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Volunteers prepare for Ypsi PRIDE Day
By Mark Tower
May. 13, 2010   ·   7:09 a.m.

Volunteers and W.H. Canon employees plant flowers in Depot Town while Ypsilanti resident Mike Labadie repairs the planter's brick work on Ypsi PRIDE Day last year.

Each year, residents in and around the city of Ypsilanti carry on a tradition started by a group of community members enrolled in a city leadership program, a sort...read more

Bicycles zoom as flowers bloom
By Citizen staff
Apr. 30, 2010   ·   2:11 p.m.

Riders from last year's spring ride come in after a long trip. Bike Ypsi’s 2010 Spring Ride and Festival is from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday at Recreation Park (1015 Congress Street).

The weather has turned, the trees are budding and the flowers are popping out of the ground; time for a cruise through town. But don’t be so quick to hop in the...read more

Sheriff Clayton visits Ypsilanti Township
By Mark Tower
Apr. 29, 2010   ·   12:59 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township resident Kathleen Hanadel takes notes as her and other residents attempt to asses WCSO services Tuesday evening at a community forum held at the township's community center.

About 50 Ypsilanti Township residents gave the Washtenaw County Sheriff Office their input about law enforcement in the community Tuesday evening.

The information...read more

Local photographer raising funds for Ypsi Project exhibit
By Adrienne Ziegler
Apr. 20, 2010   ·   2:20 a.m.

Ypsilanti resident Nicholas Beltsos his grandson Demetrios were photographed by Project Ypsi photographer Erica Hampton during a bike ride she took Monday. A former EMU economics professor, Beltsos and his family moved to Ypsi from Dearborn in 1967.

Ypsilanti has many faces, and Erica Hampton wants to share a few of them with you.

Over the past year, Hampton created the The Ypsi Project, a series of portraits...read more

Savoy taking shape as live music venue
By Dan DuChene
Apr. 17, 2010   ·   2:38 p.m.

Local funk band Third Coast Kings play in Ypsilanti's newest live music venue, Savoy, Friday night.

Ypsilanti's newest concert venue is preparing for its grand opening weekend April 23, more than a month after its soft opening March 13.

Formerly Club Divine,...read more

Entrepreneurs flock to Ypsi

Image from last year's event. The 2010 Sesi Midwest Entrepreneurship Conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the EMU Student Center. 
Photo by Eastern Michigan University

Image from last year's event. The 2010 Sesi Midwest Entrepreneurship Conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the EMU Student Center.

Local entrepreneurs to share success stories, advice at Friday conference

By David Gomez
Feb. 9, 2010    ·    9:59 a.m.

The Eastern Michigan University's College of Business will play host to the 2010 Sesi Midwest Entrepreneurship Conference beginning at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the EMU student center.

The conference is designed to increase interest in entrepreneurship and offer different insights on all aspects of being an entrepreneur according to Melissa Heatlie, an apparel textile merchandising major, and president of EMU's Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization.

“This event offers so much to students,” Heatlie said. “There is so much knowledge that is passed from each speaker to the audience about real world experience and helpful advice about what worked for them and what didn’t.”

The speakers for this year include Chris Holman, publisher of the Greater Lansing Business Monthly; Tom Root managing partner of the world famous Zingerman's in Ann Arbor; Joe Venuto a recent Eastern graduate who has operated several business; David Merritt, owner of IMU T-Shirts and several more.

Heatlie said the CEO club is in charge of most of the planning, and most importantly securing all of the guest speakers for the conference.

“This is one of the hardest parts of the conference,” she said. “I first began drafting letters to a few big name entrepreneurs in hopes that they could make time with their busy schedules to come and spread the entrepreneurial spirit.”

According to Heatlie, Ari Weinzweig and Paul Saginaw, the founders of Zingerman’s, were both busy.

“They were both so interested in having Zingerman’s present at the conference that they went out of their way to ask other partners in the business to see if they could speak in their place,” Heatlie said. “This is exactly how we were fortunate enough to get Mr. Tom Root.”

Another highlight of the conference will be the Skandalaris business plan competition according to Heatlie.

The competition offers an opportunity for high school and college students to submit their ideas compete for cash prizes totaling more than $5,000. The top three plans at each level present to a panel of judges and the judges make their choice based on the overall plan and presentation.

“This is one of my favorite parts of the conference as you get to hear six great ideas that are all very different,” Heatlie said. “I can still remember from last year a young lady who had an idea to create an online Web site for full-figure teen girls.

“Her presentation was moving and she was only 14 years old,” she said. “I was astonished.”

All college and high school students, as well as teachers, faculty and professionals that are in a business-based curriculum are encouraged to attend this free event. Registration is required. Click here to register online or call Paul A. Nucci at (734) 487-0902 for details. The Student Center is located at 900 Oakwood Street in Ypsilanti.

For more information on the Sesi Midwest Entrepreneurship Conference Click here. 


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