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.

 

2018 Open City Events

Open City
January 15 from 6-8PM / Put Your Mark On It!

Networking 6-6:30PM / Panel from 6:30-7:30PM / Networking 7:30-8PM
Cliff Bells- 2030 Park Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48226

Facebook Event / #OpenCityDet

When thinking about trademarks, copyrights, and patents for your business, they are always followed by more questions. HOW to apply and register? WHY do you need one? WHERE to get it? WHO do you need to involve? WHAT is the process? WHEN should I apply?

Join us on Monday, January 15 for an enlightening discussion on how to secure your intellectual property. Our panel of subject matter experts and small business owners will share their knowledge of the HOW, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, and WHY for trademarks and patents. Come network and learn best practices to insure you and your business.

MODERATOR:
– Alok Sharma, founder and owner of Sharma Analytics

PANEL:
– Denise Sylvester, Regional Outreach Officer for Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office
– Timothy K. Kroninger, Attorney and Partner at Varnum LLP
– Tasneen Bowe, CEO & Co-Founder of Clingfish Products
– Nathan Silverman, founder and CEO of Detroit Vitamin Company

(1) Complimentary beverage for each attendee.

Thank you to our sponsor: Comcast Business

Thank you to our venue partner: Cliff Bells

BUSINESS PITCH OPPORTUNITY
Bring your business cards! Not only will you need them for networking, but we’ll also draw a card before our panel discussion. Whoever is drawn has the opportunity to break the ice by presenting the audience with a small business concern.

MARKETING OPPORTUNITY
New to Open City! If you have a business and would like an opportunity to promote your service or product, we are now offering opportunities to showcase at Open City. Limited space available at each event. Opportunity includes a post on Open City’s event page on Facebook. Email Christianne@buildinstitute.org for more information.

ABOUT OPEN CITY
A program of Build Institute, 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. Join us each month this summer at a new Detroit neighborhood location, where a select panel of speakers will discuss a relevant small business topic, followed by casual networking. Events are FREE and open to all with no rsvp required.

 


2016-2017 Open City Event Recaps

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