Maria LaLonde is the Recruiting and Development Leader for Bizdom, a startup accelerator that helps entrepreneurs launch, fund and grow innovative web and tech-based startups in Detroit and Cleveland. Bizdom is a nonprofit that was founded by Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Quicken Loans, majority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and general partner at Detroit Venture Partners.
Maria’s role at Bizdom is to raise awareness about Bizdom in the community and vet candidates for our accelerator. She also advocates for the startup community, mentors and connects entrepreneurs to available resources. Maria is a serial entrepreneur that has founded businesses in the recruiting, automotive and real estate industries. She has a BA in Communication from Michigan State University and started her career with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, where she managed branch offices and oversaw the recruiting process for 35 branch offices. Maria is a native Detroiter and is passionate about creating a vibrant and thriving startup community in Detroit and Michigan.