Global Entrepreneurship Week

Since 2008, GEW has been observed around the world with the goal to inspire individuals to discover their inner entrepreneur through various local, national, and global activities. Events are designed to connect and inspire people of all ages to consider their self-starter potential and exciting new entrepreneurial opportunities.

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Mark your calendar and plan to join us for these local events. For more information about these events or the Entrepreneurship Institute at Ferris State University, please visit us at

Local to Global
Co-owners of Brittanie’s Thyme discuss how their business transitioned from local sales to global exports.
Monday, November 5, 2012 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: YWCA - 25 Sheldon Boulevard Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (First Floor)
In partnership with the Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW)

Future Innovators
Middle school students will visit Ferris for the day to compete in an interactive, business startup simulation.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Ferris State University FLITE (Room 114) – 1010 Campus Drive, Big Rapids, MI 49307
In partnership with Generation E Institute and Crossroads Charter Academy, Big Rapids

Challenges and Opportunities for Latino Entrepreneurs
Carlos Sanchez, director of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, will moderate a penal discussion on the challenges and opportunities that Latino entrepreneurs experience during business creation and growth.
Wednesday November 7, 2012 | 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Ferris State University IRC (Room 120)-1301 South State Street, Big Rapids, MI 49307
In partnership with Ferris’ Center for Latino Studies and West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Inspire. Design. Do.
A creative workshop designed to inspire education and small start-up businesses. Learn to create a business mockup with students and St art-Up companies recruited by universities.
Thursday, November 8, 2012 | 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: Kendall Federal Building - 17 Fountain Street Northwest, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
In partnership with Kendall College of Art and Design, Tiger Studio, Start Garden, and The Factory

Global Entrepreneurship Week