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Fourth Annual Southeast Michigan Women’s Entrepreneur-YOU Conference, #EYOU4, to be held at Walsh College on March 20th

The energy at Entrepreneur-YOU is almost audible, as hundreds of eager women come together, some already in business, some aspiring to be, and some as women business leaders who serve as role models and mentors for beginning entrepreneurs.

Event collaborators include Inforum, Michigan Women’s Foundation, and Walsh College, with sponsorship support from Fifth Third Bank.

This year, as Southeast Michigan’s women’s entrepreneur conference (#EYOU4) approaches its fourth year at Walsh College on March 20th, the vision of providing resources, tools and support for women entrepreneurs, shared by its founders, Stephanie Bergeron, Carolyn Cassin and Terry Barclay, is truly being put into action.

Bergeron (Walsh College president and CEO), Barclay (president and CEO of Inforum and Inforum Center for Leadership) and Cassin (president of Michigan Women’s Foundation) all blaze a path for women seeking success in the business world. They are accomplished, they have experienced the challenges and the opportunities women face in highly competitive markets, and they are optimistic about the impact of women on Michigan’s economy.

When these three female leaders first conceived of Entrepreneur-YOU, they simply wanted a place for women to find inspiration and the practical next-steps needed to launch and grow a business. Now, they are reaping the rewards of their vision, seeing women who attended each year return to compete in the business plan competitions and present their success stories at the annual conference.

“Success as an entrepreneur results from execution of a strategic plan, diligent market research, and the passion to run a business,” said Bergeron. “Entrepreneur-YOU helps women achieve that success by providing a forum for sharing best practices, personal experiences, and new ideas that build the confidence and enthusiasm of all attendees.”

Bergeron, Barclay and Cassin envisioned the result of this conference as positively impacting the region’s economy while helping women start and grow successful businesses. That vision is becoming a reality.

This year, the day-long conference features keynote speaker Alison Vaughn of Jackets for Jobs. There will be 10 breakout sessions, opportunities for networking, continental breakfast and lunch.

Breakout sessions focus on marketing, finance, operations, HR, funding, community resources, professional services and more. The event MC will be JoAnne Purtan, Channel 7 news anchor. Presenters include the following:

Ellyn Davidson, managing partner, Brogan & Partners, PR firm
Esther Marshall, assistant vice president in community and economic development, Fifth Third Bank
Lara Galloway, author of Moms Mean Business: A Guide to Creating a Successful Company and a Happy Life as a Mom Entrepreneur
Tifani Sadek, founding partner of Sadek Bonahoom law firm
Kimberly Cross, chief operating officer, Michigan Women’s Foundation
Lynne Golodner, chief creative officer, Your People LLC PR firm
Juliana Perry, vice president, Business Banking, Fifth Third Bank
Nancy Philippart, general partner, Belle Michigan, an early stage venture fund focused on women-led/owned/managed startups
Ursula Scroggs, managing director, DKSS CPAs + Advisors
Kim Eberhardt, senior account manager, Tanner Friedman PR firm
To learn more about the 2015 Southeast Michigan Entrepreneur-YOU event and to register, visit: http://www.walshcollege.edu/eyouconference. Tickets are $45 each and can be purchased online. Seating is limited and this event has sold out in previous years. Those interested in exhibiting their products and services to business and professional women are invited to participate. Exhibitor tables are $200. Contact jhubbard@walshcollege.edu.

About Entrepreneur-YOU

Entrepreneur-YOU is a collaborative initiative between Inforum, Michigan Women’s Foundation and Walsh College, with support from Fifth Third Bank, to help women become successful business owners. Among its varied business-building activities, Entrepreneur-YOU conducts all-day workshops– taught by leading business professionals– to teach women entrepreneurs about the resources necessary and available to open, run and grow a business.

Walsh College

Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not for profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs.

One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education, and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org; phone: 312-263-0456). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.

Michigan Women’s Foundation

With a 28-year history of high impact work, Michigan Women’s Foundation is devoted to fostering economic empowerment for Michigan’s women and girls through philanthropy and investment. In response to a compelling need that exists still today for women to further advance their social, economic and professional well-being to an equitable level in society, MWF and its partners and supporters have committed financially and intellectually to leaving this world a better place for women and girls. Learn more at www.miwf.org.

Inforum

Founded in 1962, Inforum is the only professional organization in Michigan – and one of a few in the country – that combines strategic connections, proven professional development programs, a respected forum for new ideas, and original research to accelerate careers for women and boost talent initiatives for companies. Inforum Center for Leadership (ICL) is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit education and research arm of Inforum. ICL programs serve a broad range of women in different stages and types of careers – from nonprofit professionals, to emerging and rising corporate leaders, tech entrepreneurs, Veterans and corporate board leaders. Inforum Center for Leadership also conducts and publishes original research on women’s leadership influence, including the Michigan Women’s Leadership Index. Inforum has offices in Detroit and Grand Rapids with operations in Saginaw, Lansing and Kalamazoo. Visit inforummichigan.org

Fifth Third Bank

Fifth Third Bank, Eastern Michigan, is based in Southfield, Michigan and led by President David F. Girodat. Fifth Third Bank is metropolitan Detroit’s fourth largest bank and has $4.2 billion in assets.

Fifth Third Bank serves customers in eight southeastern Michigan counties: Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair, Shiawassee, Livingston, Genesee and Washtenaw. Fifth Third Bank currently operates 91 banking centers, and more than 150 ATMs throughout eastern Michigan.

Fifth Third Bank is proud to be named as one of the “101 Best & Brightest Place to Work” by the Michigan Business and Professional Association and a “Top Place to Work” by the Detroit Free Press.