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    • In the Media

    Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project moved to Ross Business+Impact

    February 1, 2024

    Read about DNEP’s move to Ross’s Business+Impact in this article from The Michigan Daily, where they interviewed Christie Baer, managing director of DNEP, Jerry Davis, founding associate dean for Business+Impact, and former DNEP intern Sarah Pisarczyk. 
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    Meet Siobhan Barrett, DNEP’s New Program & Business Development Manager

    December 1, 2023

    Siobhan Barrett has been hired as the new Program and Business Development Manager for Detroit Entrepreneurs Project announced.  Joining DNEP from ProsperUs Detroit where Siobhan was a Loan Officer providing capital in the form of microloans to low income entrepreneurs of color running small businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park and Inkster.  Siobhan’s professional background gives her extensive knowledge and experience in process innovation and collaboration by being a proactive and engaged member of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Siobhan is a consummate community builder and seeks out ways to serve community partners throughout the entrepreneurial ecosystem in order to strengthen her…
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    DNEP Classes Offered in Winter 2024: Learn More with Faculty Videos

    November 9, 2023

    As a small business owner, if you’ve ever wanted to get involved in a DNEP class or wondered how Detroit entrepreneurs work with students in University of Michigan classes, look no further! Just in time for course registration, University of Michigan faculty have filmed videos that give an overview of each DNEP class offered in the Winter 2024 semester (January – April 2024). While these videos were originally filmed from a student perspective on what they can expect in a DNEP class, they’re also a great way to learn more about the different types of classes DNEP offers, what types…
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    DNEP featured on WJR 760 AM Radio

    November 7, 2023

    DNEP Managing Director Christie Baer was featured on WJR 760 AM Radio where she shared about DNEP and how we create value for both Detroit business owners and University of Michigan Students. This was part of WJR’s “College Tour” series where they highlight different higher education institutions, such as the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Listen to the interview here.  See below for an interview transcript. INTERVIEWER: “Once again we’re delighted to be here at the Ross School of Business where all week long we’ve been learning a lot of really inspiring and interesting things about the institutions…
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    Community Tech Worker Paper Wins Impact Award, Honorable Mention

    October 29, 2023

    In October, lead author Prof. Julie Hui from the School of Information presented the first published research paper with key learnings from DNEP’s Community Tech Worker project with Jefferson East, Inc. at the 26th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing. The paper, Community Tech Workers: Scaffolding Digital Engagement Among Underserved Minority Businesses, describes how the Community Tech Worker program helps businesses determine where to start with technology use, offers support grounded in the day-to-day realities of running a business, and builds caring relationships with business owners to foster trust in technology support services. The paper won both…
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    Partner Profile: Jefferson East Inc. fosters growth in five neighborhoods

    October 9, 2023

    Read about DNEP’s partnership with Jefferson East, Inc., including the Community Tech Worker program, in this interview with JEI’s CEO Joshua Elling. 
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    Choosing the Right POS System for your Business (+2 free resources)

    September 25, 2023

    Choosing the right point of sale system (POS) for your business can be tricky and time consuming with so many options to choose from and oftentimes hidden fees. Over the summer, DNEP’s point of sale intern team created 2 resources to help business owners select the best point of sale system for them: 1) Point of Sale Cost Comparison Calculator and 2) One page overviews of the most frequently used POS systems and a comparison guide.  How to use the point of sale resources:  What to Consider When Choosing your POS System: Sofia Wynn, one of DNEP’s point of sale…
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    DNEP releases new legal, financial resources for small businesses

    August 13, 2023

    Looking to start a new venture or hire seasonal employees? Right in time for the holiday season, DNEP just added new resources to our existing library of 100+ free digital resources for small business owners (including our comprehensive DIY digital business guide and delivery service revenue calculator). We’re excited about these three new additions: Green energy how-to guides If you’re interested in making your business more sustainable or accessing federal funding, the 2023 Inflation Reduction Act provides green energy subsidies to do just that! Students in the Ross School of Business’ +Impact Studio course created a series of Wikihows to…
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    How DNEP made me a better professional and Wordle player

    June 22, 2023

    Michigan Ross Business+Impact blog post by Dorothy Yin, a junior at the Ross School of Business, on her experience in the DNEP +Impact Studio for Local Business internship. 
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