Global Detroit Presented with TechTown’s Small Business Champion Award
Global Detroit was honored last week to be recognized with the Small Business Champion Award from TechTown last week. Recognizing our contribution to working with immigrant entrepreneurs who are revitalizing neighborhoods and diversifying the business ecosystem in Detroit, Global Detroit received the award alongside other innovators in Detroit’s small business support sector.
Global Detroit was recognized for our efforts supporting immigrant businesses and community development in Detroit, including our work to link some 50 immigrant entrepreneurs with ProsperUS training, facilitate over 100 NEIdeas applications, including over 60 in 2017 alone, with 22 NEIdeas finalists, as well as our efforts to help immigrant business owners apply for Motor City Match and attain other business support services.
Global Detroit Executive Director Steve Tobocman, accepted the award with Global Detroit team members Sloan Herrick, Raquel Garcia, Elias Gutierrez, Gracie Xavier, and Shaffwan Ahmed. Noting that there were no bilingual entrepreneurship service providers when Global Detroit was originally launched, Tobocman praised the community for helping to create and support a network of entrepreneurship partners that now had 5 separate organizations with bilingual services. He added that Detroit’s future would be determined by its ability to build a more inclusive economy and that such efforts required collaboration and partnership.
The award was presented at TechTown’s third annual Toast of the Town, a celebration of Detroit entrepreneurship that attracted 600 leaders in Detroit’s entrepreneurship community, including entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship providers like ProsperUS Detroit and ACCESS Growth, as well as foundations, corporate sponsors, government officials, and other community leaders.