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Posted on Sun, Dec 2, 2012 : 5:49 a.m.

Rise & Fall: Center for Entrepreneurship and Washtenaw County's poor

By Paula Gardner

One is expanding its scope, with likely business and educational benefits for Ann Arbor. The other is struggling as much as ever amid an increase in need for services.

Here are our picks for the winner and loser in the news last week:

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Rise: An entrepreneurial library move

What’s a library? On the University of Michigan central campus, it’s now a place for students to research starting their own companies. The Center for Entrepreneurship is opening an office at the Shapiro Undergraduate Library, leading the way for U-M’s libraries to stay relevant beyond their book stacks — and for developing the kinds of ideas that distinguish it as a leading among encouraging student-driven businesses. Another plus to this move: It’s not just about business or engineering. Even LS&A students have easy access to the resource now.

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Fall: Washtenaw County’s poor

We already know that the lowest-income residents in our county struggle. But a check with a few social service agencies show that — while unemployment rates improve amid other signs of economic growth — it’s not getting better for the poor among us. Hope Clinic and SOS Community Services warn that record-setting assistance is “the new normal,” with Food Gatherers also feeding more people across the county. In this season of thankfulness and giving, we encourage the community to consider this data and find ways to help.

Comments

moveover2012

Sun, Dec 2, 2012 : 5:19 p.m.

THE BEST PLACE for CHARITY giving . $ 0.50 MEAL AT HAABS anniversery Party So please support and have a good Dinner , so HAABS can continue this tradicion next yearagain ,like they have for the las t 20 so years. So give Food/can buy a giftcard at your grocery store or resteraunt so THEY can have a warm meal once in a while and the business can employe more poeple ,It is a win/win solution

moveover2012

Sun, Dec 2, 2012 : 4:49 p.m.

yeah it is this time of the year "WHERE we poor are being made POOORER. MDSA hase given our out of" STATE landlord "permission to raise the rent again...by not applying the HUD rule Again .

Ron Granger

Sun, Dec 2, 2012 : 3:15 p.m.

Recall that Ypsi Township, I believe it was, who recently rejected a permit for the poor to begin selling newspapers. That program works well in other cities. It gets people out there, working and selling. They must buy the papers they sell, and then they sell them at a mark-up. They build relationships, and interact with their regular repeat customers, often by name. It is entrepreneurship.

moveover2012

Sun, Dec 2, 2012 : 4:38 p.m.

BEFORE you/they can buy the newpapers THEY HAVE TO HAVE MONEY.WILL you be a sponsor?really like to know! little inside years ago my laywerwas and still is sellin the GODFELLOW newpaper, but when in his office he would charge me for item not done."goodfellow" yea allyear around!

Chase Ingersoll

Sun, Dec 2, 2012 : 1:54 p.m.

That people in Washteaw County are incredibly generous, and its charitable organizations extremely professional in distributing the services is widely known throughout SE Michigan. The poor from all over Michigan are advised of this and show up upon the doorstep of Washtenaw County. Accordingly, we should look at the situation not as reflective of our shortcomings, but rather our attributes, and consider that any of the poor that make it to Washtenaw County have a unique opportunity to escape poverty if they chose to make the most of it. .

moveover2012

Sun, Dec 2, 2012 : 5:29 p.m.

HE>HE HE< we have Poor comming from PUERTO RICO, nigeria, Columbia.Poland,Vietnam, phillipins. etcetc COULD THAT be because THEY fought with Uncle Sam and where promised a Golden life. in America after they help HIM?

moveover2012

Sun, Dec 2, 2012 : 4:46 p.m.

THE "POOR" 50% of THE POOR are SERVICE MEN and there families ......they we have 50% of the population over 65.of age. Now ALL this "POOR"people have giving life to washtenaw County..BY when Sick going to U of m .Hospitals, Doctor and clinic, Without "THIS POOR PEOPLE" this business would not get YOUR TAXdollars etc etc..Check out All the charity oRgzation and see there balance sheets.and see whre an dhow your Dollars being applyed and given to "THE POOR" THANK A HOMELESS and A VETREAN give they your Money?oops I forgot cannot write that cash of your taxes next year. LOVE your country merry christmas.