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Lawrence Tech hosts Feb. 19 statewide microenterprise conference

Release Date: February 10, 2009

Southfield - Lawrence Technological University will host a one-day statewide conference, "Microenterprise: Moving Forward in Michigan," on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield. It is the second in the Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) series of the National Local Initiative Support Corp. (LISC)

Microenterprise, a proven economic development tool, is an income-generating strategy that helps poor, low- to moderate-income, and other disadvantaged individuals start or expand the smallest of business called microenterprises.

This one-day conference brings together national experts and community microenterprise initiatives from across the state. It will provide an update on best practices, explore technological innovations and allow participants to offer feedback on a plan to keep microenterprise moving forward in Michigan.

The Center for Nonprofit Management at Lawrence Tech University and Michigan LISC are offering this program in partnership with Detroit Local Initiative Support Corp. (LISC), the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Al McCord, executive director of LTU Online, will lead a post-conference session from 2-2:45 p.m. to explore how new information technology might advance microenterprise programs at nonprofit organizations.

The cost of $20 includes breakfast and lunch. To register online, go to

For more information, contact or (248) 204-3095.

Lawrence Technological University,, offers over 80 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,000-student, private university pioneered evening classes 75 years ago, and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech's 102-acre campus is in Southfield, with education centers in Lansing, Livonia, Clinton Township, Traverse City and Petoskey. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.