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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.

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 Detroit Flagstar Grant Recipients Graphic

Flagstar Grant Winners

Flagstar Grant Winners Many congratulations to the Flagstar Bank Grant winners!  We are happy to know that you are among the 18 small businesses owned

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