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

November 21 from 6-8PM / Coopertition – Don’t let your business get left behind [in New Detroit]

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

We’ll discuss the importance of coopertition (cooperative competition). Simply put, how businesses need to work together, including competitors, to be sustainable in a rapidly changing city like Detroit. How can we take fear and frustration and turn them into advantages? Learn how local businesses have collaborated with their peers and succeeded together.

Moderator
Nikki Pardo – owner of Global Alliance Solutions

Panel
Marty Shea – co-founder of CollabFeature
Lauren Stovall – operations manager of Hot Sam’s Detroit
Godwin Ihentuge – founder of Yumvillage


January 16 from 6-8PM / The Tale of Three Cities – The resident, business owner, and the customer

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

February 20 from 6-8PM / The Other F Word – How successful entrepreneurs put failure to work

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

March 20 from 6-8PM / The Creative Life – Learning to navigate in and outside your design bubble

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

April 17 from 6-8PM / It’s Essential – Growing your small business through leadership

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


2016-2017 Open City Event Recaps

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


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