SID Speaker Series: Detroit’s Ironic Small Business Boom
The 2012 SID Speaker Series continues with the topic, “Detroit’s Ironic Small Business Boom.” This informative panel discussion will take place on Thursday, February 16 from 6pm-7:30pm in the South Studio of the University of Michigan Detroit Center.
Although in the midst of a city budgetary crisis, rapid growth of small businesses in Detroit continues to amaze and inspire. Great success stories can be found throughout the city. In Midtown, one can look at Canine to Five, Good Girls Go to Paris, Goodwell’s or Flo for examples of businesses that are able to take advantage of neighborhood needs and services. In Corktown, Astro Coffee Bar and Sugar House found a way to cash in on Detroiters looking for a tasty way to satisfy their thirst. In Mexicantown, Honey Bee, La Gloria Bakery and Sam’s Supermercado make grocery shopping in the city a delight.
What explains these successes when the city is nearly broke? What can small business owners tell us about contemporary Detroit and where it’s headed in the coming years?
Moderated by Jackie Victor (co-owner of Avalon Bakery and International Breads), panelists include Kim and Hollis Smith of Kim’s Produce, Jordi Carbonell of Café Con Leche and Jess Daniel of FoodLab Detroit.
For more information, please contact the University of Michigan Detroit Center:DetroitCenter@umich.edu / (313) 593-3584