8:00 a.m. Registration | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Conference | Don H. Bottum University Center
Cost: $30 For individuals, $15 for students
Attendees must register in advance

Northern Michigan University’s College of Business will host the inaugural Celebration of Entrepreneurship and Business Conference on April 10, 2014, in the Don H. Bottum University Center.

The conference includes 21 sessions, including topics such as Internet marketing, business start-up considerations, risk management, entrepreneurial success, and a panel presentation on Women in Business. NMU students will also present their T.E.A.M. Business concept that assists and works with new businesses in a variety of enterprise developments.This event welcomes students, community members, business professionals and established entrepreneurs seeking to expand their enterprises, as well as aspiring entrepreneurs looking to turn their business dreams into reality.

View the conference scheduledescriptions and presenter biographies.

Registration includes the conference, lunch featuring a keynote speaker, and free admission to the New Business Venture Competition held during the afternoon.

For questions, please contact College of Business Assistant Dean Jody Lindberg at 906-227-1894.

New Business Venture Competition

1:00 - 5:30 p.m. competition, 5:30 p.m. winners reception | Don H. Bottum University Center | Free to public. No advance registration required.

The NMU College of Business hosts its 7th annual New Business Venture Competition.  The competition begins at 1:00 p.m. at the University Center with a trade show display competition, followed by 60-second elevator pitches and business plan presentations. The six finalists were chosen out of almost 30 entries into the competition from students in a variety of majors at NMU.

Students will pitch their ideas to a panel of business judges and compete for funding to assist in getting their business idea off the ground.  Along with cash prizes, the winner will receive business consulting in a number of relevant areas required to start-up their business, including financial, legal and marketing, as well as other tangible products such as software.

This competition is designed to encourage entrepreneurial activism among students by recognizing and rewarding those who present detailed plans on designing and creating new business enterprises, drawing on their own ideas and inventions. The competition provides a forum for these students to present their new venture plans to investors, receive meaningful feedback, have the opportunity to start a new business, and apply classroom learning to real world projects. The business plans must propose ventures that will be financially profitable and create new jobs.

The businesses featured in this year's competition are:

  • PetScape—safe caregiving to pets
  • Up Dog—canine center promoting healthy lifestyle and total wellness
  • Torched Vines, Wines and Spirits—small batch artesian bourbon, vodka and hand-crafted wines
  • United Tastes, ready-to-go meals by the pound
  • U.P. Coding School—Web development academy
  • Snaptanx—post-surgical recovery garments for breast cancer patients

See the competition website for more information about the event and past contestants.

Alumni, Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner

6:00 p.m. Reception | 7:00 p.m. Dinner | Don H. Bottum University Center
Cost: $25 for student, $75 Per person or $400 for table of six
Attendees must register in advance

The Northern Michigan University College of Business invites you to join us on April 10, 2014, for the inaugural Alumni, Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner. This fundraising event kicks off with a reception at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. and the program to follow. A silent auction will be featured, including items from the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Red Wings, along with other notable items and event tickets. Funds raised from the auction and dinner will go to support incoming and current student scholarships and student organizations and their activities. Local companies and organizations are encouraged to reserve tables to show support for the College of Business students and graduates.

This event is open to alumni, students, college supporters, community members and the public. The cost of the dinner is $75 per person or $400 for a table of six.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, making a donation or providing a silent auction item, please contact Jody Lindberg at or call 906-227-1894.

Please join us as well for additional Celebration of Entrepreneurship and Business events throughout the day.