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DNEP +Impact Studio for Local Business

The Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project +Impact Studio for Local Business (DNEP +ISLB) is an internship program for U-M students interested in applying their skills to help Detroit-based small business owners (re)grow their businesses. The...


The DNEP +Impact Studio for Local Business started in the summer of 2020 as an emergency pilot program, bringing University of Michigan students together to help local businesses pivot operations to meet new COVID-19 restrictions. When the call for...


After more than a year of COVID-19 pivoting and innovating, Detroit business owners told us they needed action, not advice. So in 2021, we recruited 31 student interns for the DNEP +Impact Studio for Local Business (+ISLB) and divided them into...

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Undergraduate and graduate students apply their skills to help Detroit’s small businesses (re)grow in the COVID economy through DNEP +Impact Studio for Local Business (DNEP +ISLB) internships. The +ISLB is a collaboration between U-M’s Center on...

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...
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...
Small Business of the Week

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...

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...
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...