Entrepreneurs-In-Residence Program

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We are excited to announce that our Entrepreneurs-In-Residence program will continue for the 2020 - 2021 school year!  In September 2020 our EIRs will return for regular consultation appointments each month. 

Until then our EIR Al Newman is available virtually throughout the summer months.  Contact us via phone at (734) 249-5880 (leave a message and we will return calls during regular work hours), or through email at [email protected] to learn more about scheduling an appointment.

 The EIR program, started in 2019, enhances our mentoring services at the EC, and is made possible by a private grant. Four local entrepreneurs are available as business consultants in their area of expertise, see bios below. One-on-one individual 50-minute appointments can be made after an initial intake with the EC, please see this page for our Business Assistance Request form to begin the process. The following Entrepreneurs-In-Residence (EIRs) advise on the following topics:

  • Marketing
  • Business Coaching, Idea Validation, Networking
  • Customer Discovery, Pre-Business Plan Writing
  • Coaching for Creatives


EC Entrepreneurs-In-Residence


Danielle Milner


Danielle's bio

Al Newman

Business Planning, Idea Validation

Al's bio



Cheranissa Roach

Customer Discovery, Pre-Business Plan Writing

Cheranissa's bio

Sandra Xenakis

Coaching for Creatives

Sandra's bio
EIR flyer

Email us to learn more!

Press Coverage

“New program pairs seasoned entrepreneurs with rookies,” The Washtenaw Voice, September 10, 2019, https://www.washtenawvoice.com/2019/09/10/new-program-pairs-seasoned-entrepeneurs-with-rookies/

“Entrepreneurs-in-Residence offers one-on-one mentoring with four local experts,” WCC News & Events, September 3, 2019, https://www.wccnet.edu/news/2019/2019-09-03-entrepreneurs-residence.php

“New WCC entrepreneurship program offers one-on-one guidance with local business experts,” Concentrate Ann Arbor, August 28, 2019, https://www.secondwavemedia.com/concentrate/innovationnews/wcceceir0516.aspx 

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