Calendar of SPuRS-Approved Events

Upcoming Virtual events

* Events with an asterisk (*) require registration. Click on the event link for details. Event dates and times are subject to change. 

November 13

  • * Team SBA Financing Roundtable: WebinarBefore you apply for a business loan, first attend a free financing roundtable. We will debunk the myths and demystify the process of small business financing. This event takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. This is a Professional Insight - Foundational Level SPuRS event.

November 18

  • Major Match-Up - Major Match-Up is an event for all students wishing to explore Haworth College of Business Majors. A student can explore three majors over the course of the event with senior level students who are knowledgeable and engaged. Students will be able to learn what it takes to be successful in the major, what the coursework is like, who the faculty are, which employers come to campus to hire students for internships and/or full time positions in this major, which organizations are aligned with the major, which events are best to attend, and any other questions that you may have. THIS IS A PEER TO PEER EVENT, designed to provide information to first and second year students who are exploring options in order to select a major. Students will rotate through THREE sessions during this LIVE VIRTUAL event: Session One: 4:00-4:30 p.m., Session Two: 4:35-5:05 p.m., Session Three: 5:10-5:40 p.m.  This is a Professional Insight - Foundational Level SPuRS event.
  • *Talks with an Entrepreneur: Presidential Brewing Company - Over the next several months, the Southwest Michigan SBDC will highlight business owners who are succeeding against the odds, pivoting to survive COVID-19. This one hour webinar will feature a talk with Jake and Kayleigh Lohse. After a few years as homebrewers, the couple decided to take the next logical step and opened Presidential Brewing Company in Portage, Michigan. Just when they were starting to make a profit, COVID-19 struck and forced the business to pivot from its successful business model. Join us as we talk with Jake and Kayleigh about where they are today and insights they have to share with individuals interested in the food and beer industry. This virtual event takes place from 4 to 5 p.m. This is a Professional Insight - Foundational Level SPuRS event. 

November 19

  • Financial Planning Speaker Series - Speakers will talk about their education, career path, how they became financial advisors and what kind of challenges they have running their business. This speaker series is designed to raise awareness of the Personal Financial Planning program among all students and keep finance-related majors engaged with the industry. This WebEx event takes place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. This is a Professional Insight - Foundational Level SPuRS event.

November 20

  • Entrepreneurship Forum: Todd Sanford, president and CEO, Sanford Advisory - Entrepreneurship Forum is a monthly series sponsored by BlueOx Credit Union and hosted by the Haworth College of Business. The forum brings stories of entrepreneurs and startup success. This WebEx event takes place from 8 to 9 a.m. This is a Professional Insight - Foundational Insight SPuRS event.

December 1

  • *Virtual Escape Room: Stuck in Customs - Join us for our first virtual escape room experience! This Zoom event takes place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Advanced Level SPuRS event.
  • *Virtual Escape Room: Stuck in Customs - Join us for out first virtual escape room experience! This Zoom event takes place from 8:30 to 10 p.m. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Advanced Level SPuRS event.

December 3

  • *Virtual Escape Room: Stuck in Customs - Join us for out first virtual escape room experience! This Zoom event takes place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This is a Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge - Advanced Level SPuRS event.

December 4

  • *Entrepreneurship Forum: Mike Knapick, Owner, Knapick Management - Entrepreneurship Forum is a monthly series sponsored by BlueOx Credit Union and hosted by the Haworth College of Business. The forum brings stories of entrepreneurs and startup success. This WebEx event takes place from 8 to 9 a.m. This is a Professional Insight - Foundational Insight SPuRS event.

December 16

  • *Talks with an Entrepreneur: Centre Spa & WellnessEvery industry has been touched by COVID-19. Shayne Crocker, owner of Centre Spa and Wellness, has the goal of providing an inspirational and collaborative environment for their guests and the Centre Spa and Wellness family. Join us as we talk with Shayne about the changes she has made within the Spa to ensure health and safety to both her staff and clients. This virtual event takes place from 4 to 5 p.m. This is a Professional Insight - Foundational Level SPuRS event. 

self-guided activities

In addition to the current calendar of events, we have available for you some SPuRS-approved self guided activity options that can be completed online through ExperienceWMU.

Foundational Level Options                                                 

Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge                                            

  • Build Your Brand Workbook (Part 1)                                                              
  • FOCUS assessment

Personal Insight

  • Company Research & Position Analysis
  • LinkedIn profile

Leadership & Service

  • Big Interview Engagement (Foundational)
  • Handshake profile
  • Best Practices for Interviewing Video Series 

Advanced Level Options

Personal & Interpersonal Knowledge

  • Build Your Brand Workbook (Parts 1 and 2)
  • Art of Negotiation Video Series 

Professional Insight

  • Informational Interviews with Employers
  • Report an Internship Experience

Leadership & Service

  • Big Interview Engagement (Advanced)
  • Report a Volunteer Experience
  • The Jungle Podcast Review and Reflection

Instructions on how to complete and report these self-guided activities are found in ExperienceWMU.  

The video links below can answer most questions regarding ExperienceWMU and how to submit an audit.

SPuRS Video Tutorials:

What is SPuRS – Program Overview

Navigating ExperienceWMU

How to Process My SPuRS Audit

If you have additional questions, please email us at hcob-spurs@wmich.edu.