www.mybaycity.com January 16, 2007
Rotary Article 1448

Partnerships, Industry Relations Aims of Saginaw Valley State University

University Now Has Resident Entrepreneur to Help Spark Job Growth

January 16, 2007
By: Dave Rogers

Visit RotaryBayCity.org, web site of the Rotary Club of Bay City, Michigan


  • New Meeting Place On January 16, 2007 the club moved its meeting to the Lumber Barons' Charcoal Grill and Brew Pub on the West side at 804 E. Midland St (891-0100).

  • Dues are Due : January through June dues invoices have been distributed. Please pay promptly! If not paid by January 31, members are considered inactive and a $75 fee is charged to reinstate the membership.

  • Club Web Site: New features are being added regularly. This week you'll find a calendar of upcoming programs. If you need access to the members-only section, click on that button then click on the link to request a password. Visit the site and pass along suggestions to Stephen Kent or Gena Gates: www.RotaryBayCity.org

  • Vocational Days Committee said the deadline for being a sponsor is this week. Contact Ralph Knopp or Griff Acker. The dates are March 20 and 22.


    PRESIDENT ELECT-ELECT: Anne Trahan, 2009-2010. Congratulations Anne!

    NEW MEMBERS PROPOSED: Dr. John Ley, retired ophthalmologist, proposed by Al Hicks; and Ron Bloomfield, curator of Bay County Historical Museum, proposed by Eric Jylha.

    Upcoming Programs

  • THIS WEEK'S PROGRAM Jan 23 Robert Belleman - State of the City

  • Jan 30 Hidden Harvest

  • Feb 6 Karolyn Karl, AmeriCorps, on groundwater and pollution prevention.

  • Feb 13 Bay Regional Medical Center, Alice Gerard, President.

  • Feb 20 Girl Scouts, Kerry Allen, Director

  • Feb 27 Lou Anna Simon, President, Michigan State University

    LAST WEEK'S PROGRAM: Harry Leaver, Saginaw Valley State University, Jerome Yantz, programmer.


    That's where it's at, says Harry Leaver, who heads the Center for Business & Economic Development (CBED) at Saginaw Valley State University.

    CBED creates partnerships with companies that "create and develop high-expectation new business (ventures that create jobs)," said Mr. Leaver.

    "This synergy is the key differentiator between SVSU and most other universities," Mr. Leaver told Bay City Rotarians last week, adding:

  • "CBED is the connection between SVSU and the business and economic development organizations of the region.

  • CBED works hand-in-hand with SVSU's College of Business & Management and the College of Science, Engineering & Technology."

    Mr. Leaver explains:

    "CBED is an umbrella organization made up of seven main components offering a variety of innovative services."

    These components are:

    1. Independent Testing Laboratory.

    2. Saginaw Valley Research & Development Corporation.

    3. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

    4. Entrepreneurship & Commercialization Center.

    5. Center for Rapid Prototyping & Innovation.

    6. Center for Manufacturing Improvement.

    7. Office of Continuing Education & Professional Development.

    Each of the component organizations aims to accelerate economic diversification around existing "hot spots" in advanced manufacturing, medical device manufacturing, alternative energy and advanced computing and informatics.

    A resident entrepreneur has come on board to help inspire and guide this growth, Mr. Leaver concluded.


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