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Education series empowers Detroit small businesses and building property owners with knowledge of Detroit’s compliance laws

Jul 13, 2023

July 13, 2023 (DETROIT) – The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) and City of Detroit’s Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department (BSEED) have launched a hybrid educational series to equip Detroit entrepreneurs and building property owners with essential knowledge about city compliance. The “Small Business Corridor Compliance Education Series” will provide valuable insights on a range of crucial topics, including regulatory compliance, enforcement, vacant property accountability and resources for developers.

According to recent data, about 40 percent of Detroiters consider themselves to be entrepreneurs. However, navigating the complex world of city compliance can pose significant challenges for entrepreneurs and property owners. Recognizing this need, the DEGC and BSEED have developed the education series to empower participants with the knowledge and tools to navigate compliance regulations successfully.

“As the liaisons between Detroit’s small business community and city services, we have a responsibility to create solutions that not only provide support to business owners but allow for direct access to government services in a way that educates and empowers the community as a whole,” said Lashawna Manigault, director of the District Business Liaison Program, Small Business Services at the DEGC. “Understanding these compliance obligations will not only help participants avoid potential penalties but also create a more compliant and thriving business environment in Detroit.”

Businesses and property owners in violation of city compliance can face liens, garnishments, seizures and other such actions as permitted by law. By addressing the specific compliance concerns these two stakeholder groups face, the program aims to foster a better understanding of the legal obligations, enabling participants to operate their businesses and properties more effectively and sustainably.

“Knowledge is power and our goal is to provide the necessary tools for business owners to avoid fines and stay out of the Department of Appeals and Hearings (DAH) Court,” said BSEED Director David Bell. “The last thing we want is for them to spend money on tickets when it can go towards growing their business.”

The series will offer in-person sessions in each of Detroit’s seven city council districts throughout the summer, making it accessible to small business owners and building property owners. There will also be a monthly webinar covering a specific city service or process for those who are unable to attend in person.

The education series will be offered for free to small business owners and building property owners in Detroit. Interested participants can register for individual sessions by visiting or where they will find additional details about the program schedule and speaker lineup. Additional educational resources about city compliance in Detroit, including guides on city compliance and opening a business in the city, can be found at

“By flowing with the current of compliance, business and property owners can avoid treacherous obstacles, maintain a steady course and ultimately reach their destination of sustainable growth and success,” said Sean Gray, vice president of Small Business Services at the DEGC. “Neglecting compliance, on the other hand, is akin to paddling upstream, constantly fighting against the forces that can capsize a business, leading to penalties, legal issues and a loss of reputation.”


Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC)

Detroit Economic Growth Corporation is a non-profit organization that serves as Detroit’s lead implementing agency for business retention, attraction and economic development. DEGC is led by a board comprised of business, civic and community leaders. Its staff provides services for key public authorities that facilitate incentives and other forms of financing for projects that bring new jobs and investment to the City. DEGC also manages important initiatives to support small businesses and grow neighborhood commercial corridors. DEGC is dedicated to inclusive development and access to economic opportunity.

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