Advisory Board

To ensure we’re offering you the best service, our advisory board is made up of those who understand Michigan’s economy and are spurring it toward success: small business owners and representatives from local chambers of commerce, educational institutions, professional associations, and economic development organizations.

Small Business Owners

Amy Proos, Proos Manufacturing, Inc.
Jerry Singh, RTI Laboratories
Jeffrey Blohm, Blohm Creative Partners

Program Partners

Jennifer Kluge, CEO, Corp! Magazine
Bob Thomas, Michigan Chamber of Commerce
Mike DiBernardo, MI Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
Mike Pohnl, Workforce Development Agency – State of Michigan
Erin O’Brien, CMU Research Center
Chuck Hadden, President & CEO, Michigan Manufacturers Association
Jane Sherzer, Board Vice Chair, Horizon Bank
Jim Baker, Michigan Technological University


Tom Donaldson, MI-SBDC/Lansing Community College
Richard King, MI-SBDC/Eastern Michigan University
Brian Picarazzi, U.S. Small Business Administration
Paula Sorrell, Michigan Economic Development Corporation