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Detroiter's Think Big: A Small Business Podcast

Author: Detroit Regional Chamber

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Detroiters Think Big: A Small Business Podcast, presented by the Detroit Regional Chamber and General Motors, showcases the robust community of small businesses and nonprofit organizations dedicated to serving their communities.

125 Episodes
Dream of Detroit is expanding the beloved and well-used DREAM Neighborhood Pocket Park on Tyler St. to provide kids and families in the neighborhood an enhanced space to gather, play, and build community.
Deeply Rooted ProduceDeeply Rooted Produce has a history in the community of providing convenient delivery of fresh fruits and vegetables to families in need and are expanding their existing program called Fresh Prescription where fruits & vegetable prescriptions are sharing the same stage as the healthcare system by ameliorating morbidities and diet-related diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and high blood pressure.Bags to ButterfliesBags to Butterflies is a fashion brand that helps formerly incarcerated women reclaim their lives after returning to the community from serving lengthy prison sentences.  They create luxurious, one-of-a-kind, handmade handbags and accessories constructed from reused materials that get transformed into elegant statement pieces by the women in the program who otherwise would not be employed.
SMPLFD: SMPLFD is a Detroit-based clothing company that includes a boutique screen printing, embroidery, and design house as well as a contemporary streetwear clothing brand and showroom, warehouse, and fulfillment service.Women of Banglatown: Women of Banglatown is a safe space developed by and for first-generation and immigrant girls and women, where they can be unapologetically who they are and explore themselves through nature, art, entrepreneurship, and community.
Detroit is Different: Detroit is Different’s Lot of Studio project is an outdoor interactive podcast and live music performance event on an urban garden giving fruits, vegetables, and information on Detroit’s west side.Always There Notary: Always There is a mobile notary service providing service 24-hours, seven days a week.
Kidz Kingdom: Last year, Kidz Kingdom purchased a 10,000-square foot building and will be launching a state-of-the-art child care center and indoor playground as the facility’s anchor projects. Additionally, a women’s suite, clubhouse for parents, and one-stop dream fulfillment center for current and future entrepreneurs are part of the development.Motor City Grounds Crew: Motor City Grounds Crew will transform nine overgrown and blighted lots on Barham Street in Morningside into a dynamic and welcoming green space, accessible for neighbors of all ages and ability levels to activate and enjoy.
Ladder 4 Wine Bar: Ladder 4 is a converted firehouse in the Core City neighborhood that is part food and drink lab, part artist showcase, that pays tribute to all the rich and varied Detroit cultures and its musical traditions. With this grant, Ladder 4 will build a bandstand and procure furniture that would allow us to have live, local music outdoors in its yard.One Michigan for the Global Majority: One Michigan has acquired a 100-year-old property in southwest Detroit that previously served as the home of the TheUndocuSafe Space. With the space back in community youth-led hands, the building can be used by community members for studying, laundry, cooking, meetings, immigration legal services, running youth programs, and more. One Michigan’s youth-led team has made significant repairs to the office over the last three years, but there is more to be done to make the space safe and accessible for the community.
Motor City GSD: Schutzhund in the D is a project designed to teach the art of dog training and helper work to underprivileged youth living in Metro Detroit.Universal Health and Wellness (UHW) is a Detroit-based pending nonprofit whose mission is to improve the quality of life through programs that heal, empower, and transform. In 2021, the Hitha Healing House and Garden (HHHG) hub project was established to focus on improving intergenerational wellness in northeast Detroit by providing a safe gathering space for residents and visitors.
The Yunion will build out a courtyard space that can be shared with our service organization partners for events, programs, gatherings, meditation, and other activities requested by the community.Detroit PAL’s new recreation center will provide education, health, and wellness opportunities to Detroit area students, parents, and community members by connecting them to resources in collaboration with partner nonprofits.
Pingree Detroit is a worker-owned, triple-bottom-line design and manufacturing cooperative, co-owned by veterans and Detroiters. Pingree creates hand-made footwear as well as home, pet, and fashion accessories using leather and other materials upcycled from the automotive industry. The project will help activate Pingree’s community-focused footwear and leather goods training studio in Detroit.The Cutz Lounge project combines a 4.9 rated barbershop with a high-quality café to offer and serve the community with a place to relax, get a haircut, and eat good food.
Jo’s Gallery is a second-generation brick-and-mortar art gallery located in the heart of Detroit, on the Livernois Avenue of Fashion. The NeighborHUB grant funds will help implement educational opportunities for art students to learn how to frame. Jo’s Gallery will partner with the College for Creative Studies to find creative talent and provide a unique environment for students to explore art gallery ownership and learn the craft of custom framing.Detroit Hives: The State Fair and Hoover Pollinator Parkway will serve as a centralized location for community resources while providing green infrastructure to address climate inequality and food insecurity for people and pollinators.
Bea Wolnerman of Bea’s and Bea’s Squeeze, shares her business journey from vision to distribution, the growth the company has seen, and how her team got creative to open a lemonade stand on the smallest parcel of land for sale on Detroit’s urban pedestrian path, the Dequindre Cut. Wolnerman also participated in a panel discussion on the future of dining in Detroit during the 2021 Detroit Policy Conference.
Tre Hobbs of Neighborhood Essentials shares the path that led him to create a cannabis brand with a focus on social equity, and how his company is acting as an incubator for other start-ups in the industry. Listen to the podcast to hear how Hobbs is making connections and finding success in Detroit and across the country.
Lester Gouvia, owner of Norma G's Detroit, shares how he transitioned his Caribbean cuisine food truck to a brick-and-mortar location in Detroit's Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood, and the small business resources he utilized to make his vision a reality.
Quiana “Que” Broden of Cooking with Que has used a variety of digital platforms to bring healthier options to the table as many continue to work and cook from home. Learn how she has expanded her reach by teaching workshops on social media and started a meal prep delivery service with options for vegans and meat-eaters alike.
Jeffrey Gisstennar of Good Cookies shares how he turned a family tradition into a small business opportunity and how he plans to open a brick-and-mortar location amidst COVID-19.
Asia Hamilton of Norwest Gallery, shares how her experience as an artist led her to create a platform to showcase artists of color and exhibit their work.
David Merritt of Narrow Way Cafe shares how he expanded on his family’s legacy at Straight Gate Church to open Narrow Way Cafe to serve others in the community, how he learned the ropes of serving food and beverage with the help from Zingerman’s, and how COVID-19 has impacted the cafe.
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