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A New Retail Complex Is Helping Black Women Drive Detroit’s Economic Recovery

The recently redeveloped Obama Building is already becoming a hub for Detroit's equitable economic recovery.



The Obama was designed to help smooth the way, particularly for Black women entrepreneurs who typically face disproportionate barriers to entry, whether from inadequate access to capital, mentorship or other resources. In fact, the retail spaces in The Obama were made available with fully finished conditions for this very reason. Going beyond traditional white-boxing, they featured pre-installed HVAC and electrical, to help lower the barriers of opening a small business.

Read the article from BLAC® to learn how businesses like DawanaFit, which has received support from Motor City Match, have benefitted from the new space.



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