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Open City on the Road: Funding Your Dream

June 19, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Funding Your Dream- Monday, June 19

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 of Detroit Sip
– Jay Rayford, co-founder of Social Sushi Detroit
– Nicole Mangis, owner Brut Detroit
– Paulina Petkoski, co-founder of PLAYGROUND DETROIT
– Chanell Scott Contreras, funding initiatives manager, Build Institute

6:00 – 6:30 / networking
6:30 – 7:30 / panel discussion
7:30 – 8:00 / networking

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.

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.


June 19, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Detroit Sip
7420 W McNichols Rd
Detroit, MI 48221 United States