Stakeholder Sponsors

A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting is a proud sponsor and the host for New Enterprise Forum! Based in Ann Arbor, we are a high performance hosting provider. We feature an exclusive SwiftServer platform and SSDs that load pages up to 300% faster compared to our competition. We specialize in Web Hosting, VPS Hosting, Cloud Hosting, Reseller Hosting and Dedicated Hosting.

A2Y Chamber of Commerce

The Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Regional Chamber is a 1,300-member community organization that actively facilitates, educates and advocates on behalf of its members through our services and programs. Chamber member offerings include numerous networking opportunities and events, educational seminars, leadership development, special offers to Chamber members from Chamber members and access to health insurance. The Chamber offers multiple ways to get your business noticed: submit a press release to be posted in the news section of our homepage, sponsor an event, attend monthly programs, join a committee or find other businesses to interact with in our Member Directory.

Ann Arbor SPARK

Ann Arbor SPARK will advance the economy of the Ann Arbor region by establishing the area as a desired place for business expansion and location... by identifying and meeting the needs of business at every stage, from those that are established to those working to successfully commercialize innovations.

Brown & Brown

Brown & Brown is an independent insurance intermediary that through its licensed subsidiaries provides a variety of insurance and reinsurance products and services to corporate, public entity, institutional, trade, professional, association and individual clients.

Our corporate culture is built on vision, speed, agility and strength that allows us to thrive in the very competitive insurance environment. This unique culture has enabled us to quickly chase down new opportunities, adapt our products and services to best meet market demands, and satisfy our many and varied clients.

Butzel Long PC

Butzel Long is a leading law firm with offices located in Michigan, New York City, Washington D.C., and alliance offices in Mexico and China. Founded in 1854, Butzel Long is one of the oldest firms in the Midwest, having played a prominent role in the development and growth of several major industries. Business leaders have turned to us for innovative, highly-effective legal counsel for over 155 years.

Our firm has over 3,000 geographically diverse clients that are active in national and international markets. These clients come from many sectors, including advertising, automotive, banking and financial services, construction, energy, health care, insurance, manufacturing, media, pharmaceuticals, professional services, publishing, real estate, retail and wholesale distribution, technology, transportation, and utilities.

Detroit Development Fund

Detroit Development Fund is a non-profit organization and a certified community development financial institution formed with a mission to assist in the revitalization of economically distressed areas in the city of Detroit. Detroit Development provides loans and technical assistance to small business owners, developers, building owners, contractors, and subcontractors who are unable to acquire certain levels of capital necessary from traditional financing sources. We deliver our products and services with the goals of revitalizing businesses and neighborhoods in Detroit, Michigan, creating economic equity, and promoting a healthy environment.

Dykema Gossett PLLC

Dykema is distinguished by our cost-effective and collaborative partnerships with our clients. We deliver practical, results-oriented counsel earning accolades from clients nationwide for our efforts on their behalf in the courtroom and in the boardroom.  

We are focused on delivering outstanding results and we strive, at every level, to develop relationships with our clients built on trust and mutual respect. Unparalleled client service is at the heart of our approach to the practice of law. That focus has been a cornerstone of our success for the past 85 years. We hire the best and the brightest talents and instill in all a commitment to our clients’ satisfaction and the achievement of their business and legal goals. 

Eastern Michigan University Center for Entrepreneurship

Established in 1986, in the College of Business, EMU's Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) strives to enhance a culture of entrepreneurship in the EMU community by supporting a strong entrepreneurship curriculum and offering a variety of co-curricular programs. The CFE also encourages local entrepreneurship by engaging EMU students and faculty in innovation, business creation and growth in southeast Michigan.

Academic Curriculum

This includes a major in entrepreneurship for College of Business (COB) students pursuing a bachelor's in business administration (B.B.A) program, a minor in entrepreneurship for students outside the COB, graduate certificate (both face-to-face and online) in entrepreneurship for anyone with a bachelor's degree and finally, a specialization in entrepreneurship for master's in business administration students.

Skandalaris Business Plan Competition

University (and high school) students compete in separate categories for a chance at thousands in prize money, with the top three placers presenting their plans at the Sesi Entrepreneurship Conference in February. All EMU students are eligible to compete and we happily accept plans that are part of a group project for class. 

 

ID Ventures

ID Ventures was created by the nonprofit Invest Detroit in 2009 to enhance its overall mission to support inclusive growth of entrepreneurial ventures. As one of few venture funds located in Detroit, ID Ventures is one of the most active early stage investors in the state and has invested in over 120 Michigan-based companies across multiple sectors including life sciences and healthcare, information technology, fintech, mobility, advanced manufacturing and materials, among others. ID Ventures only invests in Michigan-based companies, or those that are in the process of relocating, and oversees additional programs designed to grow and support the state’s startup ecosystem.

LevelOne Bank

Level One Bank is a full-service, 5-Star BauerFinancial rated commercial and consumer bank headquartered in Michigan with assets of approximately $1.2 billion. It currently operates twelve full-service banking centers located throughout Southeast Michigan and West Michigan.  Level One Bank’s success has been recognized both locally and nationally as the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) ‘Community Lender of the Year’ and ‘Export Finance Lender of the Year’, one of S&P Global’s Top 10 ‘Best-Performing Community Banks’ in the nation, Inc. Magazine’s list of 5,000 ‘Fastest Growing Private Companies in America’, and one of American Banker Magazine’s ‘Best Banks to Work For’.  Level One’s Commercial Division provides a complete menu of products including lines of credit, term loans, leases, commercial mortgages, SBA loans, Export-Import Financing, and a full suite of Treasury Management and Private Banking services. The Consumer Division offers personal savings and checking accounts and a complete array of consumer loan products including residential mortgages, home equity, auto, and credit card services. Level One Bank offers a variety of online banking services and a robust mobile banking application for individuals and businesses.  Level One Bank offers the sophistication of a big bank, the heart of a community bank, and the spirit of an entrepreneur. For more information, please visit www.levelonebank.com.

Level One Bank is a full-service, 5-Star BauerFinancial rated commercial and consumer bank headquartered in Michigan with assets of approximately $1.2 billion. It currently operates twelve full-service banking centers located throughout Southeast Michigan and West Michigan.  Level One Bank’s success has been recognized both locally and nationally as the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) ‘Community Lender of the Year’ and ‘Export Finance Lender of the Year’, one of S&P Global’s Top 10 ‘Best-Performing Community Banks’ in the nation, Inc. Magazine’s list of 5,000 ‘Fastest Growing Private Companies in America’, and one of American Banker Magazine’s ‘Best Banks to Work For’.  Level One’s Commercial Division provides a complete menu of products including lines of credit, term loans, leases, commercial mortgages, SBA loans, Export-Import Financing, and a full suite of Treasury Management and Private Banking services. The Consumer Division offers personal savings and checking accounts and a complete array of consumer loan products including residential mortgages, home equity, auto, and credit card services. Level One Bank offers a variety of online banking services and a robust mobile banking application for individuals and businesses.  Level One Bank offers the sophistication of a big bank, the heart of a community bank, and the spirit of an entrepreneur. For more information, please visit www.levelonebank.com.

 

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