a program of Southwest Solutions

Growing Detroit’s neighborhood businesses, one resident at a time.
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Entrepreneur Training

A comprehensive, 20-week entrepreneur training program that helps participants realize their potential and develop a business plan.

Business Services

Professional assistance in the areas of Accounting, Commercial Real Estate, Graphic Design, Human Resources, Legal, Marketing, Website Development, and more.

Micro-Lending

Provides access to capital for start-up and existing small businesses including financing up to $15,000 for start-up businesses and up to $25,000 for existing businesses.

Detroit's Heart is in its Neighborhoods

ProsperUS Detroit - Pitch Competition 2018 - Chanell Scott Contreras

HOW WE SERVE

ProsperUS Detroit, a program of Southwest Economic Solutions, is a place-based economic development initiative that builds and sustains neighborhood entrepreneurs and small businesses. Through entrepreneur training, business support services, and micro-lending, the program infuses neighborhoods in Detroit with services and capital that support local entrepreneurs, help stabilize neighborhood economies, and inspire the local community.

EntrepreneurTraining

Business Services

Micro-Lending

FEATURED EVENTS

Feb
20
Neighborhood Business Lab - ProsperUS Detroit

ProsperUS Detroit is coming to Grand River WorkPlace in cooperation with Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation! Join Chris Butterfield anytime between 11:30 AM and 4 PM for a chance to have him answer questions, have conversations about your business, and make access to our services even easier. Thinking of applying for a loan? Looking to use business services? Want to know more about training? Bring any and all questions to an office hours session near you, or any of our other sessions that fit your schedule! Come say hi!

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Feb
25

We are now accepting applications for participants in our Spring 2020 Entrepreneur Training Program.

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Spring 2020 applications are open until March 15th at 11:59 PM. This course offers participants an overview of fundamental business principals as well as dedicated one-on-one support. By graduation participants should understand their business model, market, and finances. We expect and support participants as they legally register their business, create budgets and systems of bookkeeping, and write a business plan. The program consists of:
  • 6 different training sites across the city of Detroit
  • 12 participants in each training site class
  • 12 two-hour in-class sessions at the training site (once per week, usually from 6 to 8 pm)
  • 10 one-hour one-on-one consultations (scheduled separately with trainer)
  • 15 week duration from first class to graduation
Applicants will be assigned to sites based on geography. We only accept applicants who live in Detroit, Hamtramck, or Highland Park. Although we prioritize operational businesses, we may also accept experienced and focused applicants. Applications will be reviewed in the second half of March and the strongest candidates will be contacted to arrange an interview. Interviews will take place in late March and early April and classes will start in late April. The total cost of the program is $75. It is free to apply.

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Additional info can be found on our entrepreneur training page and you are welcome to contact us with any questions.

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Feb
27
Neighborhood Business Lab - ProsperUS Detroit

ProsperUS Detroit is coming to Hamtramck and will be at Oloman Cafe! Join Chris Butterfield anytime between 11:30 AM and 4 PM for a chance to have him answer questions, have conversations about your business, and make access to our services even easier. Thinking of applying for a loan? Looking to use business services? Want to know more about training? Bring any and all questions to an office hours session near you, or any of our other sessions that fit your schedule! Come say hi!

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Mar
05
Neighborhood Business Lab - ProsperUS Detroit

ProsperUS Detroit is coming to the East English Village/Morningside/Cornerstone area, and will be at ZAB Cultural Collective! Join Chris Butterfield anytime between 11:30 AM and 4 PM for a chance to have him answer questions, have conversations about your business, and make access to our services even easier. Thinking of applying for a loan? Looking to use business services? Want to know more about training? Bring any and all questions to an office hours session near you, or any of our other sessions that fit your schedule! Come say hi!  

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Mar
19
Neighborhood Business Lab - ProsperUS Detroit

ProsperUS Detroit is coming to the Lower East Side and will be at MACC Development's The Commons Detroit! Join Chris Butterfield anytime between 11:30 AM and 4 PM for a chance to have him answer questions, have conversations about your business and make access to our services even easier. Thinking of applying for a loan? Looking to use business services? Want to know more about training? Bring any and all questions to an office hours session near you, or any of our other sessions that fit your schedule! Come say hi!

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