Washtenaw Economic Club Luncheon – The Economic Outlook @ Morris Lawrence Building
Mar 28 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

University of Michigan economists Gabriel Ehrlich and Donald Grimes will present the annual Economic Outlook for Washtenaw County. This annual information-packed report provides the data needed to make important decisions for business, industry, education and economic development.

Fee: $55 for WEC members, $77.50 for non-members

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Cool Careers in Writing @ Crane Liberal Arts Building, Room 375
Mar 28 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Do you like to write and hope for a career that involves writing? Join us and learn about the nuts & bolts of getting paid to write from professionals in a variety of writing-intensive careers. Network with real, live writing professionals. Discover resources. Enjoy delicious snacks!

FREE event, no registration necessary

Veteran’s Entrepreneurship and Career Expo @ Morris Lawrence Building
Mar 29 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Registration at 8:30am, Event 9:00am – 1:00pm

Meet and greet with business and employment support organizations and see short valuable presentations!

Please join Region 9 VCAT and partners to explore and celebrate Veteran Entrepreneurship and Employment! There will be a focus on Entrepreneurship efforts from local universities and colleges, regional agencies, local veterans, and speakers from entrepreneurship programs and incubators. We will have select employers and employment assistance resources available onsite. A light lunch will be served.


  • Dr. Mike Barger, a founder of JetBlue Airlines, Professor at U of M Ross School of Business
  • Mr. Randy Leffel from MVAA on Veteran employment resources
  • Dr. Eric Fretz, teaches the largest and most popular course in U of M’s #1 ranked entrepreneurship program

Resources on Site:

  • Hire MI Vet
  • Helmets to Hardhats
  • New Horizons
  • VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
  • VR&E
  • BuddyToBuddy
  • The Mission Continues
  • Talent Investment Agency
  • Vet Biz Central
  • RUOFF Mortgage

This event is FREE and open to anyone, however, registration is required:

Building Blocks for the Local Food Entrepreneur: WCC Entrepreneurship Center Workshop @ Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace, Robert C. Barnes Sr. MarketPlace Hall
Apr 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Growing Hope 2019 Building Blocks seriesJoin Growing Hope for their Building Blocks for the Local Food Entrepreneur series of workshops. At this workshop, Kristin Gapske of the Washtenaw Community College Entrepreneurship Center will speak about the resources available at the Entrepreneurship Center, WCC non-credit courses, and other resources on campus. Learn about the process of starting a business and EC guidance that can help develop a business.

The Business of Being an Artist: Coaching with Sandra Xenakis @ Entrepreneurship Center
Apr 2 @ 10:30 am

2019 Art Coaching Flyer“Art Meets Business” Coaching for Artists & Creative Entrepreneurs with Sandra Xenakis

Coaching sessions at: 10:30am, 11:30am and 12:30pm

Free one-on-one business coaching for creative entrepreneurs. One hour available per individual. Cannot have had Art Meets Business coaching previously.

Important note: No-shows will forfeit their chance to schedule a future coaching session. Please contact us at or 734-249-5880 if you cannot attend your scheduled coaching session.

Art Meets Business hopes to “bust the myth” of the starving artist by helping creative entrepreneurs become more successful. Research shows that the most successful entrepreneurs are those who have a firm grasp of basic business skills. AMB offers access to business resources and information on marketing, pricing, negotiating, using social networking sites, customer relations, working with galleries, record-keeping, contracts, and many other issues that affect the success of artists.


Money Smart Week: Financial Fitness for Young Adults @ WCC Bailey Library in the Active Learning Zone
Apr 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Money Smart Week 2019WCC’s Bailey Library and the Entrepreneurship Center are teaming up to bring national Money Smart Week to WCC. University of Michigan Credit Union Financial Education Specialist Mark Munzenberger will talk about managing money, establishing credit, strategies for saving, and more.

Visit the Bailey Library’s Financial Literacy Research Guide for links to free information on budgeting, credit and debt, student loans, and identity theft:

Also stop by the Bailey Library’s Money Smart Week display from March 30 – April 6 to pick up worksheets, handouts, and bookmarks from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on managing credit and debt, creating a budget, and more.

FREE event, no registration necessary

Startup Business Research Help @ Entrepreneurship Center
Apr 4 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Winter 2019 Startup Biz Research HelpWant to pinpoint information about your area of business? Want to learn about potential customers and where they’re located? Want to pick a good geographical location for your business?

Walk in and talk to a business librarian to learn how to use the library’s databases to access all this information and more.

No registration necessary, just walk in!

Free College Day at Washtenaw Community College
Apr 6 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Free College Day 2019 - Business Courses flyerTwice a year, Washtenaw Community College opens our doors for Free College Day. This popular event is a chance for us to share the exciting educational and life changing opportunities our students get to experience every day with our community.

Entrepreneurial and business-related courses are scheduled throughout the day, including:

  • Market Research for Business
  • Life’s a Pitch and then you Buy!
  • Building the Customer Experience
  • Computer Networking Essentials
  • How to Start a Small Food Business

Click here to learn more, see class descriptions, and register:

How To Start a Small Food Business with Gretchen Kopmanis of Czechbox Bakery @ Washtenaw Community College
Apr 6 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

How to Start a Small Food Business flyerAs part of WCC’s Free College Day, meet Gretchen Kopmanis, founder of Czechbox Bakery, and hear what lessons she’s learned since starting the business in 2012.

She will discuss the stages of starting a successful business, including: product development, establishing your brand, pricing, record keeping, marketing, display and setting up as a farmers market vendor.

This is a beginning level workshop for anyone thinking about starting a business, but is specifically geared toward the cottage food industry.

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Talk on entrepreneurship by Lisa Ludwinski, founder of Sister Pie @ WCC Bailey Library in the Active Learning Zone
Apr 10 @ 3:00 pm

Sister Pie talk flyerJoin the Bailey Library and Entrepreneurship Center for an inspirational talk on entrepreneurship by
Lisa Ludwinski, founder of Sister Pie, and author of Sister Pie, The Recipes and Stories of a Big-Hearted Bakery in Detroit

Born and raised in Michigan, Lisa trained at New York’s Milk Bar and Brooklyn’s Four and Twenty Blackbirds. Sister Pie started as a home-based business out of her parents’ kitchen, and has been featured in Bon Appetit and the New York Times, among other publications. Lisa will showcase her book which pays homage to Motor City ingenuity and all-American spirit.

This is a FREE event, no registration required