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Build Institute in the News

June 29, 2015 – Fortune Magazine: The fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in America

  • “Our typical participant is an African-American woman,” said April Boyle, the group’s executive director. “It was very intentional from the very beginning to be inclusive, because when we started we saw a gap. There was a lot of attention on high-scale, high-growth technology companies but not a lot of support for community and Main Street entrepreneurs.”

June 23, 2015 – Model D: So you want to be a localist? Three ways to up your game

  • “But the programs Build offers, including its 8-week business plan class, aren’t just for business owners.”

June 10, 2015 – CBSLocal Detroit: Eye on Detroit – Build Institute (video)

March 31, 2015 – Model D: New commercial real estate tours to connect small businesses with storefronts throughout Detroit

  • “It’s difficult to get a rundown of what’s available where and who owns what,” says Meyer. “This is a great opportunity to introduce people to each other.”

March 24, 2015 – Model D: BUILD partners with Etsy to offer craft entrepreneurship classes in Detroit

  • “Its Craft Entrepreneurship Program will not only help people harness their creative skills to earn extra income, but will teach them how best to market and sell their goods and connect with local entrepreneurial resources.”

March 19, 2015 – The Detroit News: Finley: Black input lacking in Detroit’s revival

  • “The D:hive Build small business incubator was the only major program with less than 50 percent white participation.”

March 9, 2015 – Opportunity Detroit: D:hive splits into 2 new businesses

  • “I believe it’s going to be the millions of little things that affect the city. Re-developing the commercial corridor and getting local businesses in those spaces stresses the importance of shopping local and keeping our culture,” says Boyle.

February 8, 2015 – Small Talk with Mark Lee: Podcast with Build Institute’s April Boyle

  • “People come to our class because they want to get connected into a community of doers, of people who are motivated, who have great ideas, and who want to really change the city for the better.”

February 4, 2015 – Corp! Magazine: Get to know the hard working ambassadors of Build Institute

  • ” Its 2015 mission is to advance minority ownership and community entrepreneurship in the city of Detroit and beyond.”

January 25, 2015 – WXYZ ABC 7 Detroit: Shinola celebrates 2015 NAIAS & small businesses 

December 7th, 2014 – Crain’s Detroit Business: To small biz support: Cheers

  • “For the past three years D:Hive has acted as both a welcome center to the city and a small-business development organization. But starting in 2015 it will split into two: Build Institute and Detroit Experience Factory. That means Build Institute can train more people with ideas on how to make them into businesse

November 17th, 2014 – Ixiti: Where to find great art, local gifts, in the Detroit and Ann Arbor areas

  • “Build Bazaar is a rotating pop-up marketplace celebrating emerging entrepreneurs from the Build program.”

October 20th, 2014 – Model D Media: Open City Kicks off 8th Season

  • “Over the last seven years, Open City has helped shape the local entrepreneurship movement into a community.”

October 12th, 2014 – Crain’s Detroit Business: Growing D:hive to split into two new organizations 

  • “By January 2015, the Build Institute will have turned out 400 graduates, some of whom have become the bold-faced names of Detroit’s growing small-business community.”

July 7th, 2014 – Michipreneur: This Summer Build Bazaar Showcases Detroit Small Biz

  • “Build is an 8-week small business and project planning class that’s been hugely successful in Detroit. They are now expanding to host classes in Livernois this summer in partnership with the Livernois Community Storefront.”

July 1st, 2014 – Southwest The Magazine: Business Idea: Pop-up Culture

  • “People have this romantic idea of what it’s like to have a store, but they don’t have the experience of running it 24/7,” says April Boyle, D:Hive’s director of small business initiatives.”

April 14, 2014 – NY Times: How Pop-up Stores are Spurring Innovation in Detroit

  • “D:hive, an organization focused on downtown Detroit, runs a quarterly competition that offers the winners several months of free rent and a $1,000 budget to try out retail concepts.”

