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Feb. 7, 2008
CONTACT: Paul A. Nucci
pnucci@emich.edu 734.487.0902

Area CEOs share success stories at Entrepreneurs' Organization conference Feb. 15

YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University’s Center for Entrepreneurship will host the 11th Annual Midwest Regional Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) conference, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Feb. 15, at the EMU Student Center, 900 Oakwood, in Ypsilanti.

CEO is the local chapter of the National Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization, which aids students of all majors in learning the aspects of starting their own business.

The conference will feature sessions with entrepreneurs Amy Cell from Ann Arbor Spark; Richard Sheridan of Menlo Innovations; Ren Carlton, host of The Business Reality Network radio program; and Marty Carrier of Thaw and Sell, who will discuss the entrepreneurial spirit as well as their failures and successes.

“The conference is a great opportunity to hear stories from people who have lived their entrepreneurial dreams; the struggles as well as the success,” said Joe Venuto, president of the CEO Club at EMU. “As an entrepreneur, one must be willing to learn from the mistakes of others, because we don’t have time to make them all ourselves.”

The conference also will feature the EMU Business Plan Competition, where high school, university and community college students compete for cash prizes totaling more than $4,000 for the best business plans. The competition starts at 1 p.m., following the conference.

The event is free and opened to high school and college students, and faculty with curriculums centered on entrepreneurship.  Registration is required. To register, go to http://www.emich.edu/public/cob/entrepreneur/pdf/ceoconference_home%20page%20II.pdf; or call Paul Nucci at the Center for Entrepreneurship at Eastern Michigan University, 734.487.0902.

CEO Club students 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. Business majors can work on the business aspects of the projects, while technical or creative majors can work on product development.

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. More information about the Center is at http://www.emich.edu/public/cob/entrepreneur/index.html


Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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