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What’s the secret sauce in Detroit’s startup scene? On April 13th, go inside Detroit’s innovative organizations with ‪‎NewCo Detroit‬!!

Limited Capacity seats available A special TOUR TICKET is required to attend this all-inclusive day of scheduled events. Purchase a ticket to the tour you are interested in at: Tour Pass – Detroit 2.0 OR Tour Pass – Power Players: Women Leaders in Detroit More info on both tours can be found at http://det.newco.co/tours/ On April 13th, meet Detroit’s female power players and get a glimpse into the organizations they’re driving to success. Together with a group of smart, like-minded individuals, you’ll tour Motor City and learn valuable insights as to how these organizations make positive change on their local community and

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What Goldman Sachs Is Getting Right About Small Businesses

      Ask any Inc. 5000 company and they’ll probably tell you that business education, mentorship, access to capital, and building solid networks are all key to creating strong, fast-growth businesses. Numerous studies have pointed out how crucial such factors are to growth. Now the latest data from a program launched by investment bank Goldman Sachs in 2009, called 10,000 Small Businesses, seems to support those findings as well. The program has a goal of providing up to $500 million in small business support including direct loans, educational courses, and networking opportunities. On Wednesday, Babson College, with which Goldman partners to develop the curriculum

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Leadership Detroit Honors Top Regional Leaders At Class XXXVI Commencement; Schlichting Appointed To U.S. Commission On Care

Last week, Leadership Detroit, an initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber, celebrated the commencement of its 36th class, while presenting its annual awards to three alumni who have made a positive impact on the region. Commencement took place at The Garden Theater in Detroit and featured 66 executives from across the region, representing business, organized labor, government, education, media, civic groups, health services and community organizations. In addition, Leadership Detroit held its annual awards ceremony, recognizing past alumni that act on and support the program’s five pillars of exemplary leadership, and who have made a positive impact to move Michigan forward. This year’s award

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Checkout Crains’ new article “‘Beginning of a wave’: More women become own biz boss” (featuring our CEO Carla Walker-Miller)

In 1985, Crain’s reported that more women were attracted to self-employment, with newly minted female entrepreneurs outpacing men as total self-employment in the U.S. reached 8.9 percent. In total, 30 percent of all entrepreneurs were women. “The women of the ’70s untied their apron strings to enter the workplace, but the women of the ’80s are cutting their corporate attachments,” wrote Launzy Sims in the May 13 issue. From the archives: Self-employment attracts women (May 13, 1985) Fast forward 30 years, and women now account for 35.7 percent of all entrepreneurs— at least as of 2012, the most recent data available from the U.S.

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The WAVE Fund presents “Networking for Water” on April 29th!

Every year, the WAVE Fund hosts a Charity Golf Open, WAVE on the Water Benefit and a Networking Reception to help raise funds to assist those in need of water services. As a non-profit and all-volunteer organization, these events serve as primary sources for funding. Other companies and organizations are welcomed to host/give fundraisers to benefit the WAVE Fund. Please contact us at wave@wmenergy.com to host an event. WHAT IS WAVE? The Water Access Volunteer Effort (WAVE) Fund provides assistance to low-income families during a crisis by ensuring uninterrupted access to safe drinking water and sanitation services. ​ Through strategic partnerships with community agencies, businesses,

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