DEGC’s Director of Small Business Services Michael Forsyth was named to Crain’s 40 Under 40 for his role in opening the expanding Detroit City Distillery.
Detroit City Distillery was started by Forsyth and a group of friends turned business partners in the Eastern Market district two years ago. Since then, the business has expanded to the former Stroh’s Ice Cream factory near Gratiot Avenue. The factory is expected to expand production “tenfold,” said Forsyth.
Forsyth said that his experiences at DEGC have greatly helped the growth of Detroit City Distillery.
“Working at DEGC and starting up the Distillery has helped me see both sides to starting a business,” said Forsyth. “At DEGC we help people start their businesses and I now understand what that is like to open with limited funds and navigating the permitting process.”
At DEGC Forsyth helped launch Revolve, a program focused on pop-up retail, which eventually evolved into Motor City Match. In its first full year, Motor City Match awarded $2 million in grants that contributed to $13 million in investment that helped 385 entrepreneurs across the city.
“There is a great entrepreneurial spirit in Detroit and I am proud to be a part of that,” said Forsyth.