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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Business Ideas Blossom

Article Title: Kathleen Mechem: Program helps business ideas blossom   To view the contents on www.battlecreekenquirer.com, go to: http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/201006180430/OPINION02/6180301  

Becoming Your Own Boss

Becoming your own boss has its challenges October 27, 2011 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 some not. Generally, those who were […]

Rules for Small Business

Rules for small business success December 15, 2011 To grow your start-up or small business, and to grow as a person and professional, you will need to take all of the challenges that come your way and turn them into opportunities. The success of your business depends upon it. The following are some rules for […]

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