Wayne County – Daily Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Fri, 16 Mar 2018 22:05:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 $5.4 Billion Regional Mass Transit Plan Pitched By Wayne County Executive Evans, Macomb’s Hackel Says Fund Roads First http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/03/15/transit-rta/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/03/15/transit-rta/#respond Thu, 15 Mar 2018 19:37:04 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=41136 Wayne County Executive Warren Evans unveiled a new plan today to improve regional transit.

The draft plan is called “Connect Southeast Michigan.” It comes as the region’s leaders struggle to advance a transit plan in the wake of Detroit’s failed Amazon bid and the narrow defeat by voters of the Regional Transit Authority proposal in 2016.    

It calls for 15 bus routes with 15-minutes in between each bus; expanded bus service in others areas a commuter express rail from Detroit to Ann Arbor with 8 trips a day, and something called “Hometown Service.”

The buses would in some areas be able to talk to traffic signals, or have “signal priority,” changing as they arrive to keep service moving, and new buses would have wi-fi service.

Hometown Service would be available in 60 communities in the four participating counties with expansions to dial-a-ride, homebound service support, medical campus connections and office and downtown connections in those areas.

Here are some of the other highlights:

  • The plan would ask voters for a 1.5 mill increase over the next 20 years. It would raise $5.4 billion from local taxpayers and, according to county officials, unlock another $1.3 billion in farebox, tate and federal dollars.
  • $696 million would be spent on transit infrastructure across the four county region over the life of the plan, and $170 million per year would focus on operations.
  • $20 million annually would go toward so-called “advanced mobility” programs.
  • Money would be saved through joint purchasing agreements for administrative, planning and procurement services.
  • There would be one universal fare card usable across the Detroit region.

If one wants to look at why mass transit around here isn’t in line with competitive regions, it’s pretty easy. Metro Detroit invests, per person, less than almost any other region in the nation (especially among larger ones). Detroit spends currently $67 per capita on mass transit.

Cities like Atlanta and Cleveland spend double; Chicago spends more than four times per person; and Seattle, home of Amazon and Microsoft, spend more than six times what Detroit does.

Many experts agree that for every $1 spent on mass transportation, $4 comes back in economic value. According to Michigan Department of Transportation models, the plan would create $6.6 billion in additional gross regional product and $4.5 billion in income for quad-county residents.

The full RTA plan map. Click to embiggen.

This plan focuses on a few areas for bus upgrades.

  • The three spokes of Gratiot, Michigan and Woodward currently served by SMART’s FAST Service would get enhanced.
  • A route down Mound and Van Dyke in Macomb County would be added as a regional route and Grand River would expand, with both offering 24 hour service.
  • Ten routes would be upgraded and consolidated that run across multiple counties.
  • Four routes would be added to the airport, and 11 commuter express routes.

There would also be future planning, including for dedicated transit-only lanes, streetcar expansion, and expanded service between Detroit and Ann Arbor.

For his part, Mayor Mike Duggan supports the plan.

Macomb County executive Mark Hackel told the Frank Beckmann on WJR that doesn’t believe that mass transit is why Amazon hasn’t chosen Detroit and says it’s the image and reality of the city of Detroit itself. He’s for funding SMART and wonders “where is our money really going.” He wants to fund roads first. 

A recent report says that it would cost $1.2 billion to fix just Macomb County’s roads.

The plan, which has the support of RTA board chair Paul Hillegonds, would need the approval of 7 of 9 Regional Transit Authority board members to be put it on the 2018 ballot. 

Shianne Nocerini and Sven Gustafson also contributed to this report.

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Your City 5: Fun Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of March 16-18 http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/03/14/city-5-fun-things-detroit-weekend-march-16-18/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/03/14/city-5-fun-things-detroit-weekend-march-16-18/#respond Wed, 14 Mar 2018 18:20:41 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=41110 Hello! I hope your week has been going well. To be honest, I have kind of been riding the struggle bus this week. What can I say, Daylight Saving has kicked by butt.

Anyway, it looks like it should be a little bit warmer this weekend. It’s suppose to be in the 50s on Sunday. The official beginning of spring is next week after all. Let’s see if it becomes reality when it comes to the weather.

St. Patrick’s Day Kickoff for the Downtown Street Eats

I know it doesn’t feel like it right now but spring will be here soon. This means that those of you who spend your days downtown will have the chance to grab some grub from the Downtown Street Eats program.

