Detroit's Home for Small Business Resources

Detroit is tough and resilient, and we’re making small business a priority.

Child Care Center
Licensing Fair

Interested in opening a child care center in Detroit? Learn how at the upcoming Open For Business fair.

Compliance Checklist

Here's what you need to know to stay in compliance with City of Detroit licenses, certificates, and permits.

Branding Workshop

This virtual workshop from Comcast will dive into key strategies to drive customer loyalty, increase referrals and more.

Expert Guidance

Running a business can be overwhelming at times. Working with a business expert can help increase your chances of success. Learn more about the types of guidance available in Detroit's small business support ecosystem.


Financial Resources

One of the biggest challenges for small business owners is finding the funds necessary to launch – and eventually grow – their businesses. Find the various types of funding available and a growing list of resources to consider.

Navigating City Processes

Detroit Means Business is in the business of helping business owners navigate City resources. View City of Detroit-specific resources and guides.



Explore opportunities to grow your small business through accelerators, technical assistance, competitions, and other programs that provide access to mentorship, strategy, investment, and training.

Real Estate

Choosing a business location and space is a crucial step in starting a business. Find guides for searching for space to lease or purchase and resources for building and renovating.


Latest News

PPP Forgiveness

PPP Direct Forgiveness Portal

Existing Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness. Business owners should visit the newly launched SBA PPP Direct Forgiveness Portal to register and apply.

About Detroit Means Business

Detroit Means Business is a coalition of private, public, and philanthropic partners dedicated to meet the needs of Detroit’s small businesses.

Upcoming Events

  • Open For Business Childcare Licensing Fair
    Oct 23, 2:30 PM
    Detroit, 18100 Meyers Rd, Detroit, MI 48235, USA
  • Branding your Business for Success
    Tue, Oct 26
    Virtual Event
    Oct 26, 8:30 AM
    Virtual Event
  • NeighborHub Grant Information Session
    Tue, Oct 26
    The Congregation
    Oct 26, 11:00 AM
    The Congregation, 9321 Rosa Parks Blvd, Detroit, MI 48206, USA
  • Coffee & Conversation (District 5)
    Wed, Nov 03
    Facebook/Instagram LIVE
    Nov 03, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Facebook/Instagram LIVE
    Join your District Business Liaison (DBL), Mikki Godfrey and Que Roland, owner of Seat Detroit for Coffee & Conversation! ☕
  • Worker-Ownership Financing: Info Webinar
    Nov 04, 10:00 AM
    Virtual Event
  • NeighborHub Grant Information Session
    Thu, Oct 21
    MDBBA Black Business Resource Center
    Oct 21, 10:00 AM
    MDBBA Black Business Resource Center, 1234 Washington Blvd Suite 200 Detroit, MI 48207

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