TechTown gets $800 thousand grant to grow small businesses - New York News

TechTown gets $800 thousand grant to grow small Detroit businesses

Posted: Updated:
DETROIT, Mich. (WJBK) -

TechTown has received an $800 thousand federal grant to expand its business-growing program into three more Detroit neighborhoods.

"We're looking to build a network of businesses and also collaborate resources," Dejuan Vann tells Fox 2's Alexis Wiley. Vann is with the Osborn Business Association. The association is located in one of Detroit's deadliest neighborhoods, but they are working to change that.

And TechTown wants to help change that and create new jobs. The midtown business incubator and accelerator is bringing its SWOT city program to three more Detroit neighborhoods: Grandmont Rosedale, East Jefferson and Osborn. The program is designed to help entrepreneurs launch and strengthen businesses in their communities.

LINK: Read more about TechTown's SWOT City

"Working with the businesses, we can help solidify that business, help them grow enough to hire people. Our goal is to get people that are at or below the poverty line ... to get them up above that level,"  TechTown's Managing Director, Derrin Leppek, says.

The Department of Health and Human Services is funding the three-year program with an $800 thousand grant, a big win for a program that's just two years old. SWOT City launched in Brightmoor and has helped retain 80 jobs and launch two business in the neighborhood. Now, they're ready to share that success with more Detroit neighborhoods.

"There are existing challenges here that are big. We can't solve all of them, but we can do our part to help change it and move it forward just a little bit," Leppek says.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Homeowner interrupting burglary is fatally stabbed

    Homeowner interrupting burglary is fatally stabbed

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:35 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:35:46 GMT
    A 67-year-old homeowner was stabbed to death and his wife injured after they came upon a burglary at their Staten Island home.
    Police in New York City say an intruder stabbed a couple who interrupted a burglary at their home, killing the man and injuring his wife.
  • New MTA bus routes take effect

    New MTA bus routes take effect

    Monday, September 1 2014 1:09 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:09:54 GMT
    MTAMTA
    The MTA has new bus routes throughout the 5 boroughs. 
    The MTA has new bus routes throughout the 5 boroughs. 
  • Suspect, rookie officer both wounded in gunfire

    Suspect, rookie officer both wounded in gunfire

    Sunday, August 31 2014 10:11 PM EDT2014-09-01 02:11:38 GMT
    Authorities say an early morning gunfire exchange on a Brooklyn street has left the suspect hospitalized and a police officer with a graze wound.
    Authorities say an early morning gunfire exchange on a Brooklyn street has left the suspect hospitalized and a police officer with a graze wound.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • VP Joe Biden speaks in Detroit on Labor Day

    VP Joe Biden speaks in Detroit on Labor Day

    Monday, September 1 2014 1:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:18:46 GMT
    This is the second time vice president Joe Biden has been in Detroit on Labor Day in the past three years.
    This is the second time vice president Joe Biden has been in Detroit on Labor Day in the past three years.
  • RECALL: Kraft American Singles Cheese Slices

    RECALL: Kraft American Singles Cheese Slices

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:05 AM EDT2014-09-01 12:05:15 GMT
    Kraft voluntarily recalled 7,691 cases of its American Singles cheese product Friday because an ingredient was stored improperly by a supplier.
    Kraft voluntarily recalled 7,691 cases of its American Singles cheese product Friday because an ingredient was stored improperly by a supplier.
  • Minimum wage hike launches this Labor Day

    Minimum wage hike launches this Labor Day

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-09-01 11:30:54 GMT
    Minimum wage workers across metro Detroit and the rest of the state are getting a small raise this Labor Day.
    Minimum wage workers across metro Detroit and the rest of the state are getting a small raise this Labor Day.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices