High school students create business plan in workshop at EMU College of Business

by Geoff Larcom, Published October 23, 2009

YPSILANTI — More than 125 area high school students will get a sample of real-world conditions Oct. 23 when they visit the Eastern Michigan University College of Business to develop a business plan.

The college’s Center for Entrepreneurship will play host to the second annual Business Plan Workshop. The event will feature a lecture and breakout sessions as students create or improve their business plans.

Sanjib Chowdury, co-faculty director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, management professor Stephanie Newell and business professionals will help guide students through the process of devising and refining an effective plan. Students will receive individual instruction during sessions after the initial presentation.

Schools participating include Belleville, Ypsilanti, Willow Run, Saline, Ann Arbor Skyline, Ann Arbor Huron, Ann Arbor Pioneer, Southfield, Lincoln, Brother Rice and a contingent from Branch County, near Coldwater.

The workshop also serves as a prelude to the annual EMU Midwestern Business Plan Competition. Students who participate in the workshop are encouraged to enter the competition.

Guang Ye Ji, of Huron High School, placed first in last year’s competition, winning a check for $1000. Candise Washington, from Ypsilanti High School, placed second.
Attendance at the workshop is free, and breakfast and lunch are provided at the event. For more information on the workshop, call 734-487-0902.

The Princeton Review recently ranked EMU’s College of Business among the nation’s “Best 301 Business Schools” out of more than 1,000 schools nationally. It is the sixth consecutive year EMU has received the honor.

The college also hosts the Ethos Week each year in March. Visit cob.emich.edu for more information.

Geoff Larcom



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