Second Annual Women Entrepreneur Conference Coming Next Month


TROY — The second annual Entrepreneur-YOU women’s entrepreneur conference is scheduled for February 13, at Walsh College’s Troy campus. Entrepreneur-YOU is a one-of-a-kind event designed to provide highly supportive resources for any woman who has a passion for growing or starting any type of business.

The program was initiated in 2012 through the collaboration of successful local businesswomen seeking to help the large number of women in Southeast Michigan who have significant, unleashed entrepreneurial talent and the potential to positively impact and reshape the region’s economic landscape. Event collaborators include Huntington Bank, Inforum, Michigan Women’s Foundation and Walsh College.

The day-long conference offers four tracks with work sessions and panels to assist participants at every stage of entrepreneurship. The knowledge paths range from Novice to Practitioner, Achiever and Competitor.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Lori Blaker, CEO of TTi Global, which provides staffing, training and outsourcing solutions to industry. Blaker has led her company to rank among the top 25 women-run businesses in the United States, and she has earned honors that include Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Enterprising Women magazine’s “Enterprising Women of the Year Award” and Leadership Oakland’s “Leader of Leaders” award.  Recently she was part of the first-ever U.S. Department of Commerce trade mission to Afghanistan. 

For more information and to register for Entrepreneur-YOU 2013, visit: Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased online.

“At Entrepreneur-YOU, women entrepreneurs will find the guidance and support they need to start elevating their aspirations into reality,” said Walsh College President and CEO Stephanie Bergeron . “This remarkable day of education and resources will help entrepreneurs define, fund and grow their business—with advice from successful women.”

The program draws on the expertise available through Walsh College education programs and its Blackstone LaunchPad initiative; funding through Belle Capital, Michigan Women’s Foundation angel fund; a Huntington  Bank competition; and Inforum’s inGAGE™ entrepreneurial initiative .