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City Living Detroit

444 Willis St
Suite 108
Detroit, MI 48201

Austin Black

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
Fast Track through TechTown

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
A client who moved to Michigan from out of state to take a job with Wayne State University found me online.

Where did you find your first employee?
I previously worked with or met both of my independent contractors before opening my company.

Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it?

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
My start-up capital was from personal savings and loans from family and friends.

What do you see in Metro Detroit that other people who live outside the area don't?
People who live outside the area, particularly those who live in other urban areas tend to think more like me and that we see the potential that exists in this area. Those that have lived in the area a long time and have not had an experience outside Metro Detroit tend not to see the full potential of this region, particular the potential that exists in Detroit.

What could local leaders do to help attract and retain more entrepreneurial young people to Metro Detroit?
Create a welcoming and open culture that fosters entrepreneurship, new business ideas and concepts. Develop policy that moves Michigan forward for the good of all.

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