JVS Honors Camille Walker Banks at Trade Secrets on March 6

Business Leader Creates Connections that Strengthen Detroit’s Small Businesses

When Camille Walker Banks saw business loans and other resources going to big companies while smaller local businesses struggled, she took action. She switched careers from finance to economic development and is now helping local companies grow and thrive. 

Today, Banks is executive director of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, where her drive has built the most successful 10KSB program in the country, outpacing national averages in revenue growth and job creation. Banks will share her inspirational path to success and serve as honorary chair and keynote speaker at JVS’s 10th annual Trade Secrets fundraiser. The event will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, at the Troy Marriott in Troy. 

“Camille has an incredible talent for encouraging and inspiring business owners,” said Linda Schlesinger-Wagner, event co-chair and founder of skinnyteesTM, which is the presenting sponsor of Trade Secrets. “If you need something, just ask Camille. She has a never-ending catalog of people, places and things to draw upon.”

Trade Secrets raises funds for the JVS Women to Work program and other services that support women job seekers. Roz Blanck and Kristen Gross, both of Franklin, co-chair the event with Schlesinger-Wagner. 

The Women to Work program has served more than 2,200 women across metropolitan Detroit over the past 25 years. Paula Perelman, a recent graduate of the program, will share her success story at the event and be honored for her accomplishments. 

“After completing the program, 85 percent of our participants either find jobs or enroll in further training or education to meet their goals,” said Judy Richmond, Women to Work coordinator.

For ticket and sponsorship information, visit or contact Judy Strongman at (248) 233-4213. 

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