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Since 2010, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been designated as Small Business Saturday. The idea was originally an initiative from American Express but in 2011, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution to make it a nationwide event. 

Studies show for every dollar spent at a small business, 67 cent stays in the community. 


Meet the Black millennials ushering in a new kind of Detroit music festival

Movement and MoPop each had to start somewhere. 

The aforementioned electronic music festival – and Detroit’s unofficial kickoff of summer – is an internationally recognized signature event, drawing crowds north of 100,000 to Hart Plaza each year. MoPop, a new player on the stage, has seen such a rapid expansion since 2015 that it’s looking to switch locations in the near future.


Detroit, Ford seeking residents' ideas for mobility in Corktown

Earlier this month, the City of Detroit partnered with Ford Motor Company to launch the City:One Michigan Central Station Challenge in the communities surrounding the iconic train station located in Detroit's oldest neighborhood, Corktown. As part of Ford Motor Company's historic investment in the train station and Community Benefits Agreement, the City:One Challenge is funding up to $250,000 for up to five pilot ideas.


For 3/13 Day, listen to 313 songs recorded at Assemble Sound

For 3/13 Day this year, we asked the good folks at Assemble Sound to craft a playlist of 313 songs from artists who’ve recorded at the historic church-turned-studio.

Why Assemble Sound? Because they’re carrying on the great tradition of United Sound System, Golden World Studios and Motown Records of not just providing top-notch studio space for Detroit artists, but helping develop musicians, putting them on the map, and navigating them through the industry.


Detroit's West Riverfront park to get makeover and new name

The overhaul of Detroit’s riverfront is getting a $100 million infusion for a new 22-acre park, and a network of trails to connect the Ambassador Bridge with Belle Isle.

The massive plans to beautify what was once an eyesore were made possible by a grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation, named for the late businessman who grew up in Detroit and had a permanent home in Grosse Pointe Shores. Wilson is best known for being the founding owner of the Buffalo Bills NFL franchise.


Ford plotting haunted house at Michigan Central Station

Next month, you can legally explore the Michigan Central Station. 

You’ll be able to live out the urbex fantasy of your dreams with a Halloween twist when Ford Motor Company hosts a haunted house at the vacant station, purchased by the automaker earlier this year.

Shawn Wilson, community engagement manager for Ford, made the announcement during a Neighborhood Advisory Council meeting Monday night, where the company formally committed to $10 million in neighborhood investments.


Here's how Ford will spend $10M on workforce development, affordable housing around Corktown

Per resident requests, Ford Motor Company will invest $10 million into various housing and development funds supporting Corktown and Southwest Detroit, executives announced at a Monday meeting.

The initial $10 million investment will leverage a future $12.5 million in public and private funding to support neighborhood initiatives. A breakdown of the $10 million Ford investment is as follows:


What to expect from the History Channel’s “Detroit: Comeback City”

The Big Sean-produced, J.K. Simmons-narrated “Detroit: Comeback City” doc arrives on the heels of the announcement of Ford Motor Company acquiring the long-vacant Michigan Central Station. Ford chairman Bill Ford, of course, makes a well-timed appearance in the doc, but several local residents and natives also offer their commentary on the city’s rise, fall, and rise again.

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