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Blocks

Retail Boot Camp

TechTown’s Blocks Retail Boot Camp prepares serious entrepreneurs with strong retail concepts for the successful launch of their brick-and-mortar business in a core Detroit commercial district after program completion. The program enables an entrepreneur’s success not only through training, but also through access to critical start-up capital, affordable space and ongoing business support.

The boot camp will cover

How it works

• social and digital marketing consultation
• legal review of lease agreements, partner or vendor contracts
• business plan development
• public relations support

Who is eligible 

Potential “Draft Day” placements

Up to 5 graduates will be selected by partner organizations to open permanent brick-and-mortar or pop-up storefronts in the city. Post-graduation locations will depend on the retail concept and market need. TechTown may provide a point-of-sale system and an inventory subsidy. All graduates will receive a professional services package valued at $3,500.

Application process

Applications are now open. Apply here: bit.ly/rbc2015tt

Fee 

Program fee upon acceptance is $499.

For more information

Applicants are encouraged to attend one of three information sessions across Detroit:

  1. Monday, June 29th at TechTown Detroit, 440 Burroughs, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  2. Tuesday, June 30th at Always Brewing Detroit, 19180 Grand River Ave., 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  3. Wednesday, July 1st at Coffee and (___), 14409 Jefferson Ave., 11 a.m. to Noon

Questions? Contact blocks@techtowndetroit.org.

Program partners and sponsors

Retail Boot Camp partners include Airfoil Group, BUILD Institute, Hatch Detroit, Lifeline Business Consulting Service, ProsperUS Detroit, Revolve (a program of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation),Sadek Bonahoom PLLC, Small Business Development Center Michigan, Social Coop Media and Wayne Alumni Law Group.

Program sponsors are JPMorgan Chase Foundation, New Economy Initiative and Bedrock Real Estate Service.

Retail Boot Camp applications will be accepted through July 31, 2015.

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