2 Powerful Panel Discussions

If Broadway called today, Tisha Hammond would take flight to center stage. Until then, you can find Tisha Hammond on stages discussing economic empowerment, shifting gears from Employee to Employer, and the art of influencing legislators and decision makers. She is affectionately known as “The Small Business Cheerleader”. In between stage and online video appearances, Tisha is a writer whose creative content is found in Career Mastered Magazine. There's a special place in her heart for young entrepreneurs and she serves them as a Director on the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) EXCEL Board and in a joint business venture famously known as "Big Girl Panties Juniors." She anticipates the launch of her first book and tour in 2019.

Taking lessons learned from a 21-year career in law enforcement and civil rights advocacy, before taking the leap in April 2018 to work for herself full-time, Tisha Hammond has found her niche with entrepreneurs and executives who are prepared to transition from W-2 wages to unlimited income opportunities. Her "Let Me Tell You What I Wish I'd Known" discussion series is truly her signature. Offstage, Tisha enjoys playing muse for her husband Ken (a professional photographer) and celebrating family time with their five children and two grand princesses. 

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Tanya Markos-Vanno is an urban and regional planning professional who has stayed committed to advancing local economies and rejuvenating under-served urban communities. As Executive Director of the Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce, she has helped to empower area businesses and entrepreneurs with the tools and resources they need to thrive. Her efforts at reaching millennials and new business professionals have brought a torrent of new ideas, concepts, and synergy to the Chamber. 

Markos-Vanno has utilized a wide variety of strategies to foster leadership development, technology utilization, management and vision and growth strategies to connect people and their businesses to resources that advance their organization financially and structurally. Tanya will sit on the business resources panel.  

An award-winning company, WMES recent accolades include the 2019 Distinguished Business Leader award by WBENC Great Lakes Chapter, DBusiness magazine’s 2017 Champion of the New Economy, and the Ernst & Young 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year award for Michigan and Northwest Ohio region in the category of business consulting. Additionally, WMES received both the Small Business of the Year, and the Woman- Owned Business of the Year award in 2015 by Michigan Small Business Administration (SBA). She serves on the boards of the Mayor’s Workforce Development Board, the Michigan Small Business Development Center, the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Michigan Energy Innovators Business Council, the BUILD Institute, the Wayne State University Physicians Group, TechTown, the University of Detroit Jesuit High School, and the American Association of Blacks in Energy. 

Carla is an astute business woman who leads with her giving spirit, in 2000, she founded WAVE, the Water Access Volunteer Effort, which has distributed more than $2 million to help vulnerable Detroit families maintain access to water and sewer services.  She focuses on empowering people and enriching communities by providing extraordinary experiences for her team members, clients, and the community. The title of her presentation is "Lean Out."   

Meet Marcus Jackson, Community Development Relationship Manager at CIBC

Meet Our Keynote Speaker: Award Winning Entrepreneur

Carla Walker Miller, Founder & CEO of Walker-Miller Energy Services 

One of Metro Detroit's Leading Small Businesses

As founder and CEO of Walker-Miller Energy Services (WMES), Carla Walker-Miller is a savvy entrepreneur and a visionary leader determined to change lives through energy. With decades of energy industry leadership, her 18-year old, values driven Detroit-based firm creates and manages customized energy waste reduction programs that help electric and gas utilities, meet mandated energy savings goals. Walker-Miller Energy Services, generated $28 million in revenue last year.

An engineer by education, Carla earned the respect of energy industry colleagues during her 18 years in the large utility equipment manufacturing sector. In 2000, she used her industry expertise to launch WMES, a non-stocking distributorship for medium and high voltage utility equipment, with average annual revenues of more than $10 million through 2009. During the economic collapse, she pivoted to energy efficiency, a growth industry, and lead her business to double-digit growth, earning both local and national recognition as a scrappy, innovative company to watch. Since 2014, her firm has experienced more than 700% revenue growth and operates in three states. 

Meet Tina Williams, Founder of QT Business Solutions

Meet Charles "SPUDD" Spence, Moderator and Radio Personality 

Meet Crowd Funding Expert Angela Barbash, CEO of Revalue

Registration for this event is open to members and non-members. All sessions, continental breakfast and lunch are Included.

