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  • Representation through reading

    Throughout the month of May, we are highlighting Asian American and Pacific Islander-owned businesses in honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Join us each week for new business to support. From the outside looking in, you wouldn't think the angular shaped building on Michigan Ave., and 25th Street could take you worlds away. But when you step inside 27th Letter Books, you're whisked to worlds untraveled. 27th Letter Books is an independent bookstore owned by Andrew Pineda, who identifies as Filipino-American, and his wife Erin. This dynamic duo isn't alone in their quest to bring inclusivity to their bookstore. Jazmine Cooper (General Manger) and Jake Spease (Art Manager) are also co-owners of the store, helping to "create a welcoming and inclusive environment." 27th Letter Books has a little bit of something for everyone: from books about Yoruba religion to books written by Detroiters about Detroit. Their children's section includes everything from the classics to book addressing everyday issue such as body image and gender identity in a palatable manner for kids. They also carry books translated into Spanish and other languages. "Our curation is top priority," Andrew Pineda said. "When you think about non-independent stores or online retailers, they're not being as discerning about what they're taking in. So we like to have a diverse array of books in every sense of the word." And they mean just that. Some of the books carried in 27th Letter Books include a memoir from a blind writer, a book about someone's experience with muteness and much more. "These kinds of stories have traditionally and historically been pushed [to the side]," Pineda said. 27th Letter Books opened its doors in 2021 which could not have been an easy task due to the COVID-19 pandemic but the team received much needed cash and technical assistance from both Motor City Match and Hatch Detroit. "Motor City Match and Hatch Detroit were foundational to helping our store not only startup but to be able to continue business and push through some of those earlier months," he said. 27th Letter Books is located at 3546 Michigan Ave. Visit their website to find store hours, check out their events and even find the next story time session for your little ones.

  • Google makes $100,000 worth of tech training free for U.S. businesses

    On May 2, Google announced it would be expanding its Career Certificates program and cover the cost of 500 workers to participate in its courses. With the program, any U.S. business can train their employees at no cost. From small businesses to enterprise organizations, Google is offering access to up to 500 scholarships per company. The courses typically start at $39 a month and can take up to 6 months to complete. Over 70,000 people in the United States and 205,000 globally have earned at least one certificate, and 75% receive a benefit such as a new job or higher pay within six months, according to Google. Learn more about the opportunity here.

  • Advanced Urgent Care Center to open on Detroit's east side, thanks to Motor City Match

    Currently, residents of Conner Creek neighborhood have to drive at least 20 minutes to visit an urgent care center. Conner Creek Urgent Care, a Motor City Match Round 19 winner, aims to alleviate that drive time. "We can actually help in the need of acute care and also provide preventive medicine for the demographic area as well," said Thierry M Desir, a physician associate with I Am Health & Wellness of Belleville. Learn more about Conner Creek Urgent Care here.

