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Jessica Smith 
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Friday February 8, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM EST

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Student Center of Eastern Michigan University 
900 Oakwood
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

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SESI Midwestern Entrepreneurship Conference 



Join us for the Sesi Midwest Entrepreneurship Conference, presented by the Eastern Michigan University College of Business on February 8, 2013 at the EMU Student Center. Arrivals at 8:30 am will be greeted with a continental breakfast. A sit-down lunch will be provided as we listen to the key note speaker.

The Skandalaris Business Plan Competion will also be completed as part of the conference. The event will conclude before 2 p.m.

Breakfast Keynote: Debi Scroggins, owner of Bear Claw Coffee, a chain of 14 franchise coffee houses in the Washtenaw county region. Scroggins is an EMU alumnus and was featured in a Detroit TV news video here.

Luncheon Keynote: Kim Schatzel: EMU Provost & Vice President. Schatzel's corporate experience includes more than 20 years of new venture and start-up experience.  This includes serving as Founding President and COO, and later CEO of ICM/Krebsoge, North America's largest powdered metal components manufacturer. Read more about Kim here.

Other speakers include:

Adrian Pittman of the Detroit Creative Corridor Center. DC3 is an economic development organization with a targeted purpose - connecting these assets to enhance the collective potential of Detroit's creative community and grow Detroit's creative economy. Learn more about DC3 here.

Mark Hodesh, Creator of Mark's Carts, an eight-cart long food fair that offers the freshest foods at affordable prices in an intimate setting in the Ann Arbor area. Read more about Mark's Carts here.

Jessica French, owner of Sidetrack Bar and Grille in Depot Town in Ypsilanti, a longtime local favorite. Watch Jessica tell you more about Sidetrack and how it utilizes EMU students, here.

Shawn Neal, co-owner of Groove Box Studios in Detroit. GBS involves funneling local musicians through the studio with a signature vibe and sound, helping them finance, produce and promote high-quality recording sessions. Sean graduated from EMU in 1994. Learn more about GBS here.

Ben Wilcox of, an organization designed to enable academic and ultimately, life success for ex-convicts.

Angela Barbash of Reconsider (financial services.) Reconsider scrutinizes the traditional aspects of investing and money management to uncover better solutions for Americans looking to achieve a more secure economic freedom.

Kelly Koester of Koester's Sealcoating, a Monroe-based asphalt sealing company that is family operated. Kelly is an EMU alumnus.


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