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Bowling for Turkeys by Let’s Go Detroit!

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Let’s Go Detroit, in partnership with Plum Hollow Lanes, The Xtraordinary Gentleman & Kill The Hate proudly present the 3rd Annual Bowling For Turkeys. Proceeds from this event will be donated to Alternative For Girls and United Sister of Charity. With your help, we will make an impact on helping people in need.

Get Tickets at www.bowlingforturkeys.org

Bowling For Turkeys began as an idea that Loren Braxton (Let’s Go Detroit) had for helping the hungry and homeless. He wanted to throw an event around his birthday that would benefit people in need, rather than himself. His thought was to raise money by having fun doing one of his favorite hobbies, bowling. With the help of family, friends, and supports, Bowling For Turkeys was brought to life November 2015.

Presented by the Let’s Go Detroit Team: Loren Braxton, Vijay Virupannavar, Christian Liner, Danielle Reese, and Alton R. Williams II .

Not Just Black Business, it’s Good Business: Connection of Bill Ross, Booker T Washington, & Butch Small

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Last night, Detroit Seafood Market was filled with some of Detroit’s most charismatic, intelligent, and successful civil servants, faith leaders, and entrepreneurs. I joined this mix of stars to honor the legacy of Bill Ross. Mr. Ross was retiring from the post of leading the Booker T Washington Business Association for decades.

The organization was founded by the Peck family. Their initiative built a platform for Black business people to gather, share, learn, and build together in Detroit.

From selling studio time to rappers, till now leading my marketing firm, Mr. Ross has always been a supportive voice of insight and encouragement. I’m still applying lessons he taught me years ago today.

Last night’s event is a contradiction to all negative perceptions about Black business in Detroit. Successful giants of Detroit business like Tony Stovall (Hot Sam’s Clothing – Detroit’s oldest clothing retailer), Alan Young (of Alan Young & Associates CPA), and Linda Davis (of RL Graphics Print & Design) all gathered as Chuck Stokes (Spotlight on the News WXYZ Detroit’s ABC affiliate) emceed the event.

In the shadows of stars, I look up to, were my peers who are now wielders of social influence and industry. Ken Harris (President of the National Business League – which was founded by Booker T Washington), Karinda Washington (Chief of Staff Office of Partnership & Engagement at U.S. Department of Homeland Security), and Donald Webb (of IT Guys Networking & Cyber Security) are people I’ve shared laughs, lessons, and sandwiches with, are now providing opportunities and resources in abundance. The value of the Booker T Washington Business Association connections I made in 2004, has always come to fruition.

Booker T Washington’s perspective towards achieving human rights for Black people in America can be theoretically polarizing throughout the Black community. Years ago I discussed this with my mentor and the leader of the Detroit Nation of Islam Dawud Muhammad. Minister Dawud impressed upon me to honor the work and practicality of Booker T Washington. He urged me to seek understanding in the building of Tuskegee University to gain value in Washington’s legacy.

The semantics of his more conservative and apologist attitude towards racist White Americans should not devalue the gateways to opportunity Booker T Washington developed for Black people in America and the American south.

Tuskegee University began as an agricultural gem that expanded to produce world leaders in medicine, engineering, and design. Washington’s understanding of practical problem solving, accessing needs, and knowing the value is why Tuskegee has been feeding, teaching, and building Alabama since it broke ground. Developing methods of molding bricks from Alabama clay was the foundational method the university was built.

My love for hip-hop relates to the creativity and drive behind finding value in what others won’t and don’t.

As the Regan administration cut funding for arts and music in public school, the advent of the DJ and rapper was created.

Many people look up to Sylvia Robinson (Sugar Hill Records) and Russell Simmons (Def Jam Records) as the prototype for a hip-hop business leader, I look up to Carl ‘Butch’ Small of World One Records.

Butch Small is a world-class drummer and percussionist who has toured the world with George Clinton, the Four Tops, and many more (I called him to receive his blessing to share this, and he’s actually on tour now). Small is also the father of Carlos Small who is DJ Los. In 1988 DJ Los and EZ B released the ‘Untouchable’ record which was the first vinyl I ever remember a Detroit rapper made.

