Resources and opportunities for southeast Michigan entrepreneurs.
Volume 28, February 17, 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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Participate in Boss: The Black Experience in Business: A Film Screening and Storytelling Event.

February 26, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. @ WSU Industry Innovation Center (461 Burroughs Street, Detroit, MI 48202)

In celebration of Black History Month, TechTown presents Boss: The Black Experience in Business: A Film Screening and Storytelling Event, in partnership with Detroit Public TV and In Good Co. Detroit!

Please join us for a night of dynamic storytelling — of journeys in entrepreneurship and of finding strength and inspiration in shared struggles and successes. We’ll hear from the City of Detroit Government Chief Storyteller and Entrepreneur Eric Thomas, on the importance and power of preserving black spaces in the city and sharing Detroit’s stories. Emcee Shannon Cason from In Good Co. Detroit, a storytelling campaign of the New Economy Initiative, will bring to the mic Detroit-based, African American entrepreneurs and small business owners to share their own stories in rapid-fire succession: leaps of faith, facing fear and holding onto hope in pursuit of their dreams.

Are you an African American entrepreneur or small business owner in Detroit who wants to share your story? Follow the prompts when you RSVP for a chance to step on stage. We’ll select people at random from the submissions on the night of the event. Be there and be ready to hit the stage if chosen.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Celebrate the entrepreneurial achievements of African Americans with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

February 28, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. @ Durfee Envision Center (2470 Collingwood Street, Detroit, MI 48206)

The U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are proud to collaborate with the Durfee Innovation Society to highlight entrepreneurialism and showcase successful African American small business owners.

Discover how SBA funded programs can help foster business ownership and enrich the human spirit of Detroit. Be inspired by those who created their own path, who chose entrepreneurship, and who built a legacy for the next generation of African American trailblazers.

Join Detroit Black Tech for the Hacking With The Homies Developers Conference.

February 29, 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Location TBD

This is the first software developer conference with a 100% focus on Black and Brown software developers. All sessions will be led by developers and will contain an actual code walk-through. The profits from the conference will go to funding Detroit Black tech initiatives and events.

Attend the Detroit Small Scale Manufacturing Space and Place Conference.

March 3, 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ College for Creative Studies (460 W. Baltimore, 11th Floor, Knight Gallery, Detroit, MI 48202)

Detroit Small Scale Manufacturing Space and Place Conference is calling on thought leaders and action takers to explore inclusive adaptive reuse development strategies for urban manufacturing and industrial spaces. Hear from local, regional and national speakers on how to foster an inclusive ecosystem to tap into Detroit's industrial assets.

National speakers include the Urban Manufacturing Alliance and LISC. Detroit Small Scale Manufacturing Space and Place Conference is brought to you by the following partners: Design Core Detroit, Detroit Future City, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and Local Initiatives Support Corporation. Special thanks to LISC for their generous sponsorship.

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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