February 13, 2023

February 13-17 Declared as Entrepreneurship Week in Michigan

Michigan Department of Education Press Release LANSING – The week of February 13-17 has been declared as Entrepreneurship Week in Michigan by Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Education. 

Entrepreneurship is a key building block to success in the workplace and communities, as it brings ideas, creativity, and innovation to life and drives economic growth on local, state, and national levels.

According to the Statistics of U.S. Businesses by the U.S. Census Bureau, 886,557 small firms have established themselves in the state – that’s 99.6% of all businesses in Michigan. View the Entrepreneurship Week proclamation to learn more. 

All state-approved career and technical education (CTE) programs are required to provide entrepreneurship as an integral component of their program. The business management and administration program and the marketing program recommend the entrepreneurship small business (ESB) certification, which is an industry-recognized credential that validates foundational concepts and knowledge in entrepreneurship and small business management.

Student leadership opportunities support entrepreneurship, employability and career ready practices. These activities prepare students to become effective leaders. For example, participation in a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) provides an excellent framework for developing leadership skills. 

Please visit MI School Data to locate current CTE programs offered in Michigan and search by program or location. In addition, please view the college credit opportunity column in your search for CTE programs that offer early middle college (EMC) or dual enrollment opportunities. 

The Michigan Perkins V state plan for CTE supports Michigan’s Top 10 Strategic Education Plan to:  

  • Expand secondary learning opportunities for all students
  • Increase the percentage of all students who graduate from high school
  • Increase the percentage of adults with a post-secondary credential