September 5, 2016

Midland Daily News

The Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance will host its first ever Entrepreneurial Fair on Friday, Sept. 30, at Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU).
Mike Finney, president/CEO of Community Ventures Resources and SVSU alumnus, will deliver the keynote address.
The fair will take place from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Curtiss Hall. There will be two panels featuring regional entrepreneurs as well as entrepreneurial programs located within the Great Lakes Bay Region. The event is open to the public and is free of charge.
“The Great Lakes Bay Region is home to an incredible array of entrepreneurial expertise,” said Matthew Felan, president and CEO of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance. “We hope that the Entrepreneurial Fair will help link those people in the region who would like to start their own business with programs, funding and resources that are readily available.”

Various regional institutions will be participating in the fair including the SVSU Dow Entrepreneurship Institute, Central Michigan University Research Corporation, Northwood University, MidMichigan Innovation Center, Small Business Development Centers at Delta College and Mid Michigan Community College, Bay Future, the Midland Business Alliance, Middle Michigan Development Corporation and Saginaw Future.

“SVSU is committed to community engagement and working with regional employers in many different ways. Having our Dow Entrepreneurship Institute host this Entrepreneurial Fair with the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance and other stakeholders is an ideal way to support more economic development in our community,” said Anthony Bowrin, interim dean of SVSU College of Business and Management.

The Entrepreneurial Fair will also include a 90-minute segment where aspiring entrepreneurs will have time to meet one-on-one with representatives from various regional institutions, to discuss their programs and potential partnerships firsthand.

The Entrepreneurial Fair Agenda is as follows:

7:30 a.m. – Registration and continental breakfast
8 a.m. – Welcome: SVSU President Donald Bachand
8:05 a.m. – Opening remarks and keynote introduction: Matthew Felan, GLBRA
8:15 a.m. – Keynote: Mike Finney, president/CEO of Community Ventures Resources
9 a.m. – Entrepreneur panel (successful business owners/entrepreneurs)
10 a.m. – Entrepreneurial program panel (institutions and organizations)
11 a.m. – Institution booth visits and networking
12:30 p.m. – Closing remarks