owen

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Phone: 734.487.2215

Fax: 734.481.3354




 The Center for Entrepreneurship, established in 1986, is a co-curricular program of the EMU College of Business. It strives to encourage innovative business creation and growth in southeast Michigan and a strong culture of entrepreneurial thinking in the EMU community.

The Center operates a variety of programs in several areas:

  • Economic development: Hosts the Michigan Small Business Development Center Region 9 program, serving Oakland, Monroe and Wayne counties. It also supports the Washtenaw Smart Zone, Ann Arbor SPARK, the B-Side program and other business development activities.
  • Student service learning: Matches small business and non-profit organizations with EMU faculty-led teams of advanced students who participate in projects as part of their course work.
  • Student club: Supports the EMU chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization, which maintains an active program of events for students from EMU, as well as area community colleges and high school students.
  • Business plan competition: Hosts the Skandalaris Business Plan Competition, which includes university, community college and K-12 students from the Midwest region. Students compete in separate categories for cash awards.
  • Research and curriculum development: Strengthens and expands College of Business academic programs through the Entrepreneurship Continuous Improvement Committee.