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, 6-8PM. Open City is free and open to all with no rsvp required.
Miss an Open City event? Check out our YouTube page where you can view every panel for the 2015-2016 season.
Summer Open City on the Road
Monday, July 18th / 6-8 PM
Live6 Detroit – 16647 Livernois, Detroit, MI 48221
Topic – Basements to Brick & Mortar: Making the Transition to Storefront Business
Making the leap from operating your business out of your home to operating out of a storefront can be exciting and intimidating. But knowing when to make the move and preparing for the increase in customers and overhead can make the transition smoother and rewarding.
Panel / Moderator
Join Live6 Detroit executive director Lauren Hood and a panel of small business owners who’ve made the transition from home-based business to their own stores. More information coming soon.
Monday, August 15th / 6-8 PM
Artist Village – 17336 Lasher, Detroit, MI 48219
Topic – Brand Matters: Good Design Makes For Good Business
Whether you’re starting from scratch, or you have a brand that is already established, it is important you know what your brand is saying about how and why you do business to your customers. After the discussion, creatives and those seeking creative services will have the chance to network and apply best practices learned from the panel.
Panel / Moderator
Detroit Creative Corridor Center‘s entrepreneur-in-residence Meredith C. Kerekes will lead a panel discussion between designers and small business owners on how branding is accomplished and the value of having good design. More information coming soon.
Open City in the News
Previous event recaps.