The BIG Series offers small business owners tools for recovery

The BIG Series offers small business owners tools for recovery

Over the last decade, small businesses have risen to  become the face of Detroit’s comeback.  Then in March, as the COVID-19 pandemic swept through the region, their very foundation and futures collectively became uncertain. The Inter-Faith Small Business Alliance (IFSBA), which works to foster a culture of small business, is working to help them get back […]

Wayne Co. grant program will make a big difference for small businesses

Wayne Co. grant program will make a big difference for small businesses

Money. On main streets accross America, it’s in short supply. Ask any small busines owner. Our once heralded boot-strapped businesses, start-ups and yes, even our so-called ‘stay-ups'(existing, longer term businesss operations) are in trouble. Too frequently the last to take part in our ecosystem come in first in regard to our small business failures. And that’s what Wayne County officials […]

Bethlehem House aims to stem the number of working homeless

Bethlehem House aims to stem the number of working homeless

She picks up a paycheck and sleeps on a park bench. Those are the days she counts herself among the lucky. There are other days when she makes her bed on ground on the east side of Detroit. “Those days are the worst,” according to the female worker, who despite having a job is homeless. […]

Industry Club hopes to incubate and grow young bosses

Industry Club hopes to incubate and grow young bosses

Part trendsetter, social media expert and influencer, teens bring innate abilities and energy. It’s ingrained in their DNA. And now, thanks to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeasern Michigan (BGCSM) and its partners, talented teens will have the opporunity to marry their natural abilities with business opportuntieis in an effort aimed at building Detroit’s […]

Navigating the Headwinds of Crisis workshop series aims to help entrepreneurs gear up for reopening

Navigating the Headwinds of Crisis workshop series aims to help entrepreneurs gear up for reopening

Small businesses are beginning to ramp back up and adjust to new business requirements. Maintaining recommended safety requirements and social distancing are key to Detroit small shop owners’ respective ability to re-engage customers and restore consumer confidence, particularly in bricks and mortar shops, according to Mark S. Lee, the founder of  The LEE Group. Lee […]

LISC Detroit calls for calm, patience and vigilance

LISC Detroit calls for calm, patience and vigilance

We are currently experiencing a double pandemic of a deadly virus and the disease of racism on Black communities across our nation. Trayvon Martin. Eric Garner. Mike Brown. Sandra Bland. Philando Castile. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. George Floyd. These are a few names of Black Americans that have died by the hands of law enforcement […]

Detroit’s small shops deserve big support

Detroit’s small shops deserve big support

Everyone is ready to emerge from COVID-19, particularly Detroiters who have been among the nation’s hardest hit by the pandemic. The immediate and heightened need for products, services and employment is overwhelming, but the reality is that a growing number of the city’s small businesses may not be there to provide it. According to published […]

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