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The New Standard in Innovation

Michigan Deserves Better.

Building a Diverse Economic Ecosystem

In these confusing times, we are here to advance business education and literacy, reduce barriers to economic opportunities, advance small business recovery to distressed, disadvantaged and underrepresented groups in Kent, Ottawa, and Muskegon Counties.

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Financial aid, grants, and fellowships to give you the bottom line support to succeed.

General Consulting

Use our network of community mentors and business experts to help you get your idea or existing business running.


Attend events, conferences, and workshops to give you the knowledge and skills to be a successful business owner.

Innovation Coaching

Have a new business idea? Great- we love that! We will assist you with the business planning process all the way to launch.

Chairman Devon Joslin
Statement to Entrepreneurship Students
Grand Rapids Community College 
December 13, 2021

Professor Devon Joslin
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No social or economic ill in the great state of Michigan can be cured through violence or civil disorder. We make progress through mindful innovation, not shallow policy.

On behalf of MCFEI, I want to be perfectly clear: I believe in the advancement of every U.S. Citizen- regardless of politics, faith, color, circumstance, identity, or economic position. We will never make a sustainable future for the next generation if it is built on the misfortune of others.


We cannot end suffering with any single program or legislative resolution at our capitol. However, our lives are too short, and the work ahead of us too long to continue living in stagnation.


This generation of Entrepreneurs has inherited a greater burden than any generation before it: a government that grows wealthier while its people continue to live in poverty; economic performance not meeting promise; small businesses not having the same opportunity to compete as their lobbying counterparts. 


There is not an easy fix and we must look to the future. As individuals we may not be extraordinary enough, but together we will move forward. There is no problem we presently face beyond our collective ability to solve, and there is no wrong that is beyond our collective ability to right. Throughout human history we have solved the seemingly unsolvable before. I believe we will do it again.


 Courage and commitment are what is required. I believe we will ultimately be judged on our efforts but we must first judge ourselves. No more worn-out slogans. No more obsolete policy. No more empty promise. We need innovation and action. The future is not beyond us. It is within our ability to shape. 


The choice is yours.


Devon Joslin

Chairman of the Board

Michigan Center for Economic Innovation

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