Video: David Tarver Interviewed by Chuck Stokes for “Spotlight on the News” 9/18/2016

David Tarver, UEI founder and president, discusses the 2016 Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium, to be held in Flint, Michigan on October 19-21, with legendary broadcaster Chuck Stokes on his show “Spotlight on the News.” Tarver discusses his entrepreneur background, his hopes for Flint, and the benefits that the Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium will bring to the town and region. This segment is an excerpt from the show that aired on 9/18/2016.  You can view the video of the entire show here.  The segment with Tarver begins at approximately 13:34.

Audio: David Tarver interviewed on CBS Radio Detroit “Small Talk with Mark S. Lee”

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Broadcast September 18, 2016

 

David Tarver of UEI and Mark Small of CBS Radio

UEI founder and president David Tarver discusses his entrepreneurial journey, the Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative, and the 2016 Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium to be held in Flint, Michigan on October 19-21.

News Release: Author of ground-breaking book about Flint to speak at Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium 2016

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In one of the most comprehensive works yet written on the history of inequality and metropolitan development in modern America, author Andrew R. Highsmith uses the case of Flint to explain how the perennial quest for urban renewal contributed to mass suburbanization, racial and economic division, deindustrialization and political fragmentation.

Detroit –Sept. 16, 2016 – W. David Tarver, founder and president of The Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative (UEI) and chief organizer of the third annual Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium, to be held in Flint from Oct. 19 to 21 in Flint, announced that Andrew R. Highsmith, author of Demolition Means Progress, will speak at the event on Oct. 20. The session will consist of an extended interview with Highsmith, conducted by Tarver.

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Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative announces board of directors

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Standing, L-R: Reggie Barnett, David Tarver, Fred Hall Seated, L-R: Maria Woodruff-Wright, Karen McDonald Lopez

Detroit –Sept. 8, 2016 – The Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative (UEI), a Mich.-based 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation established in 2015 and offering programming and resources that encourage, facilitate and enable the development of for-profit business solutions to address the needs of urban communities, announces Reggie Barnett, Fred Hall, Karen Lopez and Maria Woodruff-Wright have been appointed to the UEI Board of Directors.  The announcement was made by UEI founder and Board President, W. David Tarver.

 

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News Release: Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium 2016 announces details of two new business challenge competitions for Oct. 19-21 event in Flint

#UES2016 brings business innovators, academics and community leaders together to solve urban problems using for-profit business solutions

 

 

Detroit –Sept. 8, 2016 –The Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative is pleased to announce the details of two new business challenge competitions in conjunction with the third annual Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium, to be held Oct. 19 to 21 in Flint, Mich. The 2016 Symposium (#UES2016) follows sold-out events in Detroit in 2015 and Ann Arbor in 2014 and convenes entrepreneurs and thought leaders in business, academia, community organizations and government to facilitate business solutions that bring economic opportunity and quality of life improvements to urban communities.  The announcement was made by W. David Tarver, founder and president of the Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative and the chief event organizer.

 

“Urban entrepreneurship isn’t a social program, it’s business innovation that produces needed products and services for urban communities, or makes a significant number of jobs available to urban residents,” Tarver said. “The business challenge competitions represent urban entrepreneurship in action and address specific areas of concern for Flint and other cities.”

 

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News Release: Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative (UEI) founder interviewed on Comcast Newsmakers

Detroit –Sept. 2, 2016 – W. David Tarver, Founder and Board President of The Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative (UEI), a non-profit corporation offering programming and resources that encourage, facilitate and enable the development of for-profit business solutions to address the needs of urban communities, was a guest on Michigan’s Comcast Newsmakers on Aug. 18. Comcast Newsmakers is a news platform presenting public affairs information via interviews with local, state and federal officials and business and community leaders.

 

The topic of the interview, which can be viewed here, was UEI’s third annual Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium, to be held Oct. 19 to 21 in Flint, Mich. The 2016 Symposium (#UES2016) follows sold-out events in Detroit in 2015 and Ann Arbor in 2014. #UES2016 convenes entrepreneurs and thought leaders in business, academia, community organizations and government to facilitate business solutions that bring economic opportunity and quality of life improvements to urban communities.

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News Release: Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative announces board of directors

 

Detroit –Sept. 2, 2016 – The Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative (UEI), a Mich.-based 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation established in 2015 and offering programming and resources that encourage, facilitate and enable the development of for-profit business solutions to address the needs of urban communities, announces Reggie Barnett, Fred Hall, Karen Lopez and Maria Woodruff-Wright have been appointed to the UEI Board of Directors. The announcement was made by UEI founder and Board President, W. David Tarver.

 

“I am pleased to formally welcome these individuals, so accomplished in their respective fields of business and law, to the UEI board,” Tarver said. “We look forward to growing the organization through their continued guidance and appreciate the individual and collective knowledge and experience they bring to the table as we crystalize the mission of UEI.”

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Flint mayor and community leaders welcome Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium 2016 to Flint

Third annual event will bring business innovators, academics and community change agents together Oct. 19 to 21 to consider how business innovation can revitalize urban communities.

Detroit –Aug. 24, 2016 –The Honorable Karen Weaver, Mayor of Flint, and other community leaders welcomed news that The Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative will hold its third annual Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium Oct. 19 to 21 in Flint. The 2016 Symposium (#UES2016) follows sold-out events in Detroit in 2015 and Ann Arbor in 2014. The Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium convenes entrepreneurs and thought leaders in business, academia, community organizations and government to facilitate business solutions that bring economic opportunity and quality of life improvements to urban communities.

“The City of Flint is in action mode now, aggressively seeking positive change to advance the city’s revitalization efforts,” said Mayor Weaver. “In the spirit of collaboration, the Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium will bring to Flint experience-based knowledge and know-how on using for-profit business approaches to tackle difficult issues such as job creation and infrastructure rebuilding.”

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To My Friends In Flint: I’m Coming Home

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I’m proud to be bringing a very special event to Flint this Fall.  This event, the Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium, aims to improve the quality of life in Flint and similar communities by putting the focus on business innovation and investment. This will be the third year we have organized the symposium. In 2014, we held the event in Ann Arbor. Last year, it was in Detroit. This year, in the aftermath of the water crisis that has dealt such a terrible blow to the city, we decided to bring the Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium to my hometown. We believe that if the long term fortunes of Flint are to improve, we must rekindle the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship that made Flint a twentieth century industrial powerhouse. We believe, too, that this spirit, and the opportunities that go along with it, must be shared broadly throughout the community. That is why we plan to engage broadly with the citizens of Flint as we plan and produce this event, and why I hope to see many of my friends, colleagues, and family from the Flint area take part. In the coming weeks, you will be hearing much more about the symposium, and the part you can play in making it a success. Your involvement can be a huge part of the change we need to transform this community.

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