by Pamela Young, Published February 06, 2009
YPSILANTI — Local entrepreneurs will share their journey to success with aspiring entrepreneurs as the Eastern Michigan University College of Business presents the Sesi Midwest Entrepreneurship Conference February 13, 2009 at the EMU Student Center.
The Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO), the local EMU chapter of the national CEO, will host the event. Its mission is to aid students in learning the aspects of starting their own business.
EMU faculty, staff and students are invited to attend, as well as community college and high school students and faculty that have curriculum centered on entrepreneurship. Networking, along with a continental breakfast, starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by opening remarks. Two breakout sessions highlight the conference with a question-and answer segment to follow. The conference concludes with lunch and a keynote speaker.
Robert Sullivan, President and CEO of The Wireless Source, Inc. in Auburn Hills, will give the keynote address. Sullivan
holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Eastern Michigan University, and is a former CEO Club member.
Since 1995, The Wireless Source has been developing and implementing a portfolio of cell phone collection
operations and services that provide solutions to the wireless industry by integrating the needs of business and the environment. The Wireless Source continues to receive global recognition as a leading provider in the collection of used cell phones.
"The Sesi conference is not only a great venue to hear about the successes and struggles of entrepreneurs, but it also provides the opportunity for students across the community to reach out and support the next generation.” said Dan Marvin, president of the CEO Club at EMU. “We are thrilled to have Robert Sullivan addresses our Club.”
Other speakers and panelists include Robert Boone of Quest Star Capitol; Dave Marvin of Comerica Bank; Bená Burda of Maggie’s Organics in Ypsilanti; Steve Greenhall, attorney for small businesses, and Peter Rinehart, owner of Bombadill’s Café’ in Ypsilanti and chair of the Downtown Development Authority.
The conference was recently endowed by a grant from the family of the late Catherine Sesi. Catherine and Joseph Sesi were EMU supporters for nearly three decades, and owners of the Sesi Lincoln Mercury dealerships in Ypsilanti. Joseph Sesi was an EMU alumnus as are nephews, Lamar and Joseph Jr., who now run the dealership.
The conference includes the EMU Business Plan Competition, as six high school and university/community college finalists present their business plans while competing for cash prizes totaling more than $5,000. The competition begins immediately after lunch.
The event is free but registration is required. Click here to register or visit the Center for Entrepreneurship at Eastern Michigan University online or call Paul A. Nucci at (734) 487-0902 for details. The Student Center is located at 900 Oakwood Street in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Students in the CEO Club gain real world experience by working on club projects involving real products for sale. Projects have included: software solutions, creating new apparel, training videos, new market products and promotion techniques. The Club also provides students with the opportunity to run a current chapter business.
The Center for Entrepreneurship at Eastern Michigan University within the College of Business strives to create, encourage and sustain the entrepreneurial spirit through its various activities. It assists emerging growth companies in the southeastern Michigan region with mentoring, seminars, business plan reviews and structured mentoring and networking between entrepreneurs and various resource providers.