Jennifer Kluge is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Michigan Business & Professional Association (MBPA) and its sister organizations, the Michigan Food & Beverage Association (MFBA) and the National Association for Business Resources (NABR). Jennifer is also the owner and publisher of Corp! Magazine
Since being hired in 1999, Jennifer has implemented numerous membership programs to assist small business, helping MBPA grow a third in size to become one of the largest trade associations in the Midwest. During her tenure, Kluge launched more than 100 new programs at the Associations and large scale events such as the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, which runs in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco Bay Area, Dallas, Milwaukee, Atlanta, and nationally.
The Michigan Business and Professional Association boasts a statewide sphere of influence that no other organization of its kind can claim, leveraging a depth of programs and community initiatives that positively impact more than 150,000 businesses. MBPA’s impact is felt by approximately one out of every three businesses in the state. The employees of these businesses represent an untold number of additional lives positively affected by the organization’s mission and history of successful business partnership.
Jennifer launched the National Association for Business Resources (NABR) in 2005 and, in 2006, acquired Corp! magazine, becoming publisher. As publisher, she led the magazine through a redesign, an editorial makeover, and a major circulation audit – all in the first year of ownership. With a print circulation of nearly 31,000, today Corp! is the state’s largest business magazine, dedicated to celebrating entrepreneurship and best business practices found throughout Michigan. Corp! also has several online business magazines reporting stories of national interest to a growing readership of 70,000 opt-in subscribers across the country. Corp! supports the business community through events, awards, and promoting successful business practices.
Going forward, Jennifer plans to continue expanding the association’s business model across the country through her leadership of the National Association for Business Resources, extending the reach of the programs she has successfully developed for the Michigan small business community.
She has received much recognition throughout her career. In 1998, Jennifer received the “Creating a World of Difference” Award from the President at BBDO and also received the “Achieving Creative Excellence” Award for her creative strategic thinking at the agency. In 2002, the Michigan Society of Association Executives honored Ms. Kluge with the Emerging Leader Award. In 2003, she received the Small Business Achievement Athena Award for her dedication to the community, women’s issues, and growing small business and in 2007 she received the Innovator Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners, Greater Detroit Chapter. She is also a two-time finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Great Lakes Central Region, sponsored by Ernst & Young, and was named to Crain’s Detroit Business “40 under 40” list in 2003, as well as the Michigan Chronicle’s Women’s Leadership In Action Award. Jennifer has also been featured as one of Florine Mark’s ReMARKable Women.
Ms. Kluge received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Michigan State University in Human Resources and her Master’s in Business Administration from Loyola University in Strategic Management and Marketing.
Community Boards on which Jennifer serves:
- Michigan State Board of Accountancy
- Michigan State University Alumni Association
- Association of Women in Communications
- National Association of Women Business Owners
- Michigan Wellness Council
- New Detroit
- MiSBDC (Michigan Small Business Development Center) Board of Advisors
- John Health Foundation Board of Advisors
- Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce Dinner Planning Committee
Boards Jennifer oversees:
- Women and Leadership in the Workplace Advisory Board—Michigan Business & Professional Association (MBPA)
- 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For Advisory Boards
- Grand Rapids
- San Francisco Bay area
- National Board of Advisors
- MichBusiness Board of Advisors
- Corp! Magazine Board of Advisors
- Michigan Food and Beverage Association (MFBA) Board of Advisors
- Metro Detroit Youth Day Advisory Committee—MFBA