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

Open City on the Road
June 19 from 6-8PM / Funding Your Dream

Networking 6-6:30PM / Panel from 6:30-7:30PM / Networking 7:30-8PM
Detroit Sip- 7420 W McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48221

Facebook Event / #OpenCityDet

Finding the capital to launch and grow a sustainable business is a challenge all entrepreneurs face. In Detroit, alternative funding programs are becoming increasingly popular and more attractive than traditional bank loans however knowing what financial options exist and how to apply can be very intimidating.

Join us on Monday, June 19 to hear the journey local entrepreneurs have taken to fund their businesses. The panelists will discuss programs they’ve applied for, best practices to be successful in alternative fundraising and how to stay motivated and inspired when faced with rejection.


– Vittoria Katanski, executive director, Hatch Detroit


  • Jevona Watson, owner, Detroit Sip
  • Jay Rayford, co-founder Social Sushi
  • Nicole Mangis- owner, Brut Detroit
  • Paulina Petkoski, co-founder of Playground Detroit


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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