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restructuring for your business, so you can focus on results.

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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 “. . […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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   […]

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Nov 14

ACE 2015

Get ready for ACE’15! The 15th Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship will be connecting hundreds of the state’s technology startups with investors and service providers on January 29. The program features many annual favorites, including the ACE Elevator Pitch Competition, one-on-one advisory sessions in the Consultants’ Corridor, and an afternoon of relevant and timely breakout sessions. […]

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Oct 14

Michigan Celebrates Small Business May 7, 2015 Event/ Award Nominations Sought

Michigan 50 Companies to   Watch – Nominations Now Open The Michigan  50 Companies to Watch will be recognized at the 11th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event on May 7, 2015. This year’s theme is Unleashing Innovation and Growth: Michigan Entrepreneurs and we’re looking for companies that are innovative in their fields or business   practices and are achieving growth and success. This […]

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Sep 14

Small Business Resources Day in Kalamazoo

Free Small Business Resources &     Information Day September 26 – Haworth College of Business Location 3110 Schneider Hall Haworth College of Business WMU (Rm. 1455) Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI  49008 Time 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. To register go to:  Resource     & Information Day For more information contact the SBDC: 269-387-6004 Agenda […]

Welcome

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
President