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The City of Detroit is home to one of the highest concentration of Blacks in the United States. Around 550,000 Blacks represent over 75 percent of Detroit's population, and overall almost 1.1 million live in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties.  Migration to the region began in the 1920s, as oppressed Blacks left Southern States in search of industrial jobs. The Black population has a high level of identification with the city and a strong entrepreneurial spirit.  Almost two-thirds of all businesses in Detroit are Black-owned, around 33,000.
The Michigan Chronicle is the largest publication serving the Black community.

Black Community Features

A.L. Holmes Elementary School students

Detroit Public Schools welcomes blended learning into the classroom

When blended learning—a mix of online instruction and live teachers—came to the classroom, some feared a battle of high tech versus high touch, a world of kids plugging into computers and the teacher rendered obsolete. But what has evolved at one Detroit school is a system of high tech and high touch.

Soulardarity's leadership team: Nikkia Jones and Jackson Koeppel

Community lighting group to potentially partner with Highland Park on ambitious project

When the gutting of Highland Park's lighting grid left residents in the dark four years ago, a grassroots group called Soulardarity sprang up to try to remedy the problem. Now, they're trying to forge an unprecedented partnership with Highland Park to light the entire city with solar power.

Patronicity team at work

Detroit's civic funding scene gets crowded

Community organizers and entrepreneurs have more choice than ever when it comes to asking the public for funding. But is the landscape getting 'crowded'? Nina Ignaczak digs in to find out what's going on in the world of civic crowdfunding in Detroit.

Guisa Suttle and Maria Fernandez glazzing and fitting glass at Turner Restoration's workshop

Meet the Detroiter whose historic restoration skills are in demand around the country

Jim Turner has been working in historic restoration since 1988, when he purchased his home in Detroit's Arden Park-East Boston Historic District.

Escalators in Medellin's Comuna no 13 San Javier neighborhood

Designing the equitable city: A conversation about the value of local and global exchange

Detroit and Medellin, Columbia, are very different cities, but there's a lot they can learn from one another when it comes to involving citizens in equitable development.

Detroit satirist and Dirty Show founder Jerry Vile

Finally, Detroit can stop taking itself so seriously

Satire is on the rise in the city, and that's a good thing.

Daphne Watkins

Facebook, data and the battle against institutional racism on campus

When U-M's Dr. Daphne C. Watkins looked into what kind of research was being done on the mental health of young, black men in college she discovered, well, very little. This inspired a social media-based project that seeks to provide support, information and conversation about the issues that affect what Dr. Watkins calls "a minority within a minority."

Malik Yakini, Detroit Black Food Security Network & D-Town Farms

Creating a cultural shift in how Detroiters think about food

A combination of grass roots programming and improved access to fresh food in neighborhoods is helping change the way Detroit eats.

Sommer Woods

Pushing for inclusive development along Woodward Avenue: Sommer Woods and M-1 Rail

"Development can be so much more productive if there are more perspectives at the table: people of color, women, older people, younger people, white men," says M-1 Rail's Sommer Woods. "When you have all these people at the table you're guaranteed to have perspective instead of one monolithic project."

Mike Score, president of Hantz Woodlands

Nowhere to go but up: Growing metro Detroit's tree canopy

After being battered by Dutch elm disease and then emerald ash borers, the number of trees in metro Detroit and Michigan's other urban centers has nowhere to go but up. And groups around the region are helping accelerate that growth.

Plum Street Farm

Looking back on a decade of growth in Detroit's urban ag movement

As we celebrate a decade of publishing in Detroit, we look back on the growth of the city's urban agriculture movement in recent years.

Project Genesis 2015 class

Program for Detroit high schoolers a template for building healthcare workforce of future

With a shortage of workers looming, a Detroit program could prove a national template for developing the healthcare workforce of the future.

Frank McGhee, director of NSO YIP, mentoring a group of young Detroit men

Detroit groups work to develop young men of color into leaders

Young men of color are some of the most at-risk members of our society, but several groups in Detroit are working to tap into their leadership potential.

