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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...

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 internship begins May 4

May 4, 2022
A natural extension of the interdisciplinary Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project, the DNEP +ISLB offers students an intensive hands-on experience working collaboratively with fellow students to run a multidisciplinary student staffing agency...

DNEP Detroit tour 2022

Mar 21, 2022
During February, several students enrolled in classes at the Ross School of Business and Stamps School of Art & Design braved the cold weather. They attended a bus tour of the city of Detroit that included meeting with DNEP clients and our Detroit...

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...
Small Business of the Week

Small Business of the Week: Rock Your Month

Apr 2, 2021
Rock Your Month was founded in 2018 JaBett Glenn, a 15-year military service member and mother of four. With a product designed to both ease and inspire, RYM carries the focus to make period care easy and products accessible. With automated...
CFLP Update

Hiring U-M undergraduates for summer 2021

Mar 26, 2021
The Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project (DNEP) is hiring U-M undergraduates for the DNEP +Impact Studio for Local Business (+ISLB) internship program. This program is open to sophomores and juniors from the Ross School of Business, Ford...
Small Business of the Week

Small Business of the Week: Cutz Lounge

Mar 26, 2021
Cutz Lounge is a modern barbershop with a vintage flair. Their goal is to provide a professional and safe environment for individuals and families while delivering excellent customer service in a timely fashion. They are a multifaceted business...
Small Business of the Week

Small Business of the Week: Royalty Gardens

Mar 19, 2021
Royalty Gardens' handmade soaps give your skin the moisture it needs while you stay protected and detoxed. No chemicals, no fragrances, no meat products. They use only organic and essential oils to make great soap and even better aromatherapy....
Small Business of the Week

Small Business of the Week: CommodiTeas

Mar 12, 2021
CommodiTeas Tea Company offers premium quality teas, tea infusions, and gifts for consumers, businesses, and retailers. Their tea menu includes teas from around the globe, and they strive to “supply great taste because you demand great taste.”...
Small Business of the Week

Small Business of the Week: The Wise Decision

Mar 5, 2021
The Wise Decision’s (TWD) skilled team of credentialed trainers, coaches and wellness experts are committed to providing clients with personalized programming, coaching and attention to achieve their individual health and fitness goals. TWD’s...
Small Business of the Week

Small Business of the Week: Mature

Feb 26, 2021
Mature is founded and managed by brothers Darryl and DeKoven Humes from Detroit, Michigan. Darryl and DeKoven are active mentors in the community and proud supporters of the City. Mature offers a collection of products from hand selected...
Small Business of the Week

Small Business of the Week: Blck Cocoa Bakes

Feb 19, 2021
Blck Cocoa Bakes was founded by Detroit native Bre’Anna Johnston, who has been a lover of food since childhood. Inspired by bakes from her elders, she is passionate about creating memories with her food. As she grew up, writing became her focus,...