Roxanne Ashley, owner of The Goddess Metaphysical Store soon to be on the eastside of Detroit.Read More
Roxanne Ashley, owner of The Goddess Metaphysical Store soon to be on the eastside of Detroit.Read More
Kymaletha Brown, owner of The Great Divine Center in the East English Village neighborhood of Detroit.Read More
Mayra Torres, owner of L'ArteSano Cafe & Juice Bar in the Central Southwest neighborhood of Detroit.Read More
ProsperUs knows residents can provide what the neighborhood needs. We see every day that successful small businesses help create thriving neighborhoods. Learn more about the resilience of our communities.
People of ProsperUs: Leona Milton of What’s the Dill
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People of ProsperUs: Joyell Lewis of Joyola Mei Salon
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Matthew Bihun: 10 Years of Radical Support to Entrepreneurs
Matthew Bihun joined ProsperUs Detroit in February 2013. Ten years later, he’s still partnering with neighborhood entrepreneurs to support them realizing their dreams. We have some numbers to share in regard to Matthew’s incredible contributions to ProsperUs entrepreneurs and are so grateful for his friendship, passion, dedication, and continued work to build #AFutureForUs.
People of ProsperUs: Jamar Horride of WeEats Catering
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People of ProsperUs: Kimberly Jones of Epic Infants
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People of ProsperUs: Tamara Lincoln of Lincoln Stone Paper
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10 Detroit Businesses to Shop with this Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is a holiday centered around love — and celebrating that love! Be it eros (romantic love), philia (loyalty), or agape (universal love); this holiday is the perfect opportunity to support small businesses and show someone you care. Every type of love deserves to be celebrated, and if you’re searching for romantic or fun activities to do around the city, here is our 2023 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide that supports the amazing entrepreneurs within our community that we at ProsperUs love.
Welcome to the Fall 2022 Entrepreneur Training Grads
Congratulations to ProsperUs Detroit’s Fall 2022 Graduates! Join us in supporting these amazing entrepreneurs as they chase their passions and dreams.
Give Where You Live with ProsperUs Detroit
ProsperUs is thrilled to participate in Give Where You Live, a national campaign led by MailChimp, encouraging individuals to support year-end giving with nonprofits making a difference in their local community – like ProsperUs!
A Future for Us: Stories of Legacy Builders
Stories and inspiration from ten entrepreneurs who are committed to building businesses, generational wealth, and vibrant neighborhoods.
Stories of Legacy Builders: Simply Social
Dominique Davenport, owner of Simply Social Event Space in Hamtramck, Simply Social, Too in the Rivertown-Warehouse District of Detroit, and Detroit’s Future Is Female/The New Feminists.
Stories of Legacy Builders: The Bengal Auto Sales
Gias Uddin Talukder, owner of The Bengal Auto Sales in Hamtramck.
Stories of Legacy Builders: The Goddess Metaphysical Store
Roxanne Ashley, owner of The Goddess Metaphysical Store soon to be on the eastside of Detroit.
Stories of Legacy Builders: Flowers Enterprises
Orlando Flowers, owner of Flowers Enterprise who is rehabbing homes for first-time homebuyers in the neighborhoods of Detroit.
Stories of Legacy Builders: Carniceria Guadalajara
Salvador Hernandez, owner of Carniceria Guadalajara (aka Guadalajara #2) in the Springwells neighborhood of Detroit.
Stories of Legacy Builders: Higher Ground Lawn Care
Craig Grissom, owner of Higher Ground Lawn Care started in the North End neighborhood of Detroit and serving the metro area.
Stories of Legacy Builders: Paradise Natural Foods
Chef “Mama” Nezaa Bandele, owner of Paradise Natural Foods soon to be in the Core City neighborhood of Detroit.
Stories of Legacy Builders: The Great Divine Center
Kymaletha Brown, owner of The Great Divine Center in the East English Village neighborhood of Detroit.
Stories of Legacy Builders: Freedom Cleaning Company
Eutan Ngoulou-Lackagenie, owner of Freedom Cleaning Company based on the eastside of Detroit and serving the metro area.
