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CEED Spring/Summer 2014 Newsletter

Tuesday, June 17, 2014  
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Spring-Summer 2014
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In This Issue
Annual Award Celebration
Upcoming Training Opportunities
Client Spotlight
Excellence In Supplier Diversity Awards
Welcome New Members
Member Spotlight
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 Thank you to everyone who joined us for a night of celebration! CEED especially thanks all of our sponsors including Title Sponsors General Motors and RIM Custom Racks. 

If you missed the premiere of the CEED Anniversary video, highlighting 30 years of success, click on the image below to view. 

CEED 30th Anniversary Video
CEED 30th Anniversary Video


Upcoming Training Opportunities
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Certification Orientations




WBE Forums & Toolkit Trainings are held quarterly in each of the 4 regions: Southeast Michigan, West Michigan, Central Indiana, and Northern Indiana.



Join your fellow WBEs for an opportunity to network, learn how to leverage your certification, & new WBEs will receive a Toolkit Training on how to market your certification.  


Click here to visit the WBE Forum & New WBE Toolkit Training page

CEED Client Receives National Recognition
Unity Vibration Kombacha Tea, based in Ypsilanti, MI was named Top 25 beers of 2013 by DRAFT Magazine.

Unity Vibration used a business loan from CEED to move to a full production facility which catapulted them to produce higher volumes and start shipping to the West Coast. The husband and wife team, Rachel and Tarek Kanaan, are committed to their organic beverage line which uses a symbiotic culture to produce their teas and beers. To find a site closest to you, visit their website at


Excellence in Supplier Diversity Recognition Program

Reminder - Excellence in Supplier Diversity Awards applications are now available. If you did not receive an application, email Applications are due June 30, 2014 by 11:59 pm EST. Electronic submissions are preferred. 
Welcome New Women-Owned Businesses 
CEED welcomes our newest WBEC-Great Lakes certified women-owned businesses! To view a complete listing of new WBEs, click here.

Welcome New Corporate Members

Member Spotlight


Elizabeth Schmidt

Every year, WBENC recognizes a certified WBE who serve as both leaders in their communities by being an inspiration to other women business owners. Elizabeth Schmidt, CEO, Atlas Tool, Inc. is a shining example and represented the WBEC-Great Lakes council well at the 2014 Summit and Salute. We applaud Schmidt and are proud to have her as a member!


Click on the picture(left) to view her in the WBE Stars video.




Andra Rush recognized by The Detroit News as a 2014 Michiganian of the Year!
Andra Rush
Andra Rush, Chairman and CEO, Rush Trucking Corp., Detroit Manufacturing Systems LLC and Dakkota Integrated Systems LLC has been selected as a 2014 Michiganian of the Year by The Detroit News for her commitment of hiring veterans and Detroiters. Click here to read more.

Congratulations to our Corporate Members selected as 2014 Top 25 Women in Power Impacting Diversity by DiversityPlus Magazine. Marcella McCullough, Manager, Supplier Diversity, Ford Motor Company, Teresa Whalen LeFevre, Vice President and Manager of Supplier Diversity, Comerica Bank, Michelle L. Taylor, Diversity Procurement Director, Cummins and Jacqueline Taylor, Diversity Supplier Development Director, Dakkota Integrated Systems, LLC.
They were all recognized for their efforts and ability to influence and affect change in diversity. Look for them featured in the current issue of DiversityPlus Magazine to be distributed at the WBENC Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Congratulations! 
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