Detroit Startup Week held its second annual gathering May 22-26 and hosted over 100 free events designed to support entrepreneurs start and grow their business. ProsperUS Detroit Program Manager, Joanna Dueweke, sat on Detroit Start-Up Week Advisory Committee and helped introduce neighborhood programming to the event agenda. Each day a series of events were held in Detroit’s neighborhoods to highlight the work in the community and promote diversity inclusion.
The ProsperUS Detroit team helped to host workshops, panels and social gatherings in Osborn, Grandmont Rosedale, and Southwest Detroit to showcase the entrepreneurs in the city’s neighborhoods. In each neighborhood, the events were specific to that community’s needs and interests. In Grandmont Rosedale, our partners at Grand River WorkPlace organized a community conversation about the opportunities and challenges for black business owners . In Southwest Detroit, the events connected aspiring business owners with valuable resources presented in Spanish and English.
Here is a look at some of the activity from Detroit Startup Week in Southwest Detroit.
Feria de Recursos: Spanish-speaking representatives from the City of Detroit, local business and organizations met with Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs to assist with their business needs at the Detroit Public Library Campbell Branch on Vernor Highway in the Springwells neighborhood. Learn more about this monthly event here.
Hasta Que El Dinero Los Separe Workshop: Southwest Economics Solutions’ board member, Nydia Cardenas, and Lifeline Business Trainer, Monica Caserez, led an inspiring interactive case study to help Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs identify and understand the break-even point of their business.
Be Heard: How to Tell Your Story Workshop: ProsperUS Detroit graduate, Juan Carlos Perez, teamed up with Joanna Dueweke, to help entrepreneurs identify how to tell the story of their business in a way that resonates with prospective customers and increases the value of their product.
Immigrants – We Get the Job Done Entrepreneur Panel: ProsperUS Detroit graduates and other local immigrant entrepreneurs, many of whom are Spanish-speaking, shared their experience and perspective of the immigrant entrepreneurship experience and opportunity in Detroit.
Detroit Startup Week participants were invited to an evening gathering to experience the tastes, sights and sounds of featuring aspiring food entrepreneurs, music, and dance performances curated by Southwest Detroit Business Association and Mexicantown Community Development Corporation.