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Business Startups

Resources to Help You Start a Business in Detroit

Published May 23, 2019 by

Learn what organizations and co-working spaces around the city can help you build your business.

By Melissa Bombetto

Featured photo via TechTown

You’ve done it! You have a business idea, maybe even a name, and then you ask yourself, “Now what?” All you know is you’re ready to take a risk, and Detroit is the place you want to be to do it.

Detroit is filled with entrepreneurs, as it offers opportunity, growth, resources and community. You can feel the inspiration and positivity in the city while walking around downtown. You notice new businesses popping up every month and ask yourself, “How did they make it happen?”

We’re fortunate to have so many organizations and co-working spaces in Detroit that support and encourage entrepreneurship and small businesses.

Here are three organizations that will help you start a business in Detroit:

Build Institute

Build InstituteAlyssa Lopatin for SEEN

2701 Bagley Ave., Detroit

If you’re looking for the tools, resources and a support network to help turn your dream into reality, Build Institute is your new best friend.

Attend their networking events, develop a mentorship, take advantage of their connections to business resources and be a part of their nurturing community that allows your ideas to grow and flourish.

TechTown Detroit

TechTownVia TechTown's Facebook

440 Burroughs St., Detroit

Located in Midtown, TechTown Detroit has served over 1,900 companies across Detroit. From 2007 to 2017, those businesses created nearly 1,400 jobs and $130 million in startup capital! (Can we get a round of virtual applause for their success, please?)

You may have heard of their educational classes and events that offer anything from HTML/CSS building to community development. The incubator has programs that fit everyone’s needs and interests.

ProsperUS Detroit

ProsperUs DetroitVia ProsperUS Facebook

2835 Bagley St., Detroit

ProsperUS Detroit focuses on Detroit’s economic development by empowering low and moderate income, immigrant and minority entrepreneurs and small businesses. The primary goal is to help you and develop long-term relationships with community partners and entrepreneurs that will help create leaders and aid in Detroit’s economic growth.

Here are three co-working spaces to check out in Detroit: 

If you have a business idea or want to learn more about entrepreneurship in general, be sure to look into its entrepreneur training, business services and micro-lending.

Another thing to consider when exploring organizations that help you start a business is co-working spaces. Co-working spaces eliminate fighting over a good table at a coffee shop or Panera and provide you with a workspace that surrounds you with individuals just like you.

They provide entrepreneurs, freelancers and small businesses opportunities to rent desks or meeting space, which allows you to work with like-minded individuals in a communal setting or provide a private area to meet with potential clients.

These co-working spaces will help you find inspiration, motivation and more:

WeWork

WeWorkMelissa Bombetto for SEEN

1001 Woodward Ave., Detroit

This fast-grow New York-based workspace opened its first Detroit co-working space in 2017 and has been providing thousands of entrepreneurs and business owners with co-working options at two locations in Detroit.

WeWork has what you need to achieve your goals around the clock. From front-desk service to fresh coffee and office supplies, to mail and package handling, WeWork offers a large list of amenities and all types of office sizes to rent.

Femology

FemologyVia Femology Facebook

553 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit

To all my boss ladies out there, Femology helps you find your why. It goes beyond a typical co-working space by providing a hub for women who value collaboration and want to be a part of a foundation that builds women businesses.

Founded by Meagan Ward, Femology is Detroit’s first modern business lounge for women and focuses on the modern day woman who wants to strive and thrive within a collaborative working environment.

Bamboo Detroit

BambooVia Bamboo Facebook

1420 Washington Blvd., Detroit

Bamboo Detroit opened its doors in 2013 as one of Detroit’s first co-working spaces and has grown today to be a space for everyone.

Enjoy the flexible workspace and founder-focused atmosphere. Their modern, simplistic and bright offices help businesses grow.

If a co-working space isn’t something you necessarily need at the moment, but still want to be a part of an entrepreneurial community, be sure to look into their virtual office membership.  You can network and plug into Detroit’s leaders and entrepreneurs. It includes a Detroit mailing address and package services, access to events, classes, business coaching sessions and more.

The Takeaway

Entrepreneurship isn’t easy, but getting familiar with the Detroit business building organizations and co-working spaces will provide you with the right tools, resources and networking opportunities to help you become successful.

You’re not in entrepreneurship alone. Build your business with others. Detroit is here to help.

Melissa Bombetto is a born and raised Metro Detroiter who is a marketing professional by day and an entrepreneur and founder of BEE Detroit by night. She enjoys strategizing and discussing new business ideas with her husband and explores downtown to gain inspiration. If she doesn’t have her nose in a book or her face behind a laptop, you can find her cooking, writing, enjoying a glass of malbec or taking too many photos of her cat, Meelah. 

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