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Jun 14

The National Ombudsman

                                                               Who is the National Ombudsman? The Office of the National Ombudsman   assists small businesses facing unfair or excessive federal regulatory   compliance or enforcement issues such as repetitive audits or investigations,   excessive fines, and retaliation. […]

Apr 14

Michigan Celebrates Small Business

Michigan Celebrates Small Business The tenth annual awards ceremony for Michigan Celebrates Small Business on May 6 will feature the not-to-be-missed networking reception and the Award Ceremony.  Governor Snyder will give the opening address at this black tie optional event featuring the 50 Companies to Watch. Small business owners and supporters come from all across the […]

Mar 14

Giving in Battle Creek

Giving to make Battle Creek a better place to live by Jane C. Parikh Women in Battle Creek, a city of 52,000 residents, are quietly making a difference with their dollars. Their philanthropic efforts are supporting childcare for low income residents, arts programs and the work of nonprofits. They go about the business of allocating […]

Feb 14

EY Entrepreneur of the Year

EY Entrepreneur of the Year.  The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ program is awarded to those who seek to manifest their ideas, moving the economy forward and creating good in their communities.  They’re all around us — maybe you’re one of them. Entrepreneurs are nothing if not diligent, often relentless in pursuit of their dreams. But […]

Feb 14

Michigan Growth Capital Symposium 2014

Michigan Growth Capital Symposium Call for Presenting Companies – Application Deadline April 1 The 33rd Michigan Growth Capital Symposium will be held on June 17&18, 2014 at the Marriott Resort, Ypsilanti, Michigan. Presenting Company Applications for companies seeking Seed, A and B Rounds of funding are now being accepted online at More details can […]

Jan 14


Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC). The MI-SBTDC offers a comprehensive selection of trainings and workshops statewide for Entrepreneurs – almost 100 each month. The topics are geared to those just starting their first business and also those experienced entrepreneurs looking for ways to improve and enhance their success. Topics include: Writing a Business […]

Jan 14

SBIR News and Deadlines for Entrepreneurs

Three Largest SBIR Contracting Agencies Solicitation Deadlines.  The three largest SBIR contracting agencies (NASA, DoD and DHS) have SBIR solicitations open this month. For those agencies that use a contract mechanism for their SBIR/STTR programs, rather than a grant mechanism (like NSF or NIH), this means you must be strategic in your planning and proposal preparation. […]

Dec 13

Inforum Awards to Organizational Solutions LLC

Organizational Solutions Receives Inforum Award March 6, 2011 Battle Creek Enquirer Business Notables Inforum has named Kathleen Mechem of Organizational Solutions LLC in Battle Creek an Inner Circle Honoree for being one of Michigan’s top female executives. Mechem is a founding member of Inforum’s Southwest Michigan chapter and a member of its Regional Council.  Inforum […]

Dec 13

ATTENTION ENTREPRENEURS ACE’14 – Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship

ATTENTION  ENTREPRENEURS ACE’14 - Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship Join a forward-thinking community of entrepreneurs, innovators and business leaders from around the Great Lakes region to network, learn and connect.  Attend ACE’14 and hear leading experts, watch the elevator pitch and take advantage of Consultants’ Corridor, which will have more than 130 sessions open to entrepreneurs on a first-come, first-served basis.  These […]

Nov 13

Women’s Philanthropic Giving

Women’s philanthropic giving groups pool funds to support local causes Written by  Jane C. Simons KALAMAZOO — A five-minute presentation in front of 142 women on a recent Sunday evening garnered $14,200 for Kalamazoo’s Warm Kids program. The donors to the program, which provides coats, boots and other winter apparel to needy children, were members […]


In my 23+ years of economic and community development experience with the State of Michigan, and eight years leading the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce as its President and CEO, I have worked with thousands of Michigan businesses, communities, non profits and other organizations. My job has always been to assist businesses and organizations with programs and strategies to grow, expand and keep our communities economically strong and thriving.

Kathleen Mechem