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  • Detroit wants to pay you to renovate the apartment above your storefront

    The City of Detroit is on a mission to create more affordable housing. One program, in particular, is helping landlords rehab apartment space above their storefronts. In 2017, the Southwest Detroit Business Association launched a pilot program funded by the Kresge Foundation to renovate several units, which are still occupied today. The City of Detroit is expanding the program with an extra $305,000 worth of funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. The program is just one component of a $203 million housing plan announced last month that aims to create new rental housing, help renters become homeowners, improve the quality of existing rental units and help connect residents with housing-related services. Read the full Crain's Detroit Business article here.

  • Detroit Means Business awarded $9 million to aid pandemic-impacted small businesses

    Since 2020, Detroit Means Business has helped entrepreneurs navigate success through the COVID-19 pandemic. We've provided technical and financial assistance to ensure businesses survived the pandemic. DMB recently received a massive boost in funding from Detroit's City Council. Council voted to allocate funds from the federal American Rescue Plan Act to help further our mission to create a robust business ecosystem in Detroit. DMB will receive $2 million for loans and grants, $3 million in small business debt pay-down assistance and $2 million in direct small business support. The additional $2 million will be allocated toward additional program staffing and administration services over the three-year project period, DEGC President and CEO Kevin Johnson said in a news release. Read the full Crain's Detroit article to learn more.

  • Venmo grants $10,000 to small businesses

    The digital wallet app Venmo recently announced a small business grant program to reward small and emerging businesses with financial and technical resources. Venmo will award 20 new and existing customers through the Venmo Small Business Grant. Businesses can use their funds to pay rent, promote their business or digitize different aspects of their entities. Awardees will get access to technical expertise and mentorship on topics like legal services, financial analysis, and digital marketing. The company stated that resources will be offered in partnership with PayPal community partners, Start Small, Think Big, and Taproot Foundation. PayPal and Venmo employees will offer coaching and pro bono services. It was disclosed that business owners from historically underrepresented communities will be given special consideration. The aim is to help businesses “build resilience, grow, and succeed.” Businesses have until August 11 at 11:59 PM to set up a Venmo Business Profile and apply for the grant. For more details, read the entire Black Enterprise article here.

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  • 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 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 DMB Summit 2022 - Small Business Resource Guide This guide contains links and brief descriptions of small business resources in Detroit in the following categories: Funding and Financial Readiness, Planning and Strategy, Digital Business, City and Regulatory Processes, Commercial Property, Insurance, Food and Business, Contracting and Procurement and Logistics and Fulfillment Eligibility: ALL Terms: ALL Application deadline: Small Business Resource Guide - DMB Summit 2022 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 Health License - Online Payment Instructions Looking to pay for your Health License online? See here to learn how! Eligibility: RESTAURANT, CHILDCARE, GROCERY, FITNESS, OTHER Terms: FOOD, REGULATORY Application deadline: Health License Online Payment Instructions Learn More City of Detroit - Advertising and Sign Ordinance User Guide City of Detroit - Check this document out for a breakdown of the City's Regulations for Advertising and Business Signs Eligibility: ALL Terms: REGULATORY, PROPERTY Application deadline: Advertising and Sign Ordinance User Guide Learn More DIY Digital Guide for Detroit Small Businesses In these pages you will find links to resources in most of the areas affecting micro-businesses. It begins with some resources to help business owners get access to the internet. From there, it moves in a progression one might follow when starting a business: 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: All Application deadline: All 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 DMB Summit 2022 - Lender 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 with terminology defined on Page 3. Information accurate as of April, 2022 Eligibility: ALL Terms: FUNDING 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 DMB Compliance Checklist What Detroit Business Owners Need to Stay in Compliance with the City Eligibility: ALL Terms: REGULATORY Application deadline: DMB Compliance Checklist Learn More Motor City Match Template: Start-Up Business Plan A basic business plan template from the Motor City Match Program Eligibility: ALL Terms: OPERATIONS, FUNDING Application deadline: Business Plan Template Learn More

  • 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 Google Careers Certificate LEARNING Google announced it would be expanding its Career Certificates program and cover the cost of 500 workers to participate in its courses. Eligibility: ​ Terms: ​ Max Amount: ​ Program deadline: ​ Application deadline: Rolling ​ Learn More Startup Battlefield 200 @ TechCrunch Disrupt 2022 LEARNING TechCrunch is seeking innovative startups — from anywhere around the world — to be a part of its new cohort of 200 companies. Companies selected as a part of the cohort will receive full access to the show, exclusive workshops, training, perks and free exhibition space on the show floor for all three days. All selected founders will get the opportunity to flash-pitch in front of investors and TechCrunch Editors. Out of the Battlefield 200 cohort, the top 20 finalists will have a shot at massive exposure to investors, media and other influential unicorn-makers as well as the $100,000 in equity-free prize money! Eligibility: ​ Terms: ​ Max Amount: $100,000 Program deadline: ​ Application deadline: July 31 ​ 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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