The kickoff event will take place on Friday, March 16. There will be ten food trucks set up in Cadillac Square, the Woodward Esplanade, Spirit of Detroit Plaza, and Beacon Park.

Since St. Patrick’s Day is on Saturday the food trucks will have special Irish-inspired dishes in addition to their usual menus.

There will also be two live performances from Flanagan O’Hare School of Irish Dance in Cadillac Square and Spirit of Detroit Plaza.

Flanagan O’Hare School of Irish Dance in Cadillac Square and Spirit of Detroit Plaza. There will also be costumed folks passing out chocolate coins.

When: Friday, March 16 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Beacon Park will also have food trucks on Saturday, March 17 from 1:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. 

Where: Multiple locations throughout downtown

Who Run The World Opening Weekend

Planet Ant has a new play starting this week, and it sounds pretty freaking awesome.

The new play is called Who Run The World and it is set in 2040 in a world where the women have revolted and pushed all those with toxic masculinity out of power.

Just reading the description of this play makes me want to scream out Girl Power and bust down the patriarchy.

Anyway, the play will run March 16 through April 7.

Tickets are $20 a piece, but if you go on opening weekend tickets are half off. I highly suggest you buy them online in advance.

When: Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 7:00 p.m.

Where: 2357 Caniff Street Hamtramck, Michigan 48212

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament 

March Madness is here y’all. Which means there are going to be people talking about brackets and basketballs and free throw lines.  Let’s face it, my eyes kind of glaze over when people start talking about basketball.

But if you like dribbling and all that jazz then you should know that the first and second round games will be played at Little Caesars Arena on Friday and Sunday.

You can buy tickets here.

If you have some free time on Thursday you can check out the practices from 11:00 a.m.-6:20 p.m. The practice sessions are free to attend.

You can also watch the games in a heated tend in Beacon Park on Friday and Saturday. You can find out more here.

When: Thursday, March 15 through Sunday, March 18 various times 

Where: Little Caesars Arena and Beacon Park 

St. Patrick’s Day at Nemo’s

Come out to the legendary Nemo’s to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

The Corktown bar will start the party at 10:30 in the morning and The Balduck Mountain Ramblers will take the stage at noon.

What’s more to say? There’s going to be food too.

When: Saturday, March 17 from 10:30 a.m.-2:00 a.m.

Where: Nemo’s 1384 Michigan Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48226

Women of Detroit Blues Mothers and Daughters

If you are in the mood for an afternoon of the blues then you should head over to the Scarab Club on Sunday.

The Detroit Blues Heritage Series will feature performances by a mother and a daughter who both perform the blues.

Detroit vocalist Karen Lawrence (aka Zoom) took a break from performing to raise a family, but she has returned to the stage.

Her daughter Airey B will be opening for her.

There is a suggested donation of $5 to attend the performance.

When: Sunday, March 18 from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: The Scarab Club 217 Farnsworth Street Detroit, Michigan 48202

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LISTEN: DCFC Gets On TV, State Of The City Recap, Fail Jail Is Less Fail, Spring Markets Coming Downtown & More http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/03/07/listen-dcfc-gets-tv-state-city-recap-fail-jail-less-fail-spring-markets-coming-downtown/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/03/07/listen-dcfc-gets-tv-state-city-recap-fail-jail-less-fail-spring-markets-coming-downtown/#respond Wed, 07 Mar 2018 23:09:30 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40994

This is you Daily Detroit News Byte for Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

Our stories:

  • A new plan emerges for the fail jail
  • Detroit City FC will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit for the first time
  • Mexicantown in Detroit is getting support to grow its business district
  • Mirror, mirror on the wall.. what are the best Metro Detroit suburbs?

And two conversations. One focusing on Mayor Mike Duggan’s State of the City and Daily Detroit’s Shianne Nocerini talks about new spring markets downtown.

Thanks to Milo Digital for their support of today’s Daily Detroit News Byte, as well as Podcast Detroit.

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And previous episodes and other podcast clients are here.

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Your City 5: Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of Feb 23-25 http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/22/city-5-things-detroit-weekend-feb-23-25/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/22/city-5-things-detroit-weekend-feb-23-25/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 02:36:57 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40932 Here it is. The weekend. Finally!

Although for some folks it’s been a short week (if you’re one of those few bank or government employees who actually take President’s Day off – outside of those folks, none of my friends had a holiday) it feels like forever.

I think inside it’s the longing for spring and all things warm. But, enough of the small talk. You’re here for events around the city of Detroit. And I’m here to serve them to you. With a bonus!

