Motor City Re-Store grants help 44 businesses in 30 neighborhoods spruce up their facades

Motor City Re-Store grants help 44 businesses in 30 neighborhoods spruce up their facades

Thirty Detroit neighborhoods are going to see spiffed-up businesses thanks to the Motor City Re-Store business façade improvement program. Forty-four long-time Detroit business owners have been approved for grants totaling $330,000 that will help them update the exterior appearance of their storefronts. Another $519,000 in potential grant funding was also earmarked for Round One design […]

Open jobs could be filled by Detroit’s invisible talent pool

Open jobs could be filled by Detroit’s invisible talent pool

At $1.3 trillion annually, the African American economy is larger than Russia’s gross domestic product.  But sources of talent and economic resources within the African American community remain undeveloped because they aren’t taken seriously, according to economist and author Ida Byrd-Hill. Byrd-Hill, whose book “Invisible Talent Market’’ identifies problems and potential solutions, will discuss them […]

Training for Transformation: Access students help lift Springwells Village

Training for Transformation: Access students help lift Springwells Village

Residents of one Southwest Detroit neighborhood witnessed a recent transformation courtesy of the city’s innovative, new construction trades program. Members of the Access for All training initiative, launched by the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund, gained hands-on experience by cleaning up five parcels of vacant land in Springwells Village, as part of a collaboration with Urban […]

Companies combine forces to complement Cody Rouge

Companies combine forces to complement Cody Rouge

Twenty-five Cody High School students will work summer jobs at DTE Energy, while 15 men from the Cody Rouge neighborhood further their knowledge of plumbing, carpentry, and painting, through a training program. Meanwhile, thousands of other Cody Rouge youth and families will gain various benefits from General Motors, Quicken Loans and the Skillman Foundation in […]

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 […]