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Detroit Means Business continues to seek and share resources and opportunities for Small Business Owners. There are so many important events happening and opportunities available. Read about all the exciting things that are going on in this week’s newsletter.

Is Your Small Business Ready for the Holidays?

Let Detroit Means Business help you prepare for the holiday shopping season. Download this Digital Guide and learn the best ways to activate your space or boost your home or mobile-based business.

Click below to take a look at all that is offered! 

Did You Miss The Last DMB Live?

Don't worry; you can view the latest DMB Live: How to Prepare Your Small Business for the Upcoming Tax Season at the DMB website.

Check out the recording and email detroitmeansbusiness@degc.org for the presentation from that day.

Small Biz News

Detroit Organizations Awarded $3.4 Million to Establish Entrepreneurial Hubs Supporting Small Businesses

The Detroit Economic Growth Association (DEGA) and six partner organizations have been awarded a $3.4 million grant to support small businesses and empower entrepreneurs in Detroit. The grant comes from the Small Business Support Hubs program, an initiative of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to foster inclusive economic growth across the state.

"This grant will allow us to take our support of Detroit entrepreneurs to the next level," said Dr. Marlo Rencher, president of Detroit Means Business, a small business initiative within the DEGC. "By partnering with these outstanding organizations rooted in Detroit's neighborhoods, we'll be able to reach more entrepreneurs, especially people of color, and provide them with the tools and knowledge they need to turn their dreams into thriving businesses."

Read more HERE.

Learn More About The Accounting Aid Society's THRIVE Program

Are you a seasoned business owner ready to grow your business? If so, master the power of bookkeeping to strategically prepare and plan for growth and funding opportunities via the Accounting Aid Society’s THRIVE Program.

Black Tech Saturdays Holiday Showcase

Black Tech Saturdays is looking to highlight stand-out founders and artists across Detroit on December 16 at Newlab @ Michigan Central. Please complete the form to be considered for the showcase.

Showcase applications close on November 27 at 12 AM. Space is limited! 

Boost Your Business with Digital

DMB has partnered with the JEI Tech Worker Program to bridge the digital divide by providing FREE 1:1 technology support and training for Detroit small businesses.

Tech Workers can assist with setting up and using digital platforms, troubleshooting issues, and teaching business owners how to use the software. CTWs are professionals in training who teach Detroit business owners how to independently solve their tech issues.

You can learn more by visiting the DMB Digital Hub or clicking the image below.

Upcoming Events

Small Biz Opportunities

Detroit Means Business has the latest in small business opportunities: accelerators, incubators, pitch competitions, learning opportunities, and more. View opportunities with fast-approaching deadlines below.



Verizon Small Business Digital Ready

December 20

Advancing Community Business: Coaching for Growth


Detroit Parks & Recreation 2023 Licensed Vendor



Are You an Organization, Firm, or Company That Provides Business Assistance Services?

Detroit Means Business is soliciting qualifications for professional services firms and/or vendors to provide business assistance for projects taking place across the city of Detroit. This RFQ specifically seeks qualifications from firms in the following fields for the six listed categories of service and their accompanying listed services: 

  • Accounting & Financial Education, Advising and Planning Service 
  • Food-Based Business Services 
  • Digital Strategy, Marketing and Branding Services 
  • High-Growth Technology and Strategy 
  • Business Operations, Human Resources, and Legal Advising 
  • Construction, Architecture, and Space-Related Services 

Click on the images for more information. 

Are You an Entrepreneur Who Needs Business Questions Answered?

Join Equity Alliance Management and New Economy Initiative every Wednesday for an exciting opportunity to connect with fellow entrepreneurs, share ideas, and gain valuable insights for your business.

Whether you are a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting out, this event is the perfect platform to network, collaborate, and learn from like-minded individuals.

During the drop-in sessions, you can participate in engaging discussions, ask questions, and seek advice from industry experts. It's a casual and friendly environment where everyone's ideas are valued.

Click the image below for more info.

Financial Resources

Access to capital is essential for a business to survive and thrive, and Detroit Means Business is here to help you do just that. View financial resources with fast-approaching deadlines below.



DMB Business Assistance Awards

April 30, 2024

Michigan Central Scale Fund


MIWISH Grants for Small Employers



Our Small Business Call Center is open to take calls

M-F 9AM-5PM at (844) 333-8249.