Love Me Tinder – Friday 

So this is a fun way to see budding comedians for a kind price (just $11!) at the ever-fun Planet Ant. The theme of “Love Me Tinder” is that Love and Heartbreak have liked each other. This will be a sketch comedy show featuring their comedy students who have made it to their highest educational level. Of course, be sure to stop by Ghost Light Bar across the street, the Ant’s bar.

8 p.m. | 2357 Caniff in Hamtramck | Tickets Here

Black History Jazz In Homes In Palmer Park – Saturday

If you’re feeling like checking out a great Detroit neighborhood and enjoying some jazz & world music, this is the ticket for you. The Palmer Woods neighborhood, as I can attest to as I live nearby, is one of the best in the city. It’ll cost a bit of money, but the proceeds go to support creative work.

“This tribute to jazz giants features an ensemble of extraordinary musicians of multiple generations who will perform innovative and legendary works of jazz from bebop to avant garde and beyond, from the 20th century to the present: A. Spencer Barefield on guitar, Ian Finkelstein on piano, Marcus Elliot & Rafael Statin on saxophones, Jeff Pedraz on bass, and Sean Dobbins on drums.”

8 p.m. | 19550 Argyle Cres in Detroit | Tickets Here

House Music At Eatori – Saturday

So if you’re into house music, and it’s kind of a niche thing (and I am), you’re always on the lookout for events. One of those is this Saturday at Eatori, from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. It’s a bar and a market, but the bar is the part that will be the star of the show on Saturday night. They pour a good cocktail there in Grand Circus Park, so might be fun to stop by. They promise summer vibe music… oh… dreams of Belle Isle and warm rays….

10 p.m. – 2 a.m. | 1215 Griswold in Detroit | Event link

Vegan Friendly Brunch At El Club – Saturday & Sunday

I swear, I didn’t mean to include two vegan friendly events this week (I try to balance everyone’s love of different things out) but that’s how the cookie with no dairy ingredients crumbled.

I kinda love the name of the proprietor, The Grim Feeder, and they have a selection of dishes that even me, who loves a good burger, would give a spin. My pick is the Cheesy Papas Brujas Tacos. Two slow-cooked potato tacos seasoned w/mexican spices & herbs topped with nacho cheese & smoky salsa.

12 a.m. – 4 p.m. | 4114 W. Vernor in Detroit | Menu and Event Link

Sisters On A Roll Kitchen Takeover – Sunday

Ok, you vegetarians and vegans. Here’s a special food event just for you. One of our favorite haunts, Nancy Whiskey, is hosting Sisters On A Roll from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Sunday night. Why not close out the weekend with a drink? Just be sure to pack up your fun wagon early enough to not drag when you hit Monday morning, OK?

5-9 p.m. | 2644 Harrison in Detroit | Event link


Soapmaking 101 – Sunday

OK, so this isn’t a party thing but man, it sounds fun. The Motor City Soap Company is hosting a class at Ponyride in Corktown. You’ll learn how to make handmade soap with simple ingredients and little equipment. During this class you’ll make a batch of soap and cover a bunch of techniques. You’ll also leave with a bar of soap and a resource guide.

1:30-4:00 p.m. | 1401 Vermont Street in Detroit | Tickets

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The Man Who Saved Detroit’s Thanksgiving Parade, Art Van Elslander, Dies http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/12/man-saved-detroits-thanksgiving-parade-art-van-elslander-dies/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/12/man-saved-detroits-thanksgiving-parade-art-van-elslander-dies/#respond Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:01:41 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40853 A local legend as far as business and philanthropy, Art Van Elslander, has died. He was 87.

The founder of Art Van’s in 1959, he grew a store where he was the only employee into a furniture powerhouse based in Warren, Michigan.

Born in 1930 in Detroit, Michigan, Van Elslander was the son of a Belgian immigrant. He grew up in Detroit, selling newspapers and working in his father’s bar as a young boy. At age 14, he discovered his love of fashion when he took a job working at a local haberdashery, Square Menswear. After graduating from Denby High School in 1948 and serving in the U.S. Army, Mr. Van Elslander married, started a family and took a job at Gruenwald Furniture.

He opened his first store in 1959, the sole proprietor of a 4,000 square foot shop on Gratiot Avenue in East Detroit, and headed Art Van Furniture to nearly 4,000 associates and more than 100 Art Van Furniture locations.

