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Simply Suzanne

Detroit, MI 48226

Suzanne Vier

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
None to date but there a lot of great programs out there including D:hive in Detroit. I'm a part of the advisory council for the organization and they are doing some great work helping people start and grow their businesses here.

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
Our first store to carry our product was Westborn Market in Berkley.

Where did you find your first employee?
I knew them. Most of the people I've hired to date have been family, friends or referrals. 

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

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
Simply Suzanne is self-funded. We've not used outside capital to date.

What are some of the advantages to doing business here?
There's a large talent pool in Detroit along with amazing creative energy that's contagious. Cost of living is also lower here than in other major cities and when you are starting a new business this is a huge factor.

Name an idea, policy or mindset from elsewhere that you would like to see this region adopt?
Inclusion. NYC is a city of many layers from those from NYC, to commuters, to those who move to NYC from other places. Detroit is experiencing a greater influx of people and it's time to include all to help continue to build a vibrant and diverse city.

What could local leaders do to help attract and retain more entrepreneurial young people to Metro Detroit?
To be flexible and adaptable to the needs of new and budding entrepreneurs and understand that small businesses are vital to the growth of Detroit.

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