Butch Small saw the interest of his son and the Detroit community in hip-hop. He also knew that Detroit recording studios rejected the art form and looked at the music as a trend and not a culture. The city Motown Records and Berry Gordy built the ‘the Sound of Young America,’ neglected the rhythms and spirit of hip-hop.

Butch Small took his experience of years working with Sylvia Moy, Don Davis, and Norman Whitfield and applied to hip-hop.

World One Records opened a studio on 6 Mile in the heart of Detroit Westside. The architects of Detroit Hip-hop built their sound within those walls. The legends I love like Kaos & Mystro, DJ Los and EZ B, DICE, and Nikki D all crafted their artistry under the guidance of Butch Small. The other Detroit hip-hop artist at the time all followed the formula World One Records built. Merciless Amir, Awesome Dre, Smiley, Black Man & Kid Rock (when he was wearing Adidas jumpsuits and not confederate flag shirts), Detroit’s Most Wanted, and AWOL all were given access to studios, stages, and radio play because of the vision of Butch Small.

Seeing opportunity in the passion, creativity, and potential of others is the link between Bill Ross, Booker T Washington, and Butch Small. We should all look to be gateways for bigger stages, larger crowds, and louder messages for the visions of others. For if Ross, Washington, and Small were afraid of ruining their reputations, not being aligned with purpose, or only gratification generations of families would be experiencing a lesser quality of life.

Detroit School for Digital Technology

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Detroit School for Digital Technology is a vision of Jamie Koethe that provides Detroiters hands on training, experience, and opportunity to learn Media Arts. Koethe launched the school and today housed in South West Detroit hundreds of Detroiters are learning video design, audio production, animation creation, and so much more. Karlos Harris & Doris Hage work to add to the reach and opportunity of what the school offers. As Motor City Match winners the story of DSDT is an example of Detroit ingenuity and vision. Watch the Motor City Match feature for DSDT today.

Craft Cafe

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The Craft Café as imagined by Candice Meeks provides a creative outlet for artists on the east side. Guests will have the opportunity to provide original and unique paintings and other crafts, even with little to no experience! Candice sought to share her love of creativity and art with her community and was able to do so with the help of Motor City Match.

Feel free to book a party of all ages! (313)-658-8414 theCraftCafeDetroit@gmail.com

Skin Bar VII

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Skin Bar VII is the dream brought to life by Kim Jones. The business will be part of Detroit’s historic Avenue of Fashions business district near W Seven Mile Rd and Livernois Ave. Kim is a specialist for bringing the best out of skin care. For years Jones has worked in salons and even barbershops providing her dynamic service. Recently Kim was rewarded with a Motor City Match grant to build out her space. This is her story and vision for Skin Bar VII.

This is my hood, my hood is going to love me, the neighborhood is going to love me, a lot of people in this neighborhood has seen me grow up here, so when you see someone grow up in the younger years, you see them ride a bike down the street, and then they build a business and it’s a successful business, you are drawn to support them, so I got overwhelming support from the neighborhood already before me when I reopened.

My name is Seven and I am the owner of Skin Bar VII

Skin Bar VII is Detroit premier skin care facility. We are at 18951 Livernois between 7 mile and clear reader ,skin care is overall helping with this, I have been into skin care my entire life, I have been doing…,I have over 18 years’ experience in this industry and its one of the key to life very, very much neglected

The motor city match process was serious, it was really really serious but it made a better professional, a better business woman and it made a better leader it really captured what I did, it solidified my business and took it to the professional level because things that you dint think was important are very intricate in the success of your business, so make sure once you get up there, you stay up there.

“Alright, what would you say to somebody watching this right now and has a business and is thinking about motor city match, what advice do you have?”

What I would say to them for one is, follow directions, every single solitary thing that they ask for or application you need to provide it and don’t go scimpy on it, take your time, you need a thorough business plan, you need those financials, you need to do your research, so don’t get discouraged by all the paper work because all the paperwork is very much necessary not just to win from motor city match but overall make you a better business person and to make sure that your business is able to withstand the economy and grow.

