Category Archives: #community

The prescription for Baltimore: jobs

471381728-1500x1000It was hard to watch the images coming out of Baltimore last week. Seeing Freddy Gray’s life cut short, a man who was the same age as my own son, was tragic enough. The ensuing protests, the riot, the wall-to-wall media coverage, the talk about urban hopelessness, lack of opportunity, poor education – all of this was unsurprising, if not downright predictable. This is a story that is getting very old, about a situation for which solutions exist, solutions that are not even being attempted. That is precisely why the story is so hard to watch. Continue reading

Is it 2015 already?

Yes, of course I realize that 2015 has arrived, but in many ways i’m just not ready to accept that fact. Perhaps that is why I’m just now getting around to sending out a New Year post on January 8. I happen to be sitting at home in front of my computer, getting ready to head over to Ann Arbor and greet a fresh new class of U-M IOE 422 Entrepreneurship students. I had to first pause and send this missive though, because if I don’t do so today I might not get around to it before May or June. Continue reading

Be My Guest at Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium 2014

david tarver

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

For the past several months, I’ve been leading a talented team working to bring an important event to our area! Finally, this event is just around the corner — it’s the Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium taking place on October 10, 2014.  Momentum is building, and we’re hoping you’ll attend and help us spread the word by emailing a personal invitation to your friends and colleagues. We have provided a template below.

Click here to get your own  ticket — space is limited! We appreciate your support and hope to see you at the event.

——–

You are cordially invited to attend the 2014 Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium.  Join us as representatives from business, education, government, and communities gather to explore ways to apply entrepreneurship to benefit urban communities.

Key topics at the seminar will include:

  • Proven methods for engaging urban communities to determine needs, and for translating those needs into products and services
  • Vivid examples of sustainable, scalable, and disruptive businesses that are solving important urban problems
  • Student-led business ideas that show promise for changing the urban social and economic landscape.
  • Strategic, legal, and financial support systems needed to ensure the success of urban entrepreneurs.

The morning keynote speaker is Dr. Jeffrey Robinson from the Rutgers University Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CUEED), a leading figure in the urban entrepreneurship movement.  The luncheon will feature a talk by Jill Ford, special assistant to the mayor of Detroit for entrepreneurship initiatives.

The event is free, but space is limited.  Visit www.urbanei.net for tickets and see attached flyer for printing.

Friday, October 10, 2014
8am-2pm
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library
1000 Beal Ave.  ▪  Ann Arbor, Michigan   ▪  48109

Thank you!

David Tarver Joins Ross Leaders Academy Board

RossLogo

David Tarver has been appointed to an important new initiative in the U-M Ross School of Business.  The Ross Leaders Academy is an advanced leadership development program for select final-year MBA students.  In the coming year, Its core charge is to carry the Ross Impact Challenge venture from concept to creation in Detroit. This challenge entails creating a sustainable business that fulfills an important social purpose.  Students benefit from executive networking, executive coaching, and a year of activities that support learning from experience.

“I’m excited to join the Ross Leaders Academy Board, because the program dovetails nicely with the work we are doing at the Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative,” David says.  “If we can encourage and facilitate business innovation in service to urban communities in Detroit and elsewhere, we can improve the economic environment, but more importantly, we can improve the quality of life for millions of people.”

The Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative, founded by Mr. Tarver, will hold its first symposium on October 10. Brian Flanagan from the Ross Leaders Academy project team will attend the symposium and will take part in the Community Engagement panel discussion.

Don’t miss this gathering of urban-minded entrepreneurs!

Urban-Entrepreneurship-Initiative-with-url-and-tagline

Several months ago, I had the idea to form an organization that would encourage and empower entrepreneurs of all backgrounds to work on solving problems for urban communities. I called the organization the Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative (UEI). In the beginning UEI was just an idea, then it was a proposal, and now it’s a group of people working hard to bring that original idea to fruition. On October 10, 2014, UEI will present its first public event, the 2014 Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium. This event, to be held at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library on the North Campus of the University of Michigan, will convene innovators from academia, business, government, and communities to focus on the ways that entrepreneurs can solve important urban problems.

To get the entire scoop on UEI and the Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium,, visit the new web site: www.urbanei.net. There you will find information about the Initiative and the symposium and acquire your ticket to attend the October 10 event. I’m looking forward to it, and I hope to see you there!

One more thing: as the title suggests, UEI has grown up now — at least to adolescence.  The organization has its own web site, supporters, and sponsors, so the original proposal will no longer be shown on DavidTarver.com. I will always provide a link to my “baby” here, though.

Free Ride to College!

Norma Richards, the author, with Jesse Jackson, the Reverend.

Norma Richards, the author, with Jesse Jackson, the Reverend.

“My kid just got a free ride to so-and-so university!”

I must admit, most times I’ve heard somebody say that, usually at a party or a backyard barbecue or other social gathering, I started seething inside. Why? because I think about the hundreds of thousands of dollars I’ve spent sending my kids to college. I can’t complain, though, because I could afford it, and because my kids had great college experiences. But still, there’s that nagging question: did I really have to spend all that money, or could they , both excellent students, have received scholarship support? If they had, that money I sent to their college could have instead purchased their first home! Continue reading

When Flint Gives You Lemons…

Lemonade Day signups at New Jerusalem church in Flint.

Parents signing up for Lemonade Day at New Jerusalem church in Flint.

Kid businesses – that’s where many an entrepreneur got his or her start. Whether a paper route, or collecting used soft drink bottles, or mowing lawns, or selling lemonade, the seeds of entrepreneurship are often sown with that first neighborhood business a child engages in. On June 7, 2014, kids who participate in Lemonade Day will get the chance to experience the thrill of making and selling a product, a thrill that will propel some of them, no doubt, into a successful business career. Lemonade Day is a program that teaches kids the fundamentals of entrepreneurship by facilitating the creation of that most basic kid business: a lemonade stand. Continue reading