Our Team of Mentors


Debra Power

Debra Power is Founder and President of Running Start. She is also President of Power Marketing Research, a Michigan-based, 100% woman-owned corporation that conducts qualitative and quantitative research including focus groups, surveys, customer discovery, and public involvement. Power Marketing Research was awarded a 2015 and 2011 FastTrack Award from Ann Arbor SPARK. PMR is a certified DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise), SBE (Small Business Enterprise), Women Business Enterprise (WBE), and Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB).

Active in the community, Ms. Power has served on numerous non-profit committees and boards, including the Ann Arbor Area/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber; Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau; Ann Arbor Public Schools Business Advisory Committee; Ann Arbor SPARK; Washtenaw United Way; was a board member of Recycle Ann Arbor; and a Board Member and Executive Committee Member of the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber. She was a board member and Vice-President of 826michigan. She is also the co-founder and past co-president of the Women’s Exchange of Washtenaw (www.wxwbusiness.com), an organization dedicated to growing businesses in the region. Currently Power is a member of the Inforum Southeast Michigan Regional Council, Chair of the Ambassador Program and Chair of the Ann Arbor Affinity Group—A2Affinity. Power has received a Cutting Edge Innovation Award from the Women Business Owner's of Southeastern Michigan. She was also named a U.S. Small Business Administration Michigan Women in Business Champion of the Year for 2010. She was a 2011 Athena Award of Washtenaw County nominee.