Detroit is all good, you know am the expert, I am the guru and they come to me for advice aah I have the results driven, practice and they are happy with the results so I get a lot of love from Detroit. I preferred Motor City Match because I knew that I could win, I was determined to… I was determined to win, because I had a dream, I had a goal and I had a vision and I wanted to do whatever it took if they were to make that happen. I chose this location because this where I grew up back, I grew a couple of streets over, I went to Hamilton Elementary school, I went to Mumford High school. This is home for me , I wanted to contribute to the whole world of bringing me to my community and bringing a business like myself brings back, brings back class, it brings a healthy career for this neighborhood and I have tons of great things I want to bring to this community.

People can get in contact with me by following me on Instagram @skinbarvii, that’s skin bar VII, you can like my page on Facebook page and you can go to www.skinbarvii.com, that’s Skin Bar VII.com.

Montgomery Psychological Services

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Montgomery Psychological Services is a practice led by Dr. Edith Montgomery. Dr. Montgomery has been practicing psychological and counseling services for over 20 years in the Metro-Detroit area. Motor City Match has provided Dr. Montgomery to place an office in the city of Detroit to assist her clients and their families. Providing assistance to children is a key element to Dr. Montgomery’s practice. Here Dr. Montgomery shares the story of her Motor City Match journey and vision for the business. Dr. Edith Montgomery can be contacted at (248)539-3950 or ermpsych@sbcglobal.net.

Remember if you’re interested in launching a business, finding a commercial space, or a commercial renter visit online at www.motorcitymatch.com today.

Hi I am Dr Edith Montgomery, I am a clinical psychologist.

I have been doing clinical psychology now for going on thirty years. It’s interesting, it takes a while to get people to realize  that talking to psychologist doesn’t mean you are crazy but talking to psychologist for me mean you got a lot of sense and you just need to deal with  things that are going on in your life.

At an early age, I liked talking to people and I noticed that people talk to me very easily, so as a result I started listening to people as early as fifth grade, and I kind of grew from there, and I always laugh and tell people, I saw above new heart, I thought it was cool that he was a psychologist on the show and then I saw Dr Joyce brothers, and said maybe I can do this, I think I like talking to people and went forward from there.

I wanted to have an opportunity to make a difference in the city, and my office right now is in Farmington Hills and it’s difficult to get space in the city. Through Motor city match gave me a chance to not only get the funding but find the building so I can open a business there.

How was the Motor city match process?

It was interesting and actually it was not as hard as most people would think, I tell people I sat down one night and I dreamed a little dream and I filled the paper work of what I thought would be the best thing for the City of Detroit.

So I get a lot of surprise, people when they see me, how often can many go? Okay Dr Montgomery is ready, I am ready to see you, and they go, where is he? They go, no it’s me, I am Dr Montgomery, and they go “you!?”,”you don’t look like…” Yes and there, I went to school, did the things I needed to do and I like helping people, which is what got me started in the field.

I am looking to empower everyone, every age, as I always say, I treat you at the age you are when you come to me. With youth, what I’d like to do, is to do assessment with them so we can find the strengths and weaknesses, and that way we can let the schools know, this is how you can help and be more effective in school.

In addition I want be able to give youth, younger girls whoever, opportunity for group therapy, to talk about what’s going on in their lives, and like I say my favorite part of my program is going to be if you sing, dance, act, paint, anything you want to do, I want empower you to do it so we are going to do a talent show on regular basis so our youth can get a chance to figure out what they really want to be in this world.

I am hoping to welcome everybody in the community by the first of August at the latest or they can contact at my office at (248)539-3950 or they can catch me on my email; ermpsych@sbcglobal.net. My initials and what I do.

Detroit is Different with Planning Mike Forsyth

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Today I feature a podcast interview with Michael Forsyth and discuss urban planning, Detroit, and his bar the Detroit City Distillery. Mike is currently working for the Live6 project gathering funds, support, and awareness for business owners, community groups, and advocates throughout the Livernois & 6 mile neighborhood.

In the interview we explore Mike’s childhood in Bath MI and move to Detroit. Forsyth grew up in an entrepreneurial household where his father developed a landscaping company with support of his wife and creativity. Elaborate fixtures of rocks, waterways, and sands in condos, homes, and office spaces is the expertise of Mike’s father. This influence led to Mike exploring equitable ways of designing landscapes that are environmentally balanced. We also talk about Mike’s time in Seatle, the history of HUD, and Detroit zoning/ districting.
This is an entertaining and informative podcast interview, check it out!

