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Whether it is securing funding, learning how to market a product or service, or simply writing a business plan, finding out ‘how-to’ has been the number one challenge of those seeking to start a business. Yes, there are colleges and conferences, consultants and coaches, but nothing seems to beat a structured environment that provides ongoing & insightful workshops or a consistent way to have professional conversations with potential clients, partners or funders. The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (TCEI) is now on course for opening facilities like this across the country. Beginning as an online resource for business owners, while architectural plans are implemented, this Business Incubator & Networking Resource Center will soon have its own home. A 7,000 sq. ft. facility that seems to be a cross between a college student center, a business incubator, complete with rentable meeting rooms and office space, and a coffee house. “I’m excited about the plans and believe it will be of extreme service to aspiring and existing entrepreneurs alike”, says Jerome Battle, a partner in creating this franchisable project. “We are headquartering TCEI in Detroit, Michigan because we believe there is significant opportunity amidst their current financial challenges.”
Scheduled for completion in Late Spring/Early Summer 2014, TCEI is holding its annual Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards & Conference fundraising event, celebrating creativity & perseverance by some of Southeast Michigan’s outstanding entrepreneurs! Over the two days, business owners will gain insight from the likes of Andrew Morrison who will take participants through a 16-Week Business Challenge, Sabrina Jackson who will help individuals understand their personality and those that they will interact with or manage, along with workshops on Image, Branding, Avoiding Legal Pitfalls and so much more. “We encourage entrepreneurs who know of someone who is providing an exceptional product or service to the marketplace and who operates in Southeast Michigan, to nominate them for one of our awards”, says Mr. Battle. “We also, have a number of sponsorship opportunities still available.”
Once constructed, these facilities will immerse business owners, with like minded professionals, into a culture that encourages a better understanding of the nuances of entrepreneurship, successfully operating in a global marketplace in their delivery of competitive products and services, and an increased appreciation for collaboration.
Interested aspiring and existing entrepreneurs are encouraged to visit www.center4enterpreneurs.org for upcoming announcementsm discounts and opportunities.
Edward Foxworth III is an Entrepreneur, Author and National Speaker. His book “The Six Routines of Self-Discovery” is available at www.edwardfoxworth.com/store, Amazon.com or wherever books are sold.