Stefanie Staufer with her hot peppers at Tilian Farm

A fresh crop of local entrepreneurial farmers

Though affordable land has become a significant barrier to entry, the Tilian Farm Development Center is helping a new generation of farmers work local fields. They're savvy about social media, understand the strengths of niche marketing, and are, increasingly, women.

Maia Crown Williams, organizer of MECCAcon

The changing face of the comics industry is on display in Detroit

This fall in Detroit, two new conventions will bring the work of women and people of color to the forefront of the comics industry.

Organization

Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council

Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council is a non-profit committed to driving economic growth within minority communities. It is based in Detroit.
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Black Community Founders

Ellis Infinity Beverage Co figures out the recipe for finding the first home away from home

Ellis Infinity Beverage Co figures out the recipe for finding the first home away from home

City: Detroit
"Make sure the production side of things is something you have a passion for," Ellis-Brown says. "It's not easy. It's one of the hardest things I have ever done."
Shena Penn

Shena Penn

City: Detroit
Shena Penn is the founder of Pure Decontamination, a crime-scene clean-up business based in Detroit.
Nailah Ellis-Brown turns family tradition into fast-growing business

Nailah Ellis-Brown turns family tradition into fast-growing business

City: Detroit
Nailah Ellis-Brown isn't the first member of her family to start a business. In fact her Detroit-based, slow-food startup, Ellis Island Tea, has its roots with the first entrepreneurs of her family.
Tatiana Grant

Tatiana Grant

Tatiana Grant is one of the co-founders of Flash Delivery, a food-delivery service based in downtown Detroit.
Tifani Sadek

Tifani Sadek

City: Detroit
Tifani Sadek is the founder of Sadek Legal, a Detroit-based law firm that specializes in legal work for entrepreneurs.
Patrick Peteet

Patrick Peteet

City: Oak Park
Patrick Peteet is the co-founder of Peteet's Famous Cheese Cakes, a family owned cheesecake bakery based in Oak Park.
Glenn Oliver

Glenn Oliver

City: Detroit
Glenn Oliver is the CEO of H2bid, a Detroit-based startup that helps municipalities bid out water, sewer and infrastructure projects online.
Tawnya Clark

Tawnya Clark

City: Detroit
Tawnya Clark is the founder of the Batata Shop, a Detroit-based catering business that specializes in sweet potato waffles.
Brandon Colvin

Brandon Colvin

Brandon Colvin is the founder of CANVASxDetroit, an organization that works with aspiring artists in the Motor City.
Hajj Flemings

Hajj Flemings

Hajj Flemings is the founder of Brand Camp, a series of conferences and events that helps people strengthen the brands of their businesses.
Sam White

Sam White

City: Detroit
Sam White is the founder of Shakespeare in Detroit, a non-profit that is brings Shakespeare performances to the Motor City.
Angelique Robinson

Angelique Robinson

City: Detroit
Angelique Robinson is the founder of a Treats by Angelique, a small business focused on making delicious baked goods.
Michael Evans

Michael Evans

City: Detroit
Michael Evans is the founder of PishPosh, a podcasting startup based in downtown Detroit.
Link Howard

Link Howard

City: Detroit
Link Howard is the CEO of Powelink Facilities Management Services, a company based in Detroit's New Center neighborhood.
Jay Rayford

Jay Rayford

City: Detroit
Jay Rayford is the founder of RepYourCity.com, an online start-up based in Detroit.
Sebastian Jackson

Sebastian Jackson

City: Detroit
Sebastian Jackson is the founder of The Social Club Grooming Company, a barbershop/salon working to break down racial barriers in Detroit.
Jenile Brooks

Jenile Brooks

Jenile Brooks is the founder of Harvest Express, a food start-up based in Detroit.
Karyn McCray

Karyn McCray

City: Detroit
Karyn McCray is the founder of CoolPlacestoLive.com, an Internet startup based in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood.
Tawnya Clark

Tawnya Clark

City: Detroit
Tawnya Clark is the founder of The Batata Shop, a craft food firm that specializes in food made from sweet potato.
Angelique Robinson

Angelique Robinson

City: Detroit
Angelique Robinson is the founder of Treats by Angelique, a craft food company based in Detroit.
Terri McQueen

