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SESI conference features locals reinventing Michigan

(02/12/12 9:30pm)

The fifteenth annual SESI Midwestern Regional Entrepreneurship Conference was held in the EMU Student Center on Friday. The conference was presented by the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization and was focused on reinventing Michigan, utilizing the entrepreneurial spirit. In 2009 EMU received $200,000 from the estate of Catherin Sesi to endow the annual conference. The conference featured speakers from a variety of businesses and organizations, broken down into two breakout sessions with a keynote presentation during breakfast and another during lunch. The breakfast keynote speaker was Amy Cell from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The first breakout session featured Chalres Senteio, an entrepreneur in health care and consulting; Gauri Thergonkar from Zingtrain; and Pat Muldoon, vice president of product development engineering for Venchurs Vehicle Systems. The second session included Zach Wigal, founder of Gamers Outreach Foundation; Kentaro Ray, founder of Kentaro SEO Marketing; and Bilal Saeed and Tim Adkins, founders of Pakmode Media and Marketing. The lunch keynote was delivered by Mike Lorenc, Google manager of Dedicated Client Services.

Legislation Watch

(02/15/12 9:22pm)

SENATE BILL No. 929 21ST CENTURY JOBS FUND/Modifying 1984 Bill February 7, 2012, Introduced by Senator Kowall This bill would make changes to give the Michigan Strategic Fund board greater flexibility in the administration of 21st Century Investment and other programs, including tourism promotion and marketing, competitive edge technology grants and loans, etc. The modifications could reduce the MSF’s administrative costs and the overall costs used for the program, which include annual budget and the Jobs for Michigan Investment Fund. House Bill 5393 Revised school code February 9, 2012, Introduced by Reps.