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Washtenaw Community College Entrepreneurship Center Open House

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October 29, 2014
Washtenaw Community College
Entrepreneurship Center Open House
Plant Operations building, room 120
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, 3-6 p.m.
 
WHAT: Washtenaw Community College is celebrating its innovative new Entrepreneurship Center with an Open House on Oct. 30, 2014.
 
The Entrepreneurship Center is a unique co-working space designed specifically for the needs of budding entrepreneurs. Public computers and meeting spaces are available. Students and community members can work on their business ideas and also meet with potential clients and local entrepreneurs. 
 
In addition, the center offers events and programs to help students get their business ideas off the ground. Librarians come and help students with research, and the center invites a variety of professionals—such as lawyers, web designers and graphic designers—in to help with their business plans. 
 
At the Open House, Coffee House Creamery of Ann Arbor will be providing coffee and pastries, and WCC’s own Sweet Spot will provide desserts made by the college’s culinary students. The center also plans to give away a gift certificate for a full exterior and interior auto detail from Rich Decisions, a local mobile automotive detailing business owned by a former WCC student. 
 
Four WCC students and alumni who have started their own businesses will also be in attendance to discuss their business ventures and experiences at the college.
 
WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, Oct. 30, 3-6 p.m. in room 120 of the Plant Operations building at Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105. 
 
WHY: “The Entrepreneurship Center was one of the deliverables that came out of the Strategic Plan regarding workforce development,” said Kim Hurns, interim dean of business and computer technologies. “We find that a lot of our students across all disciplines become entrepreneurs.”
 
WCC nursing student Courtney Blake owns her own business, Mothers Own Placenta Encapsulation Services, the first of its kind in Ann Arbor. “I’m really excited about the new Entrepreneurship Center,” Blake said. “I think it’s important to acknowledge that WCC students are extremely talented, intelligent and driven, and they think outside of the box and believe in their own dreams. I’m glad that the center is open to the community. I can see it being a jumping off point for a lot of people.”
 
The center opened this fall and is already “hustling and bustling” with students and local entrepreneurs, Hurns said. “It seems to have picked up a life of its own and is meeting some needs we hadn’t even anticipated.” 
 
The center is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday.
 
[Editor’s note: Contact Susan Ferraro at snferraro@wccnet.edu or 734-677-5295.]
 
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Washtenaw Community College (WCC) has made education accessible and affordable for the local community for 49 years. Located in Ann Arbor, MI, the College offers over 120 degrees and certificates, an open door admission policy and affordable tuition rates. WCC is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, the regional accrediting organization recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

 
Contact:
Susan Ferraro
snferraro@wccnet.edu, 734-677-5295

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