Michigan Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

The Michigan Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (MCEL), a program of the School of Management at the University of Michigan-Flint, enhances the experiential learning opportunities for students throughout campus while promoting the growth and success of businesses and not-for-profit organizations.

Ongoing partnerships with the Innovation Incubator, the Michigan Family Business Center, VetBizCentral, as well as working relationships with many other community, regional, and national organizations facilitate the leadership training of participants while providing guidance relevant to accounting, computer information systems, engineering design, entrepreneurship, finance, graphic design, human resource management, innovation, marketing, operations management, organizational behavior, and strategic planning and implementation. Activities stemming from these partnerships include seminar development and delivery of workshops, as well as the development and execution of customized analysis and presentations of strategic recommendations to organizations that seek assistance.

Community One, a specific program operated by MCEL is dedicated to providing organizations with student assistance focused in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship, communications, marketing and strategic analysis. This assistance is manifested through student internships as well as through the integration of university course work with the needs of participating organizations.

MCEL is located in Suite 2200 of the Riverfront Center Building on the UM-Flint campus.

Community One

Community One


Vision and Mission

Community One is a community service program operated by the University of Michigan-Flint’s Michigan Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Its vision is to see that students, faculty, organizations and businesses have the opportunity to work together to solve problems and address issues that are important to organizations throughout our community and beyond.

Community One’s mission is to match the operational and strategic needs of external organizations with the knowledge, skills, abilities, and interests of our students and faculty. We aim to facilitate the exchange of ideas, help with the creation, design, and implementation of programs and provide organizations with the assistance needed to complete projects.

Why It is Important to Our Students

Providing students with applied experience in solving contemporary problems using leading-edge theories, concepts, and tools is critical to their professional development. Community One projects affords students the opportunity to engage with organizational leaders that are facing a diverse array of challenges and opportunities. The process of assisting organizations to meet challenges and capitalize on opportunities requires critical thinking and pushes our students to improve their analytical, creative, communication and relationship building skills.

How the Process Works

Community One first attempts to find an existing match between a course and the project or issue needs of our community organizations and businesses. If a match is identified, a University of Michigan - Flint faculty member will contact you to discuss details such as proposed timeline, contact hours and methods, scope of project, and desired deliverables to ensure everyone has shared expectations.

If a reasonable match is not found or cannot be created quickly enough, then you will have the opportunity to have your organization’s needs met through a mutually agreeable internship relationship.


Get Started

Let Us Know How We Can Help

If you are an organizational leader, director, or manager that might benefit from having University of Michigan - Flint students and faculty assist you, then please to take a few minutes to tell us about your organization and the project you want completed, or the issue you would like assistance with.


(Your application will be reviewed internally by select faculty. Information submitted is confidential.)

Current professors/classes looking for projects:

Some of our faculty teach courses that require students to work closely with external organizational leaders or community members. This list (it is continuously subject to updates – so please check often) can be seen below.

BUS 110 Business Concepts and Careers

     Professor:  Dale Tuttle
     Email:  btuttle@umflint.edu
     Phone:  (734) 474-0550

     Target organization or industry for project: Any

     Description of project, scope and deliverables:
     Student teams will conduct an analysis of an organization's internal strengths and weaknesses as well as
     assess the opportunities and threats that exist in the organization's industry and overall environment. This
     is a first-year course and thus the goal is to provide students with an overview of basic business concepts
     and protocols while introducing the foundations of the various functional areas of business. The organization
     and community members that participate in this SWOT Analysis Project can expect to spend an hour or two
     discussing their organizations' internal and external environments with students either through face-to-face
     interviews, phone conversations, or email exchanges. Students are expected to describe the organization's
     SWOT while providing their insights regarding recommended action steps that the organization ought to
     take. This Community One Project gives organizations and first year undergraduate students the opportunity
     to learn from each other.


BUS 445 Human Resource Development

     Professor:  Gregory A. Lawrence. Ph.D.
     Email:  glaurenc@umflint.edu
     Phone:  (810) 424-5527

     Target organization or industry for project: Any

     Description of project, scope and deliverables:
     Students in this course use skills developed across the spectrum of their undergraduate business courses, with
     an emphasis on human resource management and organizational behavior courses, to develop, implement,
     and evaluate a training program. The development process includes assessing the training needs of a group
     based on an identified performance gap. Based on the data generated in the needs assessment phase, students
     develop a training program, concentrating on content and delivery methods. They then evaluate the effectiveness
     of this program, comparing pre-training and post-training performance of the subjects, and develop
     recommendations for improvement of the program based on these outcomes. Past groups have developed training
     programs concerning campus/workplace safety, sexual harassment, cross-cultural communication, and team
     building skills. Other potential topics are certainly possible, depending on organizations' needs.


BUS 489 Business and Corporate Strategy

     Professor:  Dale Tuttle
     Email:  btuttle@umflint.edu
     Phone:  (734) 474-0550

     Target organization or industry for project: Any

     Description of project, scope and deliverables:
     BUS 489 encourages senior-level students to adopt the viewpoint of the chief executive officer
     (or Gen. Mgr.) as they attempt to understand the process of integrating an organization's functional
     areas. Students are encouraged to explore the processes of managing and exercising judgement in
     evaluation and execution of action plans. This Community One Project offers organizations an analysis
     of their strategic plan and implementation. Students will interview leadership and other key members
     of the organization to determine the alignment and connectivity among what organizational members
     are actually doing, individual and organizational objectives, organizational procedures, processes, strategies,
     organizational mission, vision and underlying values. Participants ought to expect providing a few hours of
     access to organizational leaders and members and commit to attending a student team presentation. Each
     student team will provide a written report to the organization.

UNV 100 First Year Experience

Professor:  Quamrul Mazumder
Email:  qmazumde@umflint.edu
Phone:  (810) 762-3131

Target organization or industry for project: Any

Description of project, scope and deliverables:
The objective of this course is to provide experiential learning through community engagement projects.
We are looking for short-term projects (i.e. 3 months corresponding with Fall and Winter semesters)
in the area of renewable energy. Students can perform feasibility studies and energy audits. Takeaways
for the organizations include receiving recomendations of alternative energy devices and systems that
will provide economic benefits. Specifically, cost-benefit analyses of current energy systems compared
to alternative energy systems will be executed and offered to the company or organization.


Professor application to add a class or project to the list.