About Us

What is Michigan Marketer?

At Michigan Marketer, we are dedicated to giving Michigan startups, entrepreneurs, and others responsible for marketing a business with a presence in Michigan the marketing tools you need. We are here to offer helpful articles about online marketing and offline marketing as well as business event information regarding local business networking and business learning. We also provide a free Michigan business directory where you can list your company. OR you can get top placement within your category for a small annual fee.

Let it be known – we have no affiliation with the organizations that bring these business events to our great state or the businesses listed in our directory and are not endorsing their activities. At the same time, we’ll endeavor to bring your attention to the best of the best, in regards to opportunities to connect business owners or learn business strategies.

Who is behind the effort?

This website is a collaborative effort of Michigan entrepreneurs dedicated to sharing online business resources and tips, and interesting events around the Michigan area.

It is co-owned and operated by Tim Yow and Charles Strickland.

Tim Yow is the owner of YowSeo and serves clients in Detroit, and throughout Michigan with SEO services tailored to each business and their marketing goals.

The SEO firm brings 10 years of experience to the table and has a proven track record of getting business websites from various industries to the top of Google search results for their most relevant keywords/phrases.

Charles Strickland and his wife Christina Strickland are the owners of Buena Vista One Management – which owns or has partnership interest in several online publications which include Homeschooling in Detroit, Modern Homeschool Family, Smart Savvy Social and other digital ventures.

Over the years the firm has provided social media staffing and community management to these and many other publications. Their effort is backed by years of experience and many seasoned, professional community managers with proven, effective technique to organically grow and care for their communities on various social media platforms such as, but not limited to Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Google Plus.

14 comments for “About Us

  1. May 29, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Hi Charles,

    I wanted to let you know about an up-coming event. An Office In Detroit, a downtown-based coworking space, is hosting a networking night to connect freelancers to freelance groups. The free event, “From Co-Working to Co-Freelancing: Find your group!” will be June 3rd, from 6:30 – 8:30pm and will include complimentary drinks and snacks. It’s part of Co-Lab Summer Week, five days of events hosted by a group of Detroit-based coworking spaces. You can find more information and register for the event here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/from-co-working-to-co-freelancing-find-your-group-tickets-11702992967


    Laura Herberg

    An Office In Detroit
    On-Site Office Manager

    • May 30, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      Thank you Laura. I will forward this info to be put on the calendar.

      Thank you again Laura


  2. January 8, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Hi Charles,

    My name is Chris Bobcean and I am the Marketing Communications Manager at Employees Only (located in Rochester, MI). I wrote a blog post about HR outsourcing and the impact it can have on a small business. The post URL is below, I would be happy to tweak it to fit your audience. Thank you in advance.

    Chris Bobcean

  3. Ravi Yalamanchi
    August 5, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Charles – It was pleasure meeting you. Your website looks impressive. I will provide your web information to the small businesses we work with.

    Best to you and your wife, Christina.


  4. October 21, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Hello Charles – we are once again working with the MSU Product Center to help promote this year’s conference and show and are reaching out to partners around the state to share this information with their communities, clients and colleagues to help those entrepreneurs and businesses who would benefit from attending the event. I am hoping that you can share this information via your website, social media or marketing efforts you are currently running.

    Best regards,

    The MSU Product Center is pleased to announce the eighth annual Making It In Michigan Conference and Premier Specialty Food Marketplace Trade Show to be held Tuesday, November 10th from 7:30AM – 4:00PM at the Lansing Center.

    “In supporting this year’s theme of ‘Ingredients for Success’ we will be presenting the most comprehensive series of educational sessions covering the components and processes that companies need for safe, sound and smart product development,” states Matthew Birbeck, Senior Project Director, Food Processing and Innovation Center (FPIC) at the MSU Product Center. “In addition, we are excited to present leading Michigan retailers and entrepreneurs that will be moderating sessions on breaking into the retail market,” says Birbeck.

    This year’s keynote panel will feature leading industry food technologists and engineers discussing “do’s and don’ts” of product development and production.

    The one-day event features morning educational sessions that will bring together industry experts to help guide attendees in refining and growing their businesses in the following areas:
    • Processing know-how for shelf-stable products
    • Understanding the nuts and bolts of risk reduction
    • Taking the business to the next level
    • Preparing for an unannounced food inspection visit
    • Understanding legal basics for starting a food business
    • Keeping your food business sales growing
    • Learning how to build the right team
    • Breaking into the retail market
    • Being recall ready
    • Discovering your competitive advantage in the specialty food market

    The $79 per person conference registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, and educational sessions, digital copies of all presentations and reference materials and admission to the Marketplace trade show.

