Small Business Opportunities
Which opportunity is right
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.
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 and Technical Assistance opportunities build operational capacity with support in areas like marketing, web development, accounting, point of sales and more.
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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U of M & Jefferson East, Inc. FREE Tech Services
This survey is designed to help assess the technology needs of Detroit small businesses as part of a program to provide 1:1 technology support.
This research is conducted under the direction of Professors Kristin Seefeldt, Tawanna Dillahunt, and Julie Hui from the University of Michigan, in partnership with the University of Michigan's Center on Finance, Law & Policy and Jefferson East, Inc.
This survey should only take 15 minutes.
Inner City Capital Connections
Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) is a tuition-free executive leadership training program designed by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) to help business owners in under-resourced communities build capacity for sustainable growth and resiliency as well as survive the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
-Be an independent, for-profit or non-profit corporation, partnership or proprietorship.
-Have its headquarters or more than 51% of its physical operations located in an economically-distressed area OR have more than 40% of employees residing in an economically-distressed area.
-Have revenues for the past three years, and a minimum of $150,000 in at least one of those years
-Have been in operation for three years or more and must be past the proof-of-concept stage. ICCC does not accept start-up companies.
*On a case-by-case basis, ICCC will consider businesses that do not meet all of the specified criteria on the recommendation of a nominator.