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Resources for entrepreneurs on tap in Keystone series

Feb. 15, 2011

KALAMAZOO--Entrepreneurs will get a "leg up" on doing business at an upcoming presentation in late February as part of the Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Speaker Series.

Photo of Tamara Davis.Tamara Davis, director of the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center--MI-SBTDC--for Southwest Michigan and a WMU alumna, will speak at 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25, in the Dean's Conference Room of Schneider Hall, home of the Haworth College of Business.

Her talk, titled "Tapping into Resources for the Entrepreneur," is free and open to the public. A continental breakfast begins the event at 7:30 a.m. Reservations are required by calling (269) 387-6059. Free parking is available in the Fetzer Center parking lot.

Davis brings an extensive academic background to the MI-SBTDC as well as practical business experience from both the private and public sectors. After many years in advertising, Davis joined the Vermont Secretary of Administration's office under then-Gov. Howard Dean.

Upon returning to Michigan, she joined Kalamazoo College, serving in various capacities including director of operations of the L. Lee Stryker Center. She served as project manager of the economic development group regional EDGE and as a MI-SBTDC business consultant. In 2003, she joined Davenport University as the department coordinator of the Management, Marketing and Legal departments for the Battle Creek, Holland and Kalamazoo Davenport University locations.

Davis became the regional director of the MI-SBTDC at WMU in 2009. The center provides a full range of services for small business emerging and growing throughout Southwest Michigan, including new venture companies, existing businesses and expanding businesses.

Davis earned her bachelor's degree from the Haworth College of Business in 1988 with a concentration in advertising and marketing. She earned her MBA from WMU in 1999.

The speaker series is underwritten by Keystone Community Bank. The series provides an opportunity for members of the local community to hear top business leaders, WMU faculty, alumni and friends of the Haworth College of Business.

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Media contact: Valorie Juergens, (269) 387-5964, valorie.juergens@wmich.edu

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