Corner Store incubator seeking Retail Boot Camp applications

Corner Store incubator seeking Retail Boot Camp applications

You’ve got to start somewhere. In Detroit, far too many of our small neighborhood business start-ups launch their business operations with less capital and support than is needed to survive. They are not alone according to Bloomberg, which reports that 8 out of 10 U.S. entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the first 18 months.  Tech Town Detroit is attempting […]

Build Institute helps small business create economic impact in Detroit

Build Institute helps small business create economic impact in Detroit

From tiny acorns, mighty oaks can grow. And from the beginning, the people behind Detroit’s successful Build Institute knew the same would happen to its early graduates. Now celebrating its five-year anniversary and 1,000th graduate, Build has been able to provide access to Detroit’s small business owners, most of whom are women and minorities, with […]

ProsperUS Detroit small business lending reaches $500,000 milestone

ProsperUS Detroit small business lending reaches $500,000 milestone

Talk about an accomplishment – in less than five years, ProsperUS Detroit’s Micro-Loan Program has hit the $500,000 mark in low-interest loans to more than 25 small businesses in the city’s neighborhoods. The ProsperUS Detroit Micro-Loan Program, which focuses on aspiring minority and immigrant entrepreneurs, has helped these businesses get the resources they need to […]

Small Business Workshop targets building Detroit’s businesses for the long haul

Small Business Workshop targets building Detroit’s businesses for the long haul

While there typically is huge excitement when starting a new business – sending out press releases, hosting grand-opening celebrations, welcoming waves of new customers – that passion can fade and even be extinguished when the reality of operating day-to-day hits. Sustaining a business beyond the first year, maintaining and growing a business customer base as […]

Detroit neighborhood business owners in the spotlight

Detroit neighborhood business owners in the spotlight

Small shops are the mainstay of our neighborhoods. Open the door and look inside and you will discover dreamers and doers who embody the spirit and energy of Detroit’s entrepreneurial class. Last October, during minority business month, we invited our readers to meet them inside our Small Shops series sponsored by Comcast Business. We were proud to shine an oft-needed […]

Detroit Poetry Society shares the power of words

Detroit Poetry Society shares the power of words

Storyteller Queen Eliza LAE knows there’s something special about Detroit’s poetry scene and Detroit in general. She believes people visiting the city want to see more than the development happening in neighborhoods. They want to be entertained and feel the city’s energy. Some of the best entertainment she knows is listening to Detroit storytellers, and […]

LGBT small business academy opens

LGBT small business academy opens

Whether you want to start-up or rev-up your small business, there are resources available in the LGBT community. One is a four-course training series specifically focused on retail and small businesses focused on the B2B marketplace. The series is the centerpiece of the newly-launched Mature Business Academy (M.B.A.) supported by the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Seasoned industry veterans […]

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