Build Grads in the News

June 2015

Ebony Rutherford of Trish’s Garage in Deadline Detroit

David Silver of Detroit Horse Power in Model D

Johnny Jenkins of Creme Detroipolis in PrideSource

Quinn Hamilton of Firebrand Candles on CBS Local

Danielle Smith of Detroit Maid in the Fortune Magazine

April 2015      

April 3, 2015 – Kyle Huntoon of Hunt & Noyer Woodworks in The Detroit News
“Designed in Detroit: Former engineers, natives flock to area”

April 6, 2015 – Kerrie Trahan of Yoganic Flow in The Detroit News
“Yoga instructor healing Detroit ‘one breath at a time’”

April 7, 2015 – Kimberly Watts of Owen & Abbey in Model D
“Social entrepreneur turns old houses into new furniture business, Owen & Abbey” 

April 9, 2015 – Lisa Ludwinski of Sister Pie in the Free Press
“Hatch winner Sister Pie bakery nears Detroit opening”   

April 14, 2015 – Amy Swift of Building Hugger in Southeast Michigan StartUp
“Amy Swift on evolving a company’s business plan and focus”


March 2015    

March 2, 2015 – April Anderson of Good Cakes and Bakes in Detroit Eater
“5 Places to Eat on The Avenue of Fashion”

March 9, 2015 –  Jennifer Matthews of Logan Asher on WXYZ Channel 7
“”Mompreneur” hosts Detroit’s first ever event aimed at helping moms start a business”

March 15, 2015 – Kyle Bartell of Sit on It Detroit on Click on It Detroit 
“Local non profit reaches out to continue to build benches in Detroit”

March 18, 2015 – Karen Majewski of Tekla Vintage in MetroTimes
“Mayor brings back the heyday of Hamtramck with Tekla Vintage “

March 23, 2015 – Jay Rayford of Social Sushi Detroit in Michpreneur
“Social Sushi launches tasty equity crowdfunding campaign”

March 25, 2015 – Carole Hoste of Detroit School of Music in Detroit Crush
“How Carole Hoste Turned Her Passion for Music into a Business”

March 26, 2015 – Kyle Bartell of Sit on It Detroit in BBC
“Can Soup Change the World?” 

March 31, 2015 – Nichole Pardo of Global Alliance Solutions in Model D
“Global Alliance Solutions turns life’s lemons into new business”

February 2015

February 4, 2015 – Alleah Webb of Drifter Coffee in Hell Yeah! Detroit
“Drifter Coffee. Mobile Coffee Shop Coming Soon to Detroit”

February 5, 2015- Than Tran of Kidpreneur in MetroMode
“How are the kids in Kidpreneur doing one year later?”

February 7, 2015- Lisa Ludwinski of Sister Pie and Andrey Douthard of Paramita Sound in Detroit Eater
“Sister Pie Fans Bust a Move at the 24-Hour #Dancebreak-A-Thon at Paramita Sound”

February 8, 2015 – Mandisa Smith of Detroit Fiber Works in Crain’s Detroit Business
“Detroit Fiber Works signed lease on Livernois during polar vortex; here’s how it’s thrived”

February 13, 2015 – Nick Muhktar of Healthy Detroit in Curbed
“Renovation Coming to Belle Isle’s Mushy Athletic Fields”

February 15, 2015 – Jay Rayford of Social Sushi Detroit in Crain’s Detroit Business
“Pair launch equity crowdfunding platform for small-biz owners”

February 17, 2015 – Nichole Pardo of Global Alliance Solutions in ‘Trep Talk

February 18, 2015- Alan Languirand of Apprend in Michpreneur
“More Tech Training in Detroit Available through Apprend”

February 23, 2015 – Christina Lee of Jullierge Concierge in Detroit Crush
“How Two Women Turned Their Service Industry Experience Into A Small Business In Detroit”

February 24, 2015 – Nick Muhktar of Healthy Detroit in Benzinga
“Resurgent Detroit: 5 Ways The Motor City Is Getting Fit”

February 28, 2015 – Go! Smoothies in Michpreneur
“Creating a Healthy Movement in Detroit with GO! Smoothies”

January 2015 

January 6, 2015 – Monica Samuel of Go! Smoothies in Model D
“Go! Smoothies leverages tasty drinks to create healthy lifestyles”

January 7, 2015 – Lisa Ludwinski of Sister Pie in Detroit Eater
“The 12 Most Anticipated Detroit Openings of Winter/Spring 2015”

January 7, 2015 – Kyle Huntoon of Hunt and Noyer in Hour Detroit
“Two young woodworkers commit to keeping their businesses in Detroit”

January 12, 2015 – Jay Rayford of the Knight Cities Challenge finalists in Crain’s Detroit Business
“25 Knight Cities Challenge finalists are from Detroit – and Crain’s Homecoming is one of them”

January 12, 2015 – Kyle Dubay of Woodward Throwbacks in Entrepreneur
“Entrepreneurs Are Making Detroit a Hot Spot for Craft Retail”

