Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.” – John Wooden
Daniel Wilkins is the COO of the Kalamazoo Innovation Initiative and the Project Director of the Kzoo Makes, a community workshop that provide access to tool and equipment for a faction of the cost of ownership. Prior to volunteering his time with the Kzoo Makers, he spent 13 years in…
Debi L. Howe
Started in sales for a medical equipment company working up to VP of sales/marketing. Started my own company leading it for 11 years, growing it, then selling it. I have been volunteering in assisting in branding, strategic planning, leadership, sales and marketing. AREAS OF EXPERTISE Business Strategy & Planning Sales,…
Dwayne Powell, Jr.
A transformative leader with a passion for entrepreneurship and community development. For more than 15 years, Dwayne Powell, Jr. has trained and worked to build dynamic and effective organizations in various leadership roles. An accomplished and highly motivated business professional with a proven record of success. Extensive experience in Business…
Faith is currently the Executive Director of Buy Local Greater Kalamazoo and previously worked at the Home Builders Association of Greater Kalamazoo and International Electrical Testing Association. A bronco through and through, she earned her degree in Marketing in 2006 and Masters of Public Administration degree in 2015. Faith has…
I want to add value and make an impact on people's lives through my works.
On a summer weekend, you can find Jan kayaking the rivers and lakes of Michigan. As the Program Manager for the S.W. Michigan Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), Jan enjoys helping companies navigate the challenging waters of government contracting. Assisting with registrations, understanding solicitation and contract language, training, reviewing proposals…
Kara Stewart, Sector Strategy Coordinator, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research/Michigan Works! Southwest Kara joined the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research in 2000, bringing over 24 years of Banking and Finance Management experience to the local Michigan Works! administrative team. She has worked in contract compliance, policy oversight and…
Starting Gate Operations Director for WMU's student startup business accelerator. Starting Gate is located downtown Kalamazoo in the Haymarket Building and provides a fast-track to business launch (100-day program). The accelerator provides resources such as mentoring, workshops on marketing, intellectual property, lean startup, pitching to investors, etc., to be a…
After spending 15 years working at advertising and design agencies all over the country (New York City, Chicago, Dallas & Battle Creek), I am fortunate to now be able to help companies solve their business challenges by connecting them with the wonderful resources available at Western Michigan University. It is…
Lori is the Intake Coordinator for the Small Business Development Center & Administrative Assistant for WMU Business Connection. She loves working with small businesses!
Her passion for health, opportunity, and equity is the fuel that drives her.
LuMarie Guth serves members of the WMU and Greater Kalamazoo community as the Business Librarian at Waldo Library. She is available for personal consultations to gather secondary research on market demographics, industry trends, and competitor analysis.
Hello, I'm Mary Zoeller. I grew up in the Lansing Area. I graduated from Western Michigan University. I loved the Kalamazoo area so much I stayed and raised my four kids in this area with my husband. I currently work with a great group of people at the Fetzer Center…
Sandra Cochrane is the director of the WMed Innovation Center, the Kalamazoo SmartZone. In this position she manages a 70,000 s.f. business incubator, coordinates entrepreneurial training programs, and assists start-up and early-stage high-tech companies. Services she provides to client companies include business plan development, accessing capital, strategic planning, and general…
Stacy Belinsky is a writer, photographer, MBA grad, facilitator, instructor, reader, and bonfire enthusiast. Stacy is also pursuing studies in psychology and rhetoric and writing studies. Stacy works remotely as a content manager and administrator for Type-40 Sales. @hackergals Founder
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