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"New Pitch event at Ann Arbor Art Fair will offer cash prizes for artists and art entrepreneurs.” Concentrate, Ann Arbor, July 12, 2023,

"Youth audio production education program among winners in 2023 Pitch@WCC competition,” Concentrate Ann Arbor, June 14, 2023,

"WCC hosts business pitch competition for veterans," Concentrate Ann Arbor, December 21, 2022,

"Veteran entrepreneurs pitch ideas for cash prizes to grow businesses," WCC News, December 14, 2022,

"The Entrepreneurship Center will help you build your business," The Washtenaw Voice, November 2, 2022,

"Mobile household product refill service, motor coach business lead WCC pitch competition winners," Concentrate Ann Arbor, June 8, 2022,

"Washtenaw Community College awards cash to pitch competition winners," All About Ann Arbor, June 3, 2022,

"Entrepreneurs Return to WCC to Pitch Business Plans," DBusiness, May 31, 2022,

"RSES Board Member Spearheads HVACR Pipeline Program," Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES), January 11, 2022,


Previous Years

"WCC launches new program to serve social impact businesses," Concentrate Ann Arbor, December 1, 2021,

"Expanding entrepreneurship," American Association of Community Colleges 21st Century Center, October 5, 2021,

"WCC expands its Entrepreneurs-In-Residence program to mentor new business owners," The Sun Times News - Chelsea, September 24, 2021,

"WCC expands its Entrepreneurs-In-Residence program to mentor new business owners," WCC News, September 23, 2021, 

"Heroic Futures event will use superhero comics to inspire young people to lead," Concentrate Ann Arbor, September 22, 2021,

"New program supports WCC HVAC/R students and local industry," WCC On The Record, August 19, 2021,

"On The Ground Ypsilanti: 'Mom-preneurs': Ypsi women balance small businesses with motherhood," Concentrate Ann Arbor, July 21, 2021,

"Women United Awards $50,500 in Grants to Local Organizations," United Way of Washtenaw County, June 10, 2021,

"WCC pitch competition winners include family-friendly salon for Black children," Concentrate Ann Arbor, May 26, 2021,

"Washtenaw United: Women Entrepreneurs Taking Charge In Washtenaw County," WEMU, May 24, 2021,

"Entrepreneurs pitch winning business plans at WCC virtual competition," WCC News, May 14, 2021,

"New internship program helps underrepresented students find 'a place in tech' at Ann Arbor companies," Concentrate Ann Arbor, April 21, 2021,

"On The Ground Ypsi: A Local Program Offers Assistance To Businesses Struggling Due To Pandemic [Radio broadcast]," WEMU, February 10, 2021,

"WCC program helps Ypsi-area women, minority, and veteran entrepreneurs creatively weather COVID-19," Concentrate Ann Arbor, February 10, 2021,

"Number of small businesses increases, despite pandemic," The Washtenaw Voice, February 4, 2021,

"WCC sponsor of local Diversity, Equity and Inclusion internship program," WCC News, October 26, 2020,

"Survivor: WCC advocate Delphine Reed", On The Record, October 21, 2020,

"WCC wins $23K for 'HVAC Partnership Pipeline' from national competition," WCC News, October 14, 2020,

"Five Colleges Selected as NACCE 2020 Pitch for the Trades Winners," NACCE Press Releases, October 13, 2020,

"Local entrepreneurs ready to mentor aspiring business owners," WCC News, September 29, 2020,

"WCC's 'HVAC Partnership Pipeline' named a finalist in pitch competition," WCC News, September 18, 2020,

WJR "Veterans Perspective" Podcast, August 15, 2020 - Listen at 13:00 mark for mention of EC in Dr. Eric Fretz's interview on veteran entrepreneurship

"Washtenaw Community College Offers Free Business Planning Support," Cronicle Tech News, July 2, 2020,

"Area businesses find emergency help from local fund," The Washtenaw Voice, April 6, 2020,

"Washtenaw Community College, uniteSTEM producing 3D-printed masks, visors for local hospitals," MLive, April 2, 2020,

"WCC continues offering resources to community," WCC News, March 25, 2020,


“New program pairs seasoned entrepreneurs with rookies,” The Washtenaw Voice, September 10, 2019,

