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Happy Monday everyone!

This week looks like it will be a great one for networking, pitch competitions and panels.

Go out there and have a great week.

Retail Boot Camp 2018 Info Session

Missed the last Retail Boot Camp Info Sessions? You’re in luck because there is another one this week.

This program aims to help retail entrepreneurs by providing training, access to start-up capital, affordable space and ongoing business support.

Find out more information here.

When: Tuesday, February 6 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Where: Grand River WorkPlace 19120 Grand River Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48223

EmpowerHer Pitch Competition 

Twelve social entrepreneur finalists will be competing in the EmpowerHer Pitch Competition this Wednesday night.

The Michigan Women’s Foundation has partnered with the Ford Motor Company Fund to put this competition together. The twelve finalists were selected from more than 130 concept papers.

The three categories for the evening are ideation, launch and growth. The winners will receive cash prizes, investments and professional services.

The event is free and you can RSVP here.

When: Wednesday, February 7 the reception starts at 5:15 p.m.

Where: Ford World Headquarters 1 American Road Dearborn, Michigan 48126

Shelby Township Networking Event Powered By Rockstar Connect

If you live out in Macomb County and want to get to know other business people, then you should head to Boston’s this Thursday night.

This event is free and there will be complementary appetizers. There will be a cash bar.

You can RSVP here.

When: Thursday, February 8 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Where: Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar 15133 Hall Road Shelby Charter Township, Michigan 48315

H2SAS Panel: The State of Detroit Food Entrepreneurship 

Interested in learning the ins and outs of Food Entrepreneurship in Detroit?

This event is for you.

The panel is a who’s who of people in the food industry. Like Cory Wright from Mitten Crate, Gary Wozniak of Recovery Park, Jen Rusciano the Executive Director at Detroit Food Academy and Dayne Bartscht the Founder of Eastern Market Brewing Company.

The panel will be moderated by Tyson Gersh the Founder of the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative.

You can find more information about the event here.

When: Thursday, February 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Where: Bamboo Detroit 1420 Washington Boulevard #301 Detroit, Michigan 48226

FEMTANK 2018

Ladies, looking to network with other strong business women from around Detroit?

Head to Femology for FEMTANK 2018. It’s kind of like SharkTank but without the ego.

There will be 20 finalists sharing their pitches for a chance to win $1,000.

The pitch contest will be judged by Nia Batts and Katy Cockrel Co-Founders of Detroit Blows, Taylor Bolleber founder of Bird Bee, Amanda Lewan Co-Found and CEO of Bamboo Detroit, and Karissma Yve Founder of XENOPHORA.

You can find out more information here.

When: Friday, February 9 from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Where: Femology Detroit 553 East Jefferson Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48226

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2018 Detroit Policy Conference

The Detroit Policy Conference will focus on creating a culture of civility in Detroit, exploring what it means to be “civil” and the role that communities play in influencing individual behavior.

Programming will also examine role models of civility, Detroiters that have put their differences aside and are working together to put Detroit first to solve issues and create opportunities for all.

Cost: $159.00 for Chamber members; $235.00 for future members

When: March 1, 2018 from 7:30 a.m-4:00 p.m.

Location: Motor City Casino 2901 Grand River Avenue Detroit, MI 48201

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