Resources and opportunities for southeast Michigan entrepreneurs.
Volume 23, December 2, 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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Introducing In Good Co., a campaign for Detroit entrepreneurs.

The New Economy Initiative, with support from the Knight Foundation, has launched a year-long campaign that will feature stories of real Detroit entrepreneurs and small business owners through videos, podcasts, photography, writing, and live events.

Our first story features Nieves Longordo, president of Diseños Ornamental Iron in Southwest Detroit. Learn how she is carrying on a family legacy and overcoming doubters in a male-dominated industry.

Meet the woman building an ironworks empire in Detroit
Be sure to check out our podcast and written feature about Nieves, too!
Subscribe to all In Good Co. content at
Join us December 5 for the In Good Co. launch party at Diseños Ornamental Iron.

December 5, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. @ Diseños Ornamental Iron (6789 Goldsmith St., Detroit, MI 48209)

This event will feature:

  • A happy hour featuring food and drink from southwest Detroit businesses

  • An ironworking demonstration

  • A pop-up store of Diseños-made iron objects

  • A screening of In Good Co. story no. 1 featuring Nieves Longordo, president of Diseños.

Get a jumpstart on your business plan at this SCORE workshop.

December 4, 9 – 11 a.m. @ Stonebridge Financial Partners Theatre (31000 Telegraph Rd., #200, Bingham Farms, MI 48025)

Attend this workshop to create a one-page business plan using the Business Canvas Model.

SCORE Workshop: Learn how to set up your business for financial success.

December 5, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. @ Northwest Activities Center (18100 Meyer Rd., Detroit, MI 48235)

What are the first steps you should take to build the financial strength required to grow a successful business? Learn more at this SCORE workshop.

Attend Build Institute's Wealth Creation Workshop.

December 10, 6 – 7:30 p.m. @ Build Institute (1620 Michigan Ave., Suite 120, Detroit, MI 48216)

This workshop, produced in partnership with Zenith Solutions, will help you understand your business and personal finances, create financial goals, and develop a plan to meet those goals.

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

Various dates through Dec. 21

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.



More entrepreneurship events, resources, and opportunities here.


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