Open City is a forum for Detroit’s aspiring and established small business owners to learn, network, and exchange information in a fun and lively atmosphere.


It was founded in 2007 by Claire Nelson and Liz Blondy and has since then evolved into a leading networking event for Detroit entrepreneurs, with local business leaders in attendance regularly.

Join us each month where a select panel of speakers will discuss relevant small business topics, followed by casual networking.  Events take place on the third Monday of every month from 6-8PM. Open City is free and open to all with no rsvp required.


2016-2017 Open City Events

April 17 from 6-8PM / Leadership: It’s Essential

Networking 6-6:30PM / Panel from 6:30-7:30PM / Networking 7:30-8PM
Cliff Bells – 2030 Park Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226

Facebook Event / #OpenCityDet

Detroit’s entrepreneurs are natural born leaders and have a unique skill set that benefits their business and the surrounding community. They encourage pioneering ideas and actions in their workplace and industry. As leaders, they inspire others to achieve more and create a community to live, work, and thrive.

Join us on Monday, April 17, for the last Open City of the regular season to discover how it’s essential to be a leader in order to attain success. Our panel of entrepreneurs will share their stories of being creative disruptors and problem solvers and how that’s aided them to be successful in business. Hear how they have applied those same skills to be actively engaged and sought after resources in the community.

Danielle North– owner/operator of Detroit Women’s Leadership Network and owner-operator of Kidz Kingdom

Liz Blondy, owner of Canine To Five Detroit, and co-founder of Open City
Michael Forsyth, consultant at Live6 Detroit and co-owner of Detroit City Distillery
– Cheryl Hudson, Executive VP/COO/CFO of The Woodhouse Day Spa – Detroit & President/CEO of NTouch Group,

2016-2017 Open City Event Recaps

Missed an Open City event? Watch each hour-long panel discussion below!

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2016-2017 season is presented by Comcast Business

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