The chain was sold to a private equity company in January of 2017 for an undisclosed price.

Van Elslander was also very active in philanthropy, supporting a variety of organizations and received a Max M. Fisher Outstanding Philanthropist Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 1992. He supported organizations like St. John Providence Health System, Focus:HOPE, Forgotten Harvest and the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph, among others.

Stepping Up

When Detroit’s Thanksgiving Parade company was on its back financially, he was the man who wrote a personal $200,000 check in 1990 to keep it alive after The Parade Company had lost their primary sponsor.

The parade had seen a series of issues. Hudson’s stopped sponsoring in 1980. Later in the decade, in 1988, television network CBS pulled the plug on carrying it nationally.

Van Elslander also helped rebuild the organization, according to reports at the time. Fixing issues with creditors, and putting together more fundraisers. It’s now called America’s Thanksgiving Parade and has events like the Hob Nobble Gobble Presented By Ford and the Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot. The Parade Company also offers tours for organizations.

A family man, Art Van Elslander leaves behind 10 children, his wife Mary Ann, and several grand children and great grand children.

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PODCAST: Melody Baetens Talks Paczki Bombs, Music And Covering Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/09/podcast-melody-baetens-talks-paczki-bombs-music-covering-detroit/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/09/podcast-melody-baetens-talks-paczki-bombs-music-covering-detroit/#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 05:00:37 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40811 Our guest on the Happy Hour this week could be considered Detroit cultural royalty, if there is such a thing.

Around the Daily Detroit office, we often joke that the shirts that say “Detroit Hustles Harder,” to be more accurate, should have said “Detroit Hustles/ Side Hustles / Other Hustles / Weekend Hustles Harder.” Because it seems like the people who are doing things around here are always wearing many hats.

We were honored to have Melody Baetens, a woman of many talents and who is one of those people who wears many hats.

  • By day she’s a reporter for the Detroit News covering all things features, including music and food and the new restaurants in town.
  • She also is a co-owner of Small’s in Hamtramck, on of Metro Detroit’s best venues to see a show.
  • If that wasn’t enough, she’s also a musician who has traveled the world putting on shows as far away as Argentina and Serbia. Musical credits include the Gore Gore Girls, Coronados, and much more.

Sven Gustafson hits on a variety of topics in this wide-ranging interview. What it’s like to play shows in Serbia. What are some of the restaurants to look for. Is there a restaurant bubble? And how there’s so much going on in Detroit but fewer people to cover it.

You can find Melody here on Twitter: https://twitter.com/melodybaetens

And don’t forget that Small’s is serving Paczki bombs (we get into those on the pod) this upcoming Tuesday: https://www.facebook.com/smallsbar

And here’s here Detroit News author page: https://www.detroitnews.com/staff/26633/melody-baetens/

As always, if you like the show, don’t forget to subscribe for free in your favorite podcatcher of choice. Here’s a link to iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-daily-detroit-happy-hour/id1168444594?mt=2

And thanks to Podcast Detroit: http://www.podcastdetroit.com

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Your City 5: Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of February 9-11 http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/08/city-5-things-detroit-weekend-february-9-11/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/08/city-5-things-detroit-weekend-february-9-11/#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 03:03:58 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40794 Hey there everyone!

I hear we are about to be buried in snow this weekend. Which really stinks because there are some really great events happening this weekend.

So I guess I’m going to say to stay safe out there, but if you find a break, here’s what’s happening.

Weekend of J Dilla 

The Charles H. Wright Museum and the Detroit Institute of Art are partnering together to bring you an entire weekend dedicated to the music and legacy of legendary Detroit hip-hop producer J Dilla.

Friday Night Live at the DIA will have The Music of J Dilla in the Rivera Court. Performances will take place at 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday there will be a family performance with Cecelia Sharpe & Urban Strings II Youth Ensemble at the DIA. The performance will take place at 2:00 p.m. in the Rivera Court.

Sunday will be the 7th Annual Dilla Youth Day at the Charles H. Wright Museum.

Come celebrate the life and legacy of J. Dilla. Kids will be able to learn how to lay down a track, write your own rhymes, breakdance, and so much more.

All of these events are free to attend. You can find more information about all of the events at the DIA website and the Charles H. Wright Museum website

While we’re talking about J Dilla I just want to send you over to this post we did back in December.

When: All weekend, check times on each website.

Where: Multiple locations

2018 Paczki Run

Get your running game on this Saturday for the Paczki Run. Afterward you’ll be rewarded with beer and paczki.

