Northwood University to Host Global Entrepreneurship Week Events Nov. 14-21

In a true reflection of its free-market roots and mission, Northwood University will host Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) events Nov.14-21. The mission of the global GEW initiative is to provide the public the opportunity to “try on” entrepreneurship by engaging the business startup community in one’s city or town. Northwood’s GEW celebration is one of 35,000 such events hosted simultaneously in 125 countries.

As part of its system-wide GEW celebration, Northwood University’s Midland campus, located at 4000 Whiting Drive, is making the following events free and open to the public:

  • Northwood University Speaker Series

Don Tocco, founder of D.L. Tocco & Associates, a national marketing company
Griswold Lecture Hall
Thursday, Nov. 14, 3-5 p.m.

  • Student Business Startup Pitch Competition

Sloan Auditorium
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 4-8:30 p.m.

Capping off its GEW events, Northwood will host a Family Enterprise Forum featuring a “who’s who” panel of notable Michigan entrepreneurs and family enterprise leaders on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, from 3-5 p.m. in Griswold Lecture Hall. Moderated by Dr. Keith A. Pretty, Northwood University president and CEO, the panel discussion titled “The Successes and Challenges of Family Business” features:

  • Jim Fabiano, Sr., Fabiano Brothers, Inc. (beer and wine sales and distribution)
  • Nico Gatzaros, 400 Monroe Properties and America’s Green Line LED (hotel, real estate, restaurants and high efficient energy lighting sales)
  • Beth Gresehover, GOTO Transport and Transit Solutions (trucking/logistics and software)
  • Kathie Fuce-Hobohm, SPACE, Inc. (interior design and redesign)
  • Joe Serra, The Serra Automotive Group (automobile sales, dealership operations and real estate management)

“The Center has a focused expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship and new business development,” stated Georgia Abbott, director of Northwood University’s Alden B. Dow Center for Enterprise & Creativity. “These events engage and contribute uniquely to the entrepreneurial eco-systems around our campuses and support our students, alumni and campus communities in free market-based programs.”

For Northwood University’s complete schedule of Global Entrepreneurship Week events, go to To RSVP, contact the Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity & Enterprise at 989.837.4479 or email


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in seven states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.