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Business PerspectivesWorking together, we can inspire, empower, and help women in and around Battle Creek enhance their personal, business, and career goals.BY KARA BEER, PresidentThe Battle Creek Area Women in Business initiative is an initiative of the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Com- merce that promotes and empowers wom- en business leadersto achieve their personal and professional goals by:• Increasing opportunities for women toserve on committees, boards, elected po-sitions, etc.• Mentoring women at all stages of theircareers.• Building a network for women entrepre-neurs to encourage peer-to-peer network- ing, education, and professional growth.The Women in Business Initiative in- spires women to succeed by:• Learning from and networking withwomen in all stages of their careers. •Promoting women entrepreneurs and helping improve their businessprospects.• Working on increasing the numberof woman owned and minority wom- an owned businesses through local initiatives.The WIB initiative promotes and em- powers women to achieve their personal and professional goals. We will be provid- ing resources that are important to ensuring women are successful through:• Supporting entrepreneurs as important contributors to our economy.• Working with local chamber mem- bers to facilitate the advancement of women in business.• Mentoring for women to build strong networks and advance careers.• Supporting military spouses in planning careers and building networks.• Building formal and informal net- works that are critical for career advancement.Do you know a woman who is a leader of a public company, a large private compa- ny, or non-profit institution? Nominate her to be one of the Battle Creek’s Most Influ- ential Women. These outstanding women leaders will be recognized at the Cham- ber’s Business Excellence Awards on May16, 2018 at Kellogg Community College’s – Binda Theatre.Nominees will be evaluated on their influence in their industries as well as in their communities. Board affilia- tions and other leadership roles will be considered.To qualify for this honor, women must be based in our coverage area, which in- cludes all of Calhoun County.To learn more about how you may get involved or to get a nomination form please contact Kara Beer at (269) 962-4076 or email at in the Michigan State Police, BY KRISTI ANGELOAs of June 2017, there were 184 en- listed women, serving in position state- wide from Colonel to Trooper. At the same time there were 1,658 enlisted men.In 1967, the first two women earned the title of “police woman.” Noreen Hil- lary, and Kay Whitfield, both 25 years old, took their oath in May of 1967 along with 40 men. The “police woman” uni- form was different than a male trooper uniform. The “police woman” wore uni- form skirts, blouses, and high heel shoes.In 2016, Public Act 12 was approved and officially revised state statue to re- move the terminology “police woman” in favor of the term “trooper” for both men and women.On January 9, 2011, Governor Rick Snyder appointed Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue to the cabinet-level position of Di- rector of the Michigan State Police. Col.Etue is the 18th Director in the 100-year history of the department and she is the first female Director. As the Director, Colonel Etue serves as State Director of Emergency Management and as Michi- gan Homeland Security Director. Colonel Etue began her career with the Depart- ment of State Police in 1987 as a member of 101st Trooper Recruit School.MSP Recruiters are an excellent re- source for prospective applicants. In addition to providing their own, unique experiences, recruiters help guide appli- cants through the selection process and are available to answer any question or meet one-on-one to discuss what it means to become a trooper. Prospective appli- cants are also encouraged to contact the Recruiting and Selection Section at (517) 636-4563 or send an e-mail to msprecruit- SCENE 4304 I WOMEN IN BUSINESS

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