You can find out all of the details here.

When: Saturday, February 10 the race starts at 10:00 a.m.


Valentine’s Day is next Wednesday. I can hardly believe it.

If you are racking your brain for a fun, thoughtful gift to get your Valentine I suggest you head to Pot + Box this Saturday for the 6th annual VLNTNSDY MRKT.

There will be a great selection of vendors for the specialty market. Plus, you have a great excuse to walk around the Fisher Building.

When: Saturday, February 10 from 10:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Where: Pot + Box 3011 W Grand Boulevard Suite 130 Detroit, Michigan 48202

Empty Bowls with Gleaners Food Bank

It’s time again for the 26th annual Empty Bowls event at Pewabic in partnership with Gleaners Food Bank.

For the past few months students and artists have been designing soup bowls in preparation for this popular event.

People buy a bowl (which can cost between $5 and $40) and they get a free bowl of soup and bread. Area restaurants provide the soup and breads.

Proceeds go to Gleaners Community Food Bank. Gleaners can provide three meals for every dollar raised.

This Saturday is suppose to be a cold one, so why not warm up your belly while helping those in need.

When: Saturday, February 10 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. This event is first come first served, so get there early. People tend to start lining up around 9:00 a.m.

Where: Pewabic 10125 E. Jefferson Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48214

The Pizza Throwdown

Who doesn’t love a good slice of pizza? A heretic that’s who.

Anyway, this Sunday is The Pizza Throwdown at Eastern Market’s Shed 5.

There will be multiple pizza places vying for the top spot for Best Pizza in Metro Detroit.

Each ticket will get you five complimentary samples from your choice of pizza makers. Each of the pizza makers will also be selling full size slices. You’ll also find a full cash bar with beer and non-alcoholic drinks as well.

Pre-sale tickets are $15. The price goes up to $20 once the pre-sale tickets sell out.

When: Sunday, February 11 from 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: Shed 5 2801 Russell Street Detroit, Michigan 48207


Motor City Soul Stomp 

It’s once again time for the monthly Motor City Soul Stomp at the Marble Bar. Come out to listen and dance to rare soul and funk music from the 60’s and 70’s.

The admission is free and the music is hopping.

When: Saturday, February 10 from 10:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.

Where: The Marble Bar 1501 Holden Street Detroit, Michigan 48208

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The 6th Annual Paczki Run Returns To Hamtramck This Saturday http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/07/6th-annual-paczki-run-returns-hamtramck-saturday/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/07/6th-annual-paczki-run-returns-hamtramck-saturday/#respond Thu, 08 Feb 2018 03:23:51 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40765 It’s not very often that you see the words paczek and run together in a sentence.

It only happens one day a year in Hamtramck during the Annual 5K Paczki Run. This year the Paczki Run will take place on Saturday, February 10 at 10:00 a.m.

This is the sixth year that Tour de Troit has put on this fun run through the streets of Hamtramck.

The race starts at 10:00 a.m. on the corner of Joseph Campau Avenue and Hanley Street.

The race is $40 to enter. You can register for it here or on the day of at Better Life Bags.

Proceeds from the Paczki Run will go towards to renovating Hamtramck parks and the Hamtramck DDA with its non-motorized transportation plans.

There will be a party after the race with polka music and dancers.

Area businesses are also getting in on the festivities and will offer runners a “bib discount” on food, drinks, and shopping.

I’m sure that some people feel like running a 5k is the best part of this event, I beg to differ. It’s all about the paczki and beer.

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LISTEN: Nigel Barker, Impossible Wahlburgers, MoGo Love, Detroit Pistons Value And More http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/07/listen-nigel-barker-impossible-wahlburgers-mogo-love-detroit-pistons-value/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/07/listen-nigel-barker-impossible-wahlburgers-mogo-love-detroit-pistons-value/#respond Thu, 08 Feb 2018 03:09:19 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40780

Here’s what we’re covering today on your Daily Detroit News Byte.

Feature Interview: Nigel Barker, Photographer, Personality, Michigan Lover (Twitter)

Thanks to Milo Detroit for their support in making the Daily Detroit News Byte possible. http://www.milodetroit.com

Also, thanks to Podcast Detroit: http://www.podcastdetroit.com

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Your Networking 5 For The Week Of February 6-12 http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/05/networking-5-week-february-6-12/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/05/networking-5-week-february-6-12/#respond Mon, 05 Feb 2018 18:07:46 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40720 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


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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