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Ann Arbor Spark

Panel Discussion | Strategies and Celebrations for Minority Business Owners

Wednesday, January 27 2021 at 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Hear from local minority business owners in this virtual program on strategies for moving your business forward, recent successes even under the pandemic, and learn specifics about the benefits of getting certified as a woman-owned or minority-owned business. For aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners alike.

Our moderator Ms. Colette Douglas is a certified WBE and black female business owner and president of Elite Customer Service (ECS), an Ann Arbor, Michigan based consulting firm. ECS brings business etiquette training with a focus on customer service and ethics delivered on virtual platform-live and on demand. Colette brings 30 years of experience to the business community. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio and her Master’s of Science Administration from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. She also holds a certificate in Building High-Performing Business from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in Hanover New Hampshire.

Ypsilanti area panelist Satish Ramade is a business owner, technologist and entrepreneur. Being a first generation immigrant from India, he has been living in Michigan for the past 20 years. He is a software engineer by education and has worked in the information technology (IT) industry for more than 25 years, starting a software company five years ago, Agile Zone. The company’s primary focus is providing digital marketing and eCommerce solutions for small to midsize businesses, including some large corporations such as Ford Motor Company and General Motors.

Panelist Pamela Smith is CEO and Managing Member of PTS Compliance Consulting, LLC a consultancy service helping companies with their business development and to become more profitable as certified vendors for corporations that have diversity and inclusion. Pamela is currently a member of Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), and Nation Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Great Detroit Chapter. Since starting her business in 2015, she has helped over 80 companies become certified as Women Business Enterprises, Minority Business Enterprises, and/or Veteran Owned Businesses throughout the United States.

Since starting her business in 2015, she has helped over 80 companies become certified throughout the United States. She is passionate, enjoys connecting people, and helping business owners to reach that next level.

This event is presented on Zoom and co-hosted by the Entrepreneurship Center at Washtenaw Community College and the Ypsilanti District Library. Register here or call 734-482-4110 x2411. You will receive the Zoom meeting information a few days before the event.