DBLs are employees of the DEGC, but work in close partnership with the Mayor’s Office, City Council, and every organization and initiative that supports small businesses in the city. Unlike District Managers who focus on residential issues, DBLs focus solely on neighborhood business owners’ needs and work directly with the community’s entrepreneurs. They do so by:

  • Helping business owners navigate city resources including but not limited to permitting, licensing, plan review, zoning variances, and inspections
  • Connecting business owners with the resources they need to grow and thrive such as capital, talent, business support services, and programs like Motor City Match and Motor City Re-Store
  • Collecting data over time that shows trends in where challenges lie for businesses so that they may inform process, policy, and programmatic improvements that benefit the small business community

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Find more information about DBLs here.


DISTRICT 1 – TENECIA JOHNSON
Work phone: (313) 460-0775 Email: tjohnson@degc.org

DISTRICT 2 – AMMIE WOODRUFF
Work phone: (313) 510-8261 Email: awoodruff@degc.org

DISTRICT 3 – MD-ABDUL MUHIT
Work Phone (313) 452-7704 Email: mmuhit@degc.org

DISTRICT 4 – MARTEL BIVINGS
Work Phone (313) 510-5288 Email: mbivings@degc.org

DISTRICT 5 –  DENNIS PERKINS
Work Phone: (313) 452-1926 Email: dperkins@degc.org

DISTRICT 6 – LUZ MEZA
Work Phone: (313) 510-2488 Email: lmeza@degc.org

DISTRICT 7 – BRIANNA WALKER
Work Phone: (313) 515-6979   Email: bwalker@degc.org

DIRECTOR OF SMALL BUSINESS RETENTION AND EXPANSION- LILY HAMBURGER

Work Phone: (313) 237-4635   Email: ehamburger@degc.org