Stories of Legacy Builders: L’ArteSano Cafe & Juice Bar
Mayra Torres, owner of L’ArteSano Cafe & Juice Bar in the Central Southwest neighborhood of Detroit.
Join the ProsperUs Detroit Team!
ProsperUs is on a mission to advance economic equity in under-resourced communities by supporting entrepreneurs with opportunities and capital needed to build businesses, generational wealth, and vibrant neighborhoods.
ProsperUs Detroit’s 10-Year Anniversary Celebration: A Future for Us
Celebrate the last 10 years of ProsperUs Detroit’s partnership with neighborhood entrepreneurs. Together, we will envision A Future for Us.
ProsperUs is on a mission to advance economic equity by supporting entrepreneurs with opportunities and capital needed to build businesses, generational wealth, and vibrant neighborhoods. Meet with our team to learn more about how we can support you!
2022 Rocket Community Challenge
Neighborhood-based entrepreneurs and small business owners are community leaders that deserve resources and capital. Your contribution will allow them to access a comprehensive set of resources to launch and grow their businesses, creating financial opportunity, job creation, generational wealth, and thriving neighborhoods.
Chanell Scott Contreras: Five Years of Intentional Leadership
Chanell Scott Contreras joined ProsperUs Detroit in July of 2017. Five years later, ProsperUs is an independent organization, a certified Community Development Institution (CDFI), and continues to invest in neighborhood entrepreneurs.
Our culture is preserved and respected when the businesses in our neighborhoods are for us and by us. Our humanity is recognized, and we have safe spaces to just ‘be.’ Our people are cared for by the opportunities we create to support and build up one another. The ripple effects are boundless.
Apply to Advancing Community Businesses
Introducing the Advancing Community Businesses program, presented by Michigan Central in partnership with Build Institute and ProsperUs.
“I wanted to do something I was passionate about that spoke to me,” Jøn explains. “For me, everything aligned with farming. The beauty of the work is that all you need is the grit to do it. Parker and I are lifelong friends, and the pandemic became the push we needed to do this endeavor together.”
The Women of ProsperUs Detroit
As we close out Women’s History Month, we want to showcase and celebrate the amazing women on our team who make much of the work we do possible! (6 out of 9 team members are women at ProsperUs!)
Katrina Anderson, CommodiTeas I Women’s History Month 2022
CommodiTeas began out of a community desire for tea and teaware that suited the aesthetic and lifestyle of Katrina Anderson’s family members.
Nawal Denard, House of African Prints | Women’s History Month 2022
“Every year after, my business has seen growth. When it comes to African prints, they’re high quality and striking. I’ve had so many new customers come to see me, I refer to them as my African-print-virgins, and they’re blown away. It’s my favorite to introduce people to African prints, and I’m grateful every day to have the opportunity to do so.”
Sonja McCoy, Glass Block Express | Women’s History Month 2022
“I live in Detroit. So I put my business in here so we can continue to elevate the whole community. We hire from the community, and by doing so, we’re able to affect the lives of community members. Detroit is growing, the resurgence is happening, and the population is growing. It’s a great time to start a business in the city – especially if you’re a part of the community!”
Ameneh Marhaba, Little Liberia | Women’s History Month 2022
“My hope for the future is a brick and mortar that allows guests to come through the front doors, have a plate of food, and learn about Liberia without realizing it. There are many tribes in Liberia, and in my space, I envision having a tribal wall listing where each specific food dish comes from. As guests look at the menu while talking or waiting for their food, I hope they’re able to learn from our four walls and learn where their food came from and a bit about Liberia.”
Jeana Harper-Kirkland, Torso Sweatband | Women’s History Month 2022
The successes that Torso Sweatband has seen were hard-fought by co-owners Jeana Harper-Kirkland and Rhonda Johnson. “Last year, we won a pitch competition with Michigan Women Forward, and it’s resources like these that have helped the Torso Sweatband and both Rhonda and myself. Before that, we took ProsperUs classes, and our coach Dr. Marcus Harris helped us so much.”
