Nov. 15, 2002
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EMU Office of Business Partnership Open House
Spotlights Small Business Support Opportunities

YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University’s College of Business is bringing its business outreach programs together under one support network, the Office of Business Partnership (OBP). Entrepreneurs, small business owners and service providers will be able to explore EMU’s new offerings and existing programs alike at an open house, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 4:30-6 p.m., 3rd floor Atrium, 306 Gary M. Owen Building.

The College of Business currently supports seven initiatives geared to support economic development in Southeastern Michigan. These programs include:

- The Center for Entrepreneurship at EMU
- The Michigan Small Business Development Center — Region 9 Headquarters (serving Wayne, Oakland and Monroe counties)
- The Michigan Small Business Development Center Biz Resource Center (BRC) — Operated in partnership with the Michigan SBDC at Washtenaw Community College
- The Michigan SBDC Technology Business Initiative
- The Ypsilanti U.S. Export Assistance Center
- The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Smart Zone-Ypsilanti Center
- The EMU/Ypsilanti Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) — Economic Development programs

“Bringing our business outreach programs together will promote easier access to our services by our business partners, students and faculty,” said Earl Potter, dean of EMU’s College of Business.

A short program beginning at 5:15 p.m. will include presentations by Potter, Michigan Small Business Development Center State Director Carol Lopucki and EMU President Sam Kirkpatrick. Light refreshments will be served. Those planning to attend are asked to call 487-0350.