Small Business Programming

What Is the Role of the Small Business Programming Team?

At the center of Detroit’s economic revitalization is our robust small-business community. Home-grown restaurants, retailers and service providers bring needed goods and services to residents. Small businesses provide local jobs, stabilize neighborhoods and create a sense of community. Black-owned businesses are especially important to an inclusive and accessible economy. DEGC provides a host of programming to help startups and established businesses flourish.

How Can the Small Business Programming Team Help You?

Small Business Programming Team

Pierre Batton

Executive Vice President Small Business Services

Lily Hamburger

Senior Director, Detroit Means Business

Mariangela Pledl

Director of Neighborhood Grocery & Food Access
Alondra Alvizo

Alondra Alvizo

Detroit Means Business Coordinator
Margarita Barry

Margarita Barry

Small Business Marketing & Communications Manager

Keyra Cokley

BuyDetroit Program Manager

Denise Colona

Small Business Services Development Manager

Gregoire Eugene-Louis

Motor City Re-Store Program Manager

LaTosha Franklin

Interim Technical Assistance Manager
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Medvis Jackson

Motor City Match Classes & Workshops Coordinator

Andrew Lucco

Director of Motor City Match

Ja Lisia Melendez

Small Business Services Coordinator

Kristen Morris

Small Business Associate
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Madison Schillig

Design Coordinator for Motor City Match

Let Us Help You Launch and Grow Your Detroit Small Business

Our Small Business Call Center is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 844-333-8249.

The DEGC is bound to serve only those businesses within the city limits of Detroit. Businesses in Wayne County can visit Wayne County Technical Assistance & Financial Resources for more info.




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