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  • Homegrown | DMB

    Homegrown Detroit The City of Detroit Adult-use Marijuana Ordinance is effective. The City of Detroit has opened the application process for those licenses that are Unlimited. Instructions can be found below. Check the City of Detroit website for information on when Retail license applications will be accepted. Homegrown is a program of the City of Detroit's Civil Rights Inclusion and Opportunity Office. All inquiries should be sent to . View Adult-Use Licensing Technical Assistance ​ The Detroit Cannabis Project is an all-inclusive incubator program to give folks the knowledge, tools, network, and access to capital to create successful, sustainable cannabis businesses in Detroit. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from professionals with a collective 50+ years of experience launching and running cannabis companies of all kinds. The goal is to help you learn real world skills and by the end of our sessions, be ready to apply them. Learn more at: ​ Join sessions weekly on Thursdays at 6pm using this link: Events & News View full DCP incubator schedule here No upcoming events at the moment Dates and Office Hours Office Hours: Fridays 12-3pm Recorded Workshops Jan 6 – Raising Capital Pt. 2: Investor Perspective Dec 9 – Cannabis Real Estate and Construction Dec 1 - Raising Capital ​ Oct 13 - Best Practices for Being a Politically Engaged in the Cannabis Industry ​ July 8 - Cannabis Entrepreneurship TA Launch & Mindset Training ​ July 22 – Tips and Best Practices for Creating your Cannabis Financial Documents ​ July 29 – Tips and Best Practices for Protecting Your Cannabis Business ​ August 5 - Getting Your Cannabis Business Investment Ready ​ August 12 – Cannabis Accounting Best Tips & Practices ​ August 19 - Cannabis Business and Compliance ​ September 2 - Tips & Best Practices for Cannabis Facility Operations ​ September 9 - Tips & Best Practices for Operating your Cannabis Business ​ October 7 - Best Practices for a Cannabis License Application Legacy Certification Denial Appeals Learn more about legacy denial appeals Types of Licenses Learn more about the license types Getting Started Steps to Obtain a License Review below the steps to get started in operating an adult-use or medical marijuana facility. ​ Before you apply for a license you must complete steps 1, 2 & 3 ​ These first 3 steps can be started in any order and completed at the same time Step 1: Get approved by the State of Michigan Get prequalified by the State of Michigan by filling out the below application ​ Apply for the Social Equity program if from disproportionate community Prequalification Application ​ Social Equity Program Application Step 2: Tax Clearance All individual members/stakeholders/officers of the entity and the entity itself should submit an individual clearance application in addition to the business clearance for the corporation/LLC (if applicable) ​ Please indicate that you are applying for a marijuana license in your application Apply Here Once you have completed the above steps, you will be ready to move to the steps below Step 3: License Application Checklist Checklists to assist applicants seeking a marijuana license are below. Medical Marijuana Application Checklist Adult-Use Unlimited License Application Checklist (Checklist to Apply for Grower, Processor, Secured Transporter and Safety Compliance) Step 4: Apply For a License Once you have reviewed the process guides, application checklist and gathered the required documentation you can apply for a new license. Medical Marijuana License Application ​ Medical Marijuana License Renewal Application ​ Adult-Use Unlimited License Application (Grower, Processor, Secured Transporter and Safety Compliance ​ Adult-Use Event Organizer and Temporary Event License Application ​ Note: No mailed, faxed, or emailed applications will be accepted. Electronic application only. ​ Zoning & Building Permit Process Learn more Zoning Map: Adult Use Marijuana Dispensary or Safety Compliance Facility View available areas to build or start an Adult Use Marijuana Dispensary or Safety Compliance Facility in the City of Detroit View Availability Zoning Map: Adult Use Marijuana Grower, Secure Transport, or Processing Facility View available areas to build or start an Adult Use Grower, Secure Transport, or Processing Facility in the City of Detroit View Availability Zoning & Building Permit Process We will continue to update the site with resources and information as it becomes available State of Michigan (MMRA) Licensing Ordinance Zoning Ordinance Zoning & Building Permit Process We will continue to update the site with resources and information as it becomes available State of Michigan (MMRA) Licensing Ordinance Zoning Ordinance Contact Homegrown Detroit:

