2021: Makerspace Prototype Exploration for Local Micro-Business Incubator

Authors: Lisa Casper

This project is designed to hedge against further decline in our economy by creating the preconditions to help graduating high school seniors to create economic opportunities, innovate their way forward, connect with innovation and entrepreneurship resources and lead by example. Scope &...

2021: Community Capital Accelerant

Authors: Chris Miller

The project intends to increase the number of Michigan projects utilizing Community Capital. Community Capital refers specifically to financial capital that is locally sourced from both accredited and...

2020: Strategy for Youth Empowerment and Entrepreneurship in the North Side of Flint

Authors: Psalm Bingham, Dr. Stephen Gasteyer

This project will develop an outline for youth entrepreneurship in the North Side of Flint, Michigan with the help of WOW Outreach of Flint. The report will further WOW Outreach’s goals of reducing violence through positive opportunities and increasing economic opportunities through the use...

2019: Community Stakeholder and Neighborhood Resident Strategies for Community Revitalization

Authors: Norman Christopher, Private Consultant

This innovation project will build upon the previous MSU REI student led research project on resident driven investment strategies, but also explore other viable social impact and social entrepreneurship community revitalization and investment strategies that are now available for use such as...

2017: Social Entrepreneurship in Legacy Cities

Authors: Jason Ball and Steve Wolbert, Community Ventures and Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative

A functional definition of social entrepreneurship and social enterprise in the context of Michigan’s legacy cities is necessary for planning. To do this, the project will consist of research on at least five case studies of social enterprises in Michigan cities to illustrate the...

2016: BLVD Harambee Business Model

Authors: Denise Collaku & Nina Stojic, Madonna University

This project established a business model and framework for a community bike shop that is by BLVD-Harambee, a non-profit youth mentorship organization led by the Episcopal Church of the Messiah.

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2015:Policies and Practices to Support Triple Bottom Line Development

Authors: Terry Link, Starting Now, LLC; Bill Stough, Sustainable Research Group

New profit and nonprofit enterprise models are capturing the imagination of innovative entrepreneurs to create a way to make a good living while addressing urgent environmental and social needs like quality food, community, inequality and climate change. Community economic development...

2015: Publicly-Operated Telework Facilities: An Economic Development Opportunity for Michigan's Rural and Tourism-Oriented Communities

Authors: Eric Frederick, Connect Michigan

Connect Michigan created a Co-Learning plan that addressed teleworking, also referred to as "telecommuting," and its importance to twenty-first century economic development in Michigan. Telecommuting enables an employee to work from a location that is remote from the traditional bricks...

2015: P3 - Pathways from Prison to Prosperity: A Framework for Training Ex-Offenders to be Entrepreneurs in Legacy Cities

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Co-Learning Plan - 2015

Author: George Berghorn, Ph.D., Berghorn Group/Green Prisons


This Co-Learning Plan developed programs which have direct benefits to the communities where ex-offender...

2015: Family-Owned Business Database for the Great Lakes Bay Region

Authors: Saginaw Valley State University

Family businesses remain a vital force for innovation, job creation, and community development in Michigan. The Saginaw Valley State University Family Business program proposed to create a comprehensive database of family-owned businesses in the Great Lakes Bay Region and surrounding...

2014: Rural Business Incubators in Michigan: A Community Analysis of Montcalm and Ionia Counties

Authors: Davia Cox Downey, Ph.D., Grand Valley State University

Montcalm and Ionia counties opened a business incubator inside Montcalm Community college to explore Rural Economic and Entrepreneurial Strategies. Entrepreneurship has been an integral part of the economy in the United States since its inception and it is critical for the state of Michigan as it...

2014: Promotion of Cooperative Enterprises in Distressed Urban and Rural Communities

Authors: Edward Lorenz, Ph.D., Public Affairs Institute of Alma College

This Co-Learning Plan showed how Flint, Michigan has developed a unique program that brings together diverse community stakeholders to support youth entrepreneurship. It is targeted at educators, economic development professionals, and those interested in grassroots community...

2014: Assessing Use and Users: On the Little Traverse Wheelway, the Northwest State Trail and the North Central State Trail

Authors: Charles M. Nelson, Jenni S. Lee, Christine A. Vogt, Michigan State University

This project focused on the benefits of trails as an economic development tool. Trails are a useful and sustainable source of both tourism money and convenient transportation that does not rely on the automobile. To better understand how to enhance the qualities of trails in Northern Lower...

2013: Makerspaces: Supporting an Entrepreneurial System

Authors: Christina Benton, Tim Dempsey, Lori Mullins, & Kristin Shelley, City of East Lansing & East Lansing Public Library

This Co-Learning Plan provided an overview of the Makerspace movement -- an initiative that supports creative process and innovation through providing a workshop space where amateurs and professionals interested in electronics, robotics, software, wood or metal working or art could expand their...

2013: Helping Entrepreneurs Revitalize Our Economy & Society

Authors: Sam Carter

This Co-Learning Plan detailed an effort to establish a collegiate chapter of the Lansing Black Chamber of Commerce in order to impact the number of entrepreneurs among members of urban and distressed communities. This project hoped to give students "heroes" the inspiration to look...

2013: Detroit Startup Study: An Exploration of Youth Technology Based Entrepreneur Opportunities in Detroit

Authors: Sahara Horn, Madonna University

This study investigated the resources and support available to Detroiters to create successful technology businesses. It specifically focused on resources and opportunities applicable to young people. The research provided a review of the courses available in Detroit best suited for newer...

2012: Promoting Youth Entrepreneurship in Michigan: Strategies for Building on Michigan's Entrepreneurial Heritage

Authors: Joel Rash, Red Ink Flint

This Co-Learning Plan brought the Mondragon model into the realm of higher education by educating students in the value of building a cooperative approach to community entrepreneurship. The process began with developing several cooperative educational modules to guide young people and interested...

2012: Innovation Brokering for a Community-Based Economy

Authors: Deborah Groban Olson

This Co-Learning Plan presented and analyzed the efforts of the Community-Based Economy Group (CBE Group) in Detroit to adapt proven models of community-based business and social practices to help locally-rooted businesses accelerate transformation of Metro Detroit to a sustainable and inclusive...