    The Marketplace trade show in the afternoon will feature over 160 new and existing businesses that will be showcasing and sampling their Michigan-made food and agricultural products to the general public and Michigan-based food buyers. The trade show is free to the general public.

    Conference participants will also have time to network with the winners of this year’s MSU Product Center awards and learn from their success stories. Awards will be presented for Entrepreneur of the Year, Start-up to Watch, Best Barrier Buster, Value-Added Agriculture and the Director’s Award. MSU Product Center innovation counselors and staff members, Product Center clients, business consultants, regulatory officials and food and farming groups will also be available to provide in-depth information and counseling.

    More information and conference registration is available at http://www.productcenter.msu.edu/miim. Those interested in attending can also call Greta McKinney at 517-353-7185 or send an email to mckin134@msu.edu.

    About the MSU Product Center
    Founded in 2003, the MSU Product Center helps Michigan entrepreneurs develop and commercialize high-value, consumer-responsive products and businesses in the agriculture, natural resources and bioeconomy sectors. The Center’s statewide network of innovation counselors provides business counseling support to Michigan residents interested in starting or expanding a business or product line.

    The Product Center’s assistance in launching 455 known new businesses and business expansions has had the following estimated economic impacts:
    • Increased annual sales: $328.2 million (cumulative first year sales only)
    • Value of increased investment: $330.9 million
    • Jobs created: 1,273
    • Jobs retained: 676

    • November 2, 2015 at 9:41 am

      Hi Sherri

      I will get this out on all the social media channels by tomorrow. Sorry for the late response.
      Thank you for the heads up.


  5. November 2, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Thanks Charles!

  6. January 11, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    I am the co-owner of Mayer Alloys Corporation. I am writing to find out more about your site, how people find us on your site and also how to update our logo.

    Thanks so much.
    Ilene Lubell

    • February 3, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      Hi Ilene
      Your message and my late response has enlightened me that we need a much better system in place for the addressing question on our site. So first of all I would like to apologize for another late response and assure you that action will be taken asap. To answer your question directly about how people find your business on our site it works like any business listing site. If someone is looking for the type of business service or product you offer then they will search in that business category. The information you list about your business is how a person will choose the business they call upon. We help you and our business get noticed thought our social channels and our personal networking we do for Michigan Marketer. As a co- owner of a business I am sure you understand that each partner has a niche of expertise that they handle for the company. As far as helping you with your logo I would like for you to contact Tim@michiganmarketer.com just in case you are still having difficulties in that area.
      I personally would like to Thank you for listing your business with us and hope to see you at one of the upcoming events.

      Thanks again

  7. January 27, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Hi there!
    You liked a post on my FB page (/1tamarazoner) and now I like yours. I have a free health and wellness seminar coming up on February 8th that includes networking prior to the talks. How might I get this on your schedule? I appreciate the information!

    • February 3, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      Hi Tamara
      Thank you for your engagements on our social media page. I also would like to thank you for inviting us to list your seminar that is coming up. It’s ironic that you have asked this question about listing a seminar on our networking event page. Over the last several years we have only promoted actual events that have less then 5 or 1o minutes of welcomes or info about the organization that is hosting the networking event. And we plan on remaining to do just that on the Networking Events Calendar. Although we have a goal and are working very hard on putting up a Workshop/Seminar calendar by March 1st of the year. I know that doesn’t help with your upcoming event on February 8th although I hope that you will share any other events that will be coming up after our March 1st launch of the Workshop/Seminar Calendar of Events.

      Thank you once again
      Charles Strickland

  8. Kati
    September 13, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Hi Charles,

    I was wondering if there was any way to edit a profile once it has gone live? Thanks!

    • October 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      Hi Kati, you can email the requested changes to tim @ michiganmarketer.com (w/ spaces removed from the address) and I’d be happy to modify your listing.

  9. March 25, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Hi Charles –

    Just sharing the details for DMAdetroit Spring Conference which will be April 27 from 8am to 430pm, Detroit Yacht Club. Registration is at https://dmad.wildapricot.org/page-1811954


    Mike Diaz
    Growth Canvas Consulting

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