Future entrepreneurs to present ideas at Ypsilanti community showcase

by Pamela Young, Published August 14, 2009

YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University’s entrepreneurial summer training program, The B. Side of Art: The Business Side of Art, will present its first community showcase at Celebrations, formerly known as Cady’s Grill, at 36 E. Cross Street, Ypsilanti. The event, which is free and open to the community, will be hosted 4-6 p.m. Aug. 27.

The program trains 60 area youth on basic entrepreneurial skills, as well as instruction in specific artistic disciplines. The various disciplines include web, fashion and graphic design; music production; written expression; and food production. Local professionals teach artistic disciplines at EMU’s College of Business in order to broaden skill sets and create viable youth-owned enterprises.

More than 20 local businesses participated in the program as Internship providers. Through their participation, youth are able to receive important guidance on workplace etiquette, such as taking initiative and working in a team environment. The youth interned every week for one shift of work, which helps support the local economy. Overall, 62 youth and 17 staff are employed in the program. 

The community showcase will provide youngsters, who participate in the eight-week program, an opportunity to present their completed products to family, friends and the community. Everything, from compact discs to T-shirts to fashion designs, will be on display, and some available for purchase. Local professional artists, who have been participating in the program, will also have an opportunity to display their work at the showcase.

To find out more about The B. Side and other entrepreneurial youth-focused programs, visit 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.

Pamela Young

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