Kimberly Jones, Epic Infants | Women’s History Month 2022
Epic Infants began with organic wipes. “They were the easiest thing to make, and the most needed by my community,” says Jones. “The families were so often complaining making sure it was affordable was an aspect of my business I refused to budge on, because these women needed to have access to these healthy products.”
Dominique Mitchell, Simply Social Event Space | Women’s History Month 2022
Simply Social Event Space became active on social media in April 2020. “I was scrolling through Instagram and saw a webinar about starting your own event space. The pitch resonated with me, so I took the class. I had also just gotten my real estate license a year prior, and that fit in line with the business model I was flushing out. Simply Social became active online, and I started sharing my passion and story.”
Kymaletha Brown, The Great Divine Center | Women’s History Month 2022
“When I got The Great Divine Center’s space, I realized how truly perfect the location was. Every studio like this is a space for younger generations,” says Brown. “Our community space invites adults to come in and release, to get in touch with their feminine energy, and a space that allows moms to feel like themselves again.”
Celebrating Women’s History Month, 2022
We’re working to capture the stories that support and uplift those narratives of resilience that represent our neighborhood entrepreneurial communities. The focus of our Women’s History Month series is the resilience and strength of women in our amazing city.
Charles Jones, Taboo Treasures | Black History Month 2022
“The cannabis plant is so versatile and has experienced a stigmatized background. We have a lot in common,” explains Jones. “I was born and raised in Detroit, and I’ve seen my share of rough and hard times in the city growing up. But, I emerged through the other side a new individual, with a different purpose and wanting to do more for my culture, and myself.”
Randall Coats, Wine 4 Da Ppl | Black History Month 2022
Coates is referring to the lack of representation of Black people within the wine industry, a trend that is also seen in the wider alcohol industry and hospitality industry. Coats hopes to bring awareness and education of the industry to his community, one glass at a time.
Cedric Stewart, C.L.S. Expert Maintenance & Lawn Care Services | Black History Month 2022
“My services started with landscaping and lawn care, but have since expanded to garden start-up, fall clean-ups, trimming, edging, blowing, tree removal, snow removal, and leaf removal,” lists Stewart. “Once I got started, I realized there was more I could do and more that my business could offer. And, of course, more money to be made.”
Deidre, Yotique | Black History Month 2022
Yotique was founded in 2016, though Deidre didn’t do anything with the business until 2018. She connected with ProsperUs and went through their training program, and that’s when the business really started.
Jessica Kwalli, Jessica Blair Beauty | Black History Month 2022
Kwalli began researching ways to get into the beauty industry and how to open and run a beauty store. Though the task was daunting and she didn’t know where to begin, Kwalli noticed one of her notebooks sitting by her at the time had a vital message embossed on the cover. Write Every Moment.
“So I did just that,” Kwalli says. “Each day, I would jot down ideas, thoughts that would come to mind. I’d then start doing one thing at a time. Which put together a blueprint.”
Nedra Banks, The Grubbank | Black History Month 2022
“There are two defining moments for me that pushed me down this path of entrepreneurship,” Banks recalls. “I was taking my daughter to school one day and saw kids outside waiting on the school bus. Their stop was near a gas station, and I watched those kids rush in there and attack the snack aisles. When I asked if they had had breakfast, they all said no for various reasons. That moment made me realize there was no alternative for their family to have access to fresh food for them to start their day.”
Niema Stone, Soapstone Soaps | Black History Month 2022
“Eventually, I got better. But it took a lot of research and dedication to learn the proper way to do things and the way the ingredients work with each technique,” Stone says. “With each batch, both the soap and my skills got better, my confidence grew, and people started asking if they could purchase my products.”
Celebrating Black History Month, 2022
Today, like always, ProsperUs Detroit says #BlackLivesMatter and happy #BlackHistoryMonth!
