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A Perfect Opportunity to sell Ypsilanti

Posted by ppna on March 25, 2008

On May 14th and 15th the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium will be in our own backyard at the Marriot. The MGCS is an event where emerging businesses meet with potential financiers to start or expand their businesses. I hope our city officials have something planned to cater to these folks in order to showcase our city as a potential place where these new businesses could develop.

A couple ideas I have are:
Perhaps a representative from the city of Ypsilanti could sit in the lobby with information on why Ypsilanti is where these businesses should choose to grow.

Perhaps we should set up a shuttle service to bring these folks into Depot Town or Down Town. My guess is that they will be more inclined to visit State Street’s Chain restaurants for food and entertainment then to travel into Ypsilanti or they will just go to Aubrees and BW3s which are right across the street.

Maybe we could get places like the Frenchies, the Corner, EMU and others to set up entertainment that might appeal to these folks (I don’t know the demographic but I’m sure the organizers might help).

We need to be clean and ready for these folks. This is an opportunity we shouldn’t squander. Hopefully Downtown and Depot Town will have their outdoor tables set up and people should be encouraged to visit downtown that night.

Below are the details of the Symposium

The Michigan Growth Capital Symposium (MGCS) is the premier event where financiers meet the ‘Best of the Midwest’ in new businesses and emerging technologies. As one of the longest running programs of its kind, this year’s symposium is expected to bring together 450 attendees including investors from across the country, executives of early stage and emerging growth companies, and related stakeholders. MGCS 2008 will be held May 14&15 at the Marriott Resort in Ypsilanti.

MGCS 2008 will feature:

* 2 Keynote Luminaries
* 65+ Investment Firms Represented
* 30 Top Midwestern Companies Seeking Funding
* 35 Premier Panelists
* 7 World Class Panel Discussions
* 2 Days of High Level Networking

A carefully screened group of 30 companies, representing industries ranging from information technology, life sciences, and alternative energy, will present for an audience of venture capitalists, angel investors and institutional investors. These companies represent high potential deals in the Midwest and are seeking their initial investment, a first institutional investment or expansion financing. This is a tremendous opportunity for startups to meet, network and showcase their innovative investment opportunities to a leading group of investors. Year after year, this is the conference where deals get done!

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