Davenport gives breaks to SBAM membership

March 29, 2010
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Davenport University and the Small Business Association of Michigan have struck a deal that gives discounts on tuition to SBAM members at Davenport’s 14 campuses.

SBAM’s 8,500 members, their employees and their dependents can snag 25 percent off of tuition and a waiver of the $25 application fee, said SBAM Vice President for Communications Michael Rogers.

He said an SBAM committee reviewed the proposal from Davenport.

“Our members told us that even in tough times, they want to invest in their employees,” Rogers said. “They think the best way to get an economic edge is to have better trained employees. This is available not just for employees, but also their dependents, so if you’ve got a kid going to college … you get a big discount.”

Rogers said an SBAM membership costs a minimum of $195.

Davenport Vice President of Admissions Daryl Kingrey said the private nonprofit college has similar discounts available through other membership organizations. “Some are very long-lasting,” he said. They are usually marketed through the organizations, he added.

Enrollment university-wide stands at 12,500 at its locations across the Lower Peninsula and has increased over the past two years, Kingrey said.

“We look forward to, hopefully, being a critical benefit to entrepreneurs and people in Michigan that are trying to work on our economic recovery through small business,” he said.

SBAM members can find more information at www.sbam.org/davenport

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