GREAT IDEAS START WITH BUILD
We help people turn their business ideas into reality by providing them with the necessary tools, resources, and support network in Detroit. To date, we have graduated over 1800 aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs from our classes, many of whom have gone on to start successful businesses in the city. In addition to classes, we offer networking events, mentorship, connections to resources and a nurturing community that allows ideas to develop and flourish over time. With a little support, a lot of hard work, and a friendly nudge, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running. Do you have an idea? Want to be your own boss? Dream of starting a business? Join us and get Building!
Build was started in January 2012 as a program of D:hive, a welcome center and resource hub located downtown. The classes, called Build Basics, are based on national standards for entrepreneurship education. The first class in Detroit was offered in the spring of 2012 and since then demand has grown tremendously. Classes are now offered every season and have expanded beyond the core curriculum to include Build Impact, Co.Starters, and Digital Marketing, with classes offered throughout the City of Detroit, Metro Detroit, and beyond.
As passionate, thought leaders our mission at Build Institute is to empower people to launch ideas and grow businesses. With a primary focus on Blacks, Latinx, under-represented, and under-resourced community businesses, we provide access to an equitable (w)holistic support system for ideators and early-stage business owners. We offer a safe and diverse co-working and meeting space. We can provide early-stage capital, continuous education, and access to customers. Head-quartered in Detroit, we serve Detroiters, other cities in Michigan, and we now have a national footprint.
We are a diverse culture with a creative and flexible work environment. Whether in the office or on the moon, we are leaning into support for small businesses. We believe that small businesses are the anchors for community revitalization and quality of life. We exist to strengthen the Black, Latinx, women-owned, and the minority microbusiness community. We provide support with state-of-the-art entrepreneurial education, capital access, and expert resources, tailored for sustainability and growth. One business at a time, our impact will result in vibrant commercial corridors in every neighborhood, where people love, live, work, and play.
We envision a world revitalized through entrepreneurial success – built one person and one micro-business idea at a time.
Carol Adams - Executive Assistant
Carol Adams is a seasoned Executive Assistant with many years of progressive experience.
Carol has supported high level executives at New Detroit, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Arthur Andersen, Accenture, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and TechTown. Carol currently supports the President & CEO of Build Institute. Her expertise includes board and program support, strategic planning, developing and implementing processes and procedures, team building, and event and conference planning. She has an Associates degree from the University of Phoenix and is a member of the Stars of Adah – Chapter 125, Mothers of Murdered Children, and The New Temple of Faith Missionary Baptist Church. She is a parent of three and grandmother of six.
Lisa Grace - Development Director
Lisa Grace is a non-profit professional with over 25 years of experience working for Detroit area nonprofits. She believes that small businesses and entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of our local economies and now more than ever before, entrepreneurial education and access to capital plays a critical role in ensuring that our communities are thriving. While at Ecoworks, Lisa was able to raise the visibility of the Reclaim Detroit program, developing a market for reclaimed materials and securing funding to support the environmentally driven workforce development program. At GRDC and Ennis Center for Children, she secured much needed funds to increase and support operations and programming. Lisa is also a passionate volunteer working for several organizations, but her heart lies with the Redford Theatre. Currently, she serves on several committees and is the voice of the Redford Theatre’s social media. Lisa is a proud graduate of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of NonProfit Management. She is inspired daily by her husband, their children and grandchildren who say she is a great cook, an avid reader, and a subpar poker player.
Marquise Adeleye - Special Projects and Operations Manager
Marquise has come to Build Institute as the Special Projects and Operations Manage through the Venture for America program. Venture for America helped Marquise to grow their skills while providing them with the tools needed to thrive in the entrepreneurial world. Marquise has an artistic background that they believe is beneficial in supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem. They graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in Dance and a focus on Production and Technology. During their time in undergrad, Marquise worked in various student organizations to support diversity and inclusivity in the Middlebury College community. Marquise will help Build Institute continue to nurture a diverse and inclusive entrepreneurial community in Detroit. When Marquise is not on the clock you can find them skateboarding through the streets of Detroit or baking from fresh focaccia at home.
Onni Stone - Capital Access Manager
Onni Stone is passionate about empowering marginalized people, specifically economically and through financial literacy. She is a lifelong Michigan native, now resident of Detroit. She has worked for and started a number of small businesses over the years and understands the micro and macro impact of providing resources for entrepreneurs. She works for the Build Institute in the capacity of Kiva capital access manager. She manages Detroit SOUP and Build Institute’s Capital Ladder Access Fund and is the in house finance subject matter expert. In her free time, she is a reader, learner, woodworker, and explorer.
Regina Ann Campbell- President and CEO
Regina Ann Campbell is the President and CEO of Build Institute, the nonprofit idea incubator for the Detroit Region. Before joining Build Institute, Regina was the Chief Program Officer for Epicenter Memphis. Regina was responsible for national strategic partnerships and a portfolio of programs, initiatives, and systems that ensured inclusive access and vibrancy of the entrepreneurial community in the Greater Memphis region.
To date, Regina has led teams and initiatives that provided access to $21.4M+ in funding and resources for minority small business owners. As an economic development thought leader Regina has a successful track record of creating economic growth by scaling place-based acceleration and incubation, working with hundreds of entrepreneurs, and assisting in the launch of multiple startups.
As a culture advocate, Regina champions entrepreneurship to drive economic empowerment for women and minorities; leverages shared cultural experiences to serve the “whole entrepreneur”; understands the ripple effect of entrepreneurship in urban/local communities; provides access to resources; revitalizes neighborhoods to create vibrant and thriving communities.
Regina is also a social entrepreneur as co-founder and president of 901 ROC Development, LLC.
Torrance Campbell – Program Assistant
Torrance is a creative that values diversity, innovation and quality service . Torrance supports the program team with Build Classes, Build Alumni, engagement, social media and technical things. Torrance has lived in Detroit, Michigan most of his life with the exception of three years in Memphis, TN where he attended the first accredited TSTEM High School. Torrance returned to Detroit Michigan and is a freshman at the College for Creative Studies aspiring to become an animator. Along with animation, Torrance has been coding for a lifetime and has a CompTIA certification.
Downtown Detroit Partnership
Detroit Development Fund
Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
Fifth Third Bank
MSU Product Center
Wayne State Law Clinic
& countless other community professionals.