Non Member Registration = $50.00
Member Registration = $40.00

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Meet Mark S Lee, CEO of Lee Innovation Group & Host of Small Talk with Mark S Lee 

Meet Tanya Markos-Vanno, Executive Director of the Southfield Chamber of Commerce 

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You'll have an opportunity to hear from a variety of resource providers including professionals who specialize in business plans, coaching, mentoring and entrepreneurial organizations and training programs

Panelists Include:

  • Charles “Spudd” Spence, Hype Voice Creative (Moderator)
  • Tina Williams, QT Business Solutions
  • ​Tanya Markos Vannos, Southfield Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr. Joyce Suber, Michigan Women's Foundation
  • ​ZaLonya Allen, PhD, National Entrepreneurs Association

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Lunch Included (Vegetarian Meals Available)

Company Name & Contact Info in Program Book

Opportunity to Make an Announcement 

Registration = 195.00

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Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce

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National Entrepreneurs Association of MI

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Angela Barbash is CEO of Revalue, an independent registered investment advisory firm founded in 2013, located in Ypsilanti Michigan. Revalue is a Certified B Corporation that provides fee only financial planning and investment management services designed for impact to values driven organizations and investors. 

Ms. Barbash has dedicated 14 years in services as a financial advisor in the Metro Detroit region and was named 2018 Notable Women in Finance in Michigan by Crain's Detroit Business. She studied Cultural Anthropology and History at Eastern Michigan University and began her professional career at the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC) before entering the financial services sector. 

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Chris Dargin is a Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management Division. In his Advisory practice, Chris works with clients to develop an end-to-end financial system covering their needs from investments to business acquisitions. His clients include Business owners, Former pro athletes, Retirees, Corporate Executives, Non-profits and foundations. Previously Chris worked in various high profile roles with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, where he was in charge of finance cost optimization for several high profile vehicles.

Chris is also a serial entrepreneur. He started a successful consulting firm and a financial technology company focused on banking needs for low income families. He has consulted startup founders on ideation, strategy and funding sources at several Detroit universities. He is also active in the Metro Detroit Angel Investor community. He has a passion for helping entrepreneurs realize and actuate their dreams. Chris earned his BA and MBA from Wayne State University. Chris will be a part of the panel discussion on funding.

This was a really special event. The audience was engaged and asking such great questions. I saw lots of sharing, communication and learning. Thank you for putting on a fantastic program. Kevin Ketels, Owner of Kyrris Marketing

Phenomenal event! Lots of education and sharing of key points for business owners. Walked away feeling empowered! Thank you! Shiela Byrd, Entrepreneur, Legal Shield

​It was a great day all day! Colette Hughes, Owner Broker, Virtual Real Estate Services

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SPUDD Spence founder of Hype Voice Creative is an entrepreneur and long time radio personality. What began as a voice over and creative services business producing commercials for some of the nations largest tours, night clubs, and car dealers blossomed into a premiere creative services agency. With its dynamic, energetic hip-hop sound, Hype Voice has acquired a growing list of projects, including recording artists R. Kelly and Keyshia Cole; Mindless Behavior's All Around the World Tour, Jeezy's Thug Motivation 101-10 Year Anniversary Concert; Shaq's All Star Comedy Jam; Triumph Church; and many more.

Today, Hype Voice Creative has expanded its services to Radio Imaging, DJ Drops, and Digital Media Design and is rapidly establishing itself as the go-to creative powerhouse with a growing list of exclusive clients. Based in Detroit, Michigan Hype Voice helps companies increase exposure and stand out from their competition, increasing brand awareness, traffic, and revenue. Our overall mission is building relationships with customers so companies can grow and keep customers for life. Spudd will moderate the business resources panel discussion.

May 17, 2019 at the Silver Garden Event Center

Meet our Kick Off Speaker: Tisha Hammond, The Small Business Cheerleader

Topic: Power Networking 101

Revalue is a founding member of United Way of Washtenaw County Financial Stability Coalition and Ms. Barbash is the Board Chair of the National Coalition for Community Capital (NC3). Additionally, Ms. Barbash is active in various economic development and entrepreneurship initiatives including providing mentorship and guidance to entrepreneurs, apprenticing new financial advisors and assisting youth in her community. She is regarded as a subject matter expert on topics of community capital, crowdfunding, local investing, impact investing, values-aligned employee benefits packages and community based investor education. Angela will be a part of the "Funding Options for your Business" Panel Discussion. 


Comerica Bank

Kamar Office Express

QT Business Solutions

X Trade Corporation

Resource Providers will be Available to Answer Your Questions

Meet David Leclerc, Vice President at Metro Community Development Inc.

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Legal Professionals

Meet Chris Dargin, Wealth Management Advisor & Angel Investor

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The Entrepreneurs Forum was designed to bring entrepreneurs, business owners and resource providers together for a day of networking and learning. Our theme this year is Connections because entrepreneurs must be able to effectively connect with the right people in order to achieve success.  This conference will provide numerous learning experiences and opportunities to connect with professionals who can help you.

Marcus A. Jackson is a Community Development Relationship Manager at CIBC. He is responsible for delivering customized banking solutions specific to the needs of small businesses, including a variety of lending options for start-ups, early stage and more established small businesses. 

