D:hive, the nonprofit geared toward promoting people staking a claim in Detroit, is growing quickly as it lines up more and more powerful allies. D:hive is now partnering with
and other members of the Quicken Loans family of businesses to promote more people moving to to the Motor City or starting a business here.
launched earlier this year as a hub for resources for people who want to live, work, engage or start a business in Detroit. One of its principal initiatives is the BUILD
program, which teaches the bare bones of business for people who want to launch a company or start a project. The demand has been so great that it has doubled its fall session for the next class of micro-entrepreneurs.
"It's a great place for newcomers to the city as well as people who want to start a business here," says Ryan Sullivan, director of business development for Rock Ventures.
He adds that D:hive's efforts are quite complementary to the entrepreneurial culture the Quicken Loans family of business is trying to build in downtown Detroit. For instance, Rock Ventures officials hope the graduates from the BUILD classes will one day help them fill the retail spots they are readying for launch in the near future.
Source: Ryan Sullivan, director of business development for Rock Ventures
Writer: Jon Zemke