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Breeze Design Studio

2175 Cole St
Birmingham, MI 48009

Rukmal "Rocky" Fernando

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
We have participated in FastTrac New Venture program.

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
We found them through networking at the Detroit Regional Chamber.

Where did you find your first employee?
Through an internship.

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?
We have used credit unions. They are the best.

What advice would you give to someone who was thinking about opening a business here?
Don't think of Detroit as an obstacle. Think of it as an opportunity to help and grow.

What do you see in Metro Detroit that other people who live outside the area don't?
It is a city with lot of talented entrepreneurs and resources. In Detroit, you get the same luxuries without the cost of a big city.

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