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Women in Business: StartupNation Radio feat. Jennifer Kluge and Jana Brownell

On today’s episode of StartupNation Radio, Jeff is joined by co-host Norm Pappas, president and CEO of Pappas Financial. Together, they interview two accomplished entrepreneurs: Jennifer Kluge and Jana Brownell.


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First up is Jennifer Kluge, president and CEO of the National Association for Business Resources (NABR) and president and CEO of MichBusiness, a community for Michigan business owners. Jennifer is also the CEO of Corp! Magazine.

Jennifer Kluge
(Jennifer Kluge)

During the interview, Jennifer discusses:

  • How her company, MichBusiness, helps small- and medium-sized businesses to grow and flourish
  • How Corp! Magazine has grown its presence in Michigan, while also expanding out of state
  • How her organizations are helping businesses to pivot during the pandemic (while also making pivots of their own)
  • What led her to join the business community
  • Her advice and life lessons for entrepreneurs
  • Her ongoing goal of helping young entrepreneurs succeed

“Success is a series of failures… there’s about 10 failed attempts before you get it right.”

– Jennifer Kluge

For more information on Jennifer and her organizations, visit The Best and Brightest. You can also click to learn more about MichBusiness and Corp! Magazine.


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Next up, Jeff and Norm chat with Jana Brownell, president and CEO of the Kirlin Company, a 125 year old family business that is a leader in specification grade commercial and healthcare lighting, headquartered in Detroit.

Jana Brownell
(Jana Brownell)

During the interview, Brownell shares:

  • How she transitioned to working in her family business after working in the healthcare industry
  • Her appreciation of working in the family business with her father
  • How Kirlin has successfully differentiated itself from its competitors as an industry leader
  • Her leadership experience
  • Kirlin’s collaborative work environment, and how they’ve been able to maintain safe interactions during the pandemic

“The purpose of this business is to perpetuate quality lighting, to be an example of a very well-run business and ethical business.”

– Jana Brownell

To learn more about the Kirlin Company, visit the official website.

Tune in to the full interview with Jennifer Kluge and Jana Brownell below:


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