DEGC’s D2D program connects Detroit companies as buyers and suppliers — across all sizes of companies and industries. The program kicked off in 2013 and has made great strides in the last year — D2D’s buyer council institutions have increased their collective local spend by approximately 47%. That is over $810 million spent with other Detroit companies. D2D has also increased their supplier network to over 1,500 Detroit-based businesses. The D2D team actively engages these suppliers and helps direct them to available opportunities. They are also assisting these suppliers in becoming “buyer ready” through targeted capacity building workshops and informational sessions.
With all that success, celebrations were in order. In late October D2D held its second annual celebratory event at the Greektown Casino and Hotel. Attendees enjoyed drinks, appetizers and a live jazz band while networking with other companies in the program.
After networking buyers and suppliers heard from speakers, including DEGC Vice President of Business Development Olga Stella, DEGC Business Development Manager Brian Watkins and New Economy Initiative (NEI) Senior Program Officer, Donald Jones. NEI is a large funder for the D2D program. Each of the speakers highlighted the astounding accomplishments of the D2D program since the last celebration.
The program also included testimonials from a D2D supplier, President and CEO of Walker-Miller Energy, Carla Walker-Miller, and D2D Buyer Council member, Assistant Vice-President Procurement and Strategic Sourcing of Wayne State University, Kenneth Doherty. They each shared how the program has benefited their respective companies.
To better assist construction firms, one of our primary targets over the last year, the D2D team began hosting Pre-Rehabilitation Opportunity Sessions (PROS). These sessions connected developers to Detroit-based contractors interested in renovation, rehabilitation and redevelopment projects in the city. To date D2D has conducted five PROS events, presenting 12 development projects with an expected investment in the city of $65 million.
D2D is modeled after the Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) program. PMBC promotes all Michigan businesses to collaborate, and D2D concentrates that idea by promoting Detroit businesses to work with one another.
If you’re interested in getting involved in the D2D program please visit www.d2dbusiness.org.
Tiffini D. Smith
Director of Corporate Communications