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May 15

Entrepreneurs, Small Technology Firms, Researchers, and Innovators

Entrepreneurs, Small Technology Firms, Researchers, and Innovators,  The United States Patent & Trademark Office have 3 upcoming opportunities that might be of great interest to you all over the next few weeks. 1) Free Webinar on Patent Filing & Legal Assistance-May 21st Please join the USPTO’s webinar Thursday, May 21st, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (EST) to […]

Apr 15

Calling Encore Entrepreneurs!

  SBA and AARP Offer Encore Entrepreneur Event April 29, 2015 in Lansing   Calling Encore Entrepreneurs! Today, the 50+ are working  beyond traditional retirement age and choosing to stay active and engaged   in the workforce.  With years of valuable work experience, maturity,  and plenty of energy at their disposal, older workers are increasingly finding financial and personal […]

Apr 15

Free SBA Roundtable on Small Business Lending

Free SBA Roundtable on Small Business Lending The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Michigan Small Business Development Center are pleased to offer a free TEAM SBA Roundtable on Small Business Lending at: Lake Michigan College 125 Veterans Blvd. South Haven, MI. 49090 April 23, 2015  from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The roundtable gives current or […]

Mar 15

11th Annual Entrepreneurship Scorecard

11th Annual Entrepreneurship Scorecard shows continued gains . . . This week the MiQuest Growth Economics group released the 11th annual Entrepreneurship Scorecard showing that the state continued to improve the environment it offers to small business entrepreneurs. According to Dr. Graham Toft, author and statistician of the Scorecard, there has been a “. . […]

Jan 15

Becoming Your Own Boss

Becoming your own boss has its challenges October 27, 2011 Reprinted with permission of Business Review In my 32 years’ experience at the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce, I worked with thousands of businesses and entrepreneurs including many start ups and potential business owners. Some were successful and […]

Jan 15

ACE 2015

Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship     – January 29, 2015 Michigan born entrepreneur and The Grommet CEO Jules Pieri will draw on her years of experience reshaping how customer products get discovered,   shared, and bought in her keynote address to ACE ’15, the 15th Annual  Collaboration for Entrepreneurship event.  ACE will be held Thursday, January 29, 2014 from […]

Jan 15

Entrepreneur YOU

Entrepreneur YOU.  This event is specifically designed for women.  Attendees with a passion for entrepreneurship will learn about the challenges and opportunities women encounter as they start and grow businesses.  Attend and you’ll leave with educational and technical resources, sharpen your skills and gain powerful contacts. Wednesday, February 25, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Davenport University, Sneden […]

Dec 14

Entrepreneurship Day January 23, 2015 Fezter Center WMU

Entrepreneurship Day January 23, 2015  Presented By: The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) SCORE Kalamazoo/Southwest Michigan ONEplace Kalamazoo Paradigm Franchise Group Western Michigan University  - Fetzer Center 2350 Business Court Kalamazoo, MI  49008 Friday, January 23, 2015 Cost:  $25.00 Registration fee covers breakfast, lunch and materials. From idea, to start up, to growth and expansion, […]

Dec 14

DoD Solicitation

The first  2015 DoD SBIR/STTR solicitation is now in pre-release. The Dept. of Defense has pre-released its SBIR 2015.1 and STTR 2015. A solicitations. Includes the  only Air Force solicitation of the year plus Army, Navy, DARPA, Defense Health Program and SOCOM. Talk to your TPOC through Jan. 14. – Proposals are due Feb. 18. See DoD’s SBIR/STTR website […]

Dec 14

SBA Loan Programs

    SBA Loan Programs Have you heard the news? It’s been a record-setting   year for small businesses that have received SBA-backed loans!  So if you’re starting or expanding your business, check   out how SBA’s loan programs can help… What is an SBA loan? Keep in mind – while SBA doesn’t make   […]


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