National Small Business Week with Build Institute


Join Build Institute, in partnership with SCORE, for a week of workshops to grow and sustain your business during this unprecedented time

Monday, May 4

Rapid Fire Resources

Join Build for this FREE resource webinar that will help to answer your most pressing questions during this unprecedented time. Local subject matter experts will be logging in at the scheduled times below to share their information, best practices and tips for navigating the new normalcy of being a small business owner! This is a Zoom Webinar. 

Register HERE

1-1:30 pm Funding & Kiva Loans with Evan Adams
Learn about Kiva and other funding opportunities available.

1:30-2 pm Accounting with Nicole Freeman-Kirkland
Brush up on your Accounting 101 as well as what you need to know regarding filing during COVID.

2:30-3 Legal with Jehan Crump-Gibson
Hear about the Internal Policy and Procedures for staff and customers, reviewing insurance coverage and current contracts to plan for unforeseen circumstances and the importance of succession planning for businesses.

3-4 Human Resources with Belinda Cunningham
Hear how to manage and protect employees when reopening your business including: unemployment claims, what you can and cannot communicate about employees who test positive, how to handle people that refuse to report to work our of fear, remote work best practices, and mandatory health screenings for employers in Wayne County.

4-4:45 USPS Direct Mail Marketing with Jeffrey Adams
At a time when everyone is at home, sheltered business-owners are turning to online options and reaching new and former customers. Learn the US Postal Service can assist your e-commerce planning and how easy it is to have thousands of potential customers read about the products and services you are offering.

Register HERE



Tuesday, May 5

11 am- 12 pm Open MIC- Small Business Revival
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5-7 pm Refocus Workshop 

During the workshop, participants will determine immediate next steps needed to stabilize, reexamine their ventures using the business model canvas, strategize how to better solve customers’ changing needs, and learn how to adapt or refine their business models.This FREE two-hour virtual workshop will help you find the focus and clarity you need to shift your mindset and find a new way forward. If you feel stuck, join us to identify your best next steps together.
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Wednesday, May 6

Wellness Wednesday 

May is mental health month and we want to help you with you! Join Build grads, Jane Pierce and Dr. Paul Thomas for an informative and healing session.   Click here to register for this FREE webinar.

1 pm Jane Pierce- From Waking Up to Calming Down: Lifehacks to get your energy where you want it




Thursday, May 7

1-1:30 pm Coffee & Conversations 

Special Guest, Jason Ray with Zenith Solutions.
Join us on Build’s Facebook page for this live-streamed conversation.


In partnership with SCORE
2:30-4 pm Mindset Is Everything – In Business and In Challenging Times
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Friday, May 8

Join us on our Instagram Channel for this fun and lively Friday!

1-2 pm Lunchtime Promo Power Hour

Build Institute is going to “the gram”. Starting this Friday, we are launching a weekly event promoting our small businesses and ways to support them during this time of social distancing. Join us on Instagram at @StartWithBuild to hear and see the great things these small business owners are doing.
If you want to be featured on an upcoming Friday Promo Power Hour, fill out this form.  

Businesses being featured this Power Hour include Good Cakes and Bakes, Yum Village, Eumelanin, Gus & Gray, Shy & Bold, The Kitchen by Cooking with Que

6-7 pm Happy Hour 

Unwind from the week with Build Institute and your fellow business owners and supporters. Tunes provided by Build graduate, DJ Sassi Blaque