“Entrepreneurs-in-Residence offers one-on-one mentoring with four local experts,” WCC News & Events, September 3, 2019,

“New WCC entrepreneurship program offers one-on-one guidance with local business experts,” Concentrate Ann Arbor, August 28, 2019,

Aspiring and fledgling entrepreneurs win cash prizes at Pitch@WCC,” WCC News & Events, May 14, 2019

“Washtenaw Community College holds ‘pitch-off’ for local entrepreneurs May 9 in Ann Arbor,” Click on Detroit, March 22, 2019,

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha kicks off Women’s History Month at WCC,” WCC News & Events, February 25, 2019.

Community Television Network: “A2 Insight w-Dr. Kimberly Hurns,” January 17, 2019, 

“Pitch@WCC to award cash to entrepreneurs,” The Washtenaw Voice, January 14, 2019,

“A2 Entrepreneurs Club,” The Washtenaw Voice, December 3, 2018,

“Entrepreneurs: Your attention please,” The Washtenaw Voice, October 22, 2018,

“‘Catastrophe room’ business idea wins $1,500 at Pitch@WCC competition,” Concentrate Ann Arbor, May 23, 2018,

“The valley of entrepreneurship at WCC,” The Washtenaw Voice, May 7, 2018,

“Bootcamp in tune with aspiring area musicians,” The Washtenaw Voice, March 12, 2018,

“Pitch@WCC competition returns, offering opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs,” Concentrate Ann Arbor, January 17, 2018,

“Ypsi crowdfunding statistics reveal startling disparity,” Concentrate Ann Arbor, December 13, 2017,

“Launching The OptiMize Campus Innovators Program,” Medium, August 29, 2017,

“Get To Know The Washtenaw Community College Entrepreneurship Center,” Michigan Business Network podcast, August 25, 2017,

“Pitch Ypsi competition returns with $5,000 prize for entrepreneurs,” Concentrate Ann Arbor, August 23, 2017,

“Grant allows WCC Entrepreneurship Center to focus on arts as business,” On The Record, August 2017,

“WCC video boot camp,” The Washtenaw Voice, March 20, 2017,

Interview with Kristin Gapske on the Lucy Ann Lance Show, with Dave Heikkinen of the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti, February 3, 2017,

“Eastern Washtenaw County provides three chances for entrepreneurs to hit the jackpot!,” press release, January 14, 2017,

“Appeal of entrepreneurship classes on rise for all majors,” Crain’s Detroit Business, September 4, 2016,

“One-day business program at Washtenaw College to help high school students”, MLive, August 22, 2016,

“Guide to new business education programs in Southeast Michigan,” Crain’s Detroit Business, June 5, 2016,

“No ‘Shark Tank,’ but plenty of competition,” On The Record, May/June 2016,

“New and growing businesses win cash at WCC’s Pitch Contest,” The Washtenaw Voice, May 2, 2016,

“Small Business and the Internet: Crowdfunding,” Ann Arbor Area Business Monthly, May 2016,

“Start-Ups Start Here,” On The Record, September 2015,

“Entrepreneurs to Showcase Their Products, Services at Washtenaw Community College”, NACCE: National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, June 8, 2015,

“Entrepreneurship Center Market Day,” The Washtenaw Voice, June 2, 2015,

“Entrepreneurs to showcase their products, services at Washtenaw Community College,”, June 1, 2015:

“Mixing Business With Lemonade,” The Washtenaw Voice, May 18, 2015,

“Entrepreneurship Center Hosts Lemonade Day,” The Washtenaw Voice, May 4, 2015,

“Voice in Vogue: Finding Passion in Fashion,” The Washtenaw Voice, May 4, 2015,

“Entrepreneurship Center connects startups, community”, WCC’s On The Record, April 27, 2015,

“Entrepreneurship Center Celebrates Grand Opening,” The Washtenaw Voice, March 23, 2015

Community Television Network: “FYI: Adaptive Scuba Diving, WCC’s Entrepreneurship Center”, March 20, 2015

“Entrepreneurship Center Open House full of positive energy”, WCC’s On The Record, November 25, 2014,

“Washtenaw Community College Entrepreneurship Center Open House,” October 29, 2014, press release