9/22/21 WEI Wednesday

Hi Friend, My name is Mayra Villarreal-Martinez and I am honored to join the Michigan Women Forward team supporting entrepreneurs as Technical Assistance Business Consultant. In this role, I will utilize my background in accounting and finance to help review and analyze financial information and serve as a consultant to MWF Entrepreneurs. I have a wealth … Read more

9/8/21 WEI Wednesday

Hi Friend, Today is Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) Wednesday, which means that Michigan Women Forward has resources and events to share with you! In this email, you will find the following upcoming events:  Business Owner’s Guide to Commercial Real Estate Lending- 9/22 & 9/23 Preparing to Pitch final Workshop- 9/13 SBDC Webinars – ongoing Understanding your Business Cash … Read more

8/11 WEI Wednesday

Hi Friend, Here at Michigan Women Forward, we are gearing up for a busy end of the summer and an exciting fall season working to support entrepreneurs like you.   Each year, we host the WomanUp & Pitch Business Plan and Pitch Competition, a funding opportunity for women who wish to start or grow an existing for-profit business. Stay tuned for … Read more

7/28 WEI Wednesday

Dear Friend, As MWF strives to level the playing field for women entrepreneurs, we recognize that even the most successful entrepreneurs can be halted by deep-rooted (and often implicit) biases. We’re always looking for ways to eliminate gender and racial bias in our ecosystem, so we recently developed a new, exciting approach to a pitch competition. … Read more

7/14 WEI Wednesday

Dear entrepreneur, This past week, I had the opportunity to witness firsthand the resolve and resilience of an entrepreneur we’ve worked with for a long time. During this entrepreneur’s initial pursuit of funding her project, she was declined twenty-three times. Nevertheless, she persisted, and triumphantly held her grand opening last week. I think of the countless … Read more

6/30 WEI Wednesday

Dear entrepreneur,  Last week, our team attended the virtual Small Business Summit hosted by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. We listened to leaders from business, government, research and more as they shared perspectives on Michigan’s economic outlook and what it means for small businesses. We heard from entrepreneurs and partners just like you about needing access to … Read more

6/15 WEI Wednesday

Dear entrepreneur, As we commemorate Juneteenth this upcoming Saturday and celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month throughout June, I am reminded how far we have come as a country.  I am enthusiastic about the resolve and resilience of entrepreneurs nationwide and hopeful for our future.  We have an enormous opportunity to create an inclusive and sustainable economy.  Michigan Women Forward is … Read more

6/2 WEI Wednesday

Dear entrepreneur,  At Michigan Women Forward, the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative Team speaks with entrepreneurs daily and know very well of the hardships and challenges that all small business owners have faced and continue to experience throughout the pandemic. It is not the individual challenges that shape the entrepreneur and the business but how the entrepreneur responds … Read more