Local Detroit businesses

Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project

We provide free services and resources to Detroit small businesses and entrepreneurs.

The Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project (DNEP) connects Detroit small businesses with University of Michigan faculty-supervised student teams to collaborate on business’ legal, financial, marketing, operational, and design challenges. Students gain life-changing consulting experience working with real businesses; business owners gain access to additional data and capacity until their business can afford to hire professional staff. Services are offered at no cost to businesses. 

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 How can DNEP help?

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Accounting Assistance

One-on-one consultation with accounting students to help get your books in order and get command over your business’ numbers. We can help you select, set up and use accounting software, read financial statements, prepare financial projections, and more!

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Design + Business + Law

Students from three U-M schools collaborate to provide holistic recommendations to boost your company’s brand identity, marketing and growth strategies.

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+Impact Studio for Local Business

Summer interns work full time with a select portfolio of clients to implement the branding, marketing, and operational strategies proposed by prior student teams.

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They were effective communicators, professional in every way. Thank you. Because of their work I feel such a weight lifted. The program that you all are running over there should be a national example.

Jevona Watson, owner of Detroit Sip coffeeshop leaning against the barista bar

Jevona Watson