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    In BBC: Michigan Central and the rebirth of Detroit

    By Jonathan Marcus "Rick Novasky has never forgotten the day back in the 1980s when he was working a shift in the ticket office at Detroit’s Michigan Central Station. “A gentleman walked up to the ticket window with tears rolling down his cheeks,” he says. “I asked him if he needed help. The man just pointed toward the subway where everybody boarded the trains and said, ‘that's where I last saw my oldest brother back in 1943. He turned around, waved to us and then got on his train.  We never saw him again. He was killed in the Pacific.’ “That was...

    In Forbes: Why Michigan Could Become A Startup Powerhouse

    By Pete Wilkins Contributor // July 16, 2019 "Michigan’s unicorns demonstrate a fertile startup ecosystem with unlimited opportunities. A couple weeks ago, StockX became the state’s newest in a quickly-growing cohort of unicorns, which includes two other startups that also earned the elite status this year. In February, OneStream Software announced that it had not only become a unicorn but that it is profitable as well, an achievement that few startups can claim — even by the time they exit. In the same month, electric vehicle startup Rivian also earned a billion-dollar valuation when it received a significant investment from Amazon. The startup secured another large round of funding just...

    In Inc. Magazine: An Insider’s Guide to Detroit, Everyone’s Favorite Underdog City

    By Kate Rockwood "From The Schvitz to The Shinola Hotel, Detroit, Inc.'s No. 45 Surge City is experiencing a post-bankruptcy entrepreneurial boom. Come for the nascent Ikea competitors--and stay for the emerging Tesla rivals. Startup Neighborhoods Midtown is "one of the most welcoming areas to the startup community," says Ted Serbinski, managing director of Techstars Detroit. At its heart sits Green Garage, a 1920s auto showroom-turned-co-working space that houses 50 businesses, including FoodLab Detroit and solar design firm Strawberry Solar. When Gwen Jimmere was ready to graduate beauty brand Naturalicious from her basement, she went to Corktown, Detroit's oldest neighborhood. "It's where a lot of entrepreneurs congregate," she says,...

    In Rolling Out: Detroit SOUP will help provide 1,000 Black children with swimming lessons

    By Raquelle "ROCKI" Harris // June 16, 2019 "The community came together for Detroit SOUP, a micro-granting dinner focused on highlighting creative projects in the city. Attendees at the event, held at the Jam Handy on Sunday, June 2, 2019, gave a suggested donation of $10 for dinner and a chance to support a local business. There were four presentations from aspiring and veteran entrepreneurs and business owners. Ranging from art, urban agriculture, social justice, education, technology and more, each of the projects fulfills a need in the community."  

    In WEMU: Business Conference In Ann Arbor Focuses On Inclusion, Capital And Connection

    By Jorge Avellan // June 4, 2019 "About 230 business leaders from Southeast Michigan gathered to hear speakers like April Boyle on how companies and organizations can survive in a tough market.  She's the founder and CEO of Build Institute, a group that provides entrepreneurs with tools to launch and maintain a business.  She says getting people to realize the importance of buying local is essential. "If we spend our money and dollars with local small businesses, where the owner is from the community, the dollar is recycled.  One dollar is recycled into five, ten dollars and it stays in the community," said...

    Small Business Week at Build Institute

    Join Build Institute and the SBA for a FREE day of workshops to grow and scale your business for maximum impact. May 7, 2019 from 12 pm to 7:30 pm at 2701 Bagley St, Detroit 48216 The day includes valuable business resources and one-on-one consulting to help you take your business to the next level. 12pm-1pm Resources for the Human Side of Your Business Are you starting or growing a small business and feeling overwhelmed by it all? The SBDC is here to help with a variety of free resources and answers to your questions. 1:15- 2:15pm Marketing & Mail in the Digital Age Those...

    In Seen Magazine: Build Institute Expands to Help Detroit Entrepreneurs Grow

    By Mary Meldrum // April 3, 2019 "Thanks to April Boyle and her vision to support microenterprises and diverse startups, over 350 businesses have opened in Metro Detroit since 2012. And now, it’s Build’s turn to open a new headquarters in Corktown. Boyle, 45, of Pleasant Ridge founded the Build Institute as a nonprofit entrepreneurial incubator. Build has graduated over 1,700 entrepreneurs from classes and has helped launch businesses that have created over 500 jobs. Partnering with powerhouses such as the Knight Foundation, New Economy Initiative and Downtown Detroit Partnership, Build has flowered into an organization that delivers programs that position Detroit...

    In Metromode: Detroit-based business incubator graduates first class in Pontiac

    "The inaugural class of the Build Basics Pontiac course celebrated its graduation this past Monday, March 25. The Detroit-based small business incubator Build Institute partnered with Flagstar Bank and T. Ramsey and Associates to bring its introductory course to Pontiac. A total of 18 graduates completed the eight-week class. Tameka Ramsey, owner of consulting firm T. Ramsey and Associates, is a Build graduate. Ramsey was a course leader and hosted the class from her downtown Pontiac office."

    On Business Builders Show: Building Inclusive Entrepreneurship in Detroit: April Boyle, Founder, Build Institute

    The Business Builders Show with Marty Wolff on C-Suite Radio is for entrepreneurs, business owners and business leaders. The mission of the show is to inform, inspire, educate and entertain our business audience. Show guests are best-selling authors, top professional speakers, CEOs and business leaders from some of the top companies in America. Show host, Marty Wolff is a highly respected executive coach and business consultant. Based on his reading hundreds of books and interviewing hundreds of guests for over five years, publishers, public relations firms and media companies request to have their clients on the Business Builders Show...

    In Crain’s Detroit Business: Build Institute expands reach in Michigan, Midwest

    By Sherri Welch // March 17, 2019 "Detroit-based Build Institute has licensed its basic entrepreneurial education curriculum to a Fort Wayne, Ind., group working to develop an entrepreneurial system there. At the same time, it's expanding its classes and select entrepreneur support programs to other cities in Southeast Michigan, starting with Pontiac and Hazel Park. Build is in the pilot phase of scaling its programs through an effort dubbed "Build Cities." The three cities are enabling it to test different models for bringing its programs to other communities. The three cities are the first to see Build classes outside of Detroit, but leaders...