You see the hashtags regularly on social media; #girlboss, #ladyboss, #myownboss, #womenwhohustle and so many more.

As women, we’re part of a movement of recognizing women are strong and independent. More and more are using their skills to become successful entrepreneurs. However, there is a lot to learn about how to get started with any kind of business.

A great resource tool to start with is Michigan Women Forward (MWF), an organization whose mission is “to accelerate Michigan’s progress by advancing equality and opportunity for women and girls.”

MWF, on behalf of women and helps girls of Michigan, helps with financial resources, professional expertise and more. Those resources have been empowering women and girls for over 30 years.

For those looking to start or grow their business, MWF invites you to WomanUp and Learn, an educational summit on business success at Lansing Community College West on Friday, March 8 from 8:30 to 3:30 pm.

From planning and funding to launch and growth, WomanUp and Learnis designed for women with a passion for entrepreneurship. Session topics include marketing, finance, pitching and more.

Hear firsthand from Candice Simons, president and CEO of Brooklyn Outdoor, on how she turned a simple idea into one of Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing and most inspiring companies of 2018. 

“Michigan Women Forward provides our entrepreneurs with collaborative opportunities to determine what resources will best assist them in building and growing their businesses by offering a broad range of education options and technical assistance such as one-on-one meetings, workshops and summits, like we are offering on March 8”, said Judy Welch, executive director, West Michigan. “We also provide funding. Even the most promising businesses, new or existing, have difficulty obtaining much-needed capital. To help entrepreneurs, MWF offers varied funding resources to start, build and grow successful businesses, including microloans, pitch competition cash prizes and investments.”

MWF is also holding educational summits in Grand Rapids on March 1 at Davenport University and in  Detroit on March 15 at Wayne State University.

Tickets for WomanUp and Learn are $65 and student discounts are available. Registration is required. For more information and to register visit miwf.org.

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