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    Build Institute Honored by Bank of America

    Build Institute is honored to be selected as a 2016 Neighborhood Builder from Bank of America. The recognition awards high-performing nonprofits that have made a significant impact in the community working in the bank’s priority funding areas of housing, jobs and hunger relief. The Neighborhood Builder program is a strategic investment that pairs leadership training with a $200,000 unrestricted grant over two years so leaders gain valuable skills while applying funding where it is most needed. Build Institute has been recognized for its work in improving financial lives through entrepreneurship and its alignment to Bank of America’s work to address...

    Kiva Zip Detroit Update

    We’re delighted to announce that after four years of exciting growth and inspiring impact in and around Detroit, Kiva Zip is graduating out of beta! This means that our Kiva Zip loans will be moving to the main Kiva.org website. Merging Kiva Zip into the main Kiva website will make it possible for us to expand Kiva's impact in communities across metro Detroit, while continuing to grow our international network of borrowers and lenders. There are several reasons for this change, but mainly, it is to streamline the application process. Currently Kiva Zip lenders have separate Kiva Zip and...

    Hundreds Learn About Launching a Social Enterprise in Detroit

    “Doing well while doing good.” “Profit with a purpose.” These were the type of phrases bantered about on Wednesday, May 5, at Social Entrepreneur Day, part of Detroit Entrepreneur Week, May 2-7, 2016. The day was presented in partnership with Build Institute, which is a strong advocate for social enterprise and small business support. For the 120 Social Entrepreneur Day attendees, who filled a spacious room at TechTown Detroit, the day started off with an overview of social entrepreneurship (the pursuit of a social mission using commercial means). Marcus Harris, Build’s facilitator of Build Social, small business taskmaster, and one of social entrepreneurship’s...

    Welcome Wayne: Alumni Manager

    We're very excited to welcome Wayne Ramocan to our Build team as our new Alumni Manager! He's a fellow 2013 Build graduate and a man of many talents who will strengthen our growing community of Builders. Get to know Wayne a bit more in this Q&A.   Where were you born and raised? I was born in Baltimore, Maryland and raised in Detroit. What made you want the position of Alumni Manager at Build Institute? There is a lot of small business activity in the city right now. Build plays an important role in preparing entrepreneurs to take their next step and it's an honor to be a part of...

    Welcome Yolanda: Registration Manager

    We're so excited to welcome Build graduate and Etsy class facilitator Yolanda Curry to our Build team as our new Registration and Recruitment Coordinator! She will manage all the registration process for our Build classes as well as outreach to more aspiring and established entrepreneurs. Get to know Yolanda a little bit more in this Q&A.   Where were you born and raised? The D baby! I'm proud to be from Detroit, MI. What made you want the position of Registration Manager at Build Institute? I love working with people and business ownership is near and dear to me. I share as many resources as I can with aspiring entrepreneurs;...

    Welcome Madalyn: Brand Strategy Manager

    We're so thrilled to welcome fellow Build graduate Madalyn Knebel to our Build team as our Brand Strategy Manager! She will handle all design, marketing, and social media needs for our organization to keep us looking our best. Get to know Madalyn a little bit more in this Q&A.   Where were you born and raised? I was born in California, raised in Michigan, but I've grown the most in Detroit. What made you want the position of Brand Strategy Manager at Build Institute? Five years ago when I moved to Detroit I discovered D:hive and loved how friendly and helpful the organization was. I wanted to produce design work for them...

    Get to Know Nikki: Alumni Coordinator

    Though she's been assisting us since 2015, we're thrilled to officially welcome Build graduate Nikki Pardo to our Build team as the Alumni Coordinator! She will manage communications with Build graduates to keep them engaged in our community. Get to know Nikki a little bit more in this Q&A.   Where were you born and raised? I was born in Detroit and raised in Lathrup Village, Michigan. However, my heart will always be with Southwest Detroit, where I lived for several years. What made you want the position of Registration and Recruitment Coordinator at Build Institute? I wanted the position as the Alumni Coordinator because having been a Build...

    A Spirit of Detroit: Build grad reflects and thanks those that have helped

    I’m a relative newcomer to Detroit, having moved here in 2012 to teach elementary school on the west side of the city. When I tell my friends and family on the east coast why this city is so special to me, the spirit of Detroiters always stands out in my mind. Everyone I meet is passionate and involved in something to create a stronger Detroit – whether it’s working with youth, rehabbing a home, starting a business, organizing a block club, volunteering in spare time, and much more. Doing all these things is not the unique part, but it’s...

    Build in Huffington Post

    "There is no lack of people within Detroit's neighborhoods who want to collaborate. April Boyle, Executive Director of Build Institute, a network of grass-roots programs that train people to bring their business ideas to life, says more attention and investment needs go to into community entrepreneurship. To date, Build has graduated 600 aspiring and experienced community entrepreneurs. Build fosters growth for what they call Main Street entrepreneurs-- brick and mortars or mom and pop lifestyle passion businesses--that are looking to open businesses in their community. "We need both the investment paid to tech and high-growth companies but we also need...

    Welcome Eric: Recruitment and Registration Coordinator

    We're so excited to welcome Eric Dean to our Build team as our new Registration and Recruitment Coordinator. Eric will manage all the registration process for our Build classes as well as outreach to more aspiring and established entrepreneurs. Get to know Eric a little bit more in this Q&A.   Where were you born and raised? I am born and raised in Detroit, MI. I love to traveling and sightseeing but nothing beats Detroit. What made you want the position of Registration and Recruitment Coordinator at Build Institute? Each one of the Build staff, graduates, and volunteers I met were very welcoming and...