Entrepreneurs-In-Residence Program

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Get free individualized coaching with one of our local entrepreneurs. Consultations on topics such as: Marketing, Idea Validation, Networking, Customer Discovery, Pre-Business Plan Writing, and Coaching for Creatives.

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Our EIRs are now scheduling appointments via phone or video call!

Email us to learn more!

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 EIR bios below. One-on-one individual 40-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
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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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