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9.19.13 Help us welcome our newest Retail Boot Campers!

Our fall session of the Blocks Retail Boot Camp kicks off on Monday (!!), and we’re so excited to introduce the nine entrepreneurs who will be joining us for eight weeks. This session is particularly exciting because the participants have the chance to win cash prizes totaling $10,000 and because the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. is offering a month of rent-free pop-up space to the first place winner of the showcase on Nov. 11.

Meet our entrepreneurs!

April Cobb has a retail business called Tender Moments…From the Heart. Watch her video here to learn about her company.

Yvette Jenkins will be joining us to work on her business, Love Travels Imports.

Noah Kaminsky adds a musical touch to the group with String Theory Music. Learn more about it in his video!

Miles Knight’s endeavor will show us new places with his business DetOX: Detroit’s Original Xplorers.

Louis Lyons will be working on his company, Regal Cafe.

Check out Jacqueline Page’s company, Jacqueline Page Skin Care and Cosmetics, in her video here.

Sarah Pavelko and Billy Shuman’s Voigt’s Soda House makes delicious and unique sodas.

Angelique Robinson sells delicious goodies through her company, Treats by Angelique. Learn more in her video here.

And Phillip Simpson of FRESHMAN CLOTHING COMPANY knows how to make everybody look stylish. Watch his video.

Noah and Phillip are joining us as graduates of D:hive’s Build program; Yvette and Louis come to us from the DEGC’s REVOLVE program; and Angelique,  Sarah and Billy join us as semi-finalists from Hatch Detroit.

We can’t wait to begin work with these amazing entrepreneurs — stay tuned for updates on their progress as they move through our Retail Boot Camp.