Class Registration

Build Basics class registration is currently closed until June 8th-22nd.

Co.Starters class registration is open June 1st-15th.

Demand is very high for Build classes and we are doing everything we can to accommodate the large numbers of applicants. Acceptance is on a first-come first-serve basis.

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About Build Basics

Build Basics is an 8-week business and project planning course designed to be compatible with any type of business at any stage – idea, startup, & established. Through Build Basics, you will learn the essentials of starting a business – from licensing to financial literacy, market research to cash flow and more. You’ll leave the class with a completed business plan, a cohort of fellow entrepreneurs in Detroit, and the knowledge and confidence to take your idea to the next level. Classes are priced on an affordable, sliding scale based on annual household income and family size; costs range from $200 – $500, including a $50 deposit to reserve a seat.

Learn more about our class curriculum & why Build Basics is right for you!


Build Basics Summer 2016 Class Schedule

Please note registration is closed until June 8th.

Build Basics 50: Saturday 10am-3pm
Class is held on July 9th & 23rd, August 6th & 20th
Held at Build Institute – 2701 Bagley Avenue, Detroit, MI 48216

Build Basics 51:
Saturday 10am-3pm
Class is held on July 16th & 30th, August 13th & 27th
Held at Church of the Messiah – 231 E. Grand Blvd. Detroit 48207

Build Basics x MCM 7: Wednesdays from 6-9pm
Class meets weekly from July 13th to August 31st
Held at Good Cakes and Bakes – 19363 Livernois Avenue, Detroit, MI 48221

Build Basics x MCM 8: Thursdays from 2-5pm
Class meets weekly from July 14th to September 1st
Held at Build Institute – 2701 Bagley Avenue, Detroit, MI 48216


CO.STARTERS is a nine-week business development program that helps aspiring entrepreneurs put ideas into action, and turn a passion into a sustainable and thriving small business. Classes are priced on an affordable, sliding scale based on annual household income and family size; costs range from $200 – $500.

Throughout this business model discovery process, participants identify and test business assumptions through customer interactions, develop a functioning business model, learn valuable management and marketing skills, and receive constructive feedback from advisor, peers, and former grads. At the end, you’ll have the tools, framework, and momentum you need to make your vision a reality–and the best part is you won’t be in it alone.

Learn more about our CO.STARTERS class curriculum & why it’s right for you!


CO.STARTERS Summer 2016 Class Schedule

Please note registration is open June 1st-15th.

CO.STARTERS: Thursdays from 6-9pm
Class meets weekly from July 12th to September 6th
Held at Bamboo Detroit – 1442 Brush St, Detroit, MI 48226

About Build Social

Build Social trains, develops, and coaches social entrepreneurs in Detroit’s small business community. By empowering local entrepreneurs to affect real change in their communities, Build Social helps bolster the growing social entrepreneurship movement in Detroit. The class follows a 9-week timeline and offers a curriculum with a strong focus on double and triple bottom line business practices.

Learn more about our Social class curriculum & why it’s right for you!

Spring Build Social Class Schedule

Build Social 6: Wednesdays from 6-9pm
Class meets weekly from May 4th through June 29th
Held at EMU Detroit Center  – 7800 West Outer Drive, 3rd Floor, Detroit, MI 48235

Steps for Registration

You are successfully registered only when you receive the acceptance email from Build and pay your non-refundable $50 deposit.

Please follow these steps closely to ensure your application is received:
1. Fill out the application fully and completely.
2. Add to your contact list to avoid emails being sent to spam.
3. Wait to be contacted within one week via email by Build staff regarding acceptance, non-refundable $50 deposit information, and class cost (sliding scale $200-$500).
4. Once deposit is paid, you are in the class! You’ll receive a welcome email 1 week before class begins with more information including how to pay your remaining cost by the first day.
5. Attend the class! Come a bit early to your first class to pick up your curriculum binder and get settled in. If you have additional questions, please contact Yolanda, the Registration Manager, at