Resources and opportunities for southeast Michigan entrepreneurs.
Volume 26, January 20, 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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Share your story at Startup Story Night 2020.

Send in your submission for a chance to present by 11:59 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.

Share your story HERE

The New Economy Initiative (NEI), in partnership with Model D Media, is excited to announce the Startup Story Night 2020: “In Good Company” event!

When it comes to success, is there really such a thing as being “self-made”? Despite the popular phrase, it’s safe to say no one achieves their definition of success without an assist from someone (family, friends, mentors, etc.), or something (environment, experience, etc.), along the way.

Four local entrepreneurs will take the stage at Cliff Bell's on March 19, 2020, to perform stories of the people, places and things that helped put (or keep) them on the path to success. 
Shannon Cason, host of the In Good Co. Detroit podcast and Moth GrandSlam champion, will work with each of the storytellers in advance of the event!

Send in your submission by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, for a chance to present at this year’s storytelling event!

Attend Ann Arbor's New Tech Meetup.

January 21, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Five presenters this month take the stage for ten minutes each, five minutes to demo and five minutes to answer questions, followed by open announcements and community networking. E-mail organizers at if you'd like to present!

Attend Accounting Aid’s 2nd Annual Small Business Tax Preparation Bonanza.

January 22, 6 – 9 p.m. @ Ford Resource and Engagement Center (2826 Bagley, Detroit MI 48216)

Accounting Aid is hosting its 2nd Annual Tax Preparation Bonanza! Small Business owners will be given tools, digital resources, and guidance on navigating and preparing their year-end numbers for tax filing! A light dinner will be served.

View the Tax Season Prep Flyer

Apply to present at Detroit Startup Week 2020.

Applications due Jan. 31.

Detroit Startup Week (#DETSW20) is pleased to open the call for submissions for the 2020 Detroit Startup Week festival! Nominations are open to the public. Any individual person, group, company or organization may submit a program. There is no fee to host a program.

January is National Mentoring Month. Become a SCORE Volunteer.

See if mentoring southeast Michigan's small business community is right for you.

Every year, SCORE volunteers help thousands of entrepreneurs start small businesses and achieve new levels of success. Volunteering is a way for you to give back, network with business experts, and share your knowledge.

Participate in free webinars hosted by MEDC Community Development.

Monthly, various dates and times

MEDC Community Development has expanded their webinar series for 2020 to cover a wide range of topics, ranging from historic preservation and economic development, to business recruitment and blight management. Webinars are monthly, free to participants and cover a variety of topics related to community and economic development.

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.


More entrepreneurship events, resources, and opportunities here.

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