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  • Why the Detroit Pistons are continuing award-winning SHOP313 program to boost Michigan small busines

    The Pistons recently announced the SHOP313 program will be sponsored by RingCentral, Amazon and BELFOR Property Restoration this season. As part of the program, RingCentral will provide six $10,000 grants to Michigan businesses that empower their community and embody the values of the Detroit Pistons. Read more on NBA.com. Applications are live now and open for the remainder of the season. For more information about the program click here.

  • Daymond John to Detroit entrepreneurs: 'Be overly obsessed with your customer'

    Daymond John, the founder of clothing line FUBU and co-star of ABC’s "Shark Tank," shared some insight he’s learned along the way during BuyDetroit’s Passport to Procurement Conference. “The biggest reasons small businesses generally fail, besides their lack of education, is overfunding,” John told an audience of entrepreneurs during a fireside chat with Detroit Pistons in-game arena host Kevin Irwin. “They actually take out too much too early.” Read more at The Detroit News.

  • 10 tips to prepare your small business for the holidays

    Need help preparing your small business for the holiday shopping season? TechTown's checklist has you covered to make sure your small business maximizes sales this season. "For small businesses, the holiday rush can bring on a new set of challenges. The rise in traffic can be daunting, and it is vital to have the preparation and security in place for the winter cheer. Luckily, this year’s holiday predictions look bright for small businesses!" Visit TechTown's blog for the complete list.

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  • Opportunities | DMB

    Small Business Opportunities Which opportunity is right for me? There are several types of opportunities available for small business owners. Each type has specific characteristics that are important to understand. Check back frequently for new opportunities. Subscribe to our newsletter to get new opportunities delivered to your inbox each week. 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. Narrow your search Which opportunity are you looking for? Accelerator & Incubators Learning Opportunities Capacity Opportunities & Technical Assistance Vending Opportunities Contest & Competitions Please select all underrepresented groups to which the business owner belongs Women-owned Veteran-owned Black-owned BIPOC-owned Asian/Pacific Islander Hispanic/Latinx LGBTQIA+-owned Others None of the above How many employees do you have? Select one arrow&v Is your business non-profit or for-profit? Select one arrow&v What is the annual revenue of your business? Select one arrow&v Where is your business located? Select one arrow&v Reset U of M & Jefferson East, Inc. FREE Tech Services CAPACITY 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. Eligibility: ​ Terms: ​ Max Amount: ​ Program deadline: ​ Application deadline: Rolling ​ Learn More Inner City Capital Connections LEARNING 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. Eligibility: -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. ­ Terms: ​ Max Amount: ​ Program deadline: ​ Application deadline: September 26 ​ Learn More

  • Copy of Library | DMB

    Library Which resource is right for me? The Detroit Means Business Library is a collection of evergreen tools and educational resources for small businesses. Subscribe to our newsletter to get new resources delivered to your inbox each week. Childcare and Education Hair and Beauty Restaurant, Food & Beverage Grocery and Retail Fitness and Health 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. Narrow your search Location Primary Industry Childcare and Education Hair and Beauty Restaurant, Food & Beverage Grocery and Retail Fitness and Health Construction and Trades Professional and Creative Services Manufacturing Other Seeking resources in: Funding and Financial Readiness Contracting and Procurement Digital Business Business Operations Insurance Commercial Property Food and Beverage Business Legal Talent Retention and Attraction Business Planning and Strategy Logistics and Fulfillment City and State Regulatory Processes Not sure – Select here for general guidance Reset Fire System Requirements for Business Fire Inspection are due every year, check here for your business permit and inspection needs. Eligibility: ALL Terms: REGULATORY, OPERATIONS Application deadline: Fire Department FAQ Learn More Lending Guide See here for a list of local organizations offering loan products to small businesses. This document is divided into products under and over $50,000. Information accurate as of April 2022. Eligibility: ALL Terms: FUNDING Application deadline: Small Business Lending Guide Learn More Motor City Match Template Find out more information about all of Motor City Match tracks plans Eligibility: OTHER Terms: OTHER, ALL Application deadline: Start-Up Business Plan of Work Learn More A DIY Digital Resource Guide for Detroit Small Businesses In these pages you will find links to help business owners do everything from get access to the internet., to establishing a company name and brand, selling online, and then incorporating software or apps into other business functions to save you time and money Eligibility: ALL Terms: DIGITAL Application deadline: Digital Resource Guide Learn More NEI - Capital Readiness Checklist See here for a checklist put together by the New Economy Initiative of basic criteria that a small business typically needs to meet before a lender will consider lending to them. Eligibility: ALL Terms: FUNDING Application deadline: Fillable Capital Readiness Checklist Learn More Open Up Shop! A Brick-and-Mortar Readiness Guide for Small Businesses Eligibility: ALL Terms: PROPERTY Application deadline: Open Up Shop Guide Learn More WSU Business and Community Law Clinic WSU Law Clinic is supporting businesses in need of free transactional legal assistance. Eligibility: ALL Terms: OPERATIONS Application deadline: WSU Law Clinic Resource Learn More DMB Neighborhood Business Association Guide Thinking of starting a neighborhood business association? Check out this handy guide. Eligibility: OTHER Terms: OPERATIONS, REGULATORY Application deadline: Neighborhood Association Guide Learn More 2022 Detroit Community Markets Map Map of community grocery markets in Detroit Eligibility: Grocery and Retail Terms: FOOD Application deadline: 2022 Detroit Community Market map Learn More Open for Business - Childcare Companion Guide This guide from the City of Detroit offers important licensing, permitting, and opening information specific to child care buisnesses Eligibility: CHILDCARE Terms: REGULATORY Application deadline: Childcare Companion Guide Learn More Small Business Resource Guide See here for a list of local organizations offering business resources for funding, Business operations, Strategy & Planning, and more Eligibility: ALL Terms: FUNDING, DIGITAL, REGULATORY, OTHER Application deadline: 2022 DMB Summit Lender Guide Learn More Open for Business Guide Confused about what the regulatory process is to open a Brick and Mortar Business in Detroit? Check out this handy guide! Eligibility: ALL Terms: REGULATORY, PROPERTY Application deadline: Detroit Open for Business Guides Learn More

  • 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 homegrown@detroitmi.gov . 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: https://www.detroitcannabisproject.com ​ Join sessions weekly on Thursdays at 6pm using this link: https://cityofdetroit.zoom.us/j/85158450179 Events & News View full DCP incubator schedule here No upcoming events at the moment Dates and Office Hours Office Hours: Fridays 12-3pm info@detroitcannabisproject.com 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: homegrown@detroitmi.gov

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