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

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

1/25/2023 – WEI Wednesday

Michigan Women Forward’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative seeks applicants who want to understand their financial performance and predict future financial success. “Let’s Get Your Financials in Order” is a program for existing businesses located in St Clair County. The program will consist of 4 weeks of in-person training with Shelly Obrzut, EA. She will cover the … 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