Welcome the Fall 2021 Entrepreneur Training Grads
Impact Stories | PLAYGROUND DETROIT
They uplift artists, inspire the next generation, give back to Detroit through community discounts and partnerships with other community members, leverage the ability of their artists to use their talent for good and positive change, enhance Detroit’s creative economy, and encourage the vibrancy and beautification in Detroit.
Impact Stories | Guerilla Food
Meiko’s success, however, is not without massive hurdles faced by many small business owners, especially those who don’t have a traditional background in business. Taking the time to build her financial literacy and finding a network of collaborative small business owners helped Meiko stay afloat during especially tough times.
Impact Stories | Krispy Addicts
Hasan is more than an entrepreneur. He wants to inspire his peers and youth by showing them how a man from inner-city Detroit with a vision from an early age worked until his goals came to fruition. Hasan uses his connections to the Detroit community to uplift his neighbors.
Our culture is preserved and esteemed when the businesses in our neighborhoods are for and by us. Our humanity is recognized and we have safe spaces to exist. Our people are cared for by the opportunities we create to support and build up one another. The ripple effects are beautiful and endless.
Words of an Entrepreneur: Jeana Harper-Kirkland
When the opportunity arose for this multi-faceted businesswoman to take the ProsperUs Detroit Entrepreneurial Training, she jumped on it! Jeana had taken entrepreneurial classes 15 years prior with her business partner, Rhonda Johnson, but time elapsed and life happened, so it was time for a refresher to fill in the holes with the most up-to-date training.
Words of an Entrepreneur: Makeda Turner
It was nice to talk to someone that looks like me and that I can identify with personally. This is important when discussing such an intimate and personal topic, such as money. Her knowledge and guidance helped to reassure me when making financial decisions.
Nikki Neuzil | Women’s History Month
Nikki’s dream to keep growing her business brought her to Detroit where she fell in love with Mexicantown after hosting a pop-up at Clark Park for a Cinco De Mayo celebration. Opening a business this time around proved more challenging than her previous experience at opening a business. This was a century-old building in the need of many improvements. She enrolled in business management courses and gave it her all. It only took her eight months to fully renovate the building into the beautiful boutique you will find today.
Mayra Torres | Women’s History Month
Mayra feels grateful for her family and her community for believing in her and supporting her every step of the way. Today, she hopes to inspire other women in her community into business ownership, or in her case, multiple businesses.
Nadia Nijimbere | Women’s History Month
Although Nadia did not imagine herself to be a business owner when she was young, she is very proud to find herself an activist, immigrant, and businesswoman today. She encourages other women to tap into their inner power and passion because we can do so much more than we expect. She says it may not always be easy, but it sure is possible.
Achsha Jones | Women’s History Month
We admire Achsha’s fresh inventiveness as she continues to move forward. One can truly say the entrepreneurial spirit of Detroit thrives in her.
Deirdre Roberson | Women’s History Month
As a Black woman in a white- and male-dominated field, she often felt limited and undermined. She worked for five different companies looking for a more nurturing environment for her, but she was disappointed every time. These frustrations are what inspired her to do her own thing, so she built her website and began putting together Eumelanin. She wanted to create a work culture like she never had before.
Valerie Brock | Women’s History Month
Valerie’s choice to carry on her family’s legacy in learning and education made her realize just how much our society undervalues early childhood education. She believes our culture has devalued our children’s capacity to learn at a young age, as evidenced by her struggles to secure funding. Appealing to funders with a model like this when education “is so often wealth-driven instead of human-driven” has made it difficult to gather capital for the construction of the school building and space.
Women’s History Month 2021 Intro
Celebrating Women’s History Month is an acknowledgement of the amazing accomplishments of women despite the unique barriers we face, often in intersectional ways depending on the culture and body we are born into.
Nezaa Bandele | Black History Month
And, although she has struggled as a Black woman, having to “work twice as hard to navigate structural challenges”, she has found the support to expand her network and continue her journey in feeding her community. She is a natural-born go-getter and doesn’t let barriers hold her back.
