by Geoff Larcom, Published November 23, 2010
Eastern Michigan University members of a national student entrepreneurship organization have been honored as a "distinguished" chapter, chosen out of more than 400 universities in line for the award.
The Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO) honored the EMU chapter at the recent national conference, held in Chicago. The award, new this year, recognizes Eastern's extensive participation in the annual conference in various leadership roles, such as judging or serving as a moderator or a speaker for breakout programs.
"This award highlights the energy and effort of our chapter," said Len Sholtis, a faculty advisor who teaches management in the College of Business at Eastern Michigan. "We have excellent leadership, which enables us to have a significant role in the conference each year."
The president of Eastern's chapter is Melissa Heatlie, an apparel textile and merchandising major in the College of Technology, with a minor in general business.
The Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization, with chapters on more than 400 university campuses worldwide, provides young entrepreneurs with networking opportunities, chapter activities, and the national conference to help them start their own businesses.
The mission of CEO is to inform, support and inspire college students to be entrepreneurial and seek opportunity through enterprise creation. The conference speakers help solidify entrepreneurship into the fabric of universities nationally.
Each year, more than 1,200 students, faculty, and others interested in entrepreneurship attend the Conference. Over 80 outstanding entrepreneurs and business leaders share their ideas and expertise with students on how they launched their businesses, the lessons they've learned, and where they are today.
Eastern's chapter was also recognized for playing host to its annual Midwestern (now Sesi) Entrepreneurship Conference, which draws about 300 attendees. In the event, local entrepreneurs share their success stories with aspiring entrepreneurs.
Students in the CEO Club gain real world experience by working on club projects involving actual 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.