Every year women are overcoming several odds and making tremendous leaps and bounds. Everything they do must be about balance. Women businesses have been the backbone of this economy due to their leadership-as we see in Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barbara Boxer-along with vision, drive and inspiration.
In the second-week of “Celebrating the accomplishments of women-owned businesses” Series meet Amber Beebe, Beebe Law Group PLC who grew up in the Chicagoland area. She is a graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law. Almost eight years ago she moved to Michigan and began locally practicing law.
Tell us about your business?
I am the owner of Beebe Law Group PLC practicing corporate law and business litigation with a niche in Transportation and Logistics. I have a diverse background because I previously I worked for a local law firm and a large defense contractor. When I decided to attend law school my goal was to become a business litigation attorney with a specialization in international law. In studying business litigation along with transportation, trade, and logistics-which are all my passions-everything seems to fit quite nicely together.
Recently, I was instrumental in designing a renovated light industrial building-located where our Portage office is-which was converted into unique office space, while preserving its industrial theme. The renovation project is neighbor to the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek Airport. Our offices have attached warehouses and loading docks, which fits the business’ niche area.
What are some tips you can offer emerging business women?
1. Stay positive, optimistic and plan
2. Find something that interests you the most, and work on developing that
3. Be happy with what you do. A part of success is being happy with what you do
4. Maintain your integrity throughout the process
What does Beebe Law Group PLC look like within the near future?
I would like to be the “go-to” firm for specific areas of the law along with the I69 international trade corridor for international law and logistics issues and establish a greater presence in the business litigation realm here in Grand Rapids. It is also my intention to break the traditional law office business model by incorporating new and innovative strategies for my practice, client relationships, employee satisfaction, and retention.
With such a successful business, do you have any time to volunteer?
This year I become SCORE Kalamazoo President and believe that I am the “first” female AND minority to take on this role. SCORE is a national non-profit organization with mentors who provide counseling and services for “free” to new, emerging and established business owners. Also, I am a Board Member of the Judge Charles Pratt Bar Association and had been a Big Brothers and Big Sisters mentor in the past.
“Obstacles should be used as stepping-stones.” I have had more “stepping stones” than I can count!”©
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