Resources and opportunities for southeast Michigan Entrepreneurs.
Volume 13, July 8, 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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Our new report, “Community of Opportunity,” reveals the characteristics of southeast Michigan’s entrepreneurship support network.
In “Community of Opportunity,” we present new findings about the hundreds of resources available to southeast Michigan entrepreneurs and share insights about how to strengthen the region’s entrepreneurship support network to make resources more accessible to anyone who wishes to start or grow a business.
Read the Report
Hatch Detroit is accepting applications from people with retail ideas for Detroit.

Apply by July 31.
You could win a $100,000 grant and a package of in-kind services to build out your brick-and-mortar storefront.
Get help with your Hatch Detroit submission.
July 15, 6-7:30pm @ Durfee Innovation Society (2470 Collingwood, Room 213, Detroit, MI 48206)
Grand Innovation invites you to stop in to learn more about the Comerica Hatch Detroit. Bring along your draft application for direct feedback and coaching from Hatch Detroit’s partners.
Learn how your business can obtain a liquor license at one of these TechTown workshops.
July 9, 6-7:30pm @ Canvas Livernois (18995 Livernois Ave., Detroit, MI 48221)
July 18, noon-1:30pm @ Detroit Artists Test Lab (14600 Mack Ave., Detroit, MI 48215)

At this installment of TechTown’s Neighborhood Workshop Series, TechTown Professional Services Network member David R. Draper of The Draper Law Firm will facilitate an interactive workshop on how to obtain a liquor license for your business.
REGISTER for July 9 workshop.
REGISTER for July 18 workshop.
Network with digital creatives and design-minded companies at Drinks x Design: User Experience.

July 11, 5:30-8pm @ Wayne State Industry Innovation Center (461 Burroughs St., Detroit, MI 48202)

Calling all digital creatives and the design-minded companies who love them! You’re invited to Drinks x Design: User Experience (UX) at the Wayne State Industry Innovation Center on July 11. Representatives of several local creative firms will be attending.

Register for BUILD Basics to learn essential skills for starting a business.
Classes take place on Saturdays from July 13-August 24 @ Build Institute (2701 Bagley Ave., Detroit, MI 48216)

BUILD’s core 8-week business and project planning class is designed for aspiring and established entrepreneurs. Classes are taught by local experts and cover all 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.

Celebrate makers, entrepreneurs, and inventors from across the Great Lakes region at Maker Faire Detroit.
July 27-28 @ Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Don’t miss Maker Faire Detroit’s 10th anniversary, celebrating a decade of makers, entrepreneurs and inventors. It’s the biggest geek-culture party in the Great Lakes, and it’s happening at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.

Apply to the REDF Accelerator to advance your social enterprise.
Apply by July 29.

The REDF Accelerator brings together a cohort of social enterprise leaders who are using a transitional employment model to help their employees overcome barriers and successfully transition into competitive, long-term employment. Fellows receive expert guidance on core business competencies, employee support programs, and the opportunity to plug into a network of like-minded peers.
Learn More & Apply
Attend the Detroit Fintech Challenge.
August 3, 8:30am-7:30pm @ TechTown (440 Burroughs St., Detroit, MI 48202)

The Detroit Fintech Challenge & Pitch Competition will bring together entrepreneurs, coders, developers, and other creative minds from across the region to generate enduring solutions to the biggest challenges \ in the financial, payment, banking, and insurance sectors.
Get help navigating the southeast Michigan entrepreneurial ecosystem at TechTown's open office hours.

Various dates and locations.

Want information on TechTown’s programs, feedback on a business idea or expert guidance on navigating the entrepreneurial ecosystem? Come to an Open Office Hour to talk to a member of TechTown’s Labs (tech) or Blocks (neighborhoods) team.
Tech businesses, sign up HERE.
Neighborhood businesses find more information HERE.

Apply to participate in the U.S. Small Business Administration's Emerging Leaders Program.
SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative provides free entrepreneurship education and training for executives of small, poised-for-growth companies that are potential job creators. This intensive executive entrepreneurship series includes nearly 100 hours of classroom time and mentorship opportunities. The SBA’s Michigan District Office has offered this opportunity to urban-based small business owners for 11 years, at no cost to you.
Apply to pitch at SXSW.

Applications due by Nov. 15.

SXSW Pitch showcases innovative new technology to a panel of industry experts, high-profile media professionals, and venture capital / angel investors. Apply to have your company considered for SXSW Pitch during SXSW, March 13-22, 2020, in Austin, Texas.
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.



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