Local Business President & CEO, Deidra Mitchell, Named to NSBA Leadership Council

Local Business President & CEO, Deidra Mitchell, Named to NSBA Leadership Council

Deidra Mitchell, President & CEO of Waséyabek Development Company, LLC (WDC) located in Grand Rapids, Michigan was recently named to the National Small Business Association (NSBA) Leadership Council. NSBA is the nation’s oldest small-business advocacy organization and operates on a staunchly nonpartisan basis. Mitchell, a recognized leader in the small-business community, joins the NSBA Leadership Council alongside other small-business advocates from across the country as they work to promote the interests of small business to policymakers in Washington, D.C.

“As a Tribally-owned, small-business leader, I see daily the importance of being involved and active when it comes to laws and regulation,” stated Mitchell. “Joining NSBA’s Leadership Council will enable me to take our collective small-business message to the people that can solidify change: Our partners in Congress.”

Mitchell, a Kent State University graduate, and former small business owner joined WDC in early 2016 to implement a non-gaming, economic diversification strategy for the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi. Her efforts have resulted in acquiring four commercial income properties and two operating businesses, launching a federal contracting practice, deploying $34MM in the Michigan economy, and creating 18 new Michigan-based jobs.

Mitchell joined the NSBA Leadership Council as part of her efforts to tackle the many critical issues facing small business, including health care costs, how the Affordable Care Act will impact small business and regulatory changes (especially those related to federal contracting), and minority ownership and certification. The NSBA Leadership Council is focused on providing valuable networking between small-business advocates from across the country while ensuring small business a seat at the table as Congress and regulators take up key small-business proposals.

“I am proud to have Mitchell as part of our Leadership Council,” stated NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken. “She came to us highly recommended, and I look forward to our coordinated efforts for years to come.”

For more on the NSBA Leadership Council, please visit: http://leadership.nsba.biz/about-us/

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