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CMURC develops resources for Inclusive Entrepreneurship Initiative

CMURC develops resources for Inclusive Entrepreneurship Initiative

Midland Area Community Foundation Awards Grant to CMURC

Central Michigan University Research Corporation (CMURC) has received a grant to develop its Entrepreneur Like ME Program, courtesy of the Midland Area Community Foundation. The program aims to serve underrepresented entrepreneurs in Midland County by implementing resources that level the playing field for small business owners.

Entrepreneur Like ME builds upon CMURC’s Inclusive Entrepreneurship Initiative started in 2021. The program has multiple components with the objective of creating diversity and equal opportunity in the ecosystem of industry professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs. The program supported by the Midland Area Community Foundation will allow CMURC to build this inclusive ecosystem and deliver resources that are inclusive and equitable for all in Midland County. CMURC invites those interested in supporting and participating in the initiative to the kickoff day on Aug. 25 at CMURC Midland.

CMURC is a professional and diverse coworking space with locations in Bay City, Midland, Mount Pleasant and Saginaw. It is ideal for those working remotely, corporations needing offsite meeting space, professionals seeking engagement in the community and entrepreneurs looking to collaborate. Its programs were created to give entrepreneurs and professionals a clear path to engage and collaborate.

“Underserved entrepreneurs face various barriers to entry when pursuing their ideas, including limited access to capital and a lack of a supportive network,” said CEO + President of CMURC Erin Strang. “The goal of our program is to help mitigate some of the barriers that prevent entrepreneurs from developing their ideas, establishing a climate where teams can grow, and opportunities can flourish leaving the ultimate environment to create high paying jobs.”

To participate in programs, or to learn how your organization can help empower diverse entrepreneurs, please visit

The Midland Area Community Foundation exists to cultivate the power of giving within the community, support long-term transformation, and help ensure all residents thrive. The Focus Area in which the grant funding was received was Building our Livelihood, which aims to reduce or maintain unemployment levels, gain and maintain jobs, reduce poverty rate and increase average household income.


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