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Detroit Means Business

Get to Know The District Business Liaisons

District Business Liaisons, aka DBLs, help business owners navigate city processes, connect owners to resources, and inform policy and process improvements that benefit all Detroit small businesses.

DEGC Small Business Services Survey

The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation would love to hear from small business owners like YOU who have utilized services from DEGC's Small Business Services unit. Those who complete this short, 30-second survey will be entered for the chance to win a $25 gift card for lunch on the DEGC.

You can access the survey HERE.

Small Biz News

NEI Survey Report

The 2024 “State of Micro and Small Businesses in the Detroit Region” report dives into the perspectives, challenges, and goals of small businesses in the region. The report includes 1,235 survey responses within Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, representing primarily microbusinesses and business owners of color. 

Download the report HERE.

Connecting Detroit's small business owners with resources is what Detroit Means Business is all about! Tekeyah Gaines, our Senior Digital Strategy Manager, was recently able to connect a local small business owner with the University of Michigan Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project's Business+Tech’s inaugural Digital Transformation Consulting program.

Read more HERE.

Upcoming Events

Small Biz Opportunities

Detroit Means Business has the latest in small business opportunities: accelerators, incubators, pitch competitions, learning opportunities, and more. View opportunities with fast-approaching deadlines below.



2024 Downtown Detroit Winter Markets Vender

June 17

National Black Supplier Development Program

July 10

2024 Fantazma Market & Cafe Vendor


Boost Your Business With Digital



Applications Open June 13 for 2024/25 National Black Supplier Development Program

The National Business League (NBL) is excited to announce that applications will open for the highly successful National Black Supplier Development Program (NBSDP) for the 2024/25 cohort on June 13, 2024. Presented in partnership with Comerica Bank, Cummins, DTE Energy, Ford, GM, Lear, Magna, Stellantis (presenting partner), and Toyota, the NBSDP was launched in 2021 to address the economic challenges faced by Black-owned businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic and to promote Black Business Enterprise (BBE)™ equity and substantive participation following the tragic murder of George Floyd, which ignited the global Black Lives Matter movement. 

Apply now for Founder Circle at AfroTech Conference

The Founder Circle at AfroTech Conference is designed to uplift and empower diverse startup tech founders. They're committed to your success by removing attendance costs, providing elite executive coaching, and unparalleled access to venture capital networks. 

Financial Resources

Access to capital is essential for a business to survive and thrive, and Detroit Means Business is here to help you do just that. View financial resources with fast-approaching deadlines below.



HFFI 2024 Planning Grant Program

June 17

Verizon Digital Ready

June 28

Entrepreneurs of Color Fund


Michigan Good Food Fund



Our Small Business Call Center is open to take calls

M-F 9AM-5PM at (844) 333-8249.