Category: General News

Detroit’s Entrepreneurs of Color Fund triples investments, celebrates 2nd anniversary

December 18, 2017 in

Michael S. Barr, Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy at the Ford School, participated in a roundtable discussion at Detroit’s Gem Theater Read More

Fund for Detroit minority small business owners swells to $18 million

December 18, 2017 in

A fund aimed at helping minority owners of small businesses in Detroit strengthen their operations will triple in size thanks to new Read More

How JPMorgan Chase Is Fueling Detroit’s Revival

September 7, 2017 in

There are two kinds of storefronts on this stretch of Detroit’s West ­McNichols Road: Boarded-up and “Why isn’t this boarded up?” Most Read More

A $6.5 million loan fund threw FICO scores out the window, and the results show a way forward for America’s struggling cities

August 30, 2017 in

Adrienne Bennett needed a short-term loan so that her business could pursue a big project, but she wasn’t sure a brick-and-mortar bank Read More

How DDF Takes a Chance on Small Businesses When Banks Won’t

May 2, 2017 in

Four years ago, this block was dark. The streetlights were out and all of the storefronts sat empty. Residents living in apartments Read More

Inside The Coe at West Village, Detroit Strategic Neighborhood Initiative.

February 16, 2017 in

The Coe at West Village real estate project offered a look at what the interior of its housing units will look like Read More

Cooking Up a Food Revolution in Detroit with Detroit Vegan Soul

February 16, 2017 in

Detroit Vegan Soul owners Erika Boyd and Kirsten Ussery-Boyd first went vegan together around 2011. They were hoping to break the cycle Read More

Detroit Development Fund announces Entrepreneurs of Color Funding

July 1, 2016 in

The Detroit Development Fund, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation recently announced the first four Detroit-based minority-owned small businesses Read More

DDF supports Tech Town retail boot camp graduate – Breathe Beauty Bar

July 1, 2016 in

“I launched my all-natural line of products in 2011, and they were a hit,” said Breathe Beauty Bar founder and owner Monica Read More

Knight Foundation converts $2.5M loan to grant for Detroit Development Fund

November 15, 2015 in

Convincing a skeptical landlord that women like pedicures and new shoes, ideally in combination, was far more difficult for Ayanna Williams-Jones than Read More