Women in Entrepreneurship

The Women in Entrepreneurship event is an annual celebration to share business resources in parallel with a networking opportunity to bring together many of the Upper Peninsula’s incredible entrepreneurial spirits and small business owners. Hosted by Innovate Marquette, it features a number of local entrepreneurs, visionaries and business professionals from all across our communities.

Sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Siren Strategy. Stay tuned for upcoming Women in Entrepreneurship events.


Our 2022 event featured an impressive lineup of local women entrepreneurs and business professionals who will discuss the challenges they face by being a woman in entrepreneurship, ways they have overcome these challenges, and how they have paved the way for other women in the community during three-panel discussions: Marketing 101, Financing Your Business, and Mentors in Entrepreneurship.

The Marketing 101 segment will feature Allison Harlow Clark, Interior Designer and Owner of Curio Design Studio, and Nicole Johnson, Director of Marketing & Communications for Innovate Marquette SmartZone. Brooke Quinn, Business Development Representative for Lake Superior Community Partnership, and Roxanne Daust, Chairman, President & CEO of Range Bank, will lead the Financing Your Business discussion.

To round out the evening, the Mentors in Entrepreneurship segment will feature Gina Jacquart Thorsen, President of Stormy Kromer, Michele Butler, President and co-owner of Vango’s Pizza, and Nheena Weyer Ittner, Director and Founder of the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum. Elizabeth Peterson, TV6 Morning News Anchor and Producer, will emcee and moderate the event. Audience members will be invited to ask questions during the live Q&A.

Couldn’t make this year’s event or want to revisit some of the programming? You’re in luck, click on the video to watch a full 40 minutes of our Marketing 101 and Financing Your Business panels.

To read more about our 2022 panelists and programming visit our Women in Entrepreneurship 2022 blog for details.