Monday, June 18 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Trials and Tribulations in Entrepreneurship

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Canvas Legal is hosting a panel discussion with local Detroit entrepreneurs about what it means to be an entrepreneur in the City.  No one knows the real struggles involved and the highs and the lows of entrepreneurship better than the folks out there doing it.  Panelists will be at different stages in their respective businesses and representing different industries so there is sure to be something for everyone.

List of Panelists:  

Gwen Jimmere, founder of Naturalicious, Inc., is a gifted visionary on an unrelenting mission to shatter the rules of the beauty game and change them for good. As CEO and founder of Naturalicious, she’s already cemented her place in history as the first African American woman to hold a patent for a
natural hair care product. She is the mastermind behind The Hello Gorgeous Hair Care System; the only sulfate, paraben, mineral oil,
petroleum, gluten, and cruelty free line of products that actually smashes your hair care routine into smithereens by combining several necessary steps for flawless hair into only 3 simple products.

A respected authority in the hair care industry, she was named one of the 100 Most Influential African Americans in the U.S. by the
Washington Post, she is the winner of the coveted Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch Competition, and has been featured on Fox News, TVOne, and in Entrepreneur, Essence, Fast Company, and more. Her products can be found in over 1000 locations around the world including select Sally Beauty and Whole Foods stores nationwide. 
Gwen’s irresistible charm and relatable personality make her an explosive and highly sought after speaker. She lights up stages across the country, giving keynotes and talks on what it takes to win in business, entrepreneurship, and life.

Based in Detroit, MI, when she’s not strategizing her next business move, you can find her hanging out with her son Caiden, Naturalicious’ CCC (Chief Candy Curator). 

Amy Latawiec, founder of Rebel Cycle, is a Senior Lecturer at Wayne State University where she teaches developmental and first-year writing courses. She earned her doctorate in Rhetoric and Composition in 2016. While her career in higher education continues to be fulfilling and productive, Amy has always had a passion for fitness. Upon completing her PhD, she decided it was time to open her own indoor cycling studio having spent 10 years in the fitness industry and 7 years as a cycling instructor. After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2012, Amy dedicated her work in the fitness industry to body-positivity: the belief that all bodies are worthy of health and happiness no matter their size or ability.  

Rebel Cycle Studio is Detroit’s first body-positive indoor cycling studio offering dynamic and entertaining spin classes for all fitness levels. The mission of Rebel Cycle Studio is to break down the barriers to the activity of indoor cycling through body diversity, representation, and education. The studio will be located in the new Detroit Fieldhouse at 3401 E. Lafayette in Detroit, MI. and will have its grand opening in September 2018.

Karen A.D. Burton, Assoc. AIA, NOMA - Co-founder & CEO of SpaceLab Detroit; founder and Chief Strategist at Building Industry Resources, LLC
Karen is a marketer, designer, entrepreneur, and urban explorer. She worked in architecture and construction for over 25 years on the design and technical teams for several entertainment, corporate, healthcare, and multi-family residential projects and as an adjunct instructor of architecture and interior design. Along her career journey, Karen found her passion for the business side of the AEC industry and shifted her focus to providing strategic marketing and business development services for architects, engineers, contractors and artists. As founder and chief strategist of Building Industry Resources LLC, she assists in increasing business through branding and communications.
Encouraging people and firms to reach their highest potential and fulfill their dreams is Karen’s passion. As a solo entrepreneur, she saw the need for those with small businesses like hers to explore new technologies and share ideas, best business practices, and workspace. She started SpaceLab Detroit as a MeetUp group, and now Karen and her husband, Bobby Burton, own and operate a 5200-square foot design and building industry-focused coworking and shared office facility in downtown Detroit. 

Program Partner / Speaker
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Erin Bonahoom

Attorney / Founder, Canvas Legal, PLC
Erin Bonahoom is the founding member of Canvas Legal, PLC, a practice based in Detroit that is dedicated to providing comprehensive legal services to established businesses, startups, and nonprofits in Southeast Michigan. Erin advises nonprofit organizations and businesses from across... Read More →

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