Faith-Based Business Club debuts at TechTown next month

August 8, 2008

DETROIT, Aug. 8, 2008-Pastors and other leaders of small- to mid-size Detroit churches have a unique opportunity to develop effective business skills through TechTown's new Faith-Based Business Club.

The club's first meeting will be held at TechTown, the Wayne State University research and technology park, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9. Subsequent meetings will be held every other month.

Topics planned for presentation and discussion include strategy, marketing, legal, accounting, grants, information management systems and human resources management. Participants' suggestions also will be used to plan future topics.

All presentations are free.

"Given our community focus, we felt a responsibility to serve the needs of faith-based organizations," says Ebony Johnson, assistant director of TechTown's business development programs. "Church leaders perform many of the same functions as entrepreneurs, and TechTown can provide them the kind of business development skills that will help their organizations run smoothly and be more effective."

TechTown is an urban community of entrepreneurs, investors, mentors and corporate partners creating an internationally recognized entrepreneurial village in the city of Detroit. TechTown brings the resources of Wayne State University to high technology start-up companies to diversify and strengthen Michigan's economy with life sciences, advanced engineering, and alternative energy. For more information, visit