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Oct. 15, 2008
CONTACT: Pamela Young
Pamela.Young@emich.edu 734.487.4400

Future area entreprenuers to learn how to improve their business plans at EMU

YPSILANTI —More than 100 future entrepreneurs from local high schools will participate in the first K-12 Business Plan Workshop at Eastern Michigan University on Oct. 24. Presented by EMU’s Center for Entrepreneurship and College of Business, the workshop is a prelude to the Second Annual EMU Midwestern Business Plan Competition.

High school students from Milan, Saline, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti Willow Run, and Belleville, and the Detroit Community High School have registered to attend the seminar. Sanjib Chowdhury, EMU management professor and CFE co-faculty director, is the primary presenter.

“We want to help students make their business plans the best they can be,” he said.

Stephanie Newell, CFE co-faculty director; Len Sholtis, CEO faculty adviser, and Richard King, CFE director, will also present at the seminar, along with Jack Bidlack from the B-Side (Business Side of Youth).

The 2009 Midwestern Business Plan Competition is open to K-12 and university students who will compete in separate categories for nearly $5,000 in prize money. The finalists present their plans at the 2009 Midwest Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization Club Conference on Feb. 13, 2009, at the EMU Student Center. 

For more information about the workshop or the competition, call 734.487.0355.

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.


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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