Resources and opportunities for southeast Michigan entrepreneurs.
Volume 29, March 2, 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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Attend Startup Story Night 2020.

March 19, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) @ Cliff Bell’s (2030 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48226)

The New Economy Initiative (NEI), in partnership with Model D Media, is excited to announce the 4th annual Startup Story Night. This year’s theme? “In Good Company.”We're happy to announce the following four storytellers will workshop their stories with Shannon Cason -- host of the In Good Co. Detroit podcast and Moth GrandSlam champion -- before performing them in front of a LIVE audience at Cliff Bell’s on Thursday, March 19, 2020:

Street parking is available in the immediate area around the venue. Light fare provided by Salt + Ko, a FoodLab Detroit member business. Cash bar. Capture the moment at the Go Farr Selfie Station!
Join Design Core Detroit for the March Drinks x Design: Design for Business event.

Thursday March 12, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. @ Woodward Throwbacks (11500 Joseph Campau Avenue, Hamtramck, MI 48212)

2020 marks the 10th anniversary of Drinks x Design, and Design Core Detroit is celebrating the first edition of the year at Woodward Throwbacks, a reclaimed woodworking company specializing in home goods and custom furniture.

According to the management institute, design-driven companies outperform competitors 2:1. Come see why design is not just a deliverable; it is a process and way of thinking that can drive your entire business strategy.

Register for Michigan Women Forward’s WomanUp & Learn Summits.

March 13, 2020, 8:00 a.m. -  12:30 p.m., Davenport University (200 S Grand Ave, Lansing, MI 48933), March 27, 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Davenport University (3031 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202)

The Woman Up and Learn Summit will be a day packed with dynamic speakers, a "real world’ entrepreneur panel ready to answer the hard questions from their peers and share their respective journeys, informative breakout sessions for early stage and second stage business owners, and expert advice on funding your business.  

Register on Michigan Women Forward’s website for the day and location that best suits you. Student discounts are available upon request. Everyone is encouraged to register and attend!
Apply for Spring 2020 Entrepreneur Training with ProsperUS.

Applications close on March 15th at 11:59 p.m.

This course offers participants an overview of fundamental business principles as well as dedicated one-on-one support. By graduation participants should understand their business model, market, and finances. ProsperUS will support participants as they legally register their business, create budgets and systems of bookkeeping, and write a business plan.

The program consists of:

  • 6 different training sites across the city of Detroit

  • 12 participants in each training site class

  • 12 two-hour in-class sessions at the training site (once per week, usually from 6 to 8 pm)

  • 10 one-hour one-on-one consultations (scheduled separately with trainer)

  • 15 week duration from first class to graduation

Applicants will be assigned to sites based on geography. Only applicants who live in Detroit, Hamtramck, or Highland Park are accepted. Although operational businesses are prioritized, they may also accept experienced and focused applicants.

Applications will be reviewed in the second half of March and the strongest candidates will be contacted to arrange an interview. Interviews will take place in late March and early April and classes will start in late April.

The total cost of the program is $75. It is free to apply.

Get involved with the 2020 Detroit Month of Design.

Applications close on Monday, April 13th at 11:59 p.m.

This September marks the 10th anniversary of the Detroit Month of Design, a milestone for the city of Detroit! Design Core Detroit is looking to Detroit’s design community to propose events, ideas and concepts to propel them into another great decade of design and innovation. There are eight ways to get involved. Learn more, attend info sessions, and apply by April 13th.

File your taxes with Accounting Aid Academy.

From now until April 15, 2020.

It’s Accounting Aid’s favorite time of the year - tax season! Calling all sole proprietors, limited liability companies, rental income recipients, and partnership entities… come file your taxes with Accounting Aid! Enrolled agents will help you become and remain compliant by filing your 2019 small business taxes.



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