Leadership Institute for Women is May 14 in Livonia

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One-Day "Mini MBA" Program for Women Business Owners Arms Businesses for Surviving These Tough TImes

The challenging times that businesses are facing right now demand tough decision-making and true leadership, yet developing those management skills can take years of education and experience. Fortunately for women business owners, a one-day "Leadership Institute for Women" takes place on Thursday, May 14 from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Livonia campus of Davenport University. The theme is "Tough Times are Temporary, but Tough People are Permanent."

The event is presented by the Women's Business Enterprise Council - Great Lakes, an initiative of the Ann Arbor-based Center for Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED). The curriculum was developed in conjunction with Davenport University, whose faculty are among the scheduled presenters.

"This executive training aims to bolster women's leadership and business acumen, so that whatever challenges and opportunities are presented, owners will have the skills to advance their businesses," says CEED Executive Director Michelle Richards.

"The intent is to deliver a crash-course MBA-type program, with all the key concepts and expert, engaging speakers--for a fraction of the time and cost."

Topics to be covered include Beware of the Bankrupt Customer!, Maximizing Your Marketing Power through Diversification, the profit-focused Where Do You Start to Build a LEAN System?, Examining the Critical Aspect of Finance for Sustainability and Growth, and Survival of the Fittest: Change to Grow. Professors from Davenport University's Executive MBA Entrepreneur program will lead sessions, along with featured speakers such as Lisa Gretchko, a corporate attorney from Howard & Howard, P.C.; and Meriam Muley, entrepreneur and author of the acclaimed book, "85% Niche: The Power of Women of All Colors--Latina, Black and Asian," and others.

"All women who are trying to hold onto and grow their businesses in today's challenging times are encouraged to attend," emphasizes Richards. "We've held the cost to a minimum so as many as possible can benefit."

The cost to attend the one-day "Leadership Institute for Women" is just $90 for CEED members and $110 for nonmembers; cost includes all presentations, breakout sessions and keynote lunch. Grand Rapids-based Davenport University's local campus is at 19499 Victor Parkway, north of 7 Mile Rd. and east of I-275 in Livonia.

The Women's Business Enterprise Council - Great Lakes conducts nationally recognized Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) certification in Michigan and Indiana and also provides supplier development opportunities and skill-building educational programs for women. It is an initiative of the Center for Empowerment and Economic Development, which works to empower women and minorities economically through business development training, vendor certification, business-to-business networking and access to capital assistance programs.

To register for the May 14 "Leadership Institute for Women," contact CEED at 734-677-1400.

The "Leadership Institute for Women" will also be offered on May 21 at Davenport University in Grand Rapids and on June 4 at Battle Creek's Kellogg Center. For details, call 734-677-1400.

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