Terri McQueen

City: Dearborn
Terri McQueen is the founder of Ya Digg Records, a vinyl record start-up based in Dearborn.
James Feagin

James Feagin

City: Detroit
James Feagin is the co-founder of Imagine Detroit Together, an art project based in Detroit.
David Merritt

David Merritt

City: Ann Arbor
David Merritt is the founder of IMU, a fashion company based in Ann Arbor.
Iris Jones

Iris Jones

Iris Jones is the founder & CEO of Alchemy Business Strategies, a consulting business based in Detroit.
Carlton Peeples

Carlton Peeples

City: Farmington Hills
Carlton Peoples, owner of Carlton Signature Publishing & PR, LLC, decided to go into the business of public relations after leaving a newspaper job as an editor, and believes Detroit has more potential than what it’s been given credit for.
Willie Donwell II

Willie Donwell II

City: Detroit
Willie Donwell II is the co-founder of WillDo Designs, a graphic design firm based in downtown Detroit.
Phil Jones

Phil Jones

City: Detroit
Phil Jones is the general manager of Colors Restaurant, a workforce training eatery in downtown Detroit.
James Norman

James Norman

City: Detroit
James Norman is the founder of Ubi Video, an Internet start-up based in Detroit.
Glenn Oliver

Glenn Oliver

City: Detroit
Glenn Oliver is the founder of H2bid.com, an Internet company based in Detroit.
Lovenia Lewis

Lovenia Lewis

City: Detroit
A Change for Life is a Nephrology Nurse owned and operated training facility that provides theory and practicum for an entry level position into the field of hemodialysis. Lovenia Lewis in this interview with Bankole Thompson talks about why she set up A Change for Life, a health care group that is training individuals to provide care in the community. 
Latisha Johnson

Latisha Johnson

City: Detroit
Latisha Johnson is the founder of Prestige Meetings & Events, which is based in Detroit's East English Village neighborhood.
Chris Onwuzurike

Chris Onwuzurike

City: Detroit
Chris Onwuzurike, founder and CEO of Keo Associates, a Detroit small business construction company says despite the tough economy the city should open construction opportunities to small businesses to stimulate the economy. In this interview he said stakeholders should be fully engaged in building an entrepreneurial community in Southeast Michigan.
Jonathon Ellison

Jonathon Ellison

City: Detroit
At 34, Jonathon Ellison, is a master electrician and a licensed electrical contractor. His company J. E. Electric  is located on 6513 John R in Detroit. In this interview he talks about how he started his own business and what the city of Detroit and the state must do to encourage entrepreneurship. 
LaKeyla McCaskey

LaKeyla McCaskey

City: Detroit
LaKeyla McCaskey, owner of Gemini II Marketing & Promotions, a company specializing in campaign, event, and promotional planning and marketing, believes Detroit is one is fertile for entrepreneurship and full of opportunity, saying "Detroit is a jewel and some people just don't know it."
Tatiana Grant

Tatiana Grant

City: Farmington Hills
Tatiana Grant is the founder of Your Date Your Way, an online dating and event service based in Farmington Hills.
Tatiana Grant

Tatiana Grant

City: Farmington Hills
Tatiana Grant, CEO and founder of Infused PR & Events is one of the young entrepreneurs in metro Detroit to watch. A self-starter her business extends beyond the confines of Detroit.  

Patrick Peteet

Patrick Peteet

City: Oak Park
Peteet's Famous Cheesecake produces gourmet cheesecakes, each made entirely from scratch, by hand, and from the very freshest, all natural, premium ingredients. The result is rich and creamy, flavorful, irresistible signature two layer cheesecakes.
Patrick Peteet is one of the co-owners of Peteet's Famous Cheesecakes in Oak Park. In this interview Peteet explains the key to succeeding as an entrepreneur saying believing in oneself is key. 
Stacy'e Jones

Stacy'e Jones

City: Detroit
Stacy'e Jones is the founder of Stanford Jones Media, an Internet radio company based out of Detroit's Elevator Building.
Ken