  • Detroit Means Business | Small Business Resources | Business Tools

    Detroit's Home for Small Business Resources Detroit is tough and resilient, and we’re making small business a priority. DMB SUMMIT 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. Learn More GROW YOUR BIZ Small Business Opportunities Find business competitions, accelerators & incubators, capacity building programs, learning opportunities and more. Learn More APPLICATION Outdoor Dining Permit Application Application for the City of Detroit Open Detroit outdoor dining program is now available. Learn 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. Learn more 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. Learn more 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. Learn more Opportunities Explore opportunities to grow your small business through accelerators, technical assistance, competitions, and other programs that provide access to mentorship, strategy, investment, and training. Learn more 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. Learn more Latest News Representation through reading Looking for some representation in your reading? Head to 27th Letter Books! Google makes $100,000 worth of tech training free for U.S. businesses Google wants to pay for your employees to earn a technical certificate! Advanced Urgent Care Center to open on Detroit's east side, thanks to Motor City Match Preventative care is coming to Detroit's Conner Creek neighborhood, thanks to Motor City Match. View All 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. Visit Now 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. About Us Upcoming Events TechTown Detroit: From Pop-up to Permanent Thu, May 19 Virtual Event May 19, 1:00 PM Virtual Event Learn More Multiple Dates Small Business Workshop Wed, May 25 Virtual Event May 25, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Virtual Event The LEE Group (TLG) is pleased to announce it will be holding its Eighth Annual Small Business Workshop. It’s FREE and is being presented by Fifth Third Bank during Small Business Month. Learn More Business Start-Up and Grant Writing Coaching Workshop Wed, May 25 Bethany Lutheran Church May 25, 6:30 PM Bethany Lutheran Church, 11475 Outer Dr E, Detroit, MI 48224, USA Learn More Multiple Dates Small Business Workshop Wed, Jun 01 Virtual Event Jun 01, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Virtual Event The LEE Group (TLG) is pleased to announce it will be holding its Eighth Annual Small Business Workshop. It’s FREE and is being presented by Fifth Third Bank during Small Business Month. Learn More BuyDetroit: How to Build Wealth as a Small Business Owner Wed, Jun 01 Virtual Event Jun 01, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT Virtual Event Learn More Startup Detroit Happy Hour - June 2022 Tue, Jun 07 The Brakeman Jun 07, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM The Brakeman, 22 John R St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA Learn More Multiple Dates TechTown Detroit: Email Marketing Series Tue, Jun 07 Virtual Event Jun 07, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Virtual Event Email marketing is one of the easiest ways to stay in touch with your existing and potential customers. It is also a powerful marketing tool to build and grow your business. Learn More Taking Your Business Online w/ BuyDetroit Wed, Jun 08 Virtual Event Jun 08, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Virtual Event Learn More COLOURS Pride Awards Gala Thu, Jun 09 Motor City Casino Grand Ballroom Jun 09, 6:00 PM Motor City Casino Grand Ballroom, 2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA Learn More Juneteenth Freedom Weekend Fri, Jun 17 Multiple Locations Jun 17, 6:00 PM – Jun 19, 6:00 PM Multiple Locations Celebrate Juneteenth with The City of Detroit, Metro Detroit Black Business Alliance, Detroit Branch NAACP, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Juneteenth Jubilee, Detroit Means Business and Eastern Market Development Corporation! Learn More View All Events Insta Feed "I am so pleased to say that the Detroit Means Business website was absolutely amazing. I was able to get both my businesses prepared for their opening dates. I love my city, our mayor and my liaison." Marlene Brooks Dymond Designs Beauty School

