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Small Business Workshop 2021 Virtual Series

Wednesday, May 05 2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am

The LEE Group (TLG) will hold its seventh annual Small Business Workshop, presented by Fifth Third, May 5 at 10:00 a.m. This year’s weekly event is free and will focus on business recoverability and building a solid foundation.

Participants will walk away with practical solutions needed as businesses prepare for post-COVID-19 growth. It’s been well documented many small businesses (17% nationally) permanently shut down within the first three months of the pandemic. The numbers are even more staggering for minority-owned businesses (for example, 41% for American American-owned businesses) with respect to devastation over the same period.

This year’s theme is: Re-emerging from the Abyss.

For the May 5 kickoff event, Fifth Third economist Jeffrey Korzenik will provide an overview for the rest of 2021. He will discuss economic projections, overall prospects for the future and its impact on small businesses across the Detroit region and beyond as businesses prepare to emerge from COVID-19 challenges.

Mark S. Lee will have a fireside chat with Kala Gibson, Fifth Third’s Executive Vice President, head of business banking and Chief Enterprise Corporate Responsibility Officer.

You will also hear from panelists including: Ray Waters, president, Detroit Development Fund, Alexis Dishman, Chief Lending Officer, Michigan Women Forward, and Regina Ann Campbell, president & CEO, Build Institute, discussing what small businesses should be doing now during a panel discussion moderated by Mark S. Lee.

This is a session you don’t want to miss!

Sponsors for this year’s event include: Fifth Third Bank, Detroit Development Fund, Comcast Business, Build Institute, Michigan Women Forward, Tanner Friedman, Cindy Fletcher, State Farm Agent and Detroit Public TV.