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There are several types of opportunities available for small business owners. Each type has specific characteristics that are important to understand.


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Accelerators & Incubators

Accelerators and Incubators are programs that give businesses access to mentorship, investors and other support that help them become stable, self-sufficient and scaleable.

Learning Opportunities

As a small business owner, there is always something more to learn. Learning opportunities like workshops, seminars, and trainings teach business skills you can use to grow your business.

Capacity Building

Capacity Building and Technical Assistance opportunities build operational capacity with support in areas like marketing, web development, accounting, point of sales and more.

Vending Opportunities

Local vendor opportunities are a great way to get out in the community and get your business name out there. Opportunties might include pop-up shops, festivals, fairs and concerts.

Contests & Competitions

During business contests and competitions, entrepreneurs present their business concepts to a panel of judges for a chance to win a cash prize or investment capital.

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Bridging the Digital Divide Business Training Program - Southwest Detroit


Are you a Southwest Detroit-area small business or a budding entrepreneur looking to expand your digital marketing skills to grow your business? Do you need a new business website, but don’t know where to begin?
Bridging the Digital Divide – Southwest Detroit, a Michigan Women Forward 6-month business training program sponsored by The Kresge Foundation and offered in partnership with the Southwest Detroit Business Association, will help you develop these essential business skills – and more!

Program Details
This free six-month business education program led by Katrina Turnbow-Marion of Kanopi Social offers select Southwest Detroit businesses the chance to learn foundational knowledge to boost your business’ digital profile. The program will give participants the tools to:

- Create a business website with online infrastructure setup
- Understand the landscape of digital marketing, including set up of accounts, strategy, reporting and sales
- Learn the digital platforms needed to grow your business
- Organize your digital assets and information
- Build your team roles and responsibilities
- Get your business online with a Google Business Profile
- Discover your audience
- Define your measurement plan
- Develop your online brand story
- Refine what you are selling and how to get discovered online
- Learn the fundamentals of Wave accounting
- Develop a content marketing plan
- Manage the logistics of running your business online
- Understand analytics and develop industry reports

PLUS! Engaged cohort learning program participants will receive a free tablet during the six-month program. Graduates of the program will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Program Dates / Time / Location
- In-Person Welcome/Orientation: The program begins with an in-person welcome/orientation from 9-10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 9, 2024 at a Southwest Detroit location TBD.
- Subsequent Sessions: Weekly 90-minute virtual sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. on Tuesdays. In addition to the in-person welcome/orientation, there is a mandatory in-person session on Oct. 8, 2024 (location TBD) and in-person program certification presentation from 9-10:30 a.m. on Dec. 17, 2024 (location TBD).

Contact Tanesia Greer, Business Development Manager, at or 313-962-1920, ext. 204.


To qualify for Michigan Women Forward’s Bridging the Digital Divide – Southwest Detroit business training program, you must have operated a business for AT LEAST ONE YEAR within the following Southwest Detroit ZIP codes/neighborhoods:

- Delray: 48209
- Hubbard Richard: 48201, 48208
- Mexicantown: 48209, 48216, 48210
- Michigan-Martin: 48210
- Springwells: 48209
- West Vernor-Junction: 48209
- West Vernor-Lawndale: 48209


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5 PM, June 21

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National Black Supplier Development Program (NBSDP)


This program's blend of knowledge transfer (both explicit and tacit), mentoring, and corporate access makes it unique among similar programs across the country. It is designed to take highly successful businesses like yours and accelerate their growth as Tier Two and/or Tier One suppliers. The program takes an objective assessment of current strengths and weaknesses, and then exposes participants to materials, speakers, and experiences that enhances those strengths and remedies those weaknesses. To date the program has contributed to over $100 million dollars in contracts awarded to participants.

Completing this application is the first step in gaining admission to this nationally recognized program. The application period closes at midnight EST on July 31, 2024. Virtual interviews will be conducted with finalists between August 1st and August 9th. The Collective (those selected for the program) of this fourth cohort of the NBL National Black Supplier Development Program will be announced on August 14, 2024. Orientation for this new Collective will take place on Thursday, August 22, 2024 through Saturday August 24, 2024 at the 124th National Black Business Conference in Atlanta Georgia.

This application is intense. It requires time {approximately 1 hour} and commitment to complete. The National Business League and its corporate partners are here to help you grow and connect with the right resources and learning opportunities for your business. This four month program centers on your developing a detailed growth plan to accelerate your company's growth. The time and effort to complete this survey is for your development more than your evaluation. This application provides the NBL and its corporate partners with data that allows it to assess your company's maturity, capacity to scale, and its capabilities through a series of questions on key elements of a growth plan.



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Midnight, July 31

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