First Annual Business+Impact Showcase Attracts nearly 200 U-M Students, 30 Impact Organizations

Ann Arbor, September 7, 2018

Ann Arbor, September 7, 2018 – Business+Impact (B+I) is a new school-wide initiative to make Ross the most progressive source of ideas for business approaches to global challenges. As part of its mission to make students aware of all the impact opportunities across campus, B+I welcomed incoming and returning students to its first annual Business+Impact Showcase on Sept. 6 at 5 pm at Ross. Nearly 200 new and returning students met with 30 exhibiting organizations from U-M in areas of interest like social justice, equality, sustainability, social entrepreneurship and economic development.

Students visited booths for student clubs, Ross centers, and U-M-wide initiatives. A complete list of exhibitors appears at the end of this article. Michigan Ross Associate Dean for B+I Jerry Davis addressed the crowd saying, “Business+Impact reflects Dean DeRue’s desire to weave impact into the DNA of everything we do here at Ross. With that in mind, we are pleased to bring so many U-M impact groups here to Ross, so that students can map out their impact journeys while at the University of Michigan.”

As part of its mission to make students aware of impact opportunities, Business+Impact has also introduced the The Impact Gateway (, a one-stop online resource for all things impact on campus at the University of Michigan. This gateway lists current events, courses, clubs, colleagues and more for student changemakers. Kept up-to-date and relevant, the site is a place where students can discover opportunities, read about classes of interest, search for like-minded colleagues, and find regional volunteer opportunities. It is the only resource of its kind at the University of Michigan.

After the success of its first showcase, the new Business+Impact initiative plans to host the event annually in order to provide new students with a roadmap for work in sustainability, social issues, poverty, economic development, human rights, and other causes. Michigan Ross, as the home of the Center for Positive Organizations and the William Davidson Institute, has already established itself as a school teaching the positive impact that business can have in the world, but the growth of B+I will institutionalize these goals with research, practicum and partnerships.

View a photo album from the event (on Facebook).

Complete list of exhibitors:

CONTACT: Glenn Bugala, Marketing Director of Business+Impact at Michigan Ross