In 2007, after navigating the the maze of City of Detroit and State of Michigan systems to open a business, Canine to Five owner, Liz Blondy and urbanist and former Detroit business owner, Claire Nelson created the ground-breaking small business support program Open City Detroit.
The goal was simple, sharing their own experiences to help other current and potential Detroit small business owners understand the city processes required to transition from idea to operations.
Since its inception, the landscape in which Open City operates has drastically changed. In the last ten years, the City of Detroit and the State of Michigan have actively worked to create an environment where small businesses can thrive. From the refinement and restructuring of city departments such as Building, Safety, Engineering and Environmental
Now under the leadership of the April Boyle as a program of the Build Institute, Open City Detroit continues to stay true its roots as a networking and resource gathering center. Events are held on the third Monday of each month at Cliff Bell’s. The next Open City Detroit will be held on Monday, February 15 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. This month’s topic is “Location, Location, Location: The Deal with Commercial Real Estate” and will feature panelists, Steve Ogden, Director of Real Estate Development, Bedrock Real Estate Services , James Fegain IV, Outreach Manager, Motor City Match, Lisa Berden, Attorney, Miller Canfield, and will be moderated by KiKi Louya, owner of The Farmer’s Hand.