Kim Birkle is the founder of Key Community Marketing, a boutique marketing organization local to Washtenaw County. 

Kim’s mission is to share her energetic passion, marketing skill sets and growth mindset with nonprofits, local businesses and the community at large. Kim’s endless curiosity, love of people and quest for justice is the positive force that motivates her to constantly help and improve. 

Kim’s business development experience allied with strong community relationship building, translates into a niche marketing approach. Her clients also benefit from Kim’s extensive network developed over twenty-five plus years of community leadership and advocacy.

Kim’s extensive work experience as a long standing resident includes; most recently promoting “Circus Vowels The Long and Short of It” , a classroom-created program, empowering kids to predict long vowel sounds, essential to becoming secure readers. She also handled community relations for several locally owned Verizon stores and acted as a Senior Account Executive for NBS Commercial Interiors, a Steelcase dealer serving the Ann Arbor/Detroit market. Her tasks included developing business opportunities, project management, building mutually beneficial partnerships with local businesses, schools, non-profit organizations and local government all while increasing name recognition.

Kim’s passions and relevant experiences include:

  • Completed both Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Chamber’s Leadership A2Y and Saline’s Leadership Institute.

  • Member of  Foundation for Saline Area Schools “Grant Committee”

  • New active member of “Mom’s” Demand Action of Washtenaw County

  • New volunteer at Parkridge Community Center in Ypsilanti, Michigan

  • Love of nature and especially birds

  • Advocate of Integrated Medicine and Pharmaceuticals

  • Preparing and enjoying organic and farm to table meals

  • Traveling and learning and experiencing new food and cultures

  • Spending time with her three adult sons, her husband of 30 plus years and her dog Kona.

  • Gardening with a focus on eradicating invasive species and planting indigenous plants

  • Advocate of Mental Health Support and Research

Ultimately, Kim is focused on guiding her clients toward  becoming a “mindful “brand. This is defined as brands that offer clarity about their beliefs and values which helps them create a connection that is authentic and relevant. 

Her goal is to complement her business model with a website, which includes sponsors aligned with her mission of improving the well being of the community and its local businesses. Her tagline for Key Community Marketing is “Building Business… Strengthening Community.”