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Reimagine, Reinvest, Rebuild
Will You Help Us Rebuild Detroit’s Economy, Better?
Your donation of any amount will help TechTown continue to remove barriers so that EVERYONE can get the support they deserve to start and grow a business that sustains their family and enriches our community. It will take years to build, but in the next six months, with your support we will:
• Coach 75 Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park businesses to improve their operations, marketing and finances to survive the pandemic
• Pilot a coworking classroom to support parents who want a safe place for their children to learn while they grow their business
• Launch a customized accelerator for 50 Black women entrepreneurs
• Connect entrepreneurs with 500 one-on-one coaching sessions at Ask an Expert and Open Office Hours
In Memoriam | Marlowe Stoudamire: Detroit’s Original Social Capital Expert
Honor the life and uplift the legacy of Detroit’s larger-than-life small business and community champion as we rename the Salute Award for Small Business Champion the Marlowe Stoudamire Small Business Champion Award.
Inaugural Marlowe Stoudamire Small Business Champion Salute Award | Pamela Lewis, Detroit’s Innovative DNA is Everywhere
The inaugural Marlowe Stoudamire Small Business Champion Award is being given to the New Economy Initiative’s director, Pamela Lewis. Under her leadership, NEI marshalled resources to help thousands of businesses with rent relief, loan relief and grants in 2020. The consummate small business champion, this award isn’t just for Pamela, it’s shared among all of Detroit’s innovators and dreamers.
Spotlight | Professional Services Network | Find Your Small Business BFFs
Celebrate the 92 experts in marketing, human resources, law and software development (and more!) who — alongside TechTown team members — assist entrepreneurs in the realization of their dreams.
Salute Award | Detroit Maid, TechTown Raised
Prepare to be inspired by Detroiter Danielle Smith Parker, who is transforming Detroit Maid from a traditional cleaning service into a tech company with the support of TechTown. This superwoman has pivoted and grown her business in the midst of both personal challenges and national turmoil.
Salute Award | Mature Means Positivity, Style & Attractive Character
Watch how Mature, founded by brothers Darryl and DeKoven Humes went from pop-up to permanent with the support of TechTown. Their vision includes Suited for the Future, an initiative that provides mentoring (and suits!) to outstanding Detroit graduates. Suited for the Future launched a year early in 2020.
Radical Honesty | Ned Staebler | President and CEO, TechTown Detroit and Vice President for Economic Development at Wayne State University | Capitalism MUST work for all Americans!
Ned Staebler will challenge us to join the effort to rebuild our economy by lifting up, supporting and championing the talents of small business owners and entrepreneurs. We have the potential to ensure that the next economy works for everyone, that equity is prioritized and that opportunities are not reserved for the few.
Spotlight | Detroit Means Business | From Crisis Response to Collaborative Future
Learn how more than 60 organizations rallied to consolidate and deploy resources in response to COVID-19 via www.detroitmeansbusiness.org and how they plan to continue and expand the coalition’s impact.