Lester Gouvia | Black History Month
Lester struggled with the funds to get his business on its feet at first due to being an immigrant, he felt lenders did not take him seriously. He applied for many loans with other lenders and was denied on numerous occasions but after a short conversation with our Senior Loan Officer, Matthew Bihun, he was met for the first time with the same passion and commitment he felt for his dream of owning his own business.
Words of an Entrepreneur: Lanay Gilbert
I could not answer simple questions about my spending at first, but by the end of our first session, I could see exactly what was happening with my finances. She reviewed my credit report and bank statements with me to help me to see my pattern of spending. I was absolutely amazed!
Tramaine Seay | Black History Month
As a young Black woman and entrepreneur, she has learned to take pride and confidence in what she does. When she first started, she heard a lot of “Oh you’re the photographer?” type of comments in disbelief that she could be great and self-taught.
Merrit Family | Black History Month
During the pandemic, the coffee shop has received support from people in the community who made a conscious effort to support Black-owned businesses. The neighborhood lacked a coffee shop before The Narrow Way Cafe & Shop, so folks were sympathetic to the cause of keeping the business afloat.
Word of an Entrepreneur: Regina L. Ward
Upon meeting with her and taking a look at all of my information together, I began to see that it wasn’t as bad as I thought. Don’t get me wrong, my credit score is not good, but the road to fixing it would be a journey, but as long as I stuck with it, I would be fine.
Jennifer Lyle | Black History Month
Although she lost four pitch competitions in a row, Jennifer made sure every loss came with a learning opportunity and she came back to win over fourteen pitch competitions and grants which allowed her to debut her own production facility in Eastern Market. Lush Yummies Pie Company pies can now be found in national chain grocery stores, local markets, and she ships her pies nationwide through online sales despite recent struggles and adaptations around COVID-19.
Jerome B. Brown & Samuel VanBuren | Black History Month
Jerome and his brother Samuel took the time to get to know the community in the neighborhood where they planned on establishing their business to better understand their needs, and Detroit Soul was born. A farm-to-table soul food restaurant with healthy food options made available to folks who often lack access to these choices.
Sterling Wise | Black History Month
When it came to opening his facility, Sterling’s biggest challenge was being alone without business partners or expertise. He did not receive coaching from anyone at first and also took pride in doing everything on his own. And as a Black business owner and Black entrepreneur, he has always felt pressure do everything perfectly because he knows his work will be judged at a higher standard. Wise quickly realized that he needed to learn how to delegate and ask for help, because as he puts it “time is money.”
Nya Marshall | Black History Month
Nya set off to fill the need for healthy Black-oriented dining options in her community by opening a restaurant but raising the capital to get started proved challenging. After all, it is not uncommon to invest hundreds or thousands of dollars into one’s own business. And in a heavily male-dominated industry, self-funding her dream as a woman of color was not an easy feat, but she persevered.
Yolanda Massey | Black History Month
Out of all the places, Yolanda first came across ProsperUs Detroit via an online survey. Some things are just fate. Although very resourceful and self-taught, she never had any formal business training up until this point. By August of 2020, Yolanda had already graduated from our Entrepreneur Training Program and by December of 2020 became the director for her childcare.
Enid Parham | Black History Month
Being fully aware of the impasses imposed by an unjust system and the racist cannabis industry, she at times felt hesitant to dream big as a Black woman in this field. She cautiously joined FoodLab, fearful of being rejected because of the nature of her idea. Instead, she was welcomed with open arms and realized she could bring a unique perspective and insights to the group. Enid later applied and was accepted to the FoodLab & ProsperUs Detroit collaborative, Tapestry Fellowship.
Harriette Brown (Chef Bee) | Black History Month
Harriette’s mobile cafe and catering business “Sisters On A Roll” seeks to make wholesome and healthy food conveniently accessible to those who otherwise would not have access to a restaurant with a menu like theirs.
Eutan Goufred Ngoulou Lackagenie | Black History Month 2021
His last job gave him the experience which would fuel his dream of “finding a purpose” through business, but his stay at Freedom House inspired him to begin his cleaning company years ago by the idea of reconstructing Detroit.
