AVE Office Supplies is involved in many community activities. Carol is dedicated with her involvement in NAWBO, particularly NAWBO/EXCEL the 501(c)3 foundation of the National Association of Women Business Owners Greater Detroit Chapter. The mission of NAWBO/EXCEL is to; help women and girls start and grow their businesses. This organization oversees multiple programs.
Carol and the company have been heavily involved in Girl Biz, a day long program for 9th -12th grade girls that gives them the opportunity to look for Purpose, Profits, Passion, and Power with the creation of a business out of a bag by the end, and the Young Entrepreneur’s Academy (YEA) which accepts 6th through 12th grade girls into the program from being student to CEO in 30 weeks. The program is broken in to three areas; their BIG idea, the business plan and then the execution. At the Investor Panel (similar to Shark Tank) the investors awarded $10,000 to twelve businesses. It was amazing to see the growth and transition of the girls over the 30 weeks. Carol believes in sharing the programs and encourages you to get involved in some way. You can also visit www.nawboexcel.org to learn more about the programs and how to get involved.
Carol Kirkland Receiving Outstanding Achiever Award, Great Lakes Women’s Business Council, April 2016