NEIdeas: Rewarding Ideas for Business Growth

We were hired by New Economy Initiative to bring to life the stories behind their NEIdeas Small Business Challenge. In 2014, they distributed a half a million dollars to 32 businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park– and it will continue again through 2015. We’ve captured the spirit of these hard-working bootstrappers, go-getters and hard chargers from start to finish. All in, it tells the story of a “contest” thats changing the very fabric of the city and giving a nod to the small business owners in the region. There are many videos in this body of content, see them as you scroll below.

NEIdeas: Rewarding Ideas for Business Growth from New Economy Initiative on Vimeo.

All videos in the series:

The $100k Challenge Winners

NEIdeas – $100k Challenge Winners from DETROIT LIVES! on Vimeo.

The $10k Challenge Winners

NEIdeas – “Winners” from DETROIT LIVES! on Vimeo.

The People’s Choice Challenge

NEIdeas People’s Choice: Motor City Java and Tea House from DETROIT LIVES! on Vimeo.

NEIdeas People’s Choice: Above and Beyond Orthopedics from DETROIT LIVES! on Vimeo.

NEIdeas People’s Choice: Ellis Island Tea from DETROIT LIVES! on Vimeo.

NEIdeas People’s Choice: Dexter Quality Cleaners from DETROIT LIVES! on Vimeo.

NEI – House of Morrison from DETROIT LIVES! on Vimeo.

Client: New Economy Initiative
Shot, directed, edited: Detroit Lives!


And now for today’s edition of THIS DOES NOT SUCK:

1) Look no further than Louis Aguilar’s article in the News about the kinds of growth we are seeing in Midtown– not just from a small business perspective, but also looking at those moving to the area and the folks that are spurring larger scale growth. BAM! (that’s a link)
2) Matt Clayson is announced as the man behind the wheel with Detroit Creative Corridor Center– an initiative to encourage and facilitate business growth in Detroit. BAM!
3) launches today off the heels of the award-winning Pure Michigan promotional effort. BAM!

In celebration of the first installment of THIS DOES NOT SUCK, we shall dance. We shall dance this Tuesday in to superstardom. With gobs of ridiculously catchy soul music coming from our lovely town in the late 60’s, it’s time to ease your way in to The Monitors, and a fine little tune of theirs called “Serve Yourself a Cup of Happiness”:

Detroit! Another Nod From NYTimes

The New York Times gives another nod to Detroit entrepreneurship featuring all the big hitters around town– Burton Theatre, Leopold’s Books, Bureau or Urban Living, Good Girls Go to Paris, Curl Up and Dye. It’s a worthy salute to the faces that make Detroit a vibrant place to be.

There was also a little chatter this morning about the film screening on Thursday, 14 Jan. As a reminder, there will be a little DIY screen printing station for some added pizzaz. Bring a piece of clothing, cardboard, plywood, masonite, an old window frame, whatever. Just bring something to print on if you want to take part. The design available for printing will be something new for the event. Go, go, go gadget COOL!

Open City: Detroit’s Entrepreneurship Hub

Friday the 13th wasn’t so bad after all. City Bird had their grand opening in Midtown on Canfield, right next to Bureau of Urban Living, which goes to show you that small business is not just surviving, but actually thriving in Detroit. Perhaps it’s in large part due to a gathering called Open City. Small business owners and those that simply want to give it a shot gather at Cliff Bells once a month to discuss successes, failures and otherwise to help current proprietors hone their game, but also to give the noobs a shot, those that are anxiously waiting on the sideline. It’s an infectious group, enlightening of the many possibilities that exist in Detroit. And with a tagline like “The future of Detroit is small business. Join the revolution.” how can you not want to get involved? The next Open City event is this Tuesday, November 17 at Cliff Bells from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Mixed Business

Jim Griffoen, super-Dad behind the blog Sweet Juniper!, is starting a new feature on his blog where he is combating the negative force put up by Andrew Grossman of the Wall Street Journal in a recent article. Grossman points out the fact that a lack of national retailers in Detroit is a bad thing. So, Jim will be posting accounts/details/anecdotes of the retailers and shops that we have all come to love in the city. So stay tuned, it should be a refreshing look at small business in Detroit.

Switching gears a little bit now. DL! will be appearing at the Detroit Urban Craft Fair on Saturday, November 21 at the Majestic Theatre. As a result, a bunch of brand new pieces will be available for purchase. Well, actually, the whole Fall/Winter slate of releases. And quite frankly, they are looking pretty good. Think sweatshirts, zippers, hoods, some more poster’ish sort of prints and a remake of the tote bags. So get ready! Stop by from 10am to 7pm!