Women are taking the lead in starting and growing businesses across Metro Detroit and organizations are gearing up to help them grow.

Carolyn Cassin, president & CEO of Michigan Women’s Foundation, appeared on “Michigan Matters” to talk about a statewide microloan program they launched to help female owned firms of all sizes.

Tatiana Grant, founder of Flash Delivery, which is delivering food and groceries to customers in the downtown Detroit area, received a grant as did Becky Cox, co-founder of Thumbprint Artifacts.

Cox told “Michigan Matters” Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain how her firm, which exports products made in Africa to America, is going to be sold in Smithsonian Museums, thanks in part to the microloan she received from MWF.

Carolyn Cassin, Michigan Women’s Foundation; Tatiana Grant, Flash Delivery,  and Becky Cox, Thumbprint Artifacts appear with  Carol Cain talk about MWF and their microloan program. (Ken Bryant Jr./CBS 62)

Carolyn Cassin, Michigan Women’s Foundation; Tatiana Grant, Flash Delivery, and Becky Cox, Thumbprint Artifacts appear with Carol Cain talk about MWF and their microloan program. (Ken Bryant Jr./CBS 62)

Also appearing on the show was  Michelle Richards, who runs the Great Lakes Womens Business Council, and Serafina Schorer, of RIM Custom Racks, who discuss the impact GLWBC has had in helping female-owned firms across the region.

GLWBC works to help women owned firms get certified which makes them more marketable to larger corporations and federal contracts, Richards said.

You can hear the conversation by watching “Michigan Matters” 11:30 Sunday on CBS 62.

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