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Harold Grinspoon: A Hand’s-on Philanthropist Still Going Strong at Age 90
For Harold Grinspoon, turning 90 this year, Jewish funding and PJ Library are parts of a legacy that came out of realizing life was about “more than making money.”
Report: Southeast Michigan has Hundreds of Entrepreneur Support Groups, but Collaboration Needed
A new report released by the New Economy Initiative reveals a broad network of support for those wishing to start and grow businesses in the Detroit area.
Design team’s ‘boldness’ wins competition to reshape Detroit’s cultural district
A winning team in the international competition to reshape and create a partnership between 12 Cultural Center institutions in Detroit was chosen and announced. The design competition was initiated by the Detroit Institute of Arts in partnership with Midtown Detroit, Inc.
Grow Detroit by supporting local, midsize business, report urges
Endeavor Insight releases report that explores local entrepreneurship and ideas for growth strategies after analyzing over 10,000 companies in Southeast Michigan.
Motown Museum block party draws thousands for music, memories and a new park
The Motown Museum hosts the Founder’s Day celebration to unveil a small but important part of the undergoing major expansion and renovation project. The new space,“Dancing in the Street Park,” a blue mural on the concrete inspired by the iconic Motown ‘M’, will establish a place to gather and celebrate.
New website tracks Michigan startup community
The Michigan Israel Business Accelerator announces an online platform that will connect all those interested in entrepreneurial activity in Southeast Michigan.
From Zero to Sixty: One Foundation’s Start-Up Story
Darin McKeever, president and CEO of the William Davidson Foundation, describes the Foundation’s early years, the lessons learned, and the four characteristics of his “all-in” style of philanthropy: inspired, intentional, informed, and inclusive.
‘Call Me Bill’ Kicks Off Detroit Jewish Film Festival
A new documentary tells the life story of William “Bill” Davidson: his family history, the entrepreneurial spirit that transformed a struggling company into Guardian Industries, and his passion for and leadership of the three-time NBA champion Detroit Pistons.
Detroit Driving Innovation in Inclusive Design, New Report Shows
Design Core Detroit has released “Inclusive Together: Detroit City of Design Monitoring Report,” describing the 62 projects that will be presented in Italy in June at the UNESCO Creative Cities Network Annual Convening.
‘Hamilton’ producer comes home in triumph
“Hamilton” producer and Detroit native Jeffrey Sellers talks about the “EduHam” program, an innovative education program offered by the Gilder Lehrman Institute, bringing performances to Detroit on April 11th and April 18th for over 3,900 students and teachers in attendance from 59 high schools.
Eastern Market firms up plans for first food accelerator
Eastern Market releases plans for its first food accelerator with a goal to have their first tenants moved in by August, continuing to advance the food economy through the support of a diverse, food-centric community in Detroit.
Effort boosts learning for future entrepreneurs
The Henry Ford announces the William Davidson Foundation Initiative for Entrepreneurship. The initiative includes an Entrepreneur-in-Residence program, a public speaker series featuring influencers in entrepreneurship, workshops and the expansion of youth programming that leverages the institution’s Archive of American Innovation to create a deep and engaging understanding of invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship from a young age.
Greenways to shared streets: Detroit to revamp 7 business corridors starting this spring
A new greenway and bike path that connects into the Detroit Riverwalk is one of seven projects the City of Detroit is undertaking this spring as part of its Streetscape Initiative. The City of Detroit hopes the Streetscape Initiative will help recapture residents.
Bite by Bite
The Detroit chapter of Hazon received a grant from the national office to assist local Jewish organizations purchase “higher welfare” meat and eggs, including Hillel Day School, Congregation Shaarey Zedek and Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue.