Detroit-based entrepreneur training program expands to Inkster

21 businesses, including a vegan meat producer and an African-Caribbean grocery store, graduated last week.

A group of ProsperUs Detroit grads sit in chairs

A cohort of Inkster-based businesses graduate from a ProsperUs Detroit training.

ProsperUs Detroit just wrapped up a training course for Inkster-based entrepreneurs of color.

In the past, the organization focused on assisting businesses based in Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck. That was before ProsperUs Detroit was approached by Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib about using federal funds to support small businesses in the 13th Congressional District.

A Congressional Community Project Funding award provided $1 million in funding for the cohort and associated programming.

Listen: Executive director Chanell Scott Contreras on ProsperUs’ expanding to Inkster

ProsperUs Detroit Executive Director Chanell Scott Contreras spoke to WDET about the organization’s work in Inkster.

“We found that the community of Inkster is filled with talented, capable entrepreneurs. But the community has suffered from a lack of resources to build small businesses,” Contreras says.

Listen to the entire interview using the media player above.

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  • Laura Herberg
    Laura Herberg is a Reporter for 101.9 WDET, telling the stories about people inhabiting the Detroit region and the issues that affect us here.