Speakers Announced for 2019 Small Business Workshop

DETROIT, MI (4/3/19)    May is small business month and the first week of the month is Small Business Week.  And The LEE Group is pleased to announce its Fifth Annual Small Business workshop, presented by Fifth Third Bank, which is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at TechTown, 440 Burroughs, in Detroit.

This year’s theme–Navigating The Headwinds of Change–addresses the question of whether or not your business is ready for an ever-changing, competitive, dynamic market, in light of potential economic changes.  We are pleased to announce the following scheduled speakers:

Tanya R. Allen, CEO, ForeverFresh, developed and patented ForeverFresh Disposable Undergarments and recently launched ToddiFresh, a children’s line of disposable underwear. The product is currently distributed to schools across the country by School Nurse Supply, MacGill and School Health.

Tommey Walker Jr., Owner, Detroit Vs Everybody, Detroit Vs Everybody was launched online in 2012 by Detroit native, founder and creator Tommey Walker Jr. out of a small loft rented in the heart of downtown Detroit. When he launched Detroit Vs Everybody, it was never intended be just a Detroit brand, but a brand born out of Detroit.

The panel of experts below will provide keys for success and their perspective on what it takes to not only attract, but to retain customers.

  • Erin Grant, Small Business Lender, Fifth Third Bank
  • Ray Waters, President, Detroit Development Fund
  • Joyce Suber, Ph.D., Michigan Women Forward
  • Kyle Bazzy, COO, Grand Circus

Scheduled workshop speakers, with topics to be addressed are:

  • Priscilla Archangel, Ph.D., President, Archangel and Associates, LLC. – How Small Business Utilize Social Media and Video Blogging
  • Lee Meadows, Ph.D., NAAAHR, Michigan Chapter & Walsh College – Understanding the Lifetime and Financial Value of ALL Customers – Large and Small
  • Lily Hamburger, Director of Small Business Retention & Attraction, DEGC – What are the Challenges of Small Business (Sustainability/Technology)?
  • Kyle Bazzy, COO, Grand Circus – Small Business and the importance of Community Engagement

“This year’s topic is critical as businesses think about a competitive, ever -changing marketplace,” says Mark S. Lee, President and CEO, The LEE Group, “and we are pleased and excited to have speakers whom will share their expertise and experiences with respect to navigating the headwinds of change.”

Lee continues, “These entrepreneurs and business leaders who are going to share their perspective while providing participants with practical ideas and tools focused on confronting addressing ongoing business challenges –thus, enabling businesses to continue to focus on sustainability and growth”

The LEE Group will be joined by several community and corporate partners to make this event a success. This year’s presenting sponsor is Fifth Third Bank.

“Fifth Third is proud to continue to sponsor this important local workshop,” said David Girodat, regional president of Fifth Third Bank in Eastern Michigan. “The lineup of speakers and panelists is impressive and will surely offer great insights on succeeding as an entrepreneur, as well as offering guidance on how to handle business challenges.”

Other sponsors include the Detroit Development Fund, Comcast Business, Michigan Women Forward, Cindy Fletcher, Cindy Fletcher Insurance Agency, Inc., National Entrepreneurs Association, America’s SBDC Michigan, NAAAHR, Meeting Corrdinators, Inc., WWJ Newsradio 950 and Detroit Public TV.

A complimentary breakfast will be provided.  Early-Bird registration is $65 until 4/19, $75 beginning 4/20, and $85 at the door.  To register, please click here.