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News From CEED | Fall 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014  
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Fall 2014

In This Issue

Great Lakes Women's Business Conference

WBE Hall of Fame

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Small Business Loans

Corporate Recruitment

MMSDC 31st Annual Awards

Welcome New Members

Member Spotlight



Board of Directors

CEED Business Loans


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Many thanks to all of our sponsors, attendees and speakers who made the 14th Annual Great Lakes Women's Business Conference one of the best ever! From the educational workshops to the launch of the Excellence in Supplier Diversity Awards, we were pleased that more than 700 people found this 2-day event a valuable use of time.


Keynote Andrew Yang, Entrepreneur & Author, "Smart People Should Build Things" and MC, Paula Tutman

Opening Session MC, Mildred Gaddis


Inaugural Excellence in Supplier Diversity Award Winners


Best In Class Category

Best in Class reflects that a corporation has excelled in all major categories surveyed including women business enterprise spend and capacity building, and advocacy for women-owned businesses.

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Advance Category

Advanced reflects that a corporation has documented a strong commitment to women's business enterprise advocacy, capacity building and contracting. Advanced category award winners are leaders among their peers.


Emerging Category

Emerging reflects that a corporation has demonstrated an increasing commitment to advancing capacity building and contracting opportunities for certified women business owners.


WBEC - Great Lakes Award Winners

Lynn Perenic, WBE Volunteer of the Year

Janie Goldberg, Outstanding WBE of the Year

Brenda Marshall, Corporate Advocate of the Year

Gina Coleman, Corporate Volunteer of the Year

Erica White, Corporate Champion of the Year

Elizabeth Peters, Role Model / Mentor of the Year

Tony Tomczak

DTE Energy

Significant Contribution of the Year

Reginald Humprey

General Motors Corporation

Significant Contribution of the Year

Michelle Richards to be inducted into Women's Business Enterprise Hall of Fame


Michelle Richards, CEED Executive Director and WBEC-Great Lakes President, has been selected by the American Institute of Diversity and Commerce as a distinguished recipient of a 2014 Women's Business Enterprise Hall of Fame!


As an advocate for women business owners, Michelle has worked tirelessly in support of women's business enterprise initiatives. Join us in congratulating Michelle!


Upcoming Training Opportunities


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

Funded by Chase Bank, the Entrepreneur Roundtable series connects small business owners with the resources they need to grow.Click here to register for the "End of Year Check-Up" on Wednesday, November 19, 12:30pm-4pm at Focus: HOPE, 1400 Oakman Boulevard, Detroit, MI. Attendees will be able to meet one-on-one with local business development resource providers.


Click the image above to learn more about our Small Business Loans



CEED/WBEC-Great Lakes Corporate Development Committee (CDC) hosted "Corporate Event at the Park" at Comerica Park. Sponsored by Comerica Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and FlexNGate, prospective corporate members learned about benefits of membership directly from current corporate members.


Several corporations attended the event including HermanMiller, Eastern Michigan University, Quicken Loans, UPS, IBM and Hella Corporation.


Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council

31st Annual Awards

Congratulations to all of our members!


Minority Supplier of the Year Awards

Class III

W3R Consulting

Class IV

Dakkota Integrated Systems

Corporation of the Year Awards

Commercial Products



Barton Malow

Consumer Products

DTE Energy

Education & Government Entities

Wayne State University

Finance & Insurance

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan


Henry Ford Health System

Professional Services

Kelly Services

Buyer of the Year Awards

Jethro Joseph Minority Business Advocate of the Year - Local

Erica White, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Jethro Joseph Minority Business Advocate of the Year - National

Reginald Humphrey, General Motors Company

Subscriber Award


Corporation of the Year Awards

Manufacturing Tier I

Johnson Controls

Manufacturing Tier II

Faurecia NA


Welcome NewWoman-Owned Businesses

CEED welcomes our newest WBEC-Great Lakes certified woman-owned businesses! To view a complete listing of new WBEs, click here.



Welcome New Corporate Members




Member Spotlight


Congratulations to Pearl Pathways, an Indiana WBE company, recently honored as part of the annual 'Companies to Watch' program.Presented by the Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE), its Indiana Small Business Development Center, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), and endorsed by the Edward Lowe Foundation, 'Indiana Companies to Watch' recognizes privately held Indiana businesses that have experienced exceptional growth and well positioned for future growth.Click here to read more


Several members graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, an initiative designed to match existing business owners with the toolsand professional support to develop a strategic and customized growth plan that will take their business to the next level.

Hart and Associates

The Betty Brigade

Walker-Miller Energy Services

Sweet Potato Sensations

Watch this short video about the program featuring Walker-Miller Energy Services

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses: Detroit Graduation



The fastest-growing private company in Detroit on this year'sInc. 5000 list is member

Walker-Miller Energy Services.Founded in 2000 by Carla Walker-Miller, they work to decrease commercial and residential customers' energy consumption.This was the second year Walker-Miller made the list.


Proos Manufacturing received aMichigan Business Development Program performance-based grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.They've added 30 new employees and doubled manufacturing space at Proos Fabrication to 60,000 square feet, giving them a combined total of 120,000 square feet of manufacturing space at Proos Fabrication and Proos Manufacturing.

Proos has also been selected as 2014 Talent Partner of the Year by Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids. This award is granted to a company that consistently uses Goodwill as a preferred resource for finding new hires, as well as volunteers its own employees' time to enhance the services that Goodwill provides.






In Loving Memory

The Center for Empowerment and Economic Development on behalf of its Board of Directors, staff and its entire membership would like to extend its deepest condolences to the Elder family for the passing of Irma Elder, CEO of Elder Auto Group.


The CEED team is expanding! We are seeking a Membership Assistant and Business Training & Counseling Associate. The Membership Assistant will support the Membership Department on various tasks ranging from special projects to signature events.

The Business Training & Counseling Associate position is based in our Detroit office. This person will be responsible for continuing partnerships with local resource organizations as well as providing support for our Small Business Detroit Loan Program.


To view the full position descriptions, click here.


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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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