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MWM is a non-profit women’s business center and community, offering a directory of women business owners, access to business organizations, a calendar of events and a training center.

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InnovateHER Challenge

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is conducting the third year of the InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Challenge (the Challenge), pursuant to the America Competes Act, for entrepreneurs to create a product or service that has a measurable impact on the lives of women and families, the potential for commercialization, and fills a need in the marketplace.

DATES: The local InnovateHER Challenge launches on December 29, 2016.

The initial round of the Challenge will take the form of meeting with Great Lakes Women’s Business Council – Program Manager for the Women’s Business Center. You may reach her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange a meeting.

All applications must be submitted by April 18, 2017 to the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council – Program Manager for the Women’s Business Center for the local review.

All those applying for InnovateHER are required to meet with Deb Loeser prior to our local judging. One winner will be picked and they will receive the opportunity to work with our organization to present the best possible nomination package. To be submitted, no later than May 12, 2017. SBA will then select up to ten finalists. The top three winners will be announced no later than July 27, 2017, following a live pitch competition.

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In today’s world, the rising presence of the cross-generational workforce and their increasing voice means organizations need to move in new and creative directions. This training is designed to take women business owners to the next level by showing them how to strategically position their company for growth and how to create high performing cultures.

  • Learn strategies that will drive your productivity to new heights.
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  • How do you intentionally create a sustainable culture of high performance in your organization?