The character of a city is made up by the people, the culture, and the surrounding environment. That environment consist of where you live, work, and play. As a business owner, what does Detroit offer you that is unique from other cities?
Detroit borders Windsor, Canada. An ideal position for businesses to expand and grow. “Our unique geographic location, with our close proximity to Canada, opens up international opportunities.” says Michelle McDonald, owner of Sarica Enterprises.
As a business owner, you’re able to serve a diverse consumer market. Michelle adds, “There is such diversity in the types of businesses. Where creativity and industry come together. As a consultant, I have had poets to governmental entities as clients.” Grace Keros, owner of American Coney Island, a family-owned business that’s been a part of Detroit’s fabric for 99 years, says, “The people of Detroit are different. We have a location in Vegas, and though we get a diverse crowd in Vegas, it still doesn’t compare to the people in Detroit.”
Resources, Resources, Resources
Detroit continues to focus on rebuilding and strengthening its economy, providing an abundant amount of resources to assist already established businesses, and to attract new business. The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC), Detroit Biz Grid, and Motor City Match are just a few of the organizations that provide assistance for Detroit business owners. These organizations and many others are connecting business owners with services that include business planning and strategy, real estate assistance, funding, co-working space, and more in their proactive efforts to aid in Detroit’s economic growth.
Automation Alley’s 2016 Technology Industry Report forecasts that Southeast Michigan will be a better place for technology companies to do business than Silicon Valley. Amazon recently opened its tech hub in downtown Detroit, positioning Detroit in becoming a key location for the technology industry. There are also local companies that offer tech training and business startup assistance in efforts to cultivate and grow the local tech talent.
These are just a few incentives for choosing the Motor City for your business.
This article was written by T. Marie Adams for CBS Small Business Pulse.