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5.7.13 TechTown launches new Blocks Retail Boot Camp


Yesterday TechTown launched its first Blocks Retail Boot Camp. The highly customized program will prepare 12 serious entrepreneurs with strong, independent retail concepts for the successful launch of their Detroit business.

TechTown is forever grateful to the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan for providing funding to support the program.

We’d also like to thank the following people for offering amazing insight:

  • Maria LaLonde, Bizdom
  • Pat Harris, The Bottom Line Coffee House
  • Daniel J. DeRyckere, Citizens Banking
  • Jeff Aronoff, D:hive
  • Ray Waters, Detroit Development Fund
  • Michael Forsyth, Spencer Olinek and Mimi Pledl, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
  • Ben Newman, Detroit Institute of Bagels
  • Bonnie Fahomme, Digerati
  • Heather Kazmierczak, Downtown Detroit Partnership
  • Juliana M. Perry, Fifth Third Bank
  • Jess Daniel, Foodlab
  • Vittoria Katanski, Hatch Detroit
  • Derek Edwards and Ryan Kroge, Huntington Bank
  • Jamie Grimaldi, Mary King and Jeanet Kulcsar, Invest Detroit
  • Rachel Lutz, The Peacock Room and Emerald
  • Mike Mraz, Rockford Construction and MoDiv
  • Jim Bieri, Stokas Bieri Real Estate
  • Dave Mancini, Supino Pizzeria