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Debi Howe; Certified SCORE Mentor and Branch Chair for SW Michigan/Kalamazoo; upon completing her undergrad in computer science she joined Johnson and Johnson Ethicon Division where she quickly grew within the organization and gained her Executive MBA . She was recruited to Michigan to take on a position with Richard-Allan Medical where she started 3 successful divisions, increasing revenue and decreasing costs. In 1988 Debi started her own company supplying computer-based models to drive marketing/sales efforts for healthcare organizations. She grew the company to 400 employees, a client list of all the pharmaceutical companies and sold in 2001. Looking for the next chapter did not take long. When Pfizer announced leaving Kalamazoo the Economic Development Team of Kalamazoo kicked into high gear to retain intellectual talent and started SMIC (Southwest Michigan Innovation Center). Ms. Howe was asked to assist the organizations with strategy, tactical plans, implementation as well as sales marketing. Out of the 17 organizations that started 14 are still in existence today. She continues to sit on 2 boards. At the same time of assisting SMIC she was asked to be Chair of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which knowing many breast cancer survivors she took on the task. She moved the race from Battle Creek to Kalamazoo and grew the Race to around 4,000 participants and generating revenue of $300,000. As part of the board headed by Dr. Mirro, president of the West Michigan Cancer Center, she started what was well branded as PINK SATURDAYS providing FREE Mammograms to the underprivilege. The program ran for 4 years starting with 100 free mammograms to over 1,000 free mammograms at the conclusion. She enjoys giving back to the community, who has given her so much, by volunteering for SCORE , Greater Kalamazoo Business Resources, Capital Consortium and KIVA, assisting well over 70 organizations start or grow.
Areas of Expertise
- Business Plans / Startup Assistance
- Marketing, Public Relations & Sales
- Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services