Small Business Workshop Virtual Series Announced

Small Business Workshop Becomes Free Online Series

Sixth Annual Event Returns to Detroit as a Series June 17th

A new study by economists at the University of Illinois, Harvard  Business School, Harvard  University and the University of Chicago projects that more than 100,000 small businesses have permanently closed since the coronavirus pandemic was declared in March, the Washington Post reports.

DETROIT, MI (May 18, 2020)  During these unique times where safety requirements and social distancing are critical, The LEE Group’s Sixth Annual Small Business Workshop has been rescheduled as a free, online event beginning June, 2020.  The Small Business Workshop, presented by Fifth Third Bank will be conducted through a series of online sessions kicking off 6/17, followed by sessions 6/24 24, 7/15, 7/22 and 7/29.

With economic and business challenges stemming from COVID-19, this year’s theme is “Navigating the Headwinds of Crisis “. The series will begin with a 90-minute session featuring a keynote speaker and a panel discussion focused on business recovery, sustainability and pivoting during these extraordinary times.  In subsequent weeks, each workshop topic will be led by a subject matter expert.

What can I do now for my business?  How do I recover and achieve business sustainability and ultimately, growth?  What methods work?  What strategies can be implemented to address these challenges?

These questions will be addressed by speakers and panelists representing the Detroit business community. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn while gaining tools and resources from these business leaders during their presentations and Q&A sessions.

“We are pleased to announce the sixth annual Small Business Workshop, which is normally held during Small Business Week in May, will now be offered online,” says Mark S. Lee, President & CEO of the LEE Group, LLC.  “COVID-19 has impacted business models, but the appetite for information continues and this event will provide access to resources to attendees looking to recover while focusing one business sustainability during unprecedented times, like we’ve never have seen before.”

Lee continues, “We are proud Fifth Third Bank is the presenting sponsor and without their support, we would not be in our sixth year.  Due to their continued commitment, I’m also pleased to announce this event is free.”

“Despite how the pandemic has changed our way of life, business must continue in order to protect our economy and our communities. It simply must be conducted in different ways,” said David Girodat, Regional President of Fifth Third Bank in Eastern Michigan. “That means continuing to provide entrepreneurs and small business owners with tools and resources to help them succeed, under any circumstances – even a pandemic. I’m pleased that Fifth Third Bank is able to support a modified Small Business Workshop this year.”

Sponsors for this year’s event include Fifth Third Bank, Comcast Business, Detroit Development Fund, Michigan Women Forward, Tanner Friedman, Cindy Fletcher, State Farm Agent and America’s SBDC Michigan and Detroit Public TV.

Registration will open soon, but for more information, please check back for periodic updates here:


About The LEE Group:

The LEE Group, MI LLC (TLG), is an independent integrated marketing consulting firm focused on providing marketing, branding, and communication solutions to clients. Additionally, TLG provides training and development to organizations in the areas of branding, re-branding and communications and has advised on how to effectively implement in an integrated fashion.

Mark S.  Lee is a sought after speaker,  hosts a weekly radio show and he pens a small business blog for Crain’s Detroit Business as well as contributes to many publications across the region.

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