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Sep 16

11th Annual V.E.T. Conference in Flint, MI

Date:  November 10, 2016 | 8:00 am EST – 1:00 pm EST Location:  Holiday Inn Flint – Grand Blanc, 5353 Gateway Center, Flint, MI,48507 Join us for the 11th Annual V.E.T. Conference. Network with: Tier 1 Buyers Federal, State and Local Government Procurement Officers Public and Private Corporations Public and Private Universities Veteran Business Owners Over […]

Sep 16


Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship Westin Southfield Detroit Southfield, Michigan 48075 United States AND MichBio Conference & Expo Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites 100 W Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI  49007 Wednesday, September 28, 2016 7:30am – 5:30pm   ACE 2017 S A V E — T H E — D A T E – Thursday, January […]

Aug 16

Opinion: The challenges and opportunities of starting a small business

Opinion: The challenges and opportunities of starting a small business By Kathleen Mechem | Business Review MLive.com While the rewards and satisfactions of starting and owning your own small business are many, there are equally as many challenges to be confronted at first and along the way. It is hard and demanding work. First in […]

Jun 16

SBA and AARP Offer Three Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Days in June

SBA and AARP Offer Three Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Days in June   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 […]

Mar 16

Boots to Business Reboot Starting or Growing a  Veteran-Owned Business?  Sign up for Boots to Business Reboot, an entrepreneurship training program for veterans and their spouses. Boots to Business Reboot is a two part training program that provides participants with an overview of     business ownership as a career vocation, an outline and knowledge on the  components of a business […]

Feb 16

Michigan Celebrates Small Business – Save the Date

Michigan Celebrates Small Business – Save the Date The premier small business awards program celebrates Michigan with over 60 small business owners recognized for their leadership and their business’ impact on their communities. The Michigan 50 Companies to Watch, the Contractor of the Year, Main Street USA, Small Business Innovation and the Small Business Administration […]

Jan 16

TEAM SBA Financing Roundtable Hosted by SBDC – Kalamazoo- February 12, 2016

TEAM SBA Financing     Roundtable Hosted by SBDC – Kalamazoo- February 12, 2016 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: 3110 Schneider Hall Haworth College of Business Western Michigan […]

Jan 16

ACE- January 26, 2016 – Southfield Keynote Speakers: Ted Serbinski – Managing Director at Techstars Hajj Fleming – Founder of Brandcamp University The Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurs (ACE) event is Michigan’s premier business showcase for launching entrepreneurs and introducing Michigan business startups and exhibitors to the growing Michigan entrepreneurial community.  More than 750 attendees are […]

Jan 16

ACE’16 – Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship, January 26

ACE’16 – Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship, January 26 Don’t miss the winter’s largest networking event for startup entrepreneurs. Exhibit Table – Register now for a display table. ACE’16 showcases ventures that are technology oriented, web based or intellectual property centric and looking for investment. If you fit this profile, don’t miss out. Register today. Friday, […]


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