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Jan 17

Pitch Competition

Three Opportunities for Entrepreneurs to Compete for Prizes  in Ypsilanti Pitch@WCC  Pitch@WCC is geared toward students and the community to strengthen entrepreneurial skills and advance business concepts, improving success at the event and beyond. The event takes place at Washtenaw Community College, located at 4800 E Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, MI‎, on April 20, […]

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Jan 17

2017 National Small Business Week Nominations

  The countdown is on! Are you a small business owner with an amazing success story to tell? If so, submit your nomination today for the 2017 National Small Business Week awards. All nominations must be mailed or hand delivered to the nearest SBA Office no later than 3:00 p.m. ET on January 10, 2017. […]

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Jan 17

Michigan eLibrary Business Gateway Has a New Look 

Michigan eLibrary Business Gateway Has a New Look Resources to Assist Entrepreneurs in Growing a Business Including a Video Series Small Business owners: Check out the newly-designed Michigan eLibrary (MeL) Business Gateway to access powerful online tools that can help you gather information to start and grow your business. The MeL team at the Library […]

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Dec 16

ACE’17

DON’T MISS THE  ENTREPRENEURIAL ENERGY….   Join the Michigan Startup Ecosystem Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017  at the Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship (ACE’17)! At  Westin Southfield Detroit Hotel

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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 […]

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Sep 16

ANNOUNCING ACE 2017 and MICHBIO 2016

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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
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