Resources and opportunities for southeast Michigan entrepreneurs.
Volume 27, February 3, 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. 
Have an event, resource, or opportunity that you think people should know about? Send us a tip at

Participate in Build Institute’s The Lender Connection: Swipe Right on Future Funding event.

February 13, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. @ Build Institute (1620 Michigan Ave., Suite 120, Detroit, MI 48216)

Come out to Build Institute for "speed lending" and networking opportunities to get your business ready for 2020! This Valentine's day season, celebrate your love of your business and connect with your business's dream lender.

Participating lenders include Kiva Detroit, Honeycomb Credit, Detroit Community Wealth Fund, with more TBA. Network at the happy hour and find more ways to fall in love with your business.

Complimentary appetizers and beer/wine will be served. This event is free, with required registration. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Evan Adams at

There's still time to 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 Accounting Aid’s Four Part Series, Wine Down Wednesday.

February 12, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. @ Detroit Sip (7420 West McNichols Road, Detroit, MI 48221)

Wine Down Wednesday is a four part series presented by Accounting Aid, focusing on filling the gaps small business owners continue to face in our ecosystem. For each part, an industry expert will provide an overview of their organization, job function, and open up the forum for questions and answers asked by attendees. 

Do you find business entity types confusing? Join Accounting Aid to learn about entity types from a legal expert. The first discussion, Legalities Behind Choosing An Entity, with guest speaker Alari K Adams, Esq., is in partnership with A|Squared Legal Group. 

Attend Michigan Women Forward’s WomanUp & Learn Summit.

Various dates and times, and Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Detroit locations.

The summit will cover challenges and opportunities inherent to planning, launching, and growing your business. Join MWF to sharpen skills, gain important contacts, and learn new information to drive successful business results!

For more information, visit Register for the Detroit summit below.

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.

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.



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