REVOLVE Guidebook


Whether starting a business, installing a public art project, restoring a building or promoting a neighborhood, the new REVOLVE Guidebook ( ) is a one-stop resource of practical how-to information for anyone seeking to revitalize a neighborhood.

Designed for a broad audience of entrepreneurs, artists, community organizers and building owners who share the goal of activating vacant space, it includes checklists, flow-charts, permits, license agreements and similar information in an easy-to-understand, ready-to-use format.

The Guidebook was developed specifically for Detroit, but much of the information is transferable to other cities or applications of urban revitalization.   And, while not all of the information is applicable to everyone, we believe that good things happen faster when people work together with a mutual understanding of the to-do list.

This is a living document so we ask everyone to share feedback and lessons learned by e-mailing us at so we may continually improve the guide.

Michael Forsyth
REVOLVE Detroit Program Manager 

NEIdeas Challenge Will Accept Applications Beginning May 8


The “NEIdeas: Rewarding Ideas for Business Growth” challenge will begin accepting applications May 8.  Small businesses located in Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck that are at least three years old are eligible to apply for two types of awards:

  • $10,000 for businesses that gross under $1 million annually with ideas to grow
  • $100,000 for businesses that gross more than $1 million and under $5 million annually with ideas to grow “big”

Thirty applicants will be awarded $10,000 each and two businesses will receive $100,000 each.  In addition, all the business that apply for the challenge will gain connections to other small businesses and entrepreneurs, access to a network of business resources, and public exposure.

Applications are due June 5 for the $10,000 award and June 19 for the $100,000 award.  Online applications, and information on where to pick up physical applications, can be found at .  Recipients of the $10,000 awards will be notified in September and recipients of the $100,000 awards will be notified in November.

NEIdeas is a partnership of DEGC and the New Economy Initiative (NEI), a special project of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

Spencer Olinek
Business Development Manager