DEGC Realigns, Adds Staff to Focus Efforts on Small Business Development

DEGC’s Michael Forsyth

Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) is promoting within and looking to hire a new vice president to better meet the needs of Detroit’s burgeoning small business community.

DEGC’s Michael Forsyth, formerly Motor City Match program manager, has been promoted to Director of Small Business Development. Additionally, DEGC will conduct an extensive search for a vice president of small business development.

We are bringing our targeted programs out of their silos to create a comprehensive small business strategy,” said Rodrick Miller, president and CEO, DEGC. “This small business relaunch and the additional resources we’re investing in this work underscore our commitment to economic inclusivity, clarify the DEGC’s position as a dedicated partner and stakeholder in these businesses’ growth, and highlight the importance that these businesses play in strengthening the entire city’s economy. We had to broadcast this increased focus because small businesses lead in creating job opportunities for Detroiters, revitalizing neighborhoods and improving the overall quality of life in the city.”

DEGC has many programs geared towards the support of small businesses, and has provided small business loans for 30 years. Some DEGC programs include the Green Grocer Project, D2D and Motor City Match. DEGC also extensively supports programs like NEIdeas, BizGrid and PowerMoves Detroit.

DEGC is looking for vice president candidates and hopes to conclude its search soon. DEGC envisions securing resources to further expand its small business support capacity in 2016.

Tiffini D. Smith
Director of Communications

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