Alisa is a full time managing attorney and co-founder and Vision Director of ANP Creatives Consulting. As vision director Alisa works with the ANP team to provide guidance on client intake, organization programming and the overall business development process.
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…
James Lipsey, Support & Promote, LLC
Be curious, and don't be afraid to take chances. It's the path to a life with meaning.
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…
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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…
Nicole is the co-founder and chief strategist at ANP Consulting. She works directly with clients to design and implement innovative strategic solutions to match the unique client needs. She is committed to helping people create social impact while working to develop diverse pipelines of accessibility.
Rebekah Kik graduated from Andrews University (2003) with a Masters of Architecture and the University of Notre Dame with a Post Graduate degree in Architecture & Urban Design (2007). Both schools offered a traditional architectural education with a concentration in urban design. She began her professional career pursuing architecture where…
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
Stephanie spent 20+ years working for tech companies in sales and business development roles in various cities across the US. Originally from California, she is now enjoying Kalamazoo and all that beautiful Michigan has to offer. As a Business Outreach Specialist for PTAC, her aim is to assist small businesses…
Tamara Davis is the regional director for the Southwest Michigan SBDC. In this position she assists start-up and second-stage business ventures in developing feasibility studies, business plan development, accessing capital, strategic planning for exporting, accessing state and federal programs, strategic planning and general business consultation. Services are available to existing…
Formerly known as the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center (SMIC), the Innovation Center opened its doors in 2003 in the heart of Western Michigan University’s Business Technology & Research Park, a state-designated, tax-advantaged SmartZone. The region of Southwest Michigan enjoys a rich history of life science innovation, an array of scientific, technologic and business know-how, and an amazing quality of life. Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed) WMed is a private medical school formed through a collaboration of Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo’s two teaching hospitals, Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare. An integral component of the medical school’s research strategy, the Innovation Center supplements the two research floors on WMed’s downtown W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus by providing incubator space that serves to advance research discoveries to commercialization as well as more research experience opportunities for medical school learners. Innovation Center researchers are encouraged to seek a faculty […]