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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the words, What is your position.2018 MLK Celebration

The 2018 MLK Celebration will begin with an art competition and book bowl on Wednesday, Jan. 10. The 2018 theme, "What is your position in times of challenge and controversy?," was derived from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. quote: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." Join the campus and local communities to celebrate King's life and service at a wide range of activities planned from Jan. 10 through April 14. Flier.

WMU Business Connect organization slates community-wide expo

Western Michigan University will host a community-wide business networking and learning event from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, on campus in the Fetzer Center. The WMU Connect Business Expo will bring together established businesspersons, budding entrepreneurs, students, and others from across the Greater Kalamazoo area. It is being hosted by the Fetzer Center to give attendees a chance to learn about a wide range of area businesses as well as meet other business professionals. The event is free and open to the public, but those planning to attend are asked to RSVP. Read more at WMU News.

Medical device workshop for entrepreneurs

The WMed Innovation Center is hosting a two-day, intensive medical device development workshop on February 5 and 6, which will be followed by a one-hour seminar regarding patent searching, trademark filing, and more. The workshop and seminar are open to entrepreneurs in the field. Registration required: Workshop and seminar.

Draft of Kalamazoo's strategic development plan now available

Imagine Kalamazoo 2025, an initiative of the City of Kalamazoo's Community Planning and Development Office, has engaged citizens, community groups, businesses, developers, investors, philanthropists, and government officials over the past 18 months in the process of creating a comprehensive, long-term strategic plan for the city's development. A draft of the IK master plan is now available for review and comment.

Civic Action Plan accepted by Campus Compact

Campus in action badgeA team of campus and community members developed a Shared Gold Civic Action Plan describing the steps Western Michigan University will take to create and sustain high-impact relationships in the community. The goal of these relationships is to enhance community health, wealth, education, and culture. Learn more on WMU's Campus Compact page.

Kalamazoo Mixed-Use Incubator

Efforts are underway to launch a mixed-use incubator in downtown Kalamazoo. Nearly 70 campus and community members are already involved in the initiative and a steering committee has been formed. Interested in learning more? Email inquiries welcome.