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Starting a Business During a Pandemic
Are you considering opening a small business right now? Is this right time for you? What should you be considering before launching a business? The SBDC at WMU is hosting an open conversation with those interested in opening a business or planning to pivot their current business model as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join us for an opportunity to have your questions answered by Michigan Small Business Development Center
consultants: Tamara Davis and John Schmitt.

Tamara Davis has served as the Southwest Michigan regional director for the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC) since 2009. Having earned her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from
Western Michigan University, Tamara brings an extensive academic background to the MI-SBDC as well as practical business experience from both the private and public sectors. She has served as a business manager for
the Governor of the State of Vermont, director of operations of the L. Lee Stryker Center at Kalamazoo College, and as a management professor before becoming the regional director of the MI-SBDC. The MI-SBDC provides a full
range of services for small businesses emerging and growing throughout Southwest Michigan—including new
venture companies, existing businesses, and expanding businesses. Since 2009, Tamara and her staff have assisted
their clients in accessing over $425 million in capital.

John Schmitt has been a Business Consultant with the Michigan Small Business Development Center since 2007.
Prior to his role with MI-SBDC, Schmitt was a serial entrepreneur opening a number of small businesses throughout Michigan over the past 30 years. These businesses have ranged from starting a restaurant, Food Dance Cafe, to a
self storage facility, The StorRoom in Canton Michigan. John received the MI-SBDC Statewide Leadership Award for Business Consultants in 2009 and in 2016. Schmitt has served over 1000 clients during his tenure as Business
Consultant for MI-SBDC.

Aug 13, 2020 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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