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.

 

2016-2017 Open City Events

October 17 from 6-8PM – The Art of Networking

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

November 14 from 6-8PM – Cooperation

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

January 16 from 6-8PM – Navigating City Services

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 – Failure’s Secret to Success

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 – Navigating the Creative Life

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 – Leadership & Managing Expectations

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

 

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Open City in the News

Previous event recaps.

Oct 13th, 2015 – Celebrating 8 Years
Apr 21st, 2014 – Rock the Red Tape
Mar 17th, 2014 – Pop-up Detroit
Feb 17th, 2014 – The Leap
Jan 20th, 2014 – Who’s the Boss
Nov 18th, 2013 – Loca-vesting


Partners

Thanks to our partners Downtown Detroit PartnershipModel DCliff Bell’sCanfield Creative Studio and the Michigan Women’s Foundation.


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