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Mirko, Karen-Michelle

Nominated for the 2012 Small Business Influencer Awards in:

Karen-Michelle is a startup and small business connector with 10+ years of experience, who builds and manages successful programs for entrepreneurs to launch and grow their businesses. A champion for entrepreneurs who want to defy expectations, she has a broad background in financial services and non-profits with expertise in program development, content marketing, customer engagement, partner management, media relations and government affairs. She has launched numerous programs for entrepreneurs with meaningful business outcomes while building positive brand awareness.

Currently her efforts are focused on entrepreneurs who march to the beat of their own drums: mompreneurs growing to a million, urban farmers, corporate employee turned tech founder, encore career small business owners and NYC efforts to #ChangetheRatio for women in tech. She is a big supporter of Women Innovate Mobile, Incubate NYC, Women2.0, NYC SBDCs, Women Presidents’ Educational Organization and Springboard.


Prior to this work, Karen-Michelle was the Director of Customer Advocacy Marketing at American Express OPEN, managing a variety of educational and outreach initiatives to help support the business growth of small business owners. She oversaw community-based marketing efforts and strategic partnerships with non-profit business associations that included Women Impacting Public Policy, Count Me In, SCORE, and Women President’s Organization.

Before American Express, Karen-Michelle was the Director of the NYC Business Solutions, Lower Manhattan Center, where she and her team helped businesses launch, access financing and recruit the right talent. Karen-Michelle was responsible for cultivating and maintaining strategic partnerships with prominent local small business organizations such as Accion, Baruch SBDC, NAWBO NY, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and others. Karen-Michelle managed a client portfolio and developed and presented educational curriculum to help entrepreneurs grow.


Website @kmmirko


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