Coaching Labs

Interactive business training and coaching sessions that is directly applied to your business.

Sponored by

Uncoventional Solutions, Inc



Discussion groups that emphasizes exchange of ideas and the demonstration and application of techniques, and skills.

Sponored by

JPMorgan Chase & Co


The Great Pitch Competition

15 WBEs will give their business pitch to compete for $2,500 grand prize and Crain's Detroit Business Subscriptions.

Sponored by


 PTM         Rona Lum


WE Match 1:1 Sessions 

Sept 30th 10am-1pm

One on one sessions with between qualified, certified WBEs and Corporates with specific business opportunities.

Sponored by

The theme for the 20th Business Conference is Together WE TRIUMPH due to the challenges we have all faced. At the Conference, you will receive strategies and build relationships to navigate your businesses forward to continue to be resilient and triumph in this new era. Great Lakes WBC understands the impact COVID-19 has had on the business community and is offering the conference at half price this year to all attendees at $100.00 per person. 

Mistress of Ceremonies
Paula Tutman

Multi-Emmy Winning Broadcast Journalist

Paula Tutman has spent more than 35 years as a broadcast journalist. She can be seen daily on WDIV, Local 4 with her award-winning brand of human-interest stories. Outside of her broadcast work, Paula is, what she calls, a serial Creator-Preneur. A prolific writer, Paula is an award-winning novelist and aspiring screenplay writer. She is founder of the Master Your Message Communication Course workshop which teaches communication tools to companies and organizations to maximize productivity and minimize misunderstandings. Multi-Emmy winning broadcast journalist, Paula Tutman has spent more than 35 years as a broadcast journalist. 

Paula Tutman

Paula Tutman
Broadcast Journalist

Erica Dhawan
Keynote Speaker

Get Big Things Done:  The Power of  Connectional Intelligence

During this unprecedented time of change and uncertainty, we are collaborating faster and more often than ever before. We feel like we’re connected – but are we really?  Erica Dhawan teaches you the art and science of working better together using Connectional Intelligence, the key to productivity and collaboration for small business owners in the new normal. This virtual experience will help you replace the challenges of inefficient meeting and email overload, cross-team duplication or delays and build a culture of maniacal clarity that fosters the highest performing teams and business relationships. 


  • Discover new ways to lead, inspire, and communicate with diverse teams through uncertainty.
  • Learn how to keep cross team collaborations aligned, build trust, and foster motivation.
  • Gain specific actions to inspire teamwork, innovation, resilience, revitalization and results-driven progress.
  • Behaviors to understand and build trust and connection, no matter the distance.

This virtual session is open to all conference attendees in an "interactive experience" format using the chat tool for engagement. Session will lead with inspirational stories and then move to practical 21st century collaboration strategies for every business owner.

Nitin Gupta 
Opening Session Speaker

2020 - 2021 Economic Forecast 

The pandemic struck a US economy which was already decelerating back to its potential growth rate. This discussion will examine key aspects of the US economy, monetary and fiscal policy, and the “K-shaped” recovery currently underway.



Citizen Bank