WEI Newsletter 08/23/2023
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WEI Newsletter 08/09/2023

Embrace the entrepreneurial spirit this August as we join the nation in celebrating National Black Business Month. Throughout this month-long observance, we pay tribute to the incredible achievements of black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs, who have made a profound impact on our communities and economy. Among the approximately 124,551 black-owned businesses, an impressive 28.5% (35,547) of … Read more

WEI Newsletter 07/26/2023

Female entrepreneurs are entering the startup space in large numbers. In fact, the number of women entrepreneurs has more than doubled within the past 20 years. According to the Small Business Trends Alliance, the reasons women give for starting their own businesses are 1. Become their own boss 2. To pursue their passion 3. To … Read more

WEI Newsletter 06/28/2023

As we strive to level the playing field for entrepreneurs at MWF, we recognize there are various factors that impede entrepreneur’s ability to access the resources required to be successful. Access to a network, capital, and time are all barriers that many entrepreneurs face but even the most successful can be halted by biases. At … Read more

WEI Newsletter 06/14/2023

Recently, we completed the spring Digital Marketing Series sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal. Three virtual sessions gave forty-seven participants tools and resources to develop their online presence and digital marketing plans. Workshop topics included Mapping Your Customer Journey, Developing a Digital Strategy, and Basics of Google Ads and Video Marketing. MWF partnered with Katrina Turnbow, founder … Read more

WEI Newsletter 05/31/2023

As the Technical Assistance Business Consultant at Michigan Women Forward, I have enjoyed seeing businesses grow over the past year and a half. I truly value the impact of our work and being part of the WEI (Women Entrepreneurial Initiative) Team. I’ve had the pleasure of speaking at the Let’s Get Your Business Funded W/ … Read more

Meet the 2023 Kalamazoo Honorees

Kristen DeVries Vice President & Executive Director, WMU Foundation A Michigan native (married to a native Kalamazooan), Kristen believes that the power of higher education lies in its ability to transform lives, empowering individuals to envision themselves changing the world, then providing the tools for them to do just that. She has spent her career … Read more

Feature Story: Equinox Pastries & Pops LLC

Rachel Baas slowly backs up her newly renovated 1968 Shasta Compact Camper into the driveway of the historic Belknap home in Heritage Hill. Tufts of orange and yellow hair peek out of the window. “Is this good?” she calls out, swiftly shifting into park.   As Rachel begins her set up, she begins sharing her journey … Read more

MWF Partners with Comcast RISE

Comcast RISE stands for Representation, Investment, Strength and Empowerment. Comcast RISE was created in 2020 to help small businesses hard hit by Covid-19 recover and thrive. During its initial two-year program, 13,000 small businesses were awarded with over $110 million in monetary, marketing, and technology grants. Comcast RISE is one of several programs that Comcast … Read more