The Great Lakes Women’s Business Council is hosting their 32nd Annual Award Celebration where they honor supporters, partners and members. This year, that includes Mickey Ellis, Owner of Sno Biz Detroit. Sno Biz Detroit is not a snow cone. Instead, it is shaved ice available in a variety of flavors topped with delicious custard.
Mickey’s love affair with shaved ice began while visiting her hometown of Mississippi. She saw a crowd of people lined up at a Sno Biz truck. She knew then that she wanted to bring the treat back to Detroit.
Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, Mickey has always been surrounded by the entrepreneurial spirit. However, it wasn’t until the economic downturn which resulted in her husband’s job loss and the loss of their home that pushed her to take those initial steps. “I wanted to be in control of my own destiny”, said Ellis.
At the persistence of her sister, now deceased, she was introduced to the CEED Lending program at an event held at Wayne County Community College. CEED Lending is an initiative of the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council which has provided more than $6 million in small business loans.
Mickey was able to purchase the trailer, equipment and location to prep her flavors. You can now find Sno Biz Detroit all round the city at festivals, special events like River Days and other sites. She can even come to office buildings and wedding receptions.
Next she’s expanding her empire. Her dream is to have her own storefront. The CEED Lending program plans to be there every step of the way. “What makes Great Lakes Women’s Business Council different is that they believed in my dreams, my vision,” said Ellis.
Meet Mickey Ellis, and other honorees, at the 32nd Annual Awards Celebration on Thursday, April 21st at Suburban Collection Showplace. For more information and to register, www.greatlakeswbc.org