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Entrepreneurship Institute, Michigan Works Host CoffeE-Connect

Ferris State University’s Entrepreneurship Institute is collaborating with Michigan Works West Central to launch CoffeE-Connect, a series of casual social gatherings and networking opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs.

The CoffeE-Connect series, which will feature guest speakers sharing tips for business startup and growth, was created to inspire, educate, network and connect future business owners with government and nonprofit business-startup entities.

Ferris’ Entrepreneurship Institute, launched in 2011, is committed to creating and supporting an entrepreneurial community at the university. EI is focused on innovation and support for students, entrepreneurs and the community by providing educational, research and networking resources.

For more information about EI, visit For information on Michigan Works West Central, a workforce service center, visit

To read more about the series, check the link on the University Events Calendar:

Here is the schedule for the CoffeE-Connect series:

6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10
Where: Biggby Coffee, 840 S. State St., Big Rapids
Topic: Community Resources
Speakers: Michelle Herron, Michigan Works, and Ron Steiner, The Starting Block

6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24
Where: Michigan Works West Central, 14330 Northland Drive, Big Rapids
Topic: Finance and Marketing
Speaker: Marie Elliot, MI-SBTDC

5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7
Where: Interdisciplinary Resource Center 120, Ferris State University
Topic: Challenges and Opportunities for Latino Entrepreneurs
Speakers: Panel discussion co-sponsored by Ferris’ Hispanic/Latino Cultural Center

6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28
Where: Interdisciplinary Resource Center 107, Ferris State University
Topic: Online Resources
Speaker: Suzanne Verlande, E-Merge Entrepreneur Network of West Michigan