All Things Marketplace celebrates small Black-owned businesses in Detroit

Founder Jennyfer Crawford-Williams joins CultureShift to discuss how her business is uplifting Black entrepreneurs in her community.

a Black woman in a stylish gray sweater poses in front of the WDET logo

Jennyfer Crawford-Williams in the WDET studios on Feb. 7, 2023.

All Things Marketplace in Corktown is like the Black-owned, small-business equivalent of Amazon. Founded by Jennyfer Crawford-Williams (of popular branding and marketing firm Ask Jennyfer), All Things Marketplace provides small business owners with shipping, packaging, marketing and operations resources.

Crawford-Williams says she wants to fill the gap for the entrepreneurs who don’t meet requirements for grants like Motor City Match.

“We’re giving those small businesses a chance to have a place where they can pop up, and people can come see them and get to know them so that they can qualify for all of those popular programs and things that are happening in the city.”

This year, she’s hosting an inaugural “All Things Black Business Month,” featuring pop-ups from Detroit-based Black-owned businesses, panel discussions, headshots and more.

Crawford-Williams says although she celebrates Black businesses all year round, its was important to highlight as many as possible during Black History Month.

“This is a stepping stone, honestly, to something bigger. Not just All Things Black Business Month, but an All Things Black Business Event, where we’re highlighting businesses throughout the city… It’s a space for creatives, it’s something that I’m super passionate about, and the time is now.”

Saturday Afternoon Pop-Up Shops are taking place throughout February from noon to 5 p.m. To see the full schedule of events and to learn more about All Things Marketplace, visit their website.

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  • Tia Graham
    Tia Graham is a reporter and Weekend Edition Host for 101.9 WDET. She graduated from Michigan State University where she had the unique privilege of covering former President Barack Obama and his trip to Lansing in 2014.