Detroit's Home for Small Business Resources

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

Did you attend the DMB Summit?

Hundreds of business owners joined us at this year's DMB Summit. Check out photos and resources from the event.


Small Business Opportunities

Find business competitions, accelerators & incubators, capacity building programs, learning opportunities and more.


Outdoor Dining Permit Application

Application for the City of Detroit Open Detroit outdoor dining program is now available.

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

  • Light Up Livernois
    Sat, Jul 02
    The Historic Avenue of Fashion
    Jul 02, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    The Historic Avenue of Fashion, 6336 W 7 Mile Rd, Detroit, MI 48221, USA
  • BuyDetroit: Business Sustainability Workshop
    Jul 06, 1:00 PM
    Virtual Event
  • Accounting Aid July Workshop
    Wed, Jul 06
    Virtual Event
    Jul 06, 6:00 PM
    Virtual Event
  • MWF: C.R.E.A.M Cash Flow Analysis
    Mon, Jul 11
    Marygrove Conservancy
    Jul 11, 9:00 AM
    Marygrove Conservancy, 8425 W McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48221, USA
  • 2022 Retail Boot Camp Info Sessions
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, Jul 14
    Virtual Event
    Jul 14, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Virtual Event
  • SBA: Great Lakes Lending Conference
    Wed, Jul 20
    Detroit Marriott at the RenCen
    Jul 20, 7:30 AM – Jul 21, 2:00 PM
    Detroit Marriott at the RenCen, Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Dr W, Detroit, MI 48243, USA

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