District Business Liaisons

What is a District Business Liaison?

DBLs are neighborhood business owners’ best friends. They are here to help navigate through any challenges you may have and connect you to the robust ecosystem of business support organizations in our city. DBLs work in close partnership with the Mayor’s Office, City Council, and every organization and initiative that supports small businesses in Detroit. A DBL’s job is to focus on neighborhood business owners’ needs, and to work directly with the community’s entrepreneurs to help our commercial corridors thrive.

How we can help you

    • 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 grant programs
    • Collecting data and information that shows trends in where challenges lie for businesses in Detroit, in order to inform process, policy, and programmatic improvements that benefit the small business community

District Business Liaisons

Lily Hamburger

Director Small Business Retention & Attraction

Tenecia Johnson

District 1 Business Liaison

Lashawna Manigault

District 2 Business Liaison

Md-Abdul Muhit

District 3 Business Liaison

Martell Bivings

District 4 Business Liaison

Mikki Godfrey

District 5 Business Liaison
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Michael Reyes

District 6 Business Liaison

Brianna Walker

District 7 Business Liaison

Lily Hamburger

Director Small Business Retention & Attraction

Tenecia Johnson

District 1 Business Liaison

Lashawna Manigault

District 2 Business Liaison

Md-Abdul Muhit

District 3 Business Liaison

Martell Bivings

District 4 Business Liaison

Mikki Godfrey

District 5 Business Liaison
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Michael Reyes

District 6 Business Liaison

Brianna Walker

District 7 Business Liaison

Find your District Business Liason

District 1
Tenecia Johnson

District 2
Lashawna Manigault

District 3
Md-Abdul Muhit

District 4
Martell Bivings

District 5
Mikki Godfrey

District 6
Michael Reyes

District 7
Brianna Walker

Success Stories

J’s Café has been specializing​ in down home southern style soul food since 1983. Food at J’s Café is prepared the old fashion way, using the freshest ingredients and cooked same way your grandmother did. For the full menu and hours of operation, visit the J’s Café website.

Recently the business improved its exterior appearance, thanks to help from Tenecia Johnson, DEGC’s District Business Liaison for District 1.

Let Us Support Your Small Detroit Business

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Connect to City Processes

The City of Detroit has online resources that can get you and your small business the help you need. Check out the links below for information on a variety of City processes