WMU News

Grants: where to find them, how to get them

Oct. 24, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- A Western Michigan University grants specialist will teach entrepreneurs where to find and how to secure grants at a WMU workshop Thursday, Nov. 2.

Wil Emmert, senior research and sponsored programs officer at WMU, will present "Grants for Entrepreneurial Ventures" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Kalamazoo County Chamber of Commerce building, 346 W. Michigan Ave. The program, part of a monthly series of workshops offered by WMU's Women's Business Development Center, is free and open to the public.

In his talk, Emmert will discuss how to locate grant opportunities, the application process and how grants to small businesses typically work.

Since he joined the WMU staff in 1974, Emmert has worked on more than 1,000 grant applications, helping researchers secure funds in more than half of those efforts. Those awards have ranged from several hundred dollars to more than $14 million, in support of projects from artistic creation and teacher development to nuclear physics and biomedical research.

WMU's Haworth College of Business established the Women's Business Development Center in 1999 to offer support to female professionals and entrepreneurs through training, group and individual problem-solving consultation, current business information and networking opportunities.

For more information or to reserve a seat, persons should contact WBDC Director Pat Guenther at (616) 387-2714 or <patricia.guenther@wmich.edu>.

Media contact: Jessica English, 616 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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