by Pamela Young, Published February 20, 2009
YPSILANTI — The Business Side of Youth (B. Side), a program of Eastern Michigan University’s Office of Academic Service-Learning, was successfully represented in the 12th annual SESI Midwest Entrepreneurship Conference and Business Plan Competition hosted by EMU’s Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization Feb. 13 in the EMU Student Center.
Eight youths from The B. Side submitted business plans to the competition, three of which received recognition for their work. Cash awards were provided to the top three and honorable mentions received a certificate and gift card. First place received $1,000; second place, $750; and third place, $500. Candise Washington (Ypsilanti High School) placed second and Albert Washington (East Middle School) and Chris Shepherd (Scarlett Middle School) received honorable mentions.
The B. Side was formed in September 2007 to establish a youth leadership and business culture through entrepreneurship education that provides greater economic opportunities for youth. Students learn about business through entrepreneurship and development of business plans, gain increased skills in business through internships/apprenticeships and have the opportunity to be employed through enterprises started and owned by The B. Side.
The B. Side is supported by grant funds through Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, RNR Foundation, James A. and Faith Knight Foundation and Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. For more information, call 734.487.6570, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bsideofyouth.com.
EMU’s College of Business has been ranked among the “Best Business Schools” five straight years, according to The Princeton Review. The college hosts the nation’s only Ethos Week each year in March and is also the first to create an “Ethos Statement” and “Ethos Honor Society.”
Visit cob.emich.edu for more information.