Kim Bode, Dog rescuer (hoarder), community advocate (vigilante), wine drinker (wino) and proud (obsessed) business owner - often distracted but never deterred. Bode loves small businesses, almost as much as she does dogs, so she spends her time happy houring, advocating and writing about them. She shares her thoughts on leadership, culture and communications on her blog, Small Biz Musings and 8THIRTYFOUR podcast, Happy Hour Hustle. She has also written sensational articles on the reboot of The Gilmore Girls and a host of other subjects in Huffington Post, Thrive, Entrepreneur, Authority Magazine and more. In 2020 she published the eBook, Marketing on a Shoestring Budget. Surrounding herself with small business owners led her to serve on the Small Business Association of Michigan’s Legislative Action Council and Leadership Council Advisory Committee. Don’t worry, she also passes her knowledge of things onto college students by supporting all Dr. Adrienne Wallace’s efforts to mold young minds through GrandPR and Grand Valley State University’s PRSSA.
Supporting women is another passion of Bode and she lives it out by serving on the Inforum Regional Council (2022) and their event committee. She has brought in people like Tarana Burke, founder of the Me Too Movement and Sarah Thomas, the first female NFL official to chat with the West Michigan community. She also sits on the board for North Quarter Corridor Improvement Authority, functions as a board advisor for
the Michigan Women in Defense chapter, is a founding board member of the nonprofit, For the Vets, sits on the R&D committee for United Methodist Community House and is a part of the Leadership Advisory Council for
Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP). When Bode isn’t networking and serving, she is hanging at her cabin in the woods with her incredibly supportive husband an six dogs.
• Badass accomplishment: Being a business owner for 15+ years, 2021 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch, oh and being on the Forbes Top 200 PR Firms of 2021 (only one in Michigan).
Past Speaking Engagements:
• West Michigan Public Relations Society of America
• Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
• Small Business Association of Michigan
• Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants