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Homeslice Clothing

Detroit, MI 48201

Emily Thornhill

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
I enjoy attending the Model D speaker series events.

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
I met my first customers at this year's Movement Electronic Music Festival where I released my debut collection. The women who bought pieces we're all energetic and eclectic people who were just as excited as me to buy organic, Detroit-made clothing.

Where did you find your first employee?
I'm actually in the midst of hiring my first employee/intern, an old girlfriend who now studies fashion at Columbia. Growing up we danced together in a competing company.

Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it?
Not yet, but that is the goal. Homeslice Clothing is still in the very early stages of development.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
I have found capital to grow Homeslice through Kiva Detroit, a unique microloan company that lends and empowers small businesses around the world. It has selected a small group of Detroit entrepreneurs to participate in the launch of their Michigan chapter, in association with the Michigan Corps.

Name an idea, policy or mindset from elsewhere that you would like to see this region adopt?
I would love to see Detroit support its local manufacturers and businesses as much as possible. Locally spent dollars have the power to strengthen and enrich the community, providing not only local commerce but jobs, income, property tax dollars and economic vitality. I would also like to see Detroit adopt a citywide curbside recycling program.

What could local leaders do to help attract and retain more entrepreneurial young people to Metro Detroit?
Local leaders could attract entrepreneurial youth from around the world if they would look into opening up vacant city owned space to artist's and businesses at a reasonable rate. Artists go where the rent is cheap and ambitious like minds follow the artists.

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