SOURCE: UEP-A Program of the Kauffman Foundation

UEP-A  Program of the Kauffman Foundation

December 12, 2011 07:00 ET

Kauffman Foundation's Urban Entrepreneur Partnership (UEP) to Honor Detroit UEP Recommended Suppliers at Dec. 14 Event

DETROIT, MI--(Marketwire - Dec 12, 2011) - A select group of Detroit-area automotive suppliers will be honored at the upcoming "Celebration of Entrepreneurial Excellence" to be held Dec. 14 at the Detroit Athletic Club. The event will be hosted by The Urban Entrepreneur Partnership (UEP) Detroit, a program of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

A customized version of the UEP's distinctive one-to-one business coaching model, the Detroit program is assisting a group of Southeast Michigan's leading minority-owned auto suppliers -- companies generating from $1 million to $400 million in annual revenues -- as they retool and expand into other industries, including aerospace, alternative energy, medical devices, military, and homeland security.

The UEP Detroit is funded by a $3 million grant from the New Economy Initiative (NEI), a philanthropic partnership dedicated to Detroit's economic transformation.

Business owners participating in the UEP Recommended Suppliers program will be recognized at the Dec. 14 event for their entrepreneurial achievements and for completing a rigorous selection process.

Peaceful Authority, a group of Detroit area police officers who harmonize as well as fight crime, will open the evening's festivities with the national anthem. Cody Stagefright, a popular area band, will provide musical entertainment. Two of the band members are Wayne State University alumni.

An invocation will be offered by Link Howard III, CEO/president of Powerlink Facilities Management Services and a pastor for 25 years. Howard's firm was one of the first companies to qualify as a UEP Detroit Recommended Supplier.

"The UEP has been a tremendous asset to us," Howard said. "Their partnership has paid off with a recent multi-million-dollar contract. I believe you never stop learning. You never stop getting information that helps you to be successful."

About the UEP

Distinguished by a unique and innovative one-to-one coaching model, the UEP offers a suite of business solutions that help entrepreneurs grow their businesses, create new jobs and help to revitalize the economy.

Operating as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the UEP is a program of the Kauffman Foundation and is supported by public, private and nonprofit-sector resources.

For additional information on the Urban Entrepreneur Partnership Detroit and other UEP programs, contact Lena T. Rodriguez at (816) 581-2900 or or visit

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