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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 women’s 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 www.miceed.org

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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 city’s downtown-Midtown-Corktown area, opened 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. #buyWomenOwned

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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 and learn more about the program, visit www.miceed.org or call 734-677-1400.

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Welcome New Woman-Owned Businesses Innovative Allied Substance Abuse Environmental Solutions MZ Corp Professionals LLC & Services, Inc. Apelott Industrial Sales, Iron Fetish Metalworks Inc. Brooklyn Outdoor LLC

J Enterprises Inn of Fishers LLC

Pure Leadership Consulting 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 Detroit’s 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 dew15.eventbrite.com

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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 WrightLacy.

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, along with FranklinCovey, with a Brandon Hall Silver Award for "Best Advancement in Unique Learning Technology" for 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 priorities. Learn more

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The Center for Empowerment and Economic Development is committed to empowering entrepreneurs through business development, training courses, capital assistance, Women's Business Certification program and contracting opportunities.

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Stay Connected Livonia (Headquarters): 734.677.1400 Detroit: 313.533.1400 Indianapolis: 317.920.1400 WWW.MICEED.ORG

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