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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.

2023 Commercial Holiday Activation Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the "heroes" and "champions" who received 2023 Commercial Holiday Activation grants!

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! 

Small Biz News

DMB Live Scheduled for Monday, Dec. 4

Join us for the next DMB Live on December 4th and learn about best practices when engaging in vendor pop-ups.  

Meet Emerging Tech Founders at TechTown Detroit's Start Studio Discovery Showcase

Over the past 10 weeks, local tech founders have been working hard on their tech-based or tech-enabled businesses through TechTown Detroit's Start Studio Discovery program. Now, these entrepreneurs are ready to present what they've learned at the Start Studio Discovery Fall 2023 Showcase on Wednesday, Dec. 6!  

The Showcase kicks off at 5:30 p.m., with networking with fellow tech founders, followed by the cohort graduates' pitch presentations. Three tech founders will win various cash awards, and one lucky entrepreneur, voted by YOU, will win the People's Choice Award! 

RSVP today!

Upcoming Events

¡Diseñando el Negocio de tus Sueños!

(Designing the Business of Your Dreams) 

¡Estamos llamando a emprendedores o dueños de negocios existentes!

En 4 horas Andres Ospina fundador de CreateValue™ , te enseñara como llevar tu idea de negocio a otro nivel. ¡Los cupos son limitados, Regístrate hoy

-Dar forma a tu idea de negocio.

-Encontrar tu propuesta de valor única.

-Métricas clave e indicadores de rendimiento.

-Sostenibilidad financiera.

-Elaboración de un discurso de ascensor eficaz.

¡Y mucho más!

Este taller se presentará presencialmente en español.

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



Great Lakes Women's Business Council Women's Business Enterprise Certification Orientation

Learn what it means to be WBENC certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE). If you have a product or service that you would like to market to American corporations, here is your chance to explore certification on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 PM.

In the seminar, attendees will learn:

  • What is involved in the certification process
  • How to complete the application package
  • How to become part of a national database of certified women business enterprises
  • How you will benefit from being certified
  • Other resources that are available for small businesses

The Great Lakes Women’s Business Council is the Michigan and Indiana certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), a national certifying body recognized by major American corporations. For more information, please call (734) 677-1400.

Register today!

Attend the DWSD In-Person Contractor Workshop

Do you have questions about the procurement process? Have you heard about the work being done, but don’t know how to get bid-ready to win a contract? If you answered yes, then this workshop is for you! 

Register now for the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) Contractor Workshop on Thursday, December 7! This in-person workshop will provide resources to vendors looking to do business with DWSD and offer one-on-one time with DWSD and our participating partners.  

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.

Join one of the upcoming Q&A’s:  

  • Dec 5, 2023 06:00 PM 
  • Dec 7, 2023 06:00 PM 
  • Dec 12, 2023 06:00 PM 
  • Dec 14, 2023 06:00 PM 


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. 

Annual Michigan Central Public Perception Survey

Michigan Central would like to invite everyone to complete and share our first Public Perception Survey. We want to hear from you! Our goal is to collect baseline information on Detroiters' perception of our work. The survey is available in English and Spanish.

The survey should take approximately 5-7 minutes and each respondent has the opportunity to enter a drawing to win a $50 gift card. 

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.