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 17 from 6-8PM / The Future of Food

Networking 6-6:30PM / Panel from 6:30-7:30PM / Networking 7:30-8PM
Common Pub- 5440 Cass Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48202

Facebook Event / #OpenCityDet

This is definitely a watershed year for food in Detroit – there are signs that the rest of the world is now paying attention to our burgeoning food scene, Detroiters’ awareness of every aspect of the food system has never been greater and, in the past decade, significant progress has been made in improving it.

To celebrate, and most importantly to push the conversation further than what’s the hot new restaurant, we wanted to bring together a panel of provocateurs who are actually moving the needle in exploring more healthy, fresh, delicious, affordable and environmentally friendly food options for all of Detroiters.
This panel, The Future of Food in Detroit, will bring together a diverse group of thought leaders including chefs, activists & up and coming restauranteurs.

Ben Hall, co-owner of Russell Street Deli

· Malik Yakini – co-founder and executive director of Detroit Black Community Food Security Network
· Maxcel Hardy, president and founder of Hardy Hospitality Group
· Lester Gouvia, owner of Norma G’s Caribbean Cuisine
· Ederique Goudia, co-owner of Gabriel Hall Gabriel Hall


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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