Resources and opportunities for southeast Michigan entrepreneurs.
Volume 24, December 16, 2019
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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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

Start learning how to code at a FREE
workshop at Grand Circus.

December 17, 6:30 – 9 p.m. @ Grand Circus (1570 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226)

This FREE Intro to Coding Workshop is designed for those who are curious about coding, but who have very little or no coding experience. This critical first step towards your new career will provide you with basic programming terminology and give you the opportunity to practice basic programming ideas.

Attend Ann Arbor’s New Tech Meetup.

December 17, 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!

Hear from Detroit neighborhood leaders on how they are exciting and empowering the next generation of city-builders.

December 18, 6 – 8 p.m. @ Co.Act Detroit (6568 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202)
Community building can be slow-growth, long-term work⁠ — is it a hard sell for younger people in a fast-paced, digital world? How can neighborhood leaders excite & empower the next generation of city-builders? Special guests Tammy Black of Manistique Community Treehouse,    Maria Salinas of Congress of Communities, and Orlando Bailey of the Urban Consulate will discuss working across the ages.


Be the first to know about Detroit’s next best tech ideas at the Start Studio Showcase.

December 18, 6 – 8 p.m. @ TechTown (440 Burroughs St., Detroit, MI 48202)
Come hear teams that participated in TechTown’s Start Studio share the journeys of validating their innovative tech-based business ideas, and get the inside scoop on the next steps they will take to launch their tech startups.

Get on the fast track to financing your business at Bunker Brews.

December 19, 6 – 7:30 p.m. @ WeWork Campus Martius (1001 Woodward Ave., Suite 500, Detroit, MI 48226)
This event is part of Bunker Brews, a monthly meetup where the Bunker Labs community, including veterans, military spouses, and civilians, comes together to network with subject matter experts, investors, thought leaders, and more in an environment focused on growth and development.

Build Pilot is seeking retail businesses to pop up in its Corktown storefront.

Apply by December 31.
PILOT @ The Corner is an ongoing pop up retail project that seeks to provide physical retail space experience to businesses ready to take on the challenge of operating a brick and mortar location. The program will provide retail and service entrepreneurs with a sizable white-boxed retail space in Corktown for a period of  2-3 months.

Apply to present at Detroit Startup Week 2020.

Apply by January 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.

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.

Make an Appointment


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