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    WBEC-Great Lakes President and CEED

    Executive Director, Michelle Richards

    inducted into WBE Hall of Fame

    Presented by the American Institute of Diversity &

    Commerce, honorees from around the country

    were recognized for excellence in

    entrepreneurship, leadership and mentorship.

    Michelle was recognized for her relentless

    commitment to fostering the relationships between corporations, governments

    and women-owned businesses and providing a solid foundation for the

    empowerment of WBEs that reaches beyond the Great Lakes region.

    Tom Trotter, chairman of the American Institute of Diversity and Commerce,

    praised the inductees for "their extraordinary impact on WBEs. "The WBE Hall of Fame is proud to recognize national leaders in women's business development,"

    he continued. "They have generated a quantifiable contribution through time,

    talent and effort, along with the help of a team of dedicated people

    and companies. We honor their successes and thank them for demonstrating a

    long-term commitment and performing a unique service."

    The WBE Hall of Fame is a nonprofit organization launched in 2009 to recognize

    the contributions of women entrepreneurs in their communities, as well as their

    accomplishments within their industries. Through a network of womens business

    development organizations, corporate and government advocates and

    women-owned enterprises, the WBEHF spotlights best practices and insights, as

    women create businesses that help build a stronger economy. For more

    information, visit www.wbehf.org or call 972-943-4606.

    CEED celebrates Detroit office grand opening

    CEED joins other business development

    resource providers at the Grand River

    WORKplace, the first co-working space in

    Northwest Detroit. It is designed to provide a

    collaborative work environment to reduce

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    overhead and create synergy for emerging businesses. We were joined by City

    of Detroit Councilman (District 1) James Tate (left - with Small Business Detroit

    Loan Officer Belinda Turner-DuBois and Executive Director Michelle Richards).

    On Oct. 24th, the doors to the Grand River WorkPlace, the first incubator of its

    kind outside of the citys downtown-Midtown-Corktown area, will open to the public. CEED joins ProsperUS Detroit, SCORE Detroit and TechTown Detroit SWOT

    City program in providing on-site services to tenants.

    WBENC launches the Women Owned logo

    The Women Owned logo has been created to

    connect retail consumers with products created by

    women-owned businesses.

    According to www.womenownedlogo.com, your

    purchase of Women Owned products helps increase sales for the Women

    Owned businesses and in-turn helps them grow.

    You are supporting not just their individual business, but the entire economy.

    Women Owned businesses are growing at one and a half times the U.S. national

    average and in turn contribute over a trillion dollars to the U.S. economy,

    employing nearly 7.9 million people, and adding 274,000 jobs since 2007. Only

    WBENC and WEConnect International certified WBEs are eligible to use the logo.


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    Small Business Loans now offered at 5% fixed interest rate

    A 5% interest rate on small business loans increases organizational commitment

    to supporting small business owners. Through partnerships with the City of Detroit,

    Oakland County, Washtenaw County and U.S. Small Business Administration,

    CEED provides loans up to $50,000 for machinery, equipment, inventory and

    some working capital.

    "A loan from CEED comes with more than money. Part of the loan relationship is

    technical assistance which can range from help with bidding on federal

    contracts to using social media as part of your marketing strategy. To register for

    an upcoming loan orientation or to learn more about the program,

    visit www.miceed.org or call 734-677-1400.

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    Welcome New Woman-Owned Businesses

    Allied Substance Abuse

    Professionals LLC


    Environmental Solutions

    & Services, Inc.

    MZ Corp

    Apelott Industrial Sales,


    Iron Fetish Metalworks

    Pure Leadership

    Consulting, LLC

    Brooklyn Outdoor, LLC

    J Enterprises Inn of

    Fishers, LLC

    Viking Aegean, Ltd

    Concept Enterprise,LLC

    J Enterprises Inn of

    Taylorsville, LLC

    Einfini LLC

    L'Acquis Ventures, LLC

    Essence Upscale

    Promotions LLC

    Mixed Promotions, LLC

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    CEED proudly partners in Detroit Entrepreneur Week 2015

    CEED is again serving on the Planning Committee for Detroit Entrepreneur Week,

    a free 5-day series of workshops, panels and presentations designed for existing

    small business owners on February 10-14, 2015 at Focus: HOPE in Detroit. Other

    participating organizations include TechTown Detroit, BUILD Institute, Wayne

    Alumni Law Group and SCORE Detroit to name a few. For the first time, Detroit

    Entrepreneur Week will feature a Small Business Legal Academy on Saturday,

    February 14 at Wayne State University Law School. The Small Business Legal

    Academy will feature a number of lawyers from Detroits leading law firms and

    legal departments with panels discussing the legal and business concerns of

    early stage entrepreneurs. There are both organized panels and ample

    opportunities to meet with legal experts one on one to find the resources

    necessary to move your business ideas to the next level. Thomas Linn, Chair

    Emeritus of Miller Canfield and coordinator of the Academy. To register, visit


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    Join us in congratulating Carla Preston, Ford Motor

    Company and CEED, Secretary, Board of Directors,

    named Minority Supplier Dev. Leader of the Year by

    the National Minority Supplier Development Council

    (NMSDC). "Carla's commitment to supplier diversity

    and supplier development is unmatched," said NMSDC President Joset Wright-


    Corporate member Messer Construction honored with several prestigious

    Diversity awards this year. Spending more

    than $171 million of its total outside purchases

    with certified M/WBEs, Messer Corporation has

    a proven track record of recognizing the

    value of a diverse supplier base.

    Congratulations to ALOM, certified WBE for receiving

    two 2014 Women in Business Stevie Awards! The

    Stevie Awards for Women in Business are the world's

    top honors for female entrepreneurs, executives,

    employees and the organizations they run. All

    individuals and organizations worldwide are eligible

    to submit nominations - public and private, for-profit

    and non-profit, large and small. The 2014 awards received entries from 22

    nations and territories.

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    Congratulations to members Tracy Taylor, T2

    Designs "Designing Stars" and Ursula Scroggs, "The

    CPA that Adds Up" for being recognized at the

    "Best of michbusiness" Awards program by the

    Michigan Business and Professional Association.

    The Jackson Area Manufacturers Association awards our

    member, Tracy McCullough, President and CEO, The

    Cardinal Group, with Manufacturer of the Year! The

    Cardinal Group (TCG) continues to expand its wide

    range of support services worldwide while being committed to strategic

    partnering with local manufacturers.

    Congratulations to member Departure Travel

    Management on receiving the Supplier Excellence Award

    from Faurecia.Departure Travel Management (DTM) is

    headquartered in Birmingham, Michigan. Founded in 1999,

    DTM has made a commitment to setting new standards of

    customer service with creative travel solutions.

    Member Maestro has been honored with a Brandon Hall Silver Award for "Best

    Advancement in Unique Learning Technology". Along with FranklinCovey, their

    Living The 7 Habits App. The mobile app program offers a range of resources to

    help people improve interpersonal communication, take initiative, establish

    greater trust, strengthen relationships, increase influence and balance key


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