Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project

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We are invested in Detroit neighborhoods and student learning.

The Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project (DNEP) is a program that brings together small businesses with University of Michigan students, faculty and staff to solve business owners’ legal, financial, marketing, operational, and design challenges. 

We promote economic and community development in Detroit by providing strategic consulting services and technical support to neighborhood-based small businesses in the areas of law, business, public policy, computer science, and design.

Students can get involved by taking a DNEP class, applying for one of the Center's DNEP accounting consultant jobs, or by interning with DNEP +Impact Studio for Local Business.


Businesses assisted since DNEP's founding in 2016


Small businesses received free 1:1 accounting assistance since launch of Free Accounting Fridays in 2018


Percentage of DNEP assisted businesses that are minority-owned


Percentage of DNEP assisted businesses that are woman-owned
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