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Applications for Fall 2020 are open until August 2nd!

Application available here.

Solicitud para el Programa de Entrenamiento Empresarial

In light of best practices regarding COVID-19 interviews will be conducted over the phone for Spring 2020.

The ProsperUS Detroit Entrepreneur Training program utilizes a place-based focus to economic development. In collaboration with Community Partners in specific areas in the city seen as having barriers to economic development and stability, we offer a comprehensive, 15-week entrepreneur training program that helps participants realize their potential, develop a business plan, and get their business off the ground. Through this program, we look to our entrepreneurs to be examples, leaders, and potentially employers, in these communities as business owners.

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 (all classes will be held virtually)
  • 10-12 participants in each virtual class
  • 12 two-hour virtual sessions (once per week, usually from 6 to 8 pm on a weeknight)
  • 10 one-hour one-on-one consultations (scheduled separately with trainer)
  • 15 week duration from first class to graduation


Who We Serve

Our Entrepreneur Training participants are Detroit residents who plan to, or currently, have a business in our target geographies in the city. We accommodate all ages and stages of entrepreneurs, and if we find that our program will not serve you best, we are able to make recommendations for other supports in the community. Working directly with Community Partners, we strive to help participants find a network that works with them to achieve their dreams.

Participants accepted into the course are expected to pay $75 – total. We thank our funders who help offset the true cost of $800 and allow us to ensure the program is accessible to those with the most to gain.

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.

TARGET GEOGRAPHIES: (For a more detailed view, please click on the map below.)

ProsperUS Detroit Open for Business Map - Target Geographies

Have questions about the ProsperUS Detroit Entrepreneur Training? Find the FAQ page here.

Apply to ProsperUS Detroit

ProsperUS Detroit accepts applications to the Entrepreneur Training program on a continual basis. As new classes approach, we will reach out to applicants to gather more information and schedule interviews. If you’re interested in our program, please sign up to receive an application or visit one of our Community Partners.

To learn more, please contact ProsperUS Detroit.

Para una descripción general de ProsperUS Detroit en español, visite la página.

Para aplicar en español favor bajar la aplicación, imprime la solicitud y envié a 2835 Bagley, Suite 800, Detroit, MI 48216. También es aceptable entregar la aplicación en persona, nuestra oficina está ubicada en el segundo piso en el mismo edificio de la Secretaria del Estado.

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