Detroit Mushroom Factory

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Deana Wojcik and Chris Carrier lead Detroit Mushroom Factory. This business supported by Motor City Match is growing mushrooms for grocers, restaurants, and chefs throughout the Metro-Detroit area. The couple came to Detroit from California and is now thriving in business. The process of making mushrooms, selling mushrooms, and teaching people the art form is what Detroit Mushroom Factory is about. Check out their Motor City Match interview and visit www.motorcitymatch.com to find out more about the small businesses reinvesting in Detroit.

Deana Wojcik: My name’s Deana Wojcik of Detroit Mushroom Factory.

Chris Carrier: And I’m Chris Carrier. Detroit Mushroom Factory is an urban mushroom farm located right here in the beautiful city of Detroit. We’ve been operating for about, what, three years?

D: Three and a half.

C: Three and a half years, let’s say.

K: Why did you all apply for Motor City Match?

D: For the support. You know, we’re—we both had other jobs where we weren’t in charge and neither of us have started a business before, so it was really clear really fast that there was a lot we didn’t know. We had seen other people, other business owners who we really respect and look up to, go through that system, so we thought we’d give it a shot. It felt like a long shot, but we were so lucky to get in that initial make-a-match round and since then we’ve just been reapplying every round going through the whole process.

K: Alright, how have you found the Motor City Match Process so far?

C: Really effective, I would say. It’s been really good at helping us I think just keep focused, because every, you know, every time we want to go back for another round or something, it forces us to think about the questions they ask and you know, even if we’re not getting concrete things from them in some cases, it’s just, it’s making us ask those questions of ourselves and sort of push the ball forward on our own. So I think we certainly wouldn’t be as far along as we are without Motor City Match, and I think, yeah, it’s mostly because it helps us get that focus.

D: It’s a little bit of a long story. We were living in California before we moved to Detroit and Chris was growing mushrooms just as a hobby, and when we decided to move from California, we both got rid of all of our possessions and we lived out of our car for awhile, actually, just driving around the country finding different places to live, and the one thing that Chris insisted on holding on to through that whole road trip was a big piece of equipment called an autoclave, which is used to mushroom cultivation. So we had dragged the thing all around the country and we figured when we got here, we saw the great urban agriculture community and we decided, we have the equipment, we have the know-how, we’d give it a shot in Detroit. And an advantage of Detroit that certainly is not true in California is there’s space and real estate available here, so we’re moving into a formerly obsolete warehouse that now we’re getting to repurpose into a farm and things like that just don’t exist in California. So we were really excited to see a space.

C: It’s part of what appealed to us here is, like, just the—what a lot of people see—is the potential, you know, and all these things that are empty. Empty buildings, empty spaces, turn it into something that you want to turn it into, and it’s certainly been a challenge, but…

D: We have a few really loyal restaurant customers. Rose’s Fine Food, which is on the East Side on East Jefferson, Brooklyn Street Local, which is in Corktown, Sister Pie, the bakery over in the Villages, and ??? (3:03) Coriander Kitchen and Farm are operating out of there. So some of these local restaurants that have really committed to sourcing their produce locally are our biggest customers and clients, and then we’re just starting to move into retail also, so if someone who isn’t a restaurant owner wanted to buy our mushrooms, they can find them at the Farmer’s Hand, which is a grocery store in Corktown. And we have a waiting list. So we’re hoping to just continue to supply restaurants and grocery stores in the city and eventually maybe outside the city, although Detroit is definitely our first priority.

C: We’re also a part of the Grown in Detroit program, which is all about sort of local food producers in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park, so during the warmer months, we’ll sell at a table at Eastern Market at the Grown in Detroit Table there, and we will sell as part of that sort of cooperative.

D: They’re incredibly supportive to all local growers, so we’re really proud to be part of that.

K: Alright, so, someone wants to get in contact with you, what should they do? How do they reach you?

D: They can look on our website, detroitmushroomfactory.com, or they can email deana@detroitmushroomfactory.com or chris@detroitmushroomfactory.com. That will give them direct access to us.

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