Introduction to Black History Month 2021
Stay tuned because we’ll be highlighting Black Entrepreneurs from our programs who are doing great things in their communities, who have dreamt and achieved, or who have stood up for their neighbors/community/people.
ProsperUS recruiting bilingual Spanish/English Trainer
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We’re Hiring: Program Coordinator
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ProsperUS Detroit will be in your neighborhood soon! Two ProsperUS Detroit, staff members, Chris Butterfield, Small Business Advisor, and Amanda Brewington, Loan Officer, will be
People of ProsperUS: Jennifer Lyle, Lush Yummies Pie Co.
This is the sixth post in “People of ProsperUS,” showcasing the incredible stories of entrepreneurs connected to ProsperUS. This post features Jennifer Lyle, the owner of Lush
People of ProsperUS: Walter Winesberry, Maximize Autistic Potential
This is the fourth post in “People of ProsperUS,” showcasing the incredible stories of entrepreneurs connected to ProsperUS. This post features Walter Winesberry, the owner
People of ProsperUS: Nicole Scott, Cloudburst Visions
This is the third post in “People of ProsperUS,” showcasing the incredible stories of entrepreneurs connected to ProsperUS. This post features Nicole Scott, the owner of
People of ProsperUS: JaTara Wright, Innovative Marketing Artistry
This is the second post in “People of ProsperUS,” showcasing the incredible stories of entrepreneurs connected to ProsperUS. This post features JaTara Wright, the owner,
Chanell Scott Contreras is New ProsperUS Director
Chanell Scott Contreras is the new director of Southwest Solutions’ ProsperUS Detroit program. Chanell takes over the role held by Kimberly Faison, who left to
People of ProsperUS: Daune Smith, Visual Noise
This is the first post in a series of photos titled, “People of ProsperUS,” showcasing the incredible stories of entrepreneurs connected to ProsperUS Detroit. Our
Recap: 2017 ProsperUS Detroit Annual Convening and Pitch Competition
The ProsperUS Detroit team was thrilled by the outpouring of support and enthusiasm for the program and its entrepreneurs at its fifth annual event celebrating
2017 ProsperUS Detroit Annual Convening
Join the ProsperUS Detroit staff, our invaluable team of trainers, and our community partners for an annual celebration of place-based entrepreneurship in Detroit’s neighborhoods. This
Only Two More Information Sessions for Winter 2017 Classes!
Come out to get details about our Entrepreneur Training Program: January 23, 2017 Grand River WorkPlace 19120 Grand River Detroit, MI 48215 6pm Contact: Larissa Carr –
Kecia Escoe: A Socially Conscious Master Quilter
When Kecia Escoe applied to ProsperUs Detroit, she had recently left a human resources management position with her long-time employer, Ticketmaster. It was while completing
Katrina Taylor-Harris, Owner of First Step Children and Family Center
Meet Katrina Taylor-Harris, someone we like to call a “Superstar.” In just over a year, she’s completed her Master in Social Work, completed the ProsperUS
What’s an E-Commerce Investment Banker from Hong Kong Doing in Detroit?
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Shop Small with ProsperUS Detroit: Holiday Season 2016
ProsperUS November Networking Night Thursday, November 17, 2016, at 5:30 – 7:30 PM Vista Partnership / St. Anthony’s Church, 3555 Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48216
A Pattern of Success: Detroit Garment Group helps entrepreneurs sew-up the market
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Metro Detroit entrepreneurial effort nets $2.9B impact
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Growing Business And Community on Michigan Avenue in SW Detroit
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5 Super Instagram-Worthy Restaurants That Are Just As Delicious IRL
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Voices from Impact Challange: Harriette Brown & Team 3
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Round 4 Motor City Match Announcements
To read the full article, click here: These 11 Detroit small business just won $500,000 in grants
ProsperUs Detroit supports minority, immigrant small businesses
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ProsperUS Detroit Annual Convening 2014
ProsperUS Detroit Annual Convening 2014