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Lean Rocket Local

Lean Rocket LOCAL will take the current success of Lean Rocket Lab and expand its mission to support its efforts to launch and scale neighborhood and placed based businesses and organizations.

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Fellows Program

10 teams are selected to participate in our fellows program. This intensive year-long cohort provides in depth access to mentors and milestone-based financial incentives.

Business Basics

Basics is a series of workshops and courses designed to help people learn and grow in what it takes to run a business. From finance to business planning.

E Leap

Step 1 e Leap involves the decision to go for it. Should you even be an entrepreneur? We've teamed up with Gino Wickman to help people ask the tough questions.

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The application for the 2022-2023 Fellow is closed. 

Please visit our Program Timeline to sign up for an Information Session or an Application Workshop.


Please visit our Application Samples to find a sample Pitch Deck and Financial Model.


Please CLICK DOWN BELOW to download the most recent Information Session presentation, which includes details about the program, application requirements, and selection criteria.

Key Information





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Advisory Council

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Henry Ford Allegiance Health

Teshna Thomas

Provide leadership and direction for the community outreach initiatives for the hospital. Develop, organize and manage strategies for community outreach, corporate and governmental affairs. Create and implement innovative promotional plans and events with a focus on building customer relationships. Work with hospital leadership to improve community loyalty and engagement.

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Malik Goodwin


GWJ is an economic development consulting firm that provides advisory services and program support to help its clients achieve job growth and sustainable solutions for the people they serve, and the environments that live, work and play.

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Carolyn Duncan

American 1 Credit Union - Jackson, MI

Carolyn is a graduate of Baker College, where she received her undergraduate degree in Business Management and Marketing. She has been with American 1 Credit Union since November of 2021 and brings over 20 years of retail management experience, including Five Below, Bath and Body Works, and American Eagle Outfitters. Carolyn has strong skills in customer experience, professional development, sales generation, expense control, and profit growth.

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Felicia Carter

Shorties Sweets Eats and Treats

Shorties Sweets Eats and Treats is a catering business located in Jackson Michigan. What started as a hobby has expanded into a small business, offering a variety of food and dessert services. Shorties offers more than just sweets and will be opening a custom food truck this summer 2022.

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Scott Fleming

Jackson Anchor Initiative

Fleming has been engaged in economic development and commercial real estate for over 25 years. He has led strategic planning efforts for large metropolitan areas, small communities, professional associations and nonprofit organizations.

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Sheila M. Everts, MA

TRUE Community Credit Union

Currently, I provide financial education to the community. I have taught at a local college, provided education to others to obtain their first home, increased credit scores and life skills. In addition, I have over 25 yrs. of owning several businesses, such as Mortgage companies, Real Estate Investing, Sports Bar, 24-hr gym, Furniture Store, and other small endeavors.

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Amanda Loveland

Jackson County Chamber of Commerce

Amanda is the Founder of Michigan Tribe, a nonprofit which provides events and funding for female entrepreneurs in Jackson County. She launched an online school for entrepreneurs in 2013, and has worked in manufacturing, skilled trades youth programming, and marketing and business consulting.

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Martha Fuerstenau

American 1 Credit Union - Jackson, MI

Martha is a graduate of both Alma College, where she received her undergraduate degree, and the University of Michigan, where she attended the Stephen M Ross School of Business for her Master of Business Administration. She currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Henry Ford Allegiance Health, on the Board of Directors for the Jackson County Economic Development Corporation, and on the Executive Committee for The Enterprise Group Board of Directors.

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Sarah Richmond

Dawn Foods

Multi-faceted work experience in business, nonprofit, and education fields. Currently manage international Corporate Giving Program. Skilled writer and collaborator.

success Stories



A bread + bagel bakery with an innovative approach to solving the hunger problem in our community. Started in a garage & gained huge awareness with the pandemic. Aaron Cole, Founder & CEO


A1 Waste

Garbage Collection service, serving Jackson and surrounding areas.



Shortie's started right in the home kitchen of CEO and founder Felicia Carter serving cheesecake jars, chocolate dipped sweets, and home made cakes. She has grown from there to now offering privately chef services and catering.


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