Open City

Tuesday night at Cliff Bell’s was one of the most impressive events I have attended in the city in a long time. Open City is a group of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs-to-be in and around the city to come together and share their expertise, vision, success, and learn from failure. On Tuesday a good 100 people gathered to hear the inspirational stories of Avalon Bakery, Canine to Five, and Bureau Living owners who hosted the night’s events. We also heard from a dozen other entrepreneurs. The positivism that emanated from the crowd was inspirational. Detroit is a city that truly celebrates its entrepreneurs and its entrepreneurs in turn are grateful to the people for their success. The stories had the common thread of enjoying the success of word of mouth advertising from grateful citizens. The low barriers to entry, the lack of competitors, and spirit of the consumers is what makes it so rewarding for so many to start up in the city.

2 Comments so far

  1. Abster (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2007 @ 5:59 pm

    This sounds like something that my fiance would love. He is very active with small business ventures and is just dying to find an opportunity in the city. I’ve never heard of Open City, and google isn’t doing me much good. Do you know how I might get more info?

  2. Mollika* (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2007 @ 11:02 am

    If you are interested in finding out more, please e-mail

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