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Motor City Match Round 23 Applications are Open

Motor City Match Round 23 Applications are still open! This week’s virtual application information sessions will be held on March 16 from 6:30-7:30 and March 17 from 8-9 am. Motor City Match is designed to assist Detroit entrepreneurs at critical stages of their business development - from idea to open. Applications for Round 23 will be open through Sunday, April 2 at 11:59 p.m. 

You can learn more about the Motor City Match program and apply here.

DMB Live

Did you miss the March 6 webinar with Detroit at Work? No worries! You can stream the webinar here.

Visit the upcoming City of Detroit Grant Workshop and Access Fair on Saturday, March 18. Childcare entrepreneurs can receive direct assistance applying for the Pre-Licensure and Start-Up Child Care Grants. Event participants will include Child Care Licensing Bureau, Wonderschool, City of Detroit, First Children’s Finance, Michigan Reconnect, MDHHS, Detroit Health Department, Great Start to Quality and more! Free, onsite mobile fingerprinting will be available by appointment only. This opportunity is for existing childcare providers with active CCBC accounts and new staff members who need background checks. To Register, click here.

"Embrace the Race" Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear

Looking for ways to prepare your business for the Detroit Grand Prix happening Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 4? The Detroit Grand Prix has 3 opportunities for you to take advantage of.

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.




Motor City Match Round 23 Applications

11:59 PM, April 2


Detroit Pistons SHOP313 Program




Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation Vendor Application

The Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation (GRDC) is preparing for two spring small business support events to vendor at.

  • Spring Block Party: occurs mid-June, vendor fee TBD
  • Northwest Detroit Farmers' Market 2023: June 22 - October 12, 2023. Thursdays from 4-8 PM. Vendor fee: $20/week for vendors, $30/week for food trucks.

Small businesses can register to be a vendor here.

Shop Small Detroit Map: Get on the Map! If you own a small business in Detroit and want to be included on the Shop Small Detroit map, submit your listing! We'll help give your business a boost by encouraging shoppers to use the map to shop local.

We want to hear from you about an LGBTQ+ Business Crawl

We are excited to announce that for the first time in Detroit, LGBTQ-Owned and Friendly Businesses have an opportunity to be spotlighted in an LGBTQ+ Business Crawl during the late spring or summer 2023. The LGBTQ+ Business Crawl will be organized in partnership with Detroit Means Business, the Detroit LGBT Chamber, Motor City Pride, and the City of Detroit LGBTQ+ and Friends Employee Resource Group. Please fill out this form to indicate your interest. Completing the form helps us understand business owners' commitment level as we continue to design the event, and it is not a commitment. More information to come as we design the event.  

COLOURS Spring Business Summit coming in April

Detroit LGBT Regional Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the COLOURS Spring Business Summit, Monday, April 17 from 10 AM-3 PM, Registration is FREE. Learn about the business landscape and contracting opportunities; including how to scale your businesses and the benefits of the LGBT Certification. Hear from local and high-profile speakers and influencers in the business, city and non-profit arenas who will present cutting-edge and thought-provoking topics focused on Supplier Diversity, the use of social media, small business marketing and professional services contracting. Light Breakfast, Lunch, and Happy Hour are included in the registration.

  • Apply to meet with a buyer HERE
  • Register for the Summit HERE

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.




Motor City Match Round 23

11:59 PM, April 2


Caring for MI Future Grants


State of Michigan


Caring for MI Future is a statewide effort to help child care entrepreneurs open 1,000 new or expanded child care programs by the end of 2024. View the DMB Live: "How to Successfully Expand or Open a Childcare Business in Michigan?" to learn more, and visit the State of Michigan's Caring For MI Future website to apply.

As a reminder, the DIY Digital Resource Guide continues to serve as a tool for business owners to show you the who, what, where and how to find digital tools and technological assistance to help make your businesses run easier, faster and more efficiently. Inside the guide you'll find links to common areas affecting small businesses, such as; internet access, starting a business, selling online/e-commerce, software, and much more!

In each section, there are testimonials from business owners like you who share how many of these tools became solutions for their pain points. You'll also find contact info for local support organizations who are ready to help you every step of the wayLearn More>

You can find additional resources by searching through the DMB Library, here.

Our Small Business Call Center is open to take calls

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