Summer 2021

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GLIn2 Summit Update

The Great Lakes International Innovation Summit is taking place in Toledo, Ohio from October 20-22. Speakers from multiple states across the Midwest are scheduled to participate. A block of rooms is being held at the Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel. The agenda and hotel room link are now available at the GLIn2 Summit website:


Improving Diversity & Inclusion in Entrepreneurship Centers

Who will create the jobs of tomorrow? How can we enable the promise of entrepreneurship for all Americans? How can entrepreneurship centers in communities across the United States become more diverse and inclusive? These are the questions tackled by the newly released Playbook For Improving Diversity and Inclusion in Entrepreneurship Centers, commissioned by the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA) with support from JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Authors Mike Green, Chief Economic Strategist with the National Institute for Inclusive Competitiveness, and Lindsay Schuenke, Director of Content for InBIA, profile numerous tactics, resources and case studies curated from the practices of over 30 leading organizations to foster greater diversity, inclusion and belonging in entrepreneurship centers and entrepreneurial ecosystems across the U.S.

Download a free copy of the playbook here.

Member Tweets

LEAP @purelansing · May 18
As pandemic response continues to evolve our workplaces, employers looking to engage their employees on the COVID-19 vaccine can check out this helpful guide from RELAUNCH Greater Lansing:    

Ann Arbor SPARK @AnnArborSPARK · June 3
Check out this four-part series, led by @JointPivot, that focuses on strategy, people, process & tools needed to add value to your organization. You'll leave each session with a list of action items so you can hit the ground running!
WMed Innovation Ctr. @WMedICKazoo · May 24
Great keynote speakers await, and great workshops, too. Learn more about the Boundless Women Confab in Kalamazoo in Nov 3.

Economic Growth Inst @Econ_Growth · May 19
Check out EGI's spring newsletter for information about cybersecurity programs and education, innovation stories, staff news, and other resources.

Lakeshore Advantage @Lakeshoreadvant · May 10
LET'S CELEBRATE! Join us on June 17th for our SURGE Celebration, an outdoor event to showcase startups working within the community and give you an inside look at our accomplishments over the last five years. RSVP and learn more at

ZenBusiness @ZenBusinessPBC · May 12
nnovation is critical to ensure a strong and bright future for US micro businesses. Read more about what SMBs need the most - and how tech companies like ZenBusiness can help - in @Alex_Lazarow’s most recent column in Forbes.

MBIA Board Updates

Events & Training Committee (Cheryl LeClaire-Chair, Madelyn Pinder, Sandra Cochrane, Jeff McIntyre). There will be two more Virtual Member Meetings in 2021. They will take place via Zoom at 2:00 PM on each scheduled day.

• August 16th meeting will be hosted by the MTEC SmartZone

• November 8th meeting will be hosted by Ann Arbor SPARK

Mark your calendars now and plan to participate. We'll see you then!

If you want to host a Member Meeting in 2022, let us know by emailing us at

Around the State

Business Comeback Kit from SBDC

MI-SBDC "Business Comeback Kit" The Michigan SBDC has introduced a self-paced course, the Comeback Kit, designed for Michigan small business owners and entrepreneurs who are working to come back from the impacts and effects of the pandemic. This learning module will help small businesses to evaluate their financials, understand where they are today, and recognize what they need to do to get healthier tomorrow.
If, as a small business owner, you are unsure if you should continue in business, the Michigan SBDC can help. We will help you decide if you should wind-down responsibly so that you are in a good position in the near future to start your next business adventure!

InBIA News

InBIA recognized two entrepreneurship centers as the recipients of its most prestigious awards, the Randall M. Whaley and the Dinah Adkins Awards, during the 35th annual International Conference on Business Incubation, which was held virtually April 26-30.  These awards were announced along with the Entrepreneurship Centers of the Year and Specialty Awards.

The University of Connecticut Technology Incubation Program (UCONN TIP) is the recipient of the 2021 Randall M. Whaley Award.

The Slovak Business Agency is the recipient of the 2021 Dinah Adkins Award.

The recipients of the 2021 Entrepreneurship Centers of the Year Awards are listed here.

InBIA Advanced Mentor Development Certification Workshop

Become a certified Mentor Program Manager through this certification course. Whether you are planning to launch a new mentoring program for your clients or looking to increase the impact of your existing program, this training will give you the tools, resources, knowledge and credibility to have a successful mentoring program.

This course will guide you through strategies for recruiting, selecting, and training mentors, as well as for retaining them in the program. The instructor will also introduce techniques of matching the right mentors with the right mentees for the right purpose as well as effective ways to measure client outcomes. Finally, the course explains how mentors are easily rated by your clients to ensure the quality of your program.

This four-part course will take place at 10 a.m. EDT on each of the training days this August 3rd – August 13th.

Register now!

8 Kalamazoo businesses receive $10K grants from Verizon

DeMargeo White’s cheesecake business offers slices up for sale to customers in Kalamazoo, while also expanding and focusing on the wholesale part of his business.

His company, Huey D’s Goodies, was one of eight in Kalamazoo to recently receive a $10,000 grant from Verizon, as part of the company’s $10 million commitment made to small businesses made during the Super Bowl, Verizon said in a news release.

Verizon partnered with the Local Initiatives Support Coalition (LISC) to distribute grants throughout the 50 states and Puerto Rico. In this round, 910 small businesses each received $10,000 Verizon grants that can help them meet payroll, pay rent and cover additional immediate operational needs.

Read the entire article here.
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