Build Institute, Detroit Experience Factory and Detroit Synergy are proud to present the 11th annual Shop Detroit in partnership with American Express’ Small Business Saturday. The event encourages people to shop at Detroit stores, not just for the holidays, but all year long. Shop Detroit will take place Saturday, November 29th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Berry Gordy was a business man who knew a good song when he heard one. But even with success, he wondered, “Why write songs for a company in New York only to be paid pennies on the dollar in royalties?” He had a bigger idea: bottle a sound, polish it up, and package it for the world under one roof in Detroit. Gordy just needed a little nudge and, in 1959, he got one. An $800 loan from his family (the equivalent of $6,400 today) helped Gordy build Motown Records and grow a legacy.
Jason Hall inspires thousands of people to witness the revitalization of Detroit from two wheels. As the cofounder of the Slow Roll city bike ride, Hall taps into his community spirit and his iPad to turn an idea into a movement.
Kitchen Connect: Detroit is full of small food startups who lack the infrastructure to get a strong start. You can find jam, cookies, soup and sushi made in individuals’ kitchens and sold out of homes, in farmers markets and at catered events. Devita Davison is helping home cooks expand their businesses with Kitchen Connect, the organization takes existing community kitchens in churches and community centers, updated them so that local food entrepreneurs could cook and bake their goods.