Ken "Blanks" Harrell

City: Detroit
Ken "Blanks" Harrell is the founder of Ask Blanks!, a marketing and consulting firm based in downtown Detroit.
Rufus Bartell

Rufus Bartell

City: Detroit
Rufus Bartell is the founder & CEO of R.B.I Group, a marketing firm based in Detroit's University District. He also owns Simply Casual clothing store.
Vaughan Taylor

Vaughan Taylor

City: Ann Arbor
Vaughan Taylor is the CEO & co-founder of Splink Media, an independent recording artist-based website headquartered in Ann Arbor.
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Eric Bradley

Eric Bradley

City: Ann Arbor
Eric Bradley is the president & CEO of Huron Valley Financial, a mortgage company based in Ann Arbor.
James Smith Moore

James Smith Moore

City: Detroit
James Smith Moore is the founder of Jimmy Kicks, a custom show company based in TechTown.
Sola Obayan

Sola Obayan

City: West Bloomfield
Sola Obayan is the principal of BTO Solutions, a Internet marketing and social media firm based in West Bloomfield.
Margarita Barry

Margarita Barry

City: Detroit
Margarita Barry is the founder and publisher of I Am Young Detroit, a blog that profiles young people who are making a difference in the Motor City.
Hermine Turner

Hermine Turner

City: Detroit
Hermine Turner is the co-founder of The Answer People, an IT firm based virtually throughout Detroit.
Lisa Harvey Roach

Lisa Harvey Roach

City: Farmington Hills
Lisa Harvey Roach is the founder of Wisdom Consulting, a startup based in Farmington Hills that specializes in Idea Mapping consulting.
Terence Willis

Terence Willis

City: Detroit
Terence Willis is the president of IC Data Communications, an international IT firm based in TechTown.
Milton Roye

Milton Roye

City: Bloomfield Hills
Milton Roye is the president of ENRG Power Systems, a Bloomfield Hills-based business creating fuel-efficient technology for automotive engines.
Austin Black

Austin Black

City: Detroit
Austin Black is the founder of City Living Detroit, a real-estate agency specializing in Detroit's historic properties and others along the Woodward corridor.
Roger Williams

Roger Williams

City: Detroit
Roger Williams is a graduate of Bizdom U and used the non-profits classes as the foundation for the company he recently co-founded in TechTown, Launch Learning Group.

Black Community Companies

1.

Woodward Throwbacks

City: Detroit
Industry: Black Community,Construction,Creative Industries,Creative Sector,Detroit,Diversity,General Retail/Wholesale,Minority Owned Business,Woman Owned
2.

Pages on Livernois

City: Detroit
Industry: Black Community,Creative Industries,Creative Sector,Detroit,Diversity,General Retail/Wholesale,Minority Owned Business,Neighborhood Based,Woman Owned
3.

Ali Sandifer

City: Detroit
Industry: Black Community,Creative Industries,Creative Sector,Design/Technical Services,Detroit,Diversity,Minority Owned Business,Woman Owned
4.

The Lip Bar

City: Detroit
Industry: Black Community,Creative Industries,Creative Sector,Diversity,General Retail/Wholesale,Minority Owned Business,Woman Owned
5.

AVC Kitchens

City: Detroit
Industry: Black Community,Boomers,Detroit,Food,Minority Owned Business,Woman Owned
6.

The Right Brothers

City: Detroit
Industry: Black Community,Creative Industries,Creative Sector,Detroit,Diversity,Entertainment/Hospitality,Minority Owned Business
7.

Sweet Potato Sensations

City: Detroit
Industry: Black Community,Detroit,Diversity,Food,Minority Owned Business,Woman Owned
8.

Michigan Urban Farming Initiative

City: Detroit
Industry: Black Community,Detroit,Diversity,Food,Neighborhood Based,Social Venture
9.

McConnell Communications

City: Detroit
Industry: Black Community,Creative Industries,Creative Sector,Diversity,Marketing / Media,Minority Owned Business,Woman Owned
10.

MSquared

City: Detroit
Industry: Black Community,Detroit,Diversity,Minority Owned Business,Professional Services