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    Three helpful tools for getting your business to the next level

    As an urbanist, I see entrepreneurs as the lifeblood of cities. They are what give cities their own unique identity and sense of vitality. And as an entrepreneur myself, I know how hard it can be to get your business going. Along the way, I’ve picked up a few tricks that have helped take my work to the next level.  There’s a lot of advice out there for entrepreneurs, most of it bad, but I’ve found the tools below to be incredibly helpful.   1. Get Stuff Done Like a Boss This is my daily productivity system. It’s premised on the notion that...

    Etsy in Detroit using 3 #hashtags

    #Etsy In 2007 a friend introduced me to Etsy; I was hooked (and not only as a seller). Have you shopped on the site? Yesss honey! Independent designers. Local designers. Makers around the world. I could deliver a piece of Detroit near and far! I planned to hunker down, sell lots of jewelry, and be the boss! Yet, in all my excitement, it was at times overwhelming. If only Etsy could make learning to sell a bit simpler; offer a class maybe? We’ll get to that soon. Fast forward 8 years, a couple jobs, and 2 kids, I’m on my...

    Left-Handed Brand: From New York to Detroit and growing

    ​Left-Handed Branded creates custom clothing using sustainable fabrics and fashion accessories that are made from up-cycled materials such as 35 mm film. Our motto is "Make a big statement, leave a small carbon footprint!" Left-Handed Branded just cleared a year in Hamtramck after being in NYC for the past 6 years.  So much has happened in those 6 years in Detroit for small business.  I happened intoD:Hive my first month back in Detroit and found out about the Build Institute.   I started out going to Build Sponsored events like Open City and various lectures around town.  Every small business owner...

    So you want to be a localist? Three ways to up your game

    "Even though I had long preferred my local coffee shop to Starbucks, I hadn't heard the term "localist" before encountering BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies), a network of people dedicated to "restoring community through local businesses." I attended their conference in Phoenix this year, where I had the opportunity to learn about the localist movement and listen to presentations by founders of pioneering social entrepreneurial companies like Community Sourced Capital and Dankso. I met community organizers focused on local food systems and economic empowerment and chatted with small business owners that understand they are a part of...

    Build in Fortune Magazine

    In June, Build had the honor of being featured in Fortune Magazine's article "The fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in America" featuring our very own Build grad Danielle Smith of Detroit Maid. "The number of businesses owned by African American women grew 322% since 1997, making black females the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the U.S." Read more here.

    Lemonade Day + Public Allies: Youth Entrepreneurship Celebration

    Lemonade Day was a giant undertaking, especially for us Public Allies. I had just started my service working at Build, and jumped on board with their Team Service Project already planning the event. Let me take a moment to give the proper introduction to Public Allies. Public Allies is a national AmeriCorps program dedicated to young-adult leadership development and advancing new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits and civic participation. This happens by placing Allies to work with local nonprofits for 9 months to build capacity and develop programming. Allies are also placed in a Team Service Project to plan events and develop programs...

    Do you really need a mentor?

    You’ve been moving toward fulfilling your dream of starting a business or taking your existing business to the next level.  Or maybe you’re feeling stuck and you just want to take a step in the right direction.  You conclude that you need a mentor, and you know just the person to ask. But hold up! Do you really need a mentor?  At some point, or should I say at various points in your life journey you’ll realize the need for a mentor, a counselor, or a coach.  Look at the Venn diagram below and you’ll see that while the...