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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....
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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.”...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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Small Business of the Week: Three Lyons Creative

Feb 12, 2021
Mike Williams, Tony Eggert, and Daniel Wylie-Eggert founded Three Lyons Creative in January 2014. They are cousins who studied varied creative disciplines and decided to combine their talents to create stronger products for clients they believe...
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Small Business of the Week: Farmacy Food

Feb 4, 2021
Farmacy Food is your guide and partner to looking at health holistically. They strive to serve the whole you — Farmacy Food provides food to address your nutritional needs. As they learn more about your goals, they work to connect you with their...
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Small Business of the Week: Experience Relish

Jan 28, 2021
Experience Relish is a globally inspired, locally sourced pop-up dining experience and catering company founded by Brittiany Peeler and Le’Genevieve Squires. Experience Relish is centered around food that is locally sourced, seasonal, and treated...
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Small Business of the Week: Live Cycle Delight

Jan 21, 2021
Live Cycle Delight (LCD) was founded by Amina Daniels, a high energy fitness professional, who champions her Detroit based cycle studio. Equally as passionate about style as she is for fitness, she has enjoyed over 10 years of success in luxury...
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Small Business of the Week: Featherstone

Jan 14, 2021
Featherstone is a trilingual, immigrant-owned marketing agency seeking equity for people of color and LGBTQ communities, founded by Juan Carlos Dueweke-Perez. Juan Carlos is also the founder of Southwest Detroit Restaurant Week, which highlights...
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Small Business of the Week: Fahrenheit 313

Dec 17, 2020
Frederick Paul II founded Fahrenheit 313 after living as a struggling college student who needed cash in order to survive away from home. An avid sneaker addict, Fred decided to sell some of his old vintage sneakers for extra cash. He...
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Small Business of the Week: AKOMA

Dec 11, 2020
AKOMA is a cooperative for Detroit’s women artists and makers, especially Women Artists and Makers of Color. AKOMA’s vision is to create a space where like-minded women can be in community with one another, learn from one another, support one...
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Small Business of the Week: Platters Chocolatier

Dec 3, 2020
Platters Chocolatier is a Detroit-based, full service chocolate confectionery company that specializes in designing, manufacturing and delivering custom luxury chocolates for events. Platters repertoire ranges from working with corporate clients...
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Small Business of the Week: PizzaPlex

Nov 19, 2020
The PizzaPlex founding team is passionate about pizza, equitable growth, and sustainable cities. Their love for these things led to the birth of PizzaPlex L3C, a community-centric pizzeria in Detroit. The PizzaPlex team is actively embarking on a...