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February 3, 2013

Business in Brief: 02/03/2013

Social entrepreneurship

ANN ARBOR — The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Corps and Great Lakes Entrepreneur's Quest are launching the Pure Michigan Social Entrepreneurship Challenge, the nation's first statewide social entrepreneurship competition.

The Challenge invites individuals and teams to submit plans for an emerging entrepreneurial idea or replicable model from an existing organization for sustainable social change in a wide range of areas including, but not limited to, urban revitalization, environment, health and education.

Participants in the new Challenge track offered through GLEQ.org will benefit from financial support, including more than $50,000 in potential cash prizes, access to impact investors and consideration for special program opportunities including cash awards for Community Ventures-eligible companies. Participants will also have access to mentorship, networking and resources tailored to social entrepreneurs.

Beginning Feb. 4, social entrepreneurs are invited to complete an application at GLEQ.org to begin their participation in the Challenge. Applicants will then have immediate access to coaches and special events to support the preparation of their submission before the May 20, 2013 deadline. A Social Entrepreneurship Showcase and Pitch event will take place on June 18 at GLEQ's Entrepreneur Connect event in Lansing.

To learn more, visit http://michigancorps.org/TheChallenge

For more information, contact Michigan Corps Director Elizabeth Garlow at egarlow@michigancorps.org

Reservations open

MACKINAC ISLAND — Mackinac Island hotels are now accepting reservations for the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference, taking place May 29-31.

The 2013 conference will feature national experts who will challenge influential decision-makers to work collaboratively in order to create a globally competitive, financially attractive business environment in Michigan. Speakers and sessions will spur a comprehensive dialogue on culture, education and the 21st century global market. Among this year's speakers are: Michelle Rhee, founder and CEO of StudentsFirst and Former Chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools; Joe Scarborough, host, MSNBC's "Morning Joe"; and former U.S. Congressman Mika Brzezinski, co-cost, MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

A conference registration confirmation is required to reserve a room at the island hotels.

For more information, visit mpc.detroitchamber.com.

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