Center for Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED) Celebrates 30th Anniversary Annual Award Celebration to commemorate history, showcase honorees


Center for Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED) Celebrates 30th Anniversary Annual Award Celebration to commemorate history, showcase honorees

 Livonia, MI, March 17, 2014 – In 1984, a small but, committed group of people set out to make an impact. They wanted to support women business owners with access to capital, business development training and networking opportunities. Today, the Center for Empowerment and Economic Development commonly known as CEED has become a powerhouse of services as a Women’s Business Center, also one of 14 certifying councils for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and creating numerous small business microloan programs.

 Over the past 30 years, CEED has provided

·  Small Business loans up to $50,000 to primarily women and minorities in southeastern Michigan. CEED has made more than $5.5 million in loans to 350 businesses, resulting in the creation of 1,800 jobs.

·  Business training to more than 15,000 business owners and potential entrepreneurs as well as host the Michigan Women’s Marketplace, an online women’s business community at www.miwomen.com.  More than 7,000 women business owners are members.

·  The CEED program, Women’s Business Enterprise Council – Great Lakes provides national recognized women’s business certification to 1,000 women business owners and has 75 corporate members.

·  Along with corporate opportunities, these women have obtained over $15 million in federal contracts.

Title Sponsors for the Anniversary Celebration are General Motors Company and RIM Custom Rack.  Attendees will not only join CEED in recognizing 13 Outstanding Achievers and Volunteers, Corporate and Partner of the Year, but they will also hear from Josh Linkner – venture capitalist, tech entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author of Disciplined Dreaming, and top-rated keynote speaker.

 As CEO and managing partner of Detroit Venture Partners, Josh Linkner helps startups disrupt the old guard while helping to rebuild his hometown of Detroit, Michigan. He’s on a mission to drive creativity, innovation, and reinvention. For more information, visit JoshLinkner.com.

This is a time of opportunity and reflection for CEED and its small business members. We will use the evening to celebrate our achievements and plan for the next series of innovations required to be relevant in today’s marketplace, according to Michelle Richards, CEED’s Founder and Executive Director.

Paula Tutman, WDIV Channel 4 news reporter and Emmy-winning journalist, will be our Mistress of Ceremonies.

Tickets start at $125 up to April 1st and can be purchased at miceed.org or by calling 734-677-1400. Follow @MICEED on Twitter for event updates and to join in the excitement using #CAAC14


 About CEED

The Center for Empowerment and Economic Development is a nonprofit organization committed to empowering women and minorities economically through business development training, supplier certification, business-to-business networking and accessible capital assistance programs. The dinner will raise funds to further this mission.

If you would like more information about this event, contact CEED Events Manager, Betty Aliko, baliko@miceed.org or by phone at 734-677-1400


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