January 14, 2015 – Nichole Pardo of Global Alliance Solutions in Crain’s Detroit Business
“Global Alliance Solutions founder finds motivation in Detroit, experience, ‘village’”

January 28, 2015 – Rosalyn Karamoko of Detroit is the New Black in MetroTimes
“Détroit is the New Black is our latest city pride T-shirt”

December 2014 

December 2, 2014 – Jenaveve Biernat of Meta Physica Massage in The Detroit News
“Massaging the Motor City”

December 2, 2014 –  Andrey Douthard of Paramita Sound, Karen Majewski of Tekla Vintage and Randal Jacobs of Savvy Gents in Model D’s guide to shopping local
“Model D’s guide to shopping local this holiday season”

December 2, 2014 – Andrey Douthard of Paramita Sound and Kirsten Ussery of Detroit Vegan Soul in The Villages Passport
“Businesses work together to draw holiday shoppers to the Villages”

December 3, 2014 – Alison Emerick of Ease Living in Forbes
“Holiday Gift Ideas For People With Disabilities”

December 4, 2014 – April Anderson of Good Cakes and Bakes and Mandisa Smith of Detroit Fiber Works in Model D
“On the Avenue of Fashion, small businesses are driving the revival of a neighborhood retail district”

November 2014

November 17, 2014 – Ocelot Print Shop in Art Hopper
“A Tale of Three: Analog Art in a Digital World”

November 24, 2014 – Amanda Brewington of Always Brewing Detroit in WDIV/ Click on Detroit 
“#Thankful4: Detroit coffee shop survives bankruptcy, thrives”

November 25, 2014 – Sarah Pappas of Fresh Cut, Lisa Ludwinski of Sister Pie and Kyle Huntoon of Hunt & Noyer in Crain’s Detroit Business
“10 Detroit-centric gifts (and a bonus)”

 November 26, 2014 – Beau Bien Fine Foods in Square video
“Square Celebrates Independent Business”

November 29, 2014 – InPro, Motor City Popcorn, Flash Delivery and Eartha’s Natural in WXYZ
“Big crowds expected to participate in Small Business Saturday”

October 2014  

October 2, 2014 – Lisa Ludwinski of Sister Pie listed in BuzzFeed
“12 Businesses That Are Putting Detroit On The Map”

 October 6, 2014 – Ronnie Golightly of Motor City Popcorn featured on Channel 7
“Taste of Southfield highlights the city this Tuesday”

 October 21, 2014 – Go! Smoothies on WDIV/ Click on Detroit
“Tasty Tuesday: Go! Smoothies”

October 22, 2014 – McClary Bros. in Metro Times
“McClary Bros. Handcrafted Drinking Vinegars add tang to the classic cocktail craze”

October 23, 2014 – Sweet Potato Sensations in Fox 2
“Made in Michigan: Sweet Potato Sensation”

October 26, 2014 – Sweet Potato Sensations awarded NEIdeas grant in Detroit Free Press
“From barbers to shoes, grant winners are local anchors”

October 27, 2014 – Andrey Douthard of Paramita Sound highlighted in The Detroit News
“New record store adds to Detroit neighborhood’s revival”

October 28, 2014 – Beau Bien Fine Foods and Fall Harvest Urban Farms in The Detroit News
“32 Eastern Market businesses awarded $60K in grants”

October 28, 2014 – Angela Foster of Coffee and (___) interviewed in Opportunity Detroit
“Post Series: Opportunity Detroit Coffee Tour: Coffee and (___)”

October 29, 2014 – Kyle Bartell of Sit on It Detroit featured in MetroTimes
“Shop Talk: Sit on It Detroit makes bus benches, table tops, bars, and more”

September 2014

September 3, 2014 – Randal Jacobs of Savvy Gents profiled in Metro Times
“All Dolled Up: Randal Jacobs brings menswear to Eastern Market”

September 12, 2014 – Sarah Pappas of Fresh Cut Detroit in Love in the D
“Detroit farm flowers for your Detroit wedding”

September 24, 2014 – Andrea Rosenfeld interviewed for Chevy Detroit
“Andrea Rosenfeld: Metro Detroit’s Multifaceted Artist”

August 2014   

 April Anderson of Good Cakes and Bakes Martha Stewart American Made nominee

August 15, 2014 – Sheila Palmer of Quetarshe Textiles Boutique and Studio in The Detroit News
“Textile artist opens shop in ‘Small Mall on Second”