  • Team | DMB

    Team Small Business Owner Advocates The Small Business Owner Advocates is a dedicated group of small and mid-sized Detroit business owners charged with utilizing their experience to inform the work of DMB and help the coalition keep business owner perspectives at the core of what we do. This group has been carefully selected to reflect the rich diversity of Detroit’s small business community, and to bring solutions-oriented owners together to support one another as well as business owners at large. Jerome Brown Detroit Soul District 3 & 4 Jerome B. Brown the eldest of his siblings is a long-life resident of Detroit raised by his parents who instilled work ethics and community minded service. He's a role model for young people and loves spending time with family and traveling with his wife. Brown is the co-owner of Detroit Soul restaurant serving soul food in the neighborhood providing a third place for residents, employment and community support. View Bio Ashley Carpenter-Logan Klassic Mobile Gardens District 4 Ashley Carpenter-Logan, Visionary, owner of Detroit Kollaborative, Klassic Mobile Gardens llc and Native of the beautiful city of Detroit. Tunnel vision in tune with neighborhood development without displacement. Creating change in underserved areas around the city one garden, one building, one block at a time. View Bio Lester Gouvia Norma G's District 4 Lester Gouvia is a Trinidad and Tobago native who immigrated to the United States with his family later in life. After working a corporate job for 25 years, the company downsized and this opened the opportunity for Lester to pursue his true passion. With the support of his family, he opened his food truck in 2015. The overwhelmingly positive response of his clientele inspired him to open a brick and mortar. Through groups like Green Garage, FoodLab, ProsperUS, Hatch, and Techtown - he was supported in expanding into this new venture. Today, Norma G's is the first sit-down, full-service restaurant to open in the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood in 30 years. View Bio Nefertiti Harris Textures by Nefertiti District 5 Nefertiti Harris, the owner of Textures by Nefertiti salon and Mami Wata hair products, views herself as a lifestyle/spiritual coach to individuals who are ready for the process of creating a beginning for themselves as they embrace their natural hair. View Bio Ping Ho The Royce, Marrow District 5 Ping Ho is the founder of The Royce and Marrow, and a co-founder in Mink. The Royce was named a top 10 wine shop in the nation by Vinepair in 2018 and one of the Top 50 Retailers in 2020 by Wine Enthusiast magazine. Marrow launched in October 2018 and has been recognized by national publications and groups including Eater, Food & Wine Magazine and the James Beard Foundation for its excellence. Ping graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University and holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. View Bio Danielle North Kidz Kingdom District 1 Danielle North is a wife, mother of three, long-distance runner, children’s book author and serial entrepreneur. Danielle has successfully launched several initiatives: Kidz Kingdom - Detroit’s first indoor playground which is also a licensed childcare center, Degree Forward - a college completion program, Detroit Women’s Leadership Network - a local group of over 10,000 women and Biz Kidz - a youth entrepreneurship summer camp. Danielle has received numerous awards for her advocacy and commitment to children, women, diversity, equity and inclusion. View Bio Juan Carlos Dueweke-Perez Featherstone Agency District 5 & 6 Juan Carlos Dueweke-Pérez is an immigrant, social entrepreneur, photographer, and futurist. He is driven by social behavior, interpersonal connection, equity, and transparency. His work has developed through his company, Featherstone, from content development to public relationships for POC-owned businesses and believes his biggest impact is providing trust and resourcefulness. View Bio Stella Safari Zapenda Bio coming soon! View Bio Tanya Saldivar-Ali AGI Construction District 6 Tanya Saldivar-Ali is the co-founder and Business Development Director of AGI Construction. She is a native Southwest Detroiter with over twenty years of experience as a credible and strong Detroit community leader that has advocated for inclusiveness, employment, and quality educational opportunities for Detroiters and at-risk populations. Her professional skill set varies from corporate administration and fund development responsibilities within a manufacturing, corporate banking, and nonprofit setting. View Bio Dawn Sanford Shears and Shaves District 2 Dawn Sanford is the founder and owner of Shears and Shaves Salon and Spa on the Avenue of Fashion. With over 25 years of experience, she continues to use her talents as a Master Barber to serve the Detroit community. View Bio Latricia Wilder Vibe Ride District 5 Latricia Wilder is an entrepreneur, investor, marketing and advertising expert, and public speaker, with a passion for curating ‘positive vibe” experiences globally. Through her company, Love Yourself LLC, her mission is to empower individuals to live their best lives by creating opportunities for them to have access to the tools, education, and resources needed to assist in achieving that goal both personally and professionally. Her first major endeavor, Vibe Ride Detroit, has combined the upscale equipment, technology, benefits, and presentation of high-end boutique fitness facilities with a price point that enables everyday “working” class individuals to enjoy. In building a business that is empowering and inclusive, Latricia applies her experience and acumen to purpose, spreading the importance of health and wellness to areas that can, and have been overlooked in the past, and to individuals that deserve training, quality and excellence in addition to affordability. View Bio Out of gallery DMB Staff Andrew Lucco Director Of Motor City Match Lashawna Manigault Director of Small Business Retention & Expansion Alondra Alvizo Senior Program Manager, Detroit Means Business Keyra Cokley BuyDetroit Program Director Denise Colona Development Manager Tenecia Johnson District 1 Business Liaison Perla Hernandez District 6 Business Liaison Mikki Godfrey District 5 Business Liaison MD-Abdul Muhit District 3 Business Liaison Mariangela-Pledl-Blue-Updated.jpg Kristen Morris ​Small Business Associate Latosha Franklin Interim Technical Assistance Manager Ja Lisia Melendez Small Business Services Coordinator Gregoire Eugene-Louis Motor City Re-Store Program Manager Out of gallery Exec Committee Dave Blaszkiewicz Invest Detroit Tim Carter McKinsey Nicole Sherard-Freeman City of Detroit David Hamilton McKinsey September Hargrove JPM Chase Bank Kevin D. Johnson DEGC Pamela Lewis New Economy Initiative Conrad Mallett City of Detroit David E Meador DTE Carla Walker-Miller, Chair Walker-Miller Energy Services Chuck Nolen, Vice Chair Cutter's Bar & Grill Funders Coalition Partners ​ DMB is a coalition of more than 60 public, private and philanthropic leaders, Detroit-based business support organizations and civic minded small-business entrepreneurs. Its goal is to identify and remove systemic barriers to small-business success by working collectively and leveraging its significant influence to provide resources and improve Detroit’s small business ecosystem. Bedrock Detroit Black Leaders Detroit City of Detroit Community Reinvestment Fund DTE Energy Detroit Economic Growth Corporation Detroit Future City Detroit Regional Chamber Global Detroit Invest Detroit McKinsey Consulting Metro Detroit Black Business Alliance Michigan Community Resources New Economy Initiative TechTown Detroit

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