Open City kicks off 8th season of conversations about entrepreneurship in Detroit

Back in 2007, small business owners Liz Blondy and Claire Nelson launched Open City to serve as a forum to discuss the opportunities and challenges of starting a business in Detroit. Over the last seven years, Open City has helped shape the local entrepreneurship movement into a community.

On Monday, October 20 at 6:00 p.m., the eighth season of Open City kicks off at Cliff Bell's in downtown Detroit with an event entitled "It Takes a Village: Working Together to Grow Your Business." The following people will participate in a panel discussion:

Garret Koehler (moderator) - ASSEMBLE
Ebony Rutherford - Trish's Garage
Sebastian Jackson - The Social Club Grooming Company
Mandisa Smith - Detroit Fiber Works
Herman Jenkins - The Collective Detroit

The discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by a Q&A and casual networking.

Open City is a program of the Build Institute, an organization that helps people turn their business ideas into reality by providing them with the necessary tools, resources, and support network in Detroit. Build Institute spun off of D:Hive Detroit earlier this month.

For more details about "It Takes a Village" and other upcoming Open City events, visit Open City's Facebook page.
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Matthew Lewis is a writer and former managing editor of Model D. He's currently the communications officer for the New Economy Initiative.