Yesterday TechTown launched its first Blocks Retail Boot Camp. The highly customized program will prepare 12 serious entrepreneurs with strong, independent retail concepts for the successful launch of their Detroit business.
TechTown is forever grateful to the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan for providing funding to support the program.
We’d also like to thank the following people for offering amazing insight:
The building definitely didn’t look like this when we walked in this morning! First-floor construction has officially begun!
Here’s the official scoop:
TechTown is undergoing a complete renovation of its first floor – modernizing and reconfiguring the space with a nod to its innovative roots as the former Chevrolet Creative Services building.
Pamela McGrath, CIO, and Jack McGrath, CEO, Zerebral.
What’s your business?
Zerebral is an academic incentive and rewards platform for K-12 schools, aimed at decreasing the student achievement gap by utilizing external motivators to foster an intrinsic desire to learn within students. We accomplish this through rewarding the positive behaviors that drive academic success.
Why are you proud of it?
Our education system has previously focused on a one-size-fits-all repeatable formula to drive results. The assumption is that the same methods of instruction can be used for every student’s learning style and reinforced by the same motivators for each student to obtain the same result. We’ll use some basic math to demonstrate this point.
I’m a for-profit girl in a nonprofit world. At first, that sounds daunting, but really it’s not scary at all. The basics of good for-profit management apply perfectly to the challenges of leading a nonprofit. Know your customer. Serve them well. Seat an extraordinary team. Think big. Take risks. Manage costs. Generate revenue. Have more revenue than costs. Measure everything. Tell your story. Partner with purpose. Act with integrity.
Pretty simple, right?
Last week, Business Insider named us one of the 23 coolest businesses in Detroit. How pumped are we??!!
Congrats to us and Michelle! We’re having a boy!
Are you a small business supporter who loves great food? Of course you are. Well, folks, here’s your chance to support a really amazing restaurant in Detroit’s Brightmoor neighborhood. Slabee’s just launched it’s Kiva Detroit campaign and the fellas need your help! https://zip.kiva.org/loans/1130 — with Brightmoor Alliance
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