Senior Vice President, Small Business Services
As the Senior Vice President of Small Business Services, Amy is responsible for overseeing the
development and execution of organizational strategy. She is accountable for implementing a long-term vision and short-term strategy to support small business, provide access to capital, foster rural development, connect businesses to technical assistance and bolster other small business services provided through the MEDC and its partners.
Amy Rencher brings 15 years of leadership experience to the team spanning both for- and non-profit sectors, with exceptional strengths in program design and evaluation, project management, and process improvement initiatives. For 7 years prior to joining MEDC, Amy worked her way up through leadership roles at TechTown Detroit, most recently serving as Managing Director of Entrepreneurial Programs and Services, where she developed strategic partnerships and programming that drove more than $70 million in impact for more than 3,000 entrepreneurs.
Amy is the architect of several key initiatives that spurred the stabilization and recovery of thousands of entrepreneurs in Detroit and Southeast Michigan throughout the pandemic, including the TechTown Stabilization Fund, a $1.2 million grant fund which provided immediate cash flow relief for low-income entrepreneurs and micro-enterprises at the onset of COVID. Amy also drove technical assistance efforts for Detroit Means Business, a unique 40-plus member public/private coalition that helped hundreds of Detroiters successfully navigate over $50 million in local, state and federal assistance programs. Amy has been recognized nationally for her work in developing data-driven, innovative and inclusive small business programs and strategy by thought leaders such as ICIC, the New Economy Initiative and The Eckblad Group.
Amy received her undergraduate degree from Kalamazoo College and Master of Business Administration from Michigan State University. She is an alumna of AmeriCorps and the Detroit Revitalization Fellowship.