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September 12, 2016

Joe Verkennes, Director of Marketing and Communications
Monroe County Community College
1555 S. Raisinville Rd., Monroe, MI  48161
(734) 384-4207 (O), (419) 343-3063 (M) 



MONROE, Mich. –   Monroe County Community College will host an open house to launch the new Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center at MCCC on September 28 from 5-7:30 p.m. in the atrium of the Career Technology Center.

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center is a partnership between MCCC, the Monroe County Business Development Corporation, the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation of Monroe County and the Bedford Business Association, established for the purposes of supporting an environment that attracts, supports and encourages business start-ups and the retention of small businesses in Monroe County.

The center will offer technical assistance and guidance to entrepreneurs and small businesses through workshops, training, one-on-one counseling and access to space and technology. 

“Creating a sustained and nurturing environment that cultivates the entrepreneurial spirit is the goal of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center,” said Dr. Kojo A. Quartey, president of Monroe County Community College.  “As Monroe County turns its focus to strengthening the county’s small business environment, the center will offer the appropriate technical and human capital to connect customers to training, resources and the stakeholder relationships needed for success.”

At the open house, MCCC President Dr. Kojo A. Quartey will officially launch the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, and attendees will be able to:

  • Meet with local entrepreneurs, MCCC faculty members, businesspeople and local economic development officials
  • Get business advice
  • Gain an understanding of the knowledge, technology and equipment available to entrepreneurs and established small businesses through the center
  • Take a tour of the Career Technology Center
  • Attend a “Financing Roundtable” put on by the Michigan Small Business Development Corporation from 6-8:30 p.m.  (Registration is required.  Please call (734) 677-5192 or email to register.)

For more information, contact Barry Kinsey, director of workforce development at Monroe County Community College, at (734) 384-4124 or

About Monroe County Community College

Founded in 1964, Monroe County Community College is a public, two-year institution supported by tax monies from Monroe County, educational funds from the State of Michigan and student tuition.  

The college’s mission is to enrich and transform lives by providing opportunities and excellence in higher education.  The Main Campus is located at 1555 South Raisinville Road, Monroe, Mich., 48161, with easy access to Toledo and Detroit.  The Whitman Center is located in Temperance, Mich., 48182, near the Ohio-Michigan Border.  Detailed information about MCCC is available at