Success Story: Spikberg Quilting

Mark Spikberg

Spikberg Quilting: Turning a Passion into a Microbusiness A Michigan Women Forward Small Business Success Story When Mark Spikberg of Tecumseh left his job in the automotive industry, he was looking to keep busy, not start a business. But opportunity knocked and Michigan Women Forward helped him open the door. It all started with a … Read more

How to Advocate for Women at Work

How to Advocate for Women at Work Women have come a long way, but we all know that they haven’t come far enough. Women still make less than a man for the same work; 82 cents on the dollar or less, depending on the study. Women still don’t occupy their share of corporate leadership positions. … Read more

Success Story: Last Mile Café

Last Mile Café: Brewing Good Coffee and Great Values in Grand Rapids A Michigan Women Forward Small Business Success Story America loves coffee. According to the National Coffee Association, 66% of us drink it every day, and most devoted coffee drinkers consume multiple cups per day. So, when West Michigan natives Sarah Laman-Davis and Arick … Read more

Top Resources for Black-Owned Businesses in Michigan

Top Resources for Black-Owned Businesses in Michigan Here’s the good news: The past few years have shown a significant spike in Black-owned employer businesses (those with more than 1 employee). According to the Brookings Institute, “from 2017 to 2020, the number of Black-owned businesses across the country increased by 13.64% — larger than all businesses … Read more

7 Things Small Businesses Can Learn from the Detroit Lions

7 Things Small Businesses Can Learn from the Detroit Lions “Same Old Lions.” Any Detroit Lions fan knows the expression and the feeling of watching the team lose game after game, season after season. But this year is different! Our beleaguered team has been reinvented. For the first time in 32 years, the Lions are … 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

Meet the 2023 Honorees: Southeast Michigan

Tina Freese Decker President and CEO Corewell Health™  Tina Freese Decker is President & CEO of Corewell Health™, a leading integrated health system that strives to provide simple, affordable, equitable and exceptional care and coverage to millions of Michigan residents.   Leadership | Known for her vision and drive, Tina was a key architect of the 2022 … Read more

Michigan Economic Opportunity Fund

The new Microloan Program: Michigan Economic Opportunity Fund has launched statewide with funding of $10 million dedicated to providing loans up to $50,000 to women and entrepreneurs of color who don’t qualify for traditional loans through banks or other financial institutions. The Michigan Economic Opportunity Fund will diversify the economy by providing equitable access to … Read more

Meet the 2023 Honorees: West Michigan

Shannon Cohen Founder & CEO Shannon Cohen, Inc. Shannon Cohen is the founder and CEO of Shannon Cohen, Inc. — a boutique firm with a mighty imprint and reputation for excellence. Shannon specializes in developing customized emotional intelligence, equity, and wellness colloquia for organizations across diverse sectors and industries.   Clients include Electronic Arts [EA], … Read more

Meet the 2023 Honorees: Southwest MI

Meet the 2023 Honorees: Southwest Michigan Brenda Hunt President & CEO, Battle Creek Community Foundation Brenda is a native of Michigan, raised in rural Montcalm County. Her long-term goal of an equitable and prosperous downtown Battle Creek is beginning to materialize, thanks to her vision and decades of hard work. Her continual encouragement of and … Read more