Resources and opportunities for southeast Michigan entrepreneurs.
Volume 25, January 6, 2020
Make It Your Business is a newsletter from the New Economy Initiative highlighting events, resources, and opportunities for southeast Michigan entrepreneurs. Look for new editions in your inbox on the first and third Monday of each month. 
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Submit a proposal to lead a session at Detroit Startup Week.

Applications due Jan. 31.

Detroit Startup Week (#DETSW20) is pleased to open the call for submissions for the 2020 Detroit Startup Week festival, which will take place June 22 – 26, 2020 (dates tentative). Nominations are open to the public, and any individual person, group, company or organization may submit a program. There is no fee to host a program.

SUBMIT a proposal.

Enroll in Build Basics and get your business rolling in 2020.

Classes start Jan. 8.

Build Institute is offering BUILD BASICS, its core 8-week business and project planning class designed for aspiring and established entrepreneurs. Classes are taught by local experts and cover the basics of starting a business – from licensing to financial literacy, market research to cash flow and more. You’ll leave the class with a completed business plan, a cohort of fellow entrepreneurs in Detroit, and the knowledge and confidence to take your idea to the next level.

Build Basics 85 (Wednesdays, Jan. 8 – Feb. 26) - REGISTER

Build Basics 86 (Thursdays, Jan. 9 – Feb. 27) - REGISTER

Build Basics 87 (Saturdays, Jan. 11 – March 7) - REGISTER

Need help with your tech startup or neighborhood small business? Ask a TechTown expert.
Various dates and times @ TechTown (440 Burroughs St., Detroit, MI 48202)

Are you looking for specialized support for your tech startup or neighborhood small business? Members of TechTown’s Professional Services Network provide free, 25-minute consultations to help grow your business.


Detroit raised him. Now this designer is bringing up the next generation of clothing makers.

Check out the latest story from In Good Co., a campaign for Detroit entrepreneurs.

Meet Clement “FAME” Brown, who’s been hustling in Detroit since age 11. Detroit brands have to earn their spot in his  store Three Thirteen, which is located on Detroit’s historic Avenue of Fashion.

READ FAME’s story and follow @InGoodCoDetroit on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for other inspiring Detroit entrepreneur stories.


More entrepreneurship events, resources, and opportunities here.

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