Anyone following my activities this past year knows that I have been consumed with the creation of something called the Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative. Ever since returning to my home state of Michigan in 2007, I have been struck by the need to connect the intellect and resources of our entrepreneur communities with the needs, passion, and insight of people in our urban communities. Continue reading
Saw the movie “Selma” last night. The events depicted formed the backdrop of my childhood, as I watched them unfold from the safety of our living room in Flint, Michigan. Watching the film, I was filled with a mixture of pride, sadness, inspiration, and determination. Continue reading
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
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library
1000 Beal Ave. ▪ Ann Arbor, Michigan ▪ 48109
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.
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.
This past May 14-17, I had the privilege of participating in the Black Enterprise Entrepreneur’s Conference 2014 (BEEC 2104) in Columbus, Ohio. This conference, established and operated by Black Enterprise Magazine, is the largest gathering anywhere of African American entrepreneurs and business leaders.
The purpose of the University of Michigan Electrical and Computer Engineering Council (ECEC) is to foster excellence in all areas of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) research and teaching, provide strategic guidance to ECE faculty and leadership, and strengthen relationships among ECE faculty, students, alumni and corporations, foundations, and government agencies with ECE-related interests. Continue reading
Two recent articles from the blogoshpere merit sharing. The first is somewhat disconcerting. A recent WashingtonPost.com article states that existing U.S. businesses are being destroyed at a faster rate than new businesses are being created. This, despite all the recent talk and efforts concerning entrepreneurship, is a disappointing finding. To read the article, click here.
The second article is more hopeful, and definitely closer to home. The Michipreneur blog (michipreneur.com) interviewed me on the subject of urban entrepreneurship. To read that article, click here.
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