Jackson is also responsible for partnering with community organizations in the area to deliver entrepreneurial training programs. He received a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University. He is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi Co-ed Professional Business Fraternity, and Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. Jackson serves as Treasurer for the Wayne County CRA Association and as Treasurer for the National Entrepreneurs Association. He is a big brother of Big Brothers Big Sisters. 

Meet Dr. ZaLonya Allen, President of the National Entrepreneurs Association

Tina Williams, BAA, MBA, is the Founder & COO of QT Business Solutions. She is a former Banker with Chase and Fifth Third Banks. She is also a Board Certified Master Financial Professional and Chartered Asset Manager. She started the business while working full time at Chase Bank. During her time at the bank she noticed that the majority of entrepreneurs and small business owners who applied for financing were unprepared. They had no business plans and many of them didn’t fully understand the banks’ approval criteria for business financing. This resulted in many of them being denied for business financing. This is how she came up with the idea to start QT Business Solutions which helps entrepreneurs and small business owners properly prepare themselves to apply for business financing. Tina will sit on the business resources panel to discuss resources her company offers business owners. 

Mark S. Lee is President/CEO of The LEE Group, a marketing consulting firm. He is the former VP of Brand Development and Marketing Communications at Florida Blue. Prior, Mr. Lee held senior-marketing leadership roles with nationally known companies including, PepsiCo and The Auto Club Group (AAA). Lee hosts a weekly radio show, “Small Talk with Mark S. Lee” broadcasted on CBS Detroit’s WXYT 1270 and streamed via cbsdetroit.com. He is a public speaker and an adjunct professor of Marketing at Eastern Michigan University. Lee contributes on numerous television programs. Lee is the creator and host of “EMU Today”, a general affairs program focused on Eastern Michigan University. He holds a MBA in Marketing from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a BBA from EMU. Mr. Lee will moderate the funding panel.

Dr. ZaLonya Allen has been an entrepreneur, professional speaker and coach for 20 years. She has been involved in five for-profit startups and one non-profit startup. Dr. Allen is the founder of two entrepreneurial organizations, National Entrepreneurs Association and South East Michigan Entrepreneurs Association. She is currently the President and CEO of the National Entrepreneurs Association where she coordinates training events to help entrepreneurs achieve their goals. 

As a Leadership Development Speaker and Trainer she has presented for organizations throughout the country including Ford UAW, Edison, Society for Human Resource Management, Macomb Community College, Clemson University and the federal government to name a few. She earned a Bachelors in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Michigan, a Masters in Industrial Relations from Wayne State University and a Doctorate in Psychology from North Central University. She enjoys teaching psychology classes and is currently an Online Psychology Professor. Dr. Allen is a member of the American Psychological Association and the National Speakers Association. ​She recently accepted an invitation to sit on the board of the South Oakland County YMCA.

David Leclerc is Vice President of Asset Development. He oversees the organizations Community Development Financial Institution division which consists of commercial and residential lending and servicing. Additionally, he supervises the home ownership and financial management counseling division. The goal of the organization is to provide economic revitalization in the communities they serve through providing small business loans, residential mortgages and personal loans. They offer educational opportunities through counseling services to help individuals and families purchase homes and learn how to manage their finances better. David will sit on the funding panel.

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Funding Options for your Business

Are you ready to grow or expand your business? In this information packed session you'll have an opportunity to hear about a variety of funding options from professionals who specialize in traditional bank loans, micro loans, angel investing, and crowd funding. 

Panelists Include:

  • Mark S. Lee, Host of Small Talk (Moderator)
  • Marcus Jackson, CIBC
  • Angela Barbash, Crowd Funding Expert 
  • Christopher Dargin, Merrill Lynch/Angel Investor
  • David Leclerc, Metro Community Development​

9:30am – Registration/Coffee & Donuts

10:00am – Morning Kickoff Speaker

Power Networking 101 presented by Tisha Hammond

The Small Business Cheerleader

10:45am - 11:00am – Exhibitor/Vendor Break

11:00am – 11:45am – Funding Panel 

Moderator: Mark S. Lee, Small Talk

11:45am – 12:00pm – Exhibitor/Vendor Break

12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch is served

12:15pm – 12:45pm – Business Resources Panel 
Moderator: Charles “Spudd” Spence, Radio Personality  

1:00pm – 1:20pm Afternoon Kickoff Speaker

Leadership Skills for Entrepreneurs presented by

Dr. Jan Cardwell, CEO of Conceivers Leadership Development Group

1:20pm – 2:00pm – Afternoon Keynote Speaker

Lean Out presented by Carla Walker Miller

CEO of Carla Walker Miller Energy Services

2:00pm - 3:00pm – Networking, Raffle, and Dessert

3:00pm – Event Concludes