Wendy Thomas

Southeast Michigan Team

Southeast Michigan Region – Detroit Center
Guardian Building, 500 Griswold, 28th Floor
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 672-1108 / wthomas1@emich.edu

Wendy Thomas is the Regional Director of the Southeast Michigan Region.  She has been with the network for over 20 years and has served in leadership, consulting, training, and administrative roles.

Wendy has counseled hundreds of start-ups and existing businesses over the years resulting in clients obtaining financing as well as launching and growing their small businesses. She assisted clients by using her problem solving skills and expertise in the key business areas of marketing, financing, and business planning. Wendy also serves on several small business advisory boards and committees.

Wendy was named Small Business Consultant of the Year by the Small Business Administration. It was the first time that this award had been given to a SBDC consultant. She received recognition for Outstanding Volunteer for the CEED Detroit Loan Program and Michigan Small Business Center of Excellence and Innovation Award. Wendy is also certified as a Small Business Consultant and a Small Business Administration Export Trade Specialist.

Wendy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Michigan State University, Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Entrepreneurship, and a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications from Eastern Michigan University. Wendy is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies. She also complimented her academic achievements with studying business practices abroad in Asia and Europe including China, England and France.

Areas of Expertise: Marketing, Food Processing Industry, Export

Tameka Johnson

Southeast Michigan Team

Southeast Michigan Region Headquarters | Eastern Michigan University
300 W. Michigan Ave. | 401B Owen Bldg. | Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(734) 487-0355 / tbow@emich.edu

Areas of Expertise: Program Management and Client Intake

Jodie Beckley

Southeast Michigan Team

Southeast Michigan Region – Schoolcraft College
18600 Haggerty Rd, Suite 340
Livonia, MI 48152
(734) 462-4438 / jbeckley@schoolcraft.edu

Jodie Beckley is the Director of the Small Business Development Center at Schoolcraft College in the Southeast Region of Michigan.  Prior to joining SBDC, Jodie spent 12 years in the education management industry, and led several divisions at EdisonLearning that focused on client assessment and counseling and drove operating performance to deliver annual revenues of $33.5M.  She also improved customer satisfaction by building and maintaining effective client relationships and providing high quality service delivery. As head of the Alternative Education department, Jodie was responsible for developing operational programs and training directors on how to run their drop-back in centers as small businesses, resulting in increased retention, graduation rates, and improved P&L. Before working in the private sector she served as a principal, an assistant principal, and a Spanish teacher in grades K-12. Jodie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and International Studies from Wichita State University, a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction, also from Wichita State University, and an MBA from Michigan State University.

Areas of Expertise: Education Management, Team Development, and Process & Quality Improvement

Sara Gumina

Southeast Michigan Team

Southeast Michigan Region – Schoolcraft College
18600 Haggerty Rd, Suite 340
Livonia, MI 48152
(734) 462-4438 / sgumina@schoolcraft.edu

Areas of Expertise: Graphic Arts, Marketing, Client Intake

Meri Dembrow

Southeast Michigan Team

Southeast Michigan Region – Eastern Michigan University
38777 W. Six Mile Road, Suite 419
Livonia, MI 48152
(248) 246-2578 / mdembrow@emich.edu

Areas of Expertise: Financial Planning, Business Acquisition, and Strategic Planning

Joni Krolczyk

Northwest Michigan Team

Northwest Michigan Region – Networks Northwest
600 East Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49686
Office: 231-929-5093 / Cell: 231-632-4662
joni.krolczyk@networksnorthwest.org

Areas of Expertise: Marketing Generalist, Value Added Product & Agriculture, and Wineries/Breweries

Annie Olds

Northwest Michigan Team

Northwest Michigan Region – Networks Northwest
600 East Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49686
Office: 231-929-5091
Cell: 231-357-4292
Email: annie.olds@networksnorthwest.org or sbdc@networksnorthwest.org

Annie is responsible for leading the Northwest region serving Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Manistee, Missaukee, Leelanau and Wexford counties. Annie is an accomplished small business professional with expertise in business and financial planning, value-added product development and agribusiness operations.

Annie holds a Master of Business Administration specializing in Strategic Management (2006) and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Management with specialties in Human Resources and Small Business Management (2003) both from Davenport University. She also holds an Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration/Marketing from Northwestern Michigan College (2001) and is a certified Small Business Consultant from Grand Valley State University (2008).

Annie was recognized by the TC Business News as a “40 Under 40” in 2013 and also by the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce as a “20 Under 40” in 2011. In the past, Annie has served as an adjunct instructor at Baker College of Cadillac teaching Partners in Agriculture, Introduction to Agricultural Industry, and Agribusiness III. She has also served as an adjunct instructor for Davenport University teaching Managing Organizational Change. Annie is blessed to live where she does as she greatly enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her young family on their small farm in Kalkaska.

Areas of Expertise: Family Owned Businesses, Transition Planning, Value Added Food Products, Agriculture, Managing Organizational Change

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