Professional Services Network

The Professional Service Network is an opportunity for industry leaders, entrepreneurs and corporate volunteers to share their expertise with aspiring entrepreneurs and startups seeking to establish or expand a business. Areas of expertise include marketing and branding, sales, accounting, finance, human resources, e-commerce, technology, operations, management, business development and much more. Volunteers donate their time through a free 25-minute consultation as part of our Ask an Expert program and receive a summary of their hours at the end of the year as a donation to TechTown, which is a nonprofit organization.

Complete the form below and become a vital member of the Detroit ecosystem by enriching aspiring and existing entrepreneurs in the Detroit community.

There are many ways to participate in our PSN, including:

Ask an Expert: Consultations with entrepreneurs at TechTown or at our satellite offices. You may offer consultations once a year, once a month or once a week, depending on schedules and demand.

• Client engagement: Direct engagement with a business. Commitments vary based on the client’s milestone plan. Services may include: legal (entity formation, contract drafting), accounting (tax preparation, chart of accounts preparation), marketing (brand identity package, social media templates, website development, public relations plans), architecture and design services, etc.

• Workshops and roundtables: One-time or multi-session presentations on topics related to PSN members’ subject-area expertise.

If you are interested in becoming a member of our PSN, fill out the form below.

Professional Service Network Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Professional Services Network (PSN)?

A: The Professional Services Network is an opportunity for industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and corporate volunteers to share their skills with aspiring entrepreneurs and startups.

Q: What opportunities are available to PSN members?

A: PSN members may volunteer for the Ask an Expert program by supplying a free 25-minute consultations to aspiring or existing entrepreneurs. Also, PSN members are on the Tech Town vendor list and are eligible to   be vendors, workshop instructors, speakers, or technical assistance providers.

Q: Where are Ask an Expert Sessions held?

A: Currently, sessions are held online using Zoom. A few volunteer experts offer in-person sessions at Tech Town on a limited basis.

Q: Are they a required number of sessions that an expert must provide?

A: No. The number of sessions a volunteer supplies is based on their availability. A volunteer expert can offer as many or as few sessions as they choose. We only require you to attend the sessions that are scheduled.

Q: What is the PSN application and intake process?

A: Entrepreneurs or professionals must complete the interest form, which is here.  The application process includes a 45-minute interview with the Entrepreneurial Education department, a professional reference check, completion of an intake form (hours of availability, headshot, and bio), and an onboarding process (hour of training).

Q: What questions are asked on the interest form and during the interview?

A: The form requests your industry, how you want to be involved with PSN, why you want to work with Detroit area entrepreneurs, and how you want to be involved with Tech Town programs. The interview is an opportunity for the applicant to discuss their professional background, experience working with BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) entrepreneurs and micros-entrepreneurs.

Q: What happens after I complete the PSN interest form?

A: After the PSN interest form is completed it will be reviewed by an Entrepreneurial Education team member. You will be emailed and informed if new applications are being accepted. If applications are accepted, then you will be contacted to schedule an interview.

Q: How long does the PSN application process take?

A: The length of time it takes to complete the PSN application process will depend on several factors, such as how quickly references can be checked and how quickly the intake form can be completed.

Q: How often are new applications reviewed?

A: Typically, new applications are reviewed quarterly.

Q: What is the PSN application approval process?

A: Directors of TechTown Programs review and approve the applicant’s interview. Interviews are evaluated based on the applicant’s qualifications, experience, and whether they are a good fit for the network.

Q: What happens after I am approved?

A: When your application is approved, you are eligible to volunteer as an expert for the Ask an Expert program. Once you decide to serve, you will be on-boarded for the program. You’re required to complete an intake form and attend a training session. PSN members are eligible for opportunities such as a speaker, workshop trainer, or a technical assistance provider for Tech Town programs and must send the rates/fees for your services.

Q: Can I reapply if my application is not accepted?

A: Yes, however, approvals are based on the need for an applicant’s experience and knowledge in specific industries. An Entrepreneurial Education team member will inform you about the status of your application.