Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project

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At the heart of any city's resurgence are the people who live and work there. According to a recent Detroit Future City report, the majority of employers in the city are small businesses, and 40% of residents consider themselves entrepreneurs....
In the Media

DNEP tech worker training saluted in Detroit Free Press

May 26, 2023 Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press: A unique free program that pairs college students and professionals with Detroit small business owners in need of digital and other skills is getting results. Since the start of the Community Tech Workers program, 135 micro...

Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project Courses

Nov 18, 2022
Each semester, the CFLP’s Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project recruits hundreds of Detroit small businesses to work with U-M students in course-long projects that address business’ legal, financial, operational, marketing, or design...

28 business owners begin marketing projects with U-M students

Sep 19, 2022
A new cohort of businesses, mostly from Detroit’s east side, began work with U-M Ross students in Prof. Amy Angell’s marketing class, Consumer Behavior, this month. Businesses include restaurants, a mobile grocery store, retailers, a local...

CFLP welcomes Kathryn Dominguez as new co-faculty director

Aug 29, 2022
The Center on Finance, Law & Policy (CFLP) welcomes international economist Kathryn Dominguez as its new co-faculty director. Professor Dominguez joins Ross School of Business assistant professor Jeremy Kress as co-director. She replaces CFLP...

Stamps students join Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project

Jul 12, 2022
Students from the University of Michigan's Penny Stamps School of Art and Design spent a part of their summer in the city of Detroit, gaining valuable experience as interns in the Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project (DNEP) + Impact Studio for...

DNEP +ISLB intern, Samantha Lang, shares experience

Jun 1, 2022
Throughout my life, I never thought of myself as a numbers person. Yet, with my goal being to pursue consulting after I receive my Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from the Ford School, I knew I wanted (and needed) to improve that “not a numbers...
Small Business of the Week

Small Business of the Week: Farmacy Food

Dec 3, 2021
Farmacy Food strives to empower and support people by making health and wellness accessible and affordable. They take into account your personal dietary needs and create great tasting meals for you with high quality, locally-sourced...
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Small Business of the Week: Ivy Kitchen & Cocktails

Nov 12, 2021
Ivy Kitchen + Cocktails is a Detroit restaurant with delicious food and drinks. They offer exquisite dinner and brunch menus and a selection of signature cocktails and mocktails. Ivy Kitchen + Cocktails also hosts special occasions and corporate...
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Small Business of the Week: Hot Sam's Detroit

Nov 5, 2021
Hot Sam’s Detroit is the oldest men’s clothing store in Downtown Detroit. They are your one-stop for all of your men’s fashion needs. Hot Sam’s has a resilient history, dating back to 1921. They are celebrating their 100th year of business this...
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Small Business of the Week: The Congregation Detroit

Oct 29, 2021
The Congregation Detroit is more than a cafe, it's a community space with an amazing history. Inside a restored historic church, The Congregation offers a full coffee and bar experience with lite food. They even host community events too, including...
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Small Business of the Week: SpaceLab Detroit

Oct 22, 2021
Space Lab Detroit is a collaborative shared work environment, with a goal of inspiring creativity, innovation and collaboration in the built-environment community. In collaboration with business professionals and entrepreneurs, SpaceLab Detroit has...

Small Business of the Week: Luxe Skin Therapy

Oct 1, 2021
Luxe Skin Therapy offers a luxurious and therapeutic selection of handcrafted skincare, bath, and body products. Started by owner and founder Shar Berry in 2019 to create effective and beautiful skin care solutions, Luxe Skin Therapy now offers a...

Small Business of the Week: Detroit Sip

Sep 24, 2021
Detroit Sip is a coffee shop and community space started by owner Jevona Watson in 2016. Everything served at Detroit Sip is Detroit-made. There you can find delicious locally roasted coffees and loose leaf teas, as well as a variety of local foods...

Small Business of the Week: AKOMA Detroit

Sep 17, 2021
AKOMA Detroit is a cooperative gallery supporting and featuring the work of Black women artists and makers that opened in 2020. AKOMA was started by Mandasi Smith as a continuation of the traditions of her former project, Detroit Fiber Works, to...

Small Business of the Week: Detroit Soul

Sep 10, 2021
Detroit Soul opened in 2015, and ever since has been cooking and serving not only delicious food, but creating a community with their restaurant. Detroit Soul’s mission goes beyond their food. With every order and every dish, owners Jerome and Sam...

DNEP welcomes new program manager Aaron Jackson

Sep 1, 2021
Aaron Jackson has been hired as the new program manager for the Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project, the Center on Finance, Law & Policy announced.  Aaron comes to the Center on Finance, Law, & Policy from Warren Galloway & Associates,...

Applying academic skills to real-world business challenges

Jun 29, 2021
Small businesses in Detroit, as across the country, have had to make major adjustments to survive the COVID-19 pandemic economic downturn. A cadre of students from U-M have been able to work with many of these businesses through an internship...