Detroit, September 3rd, 2013– D:hive announces today that they’ve graduated 200 entrepreneurs from the D:hive BUILD program. Fall registration is now open for the Fall BUILD classes which will begin in early October.

D:hive’s BUILD program began in 2012 in response to a growing interest in social, cultural, and economic entrepreneurship in Detroit. BUILD guides participants through the process of developing a business plan in a collaborative environment, with the insight of community experts and an emphasis on fundamentals and sustainability.

“Coming into BUILD, I was passionate about an idea but had never run a business before. Reading and researching about how to run a small business can only get you so far,” said Kurt Spieles, Founder of SpielHaus Toys. “Build helped me put into perspective all of the necessary steps to see my vision through. The camaraderie, brainstorming, and support you receive from BUILD classmates and instructors is very helpful and inspiring.”

D:hive BUILD grads have consistently placed in the finals of the Hatch Detroit retail contest including SpielHaus Toys, and Detroit Vegan Soul, a vegan restaurant expected to open soon.

“BUILD classes are a great way to explore the feasibility of an idea,” said April Boyle, Director of Small Business Initiatives. “We are seeing so many more projects and businesses getting off the ground with the vital information, resources, connections and support they receive through the BUILD program."

Fall sessions are now open for registration. Participants can sign up by visiting Classes are offered in the afternoons, evenings and weekends to accommodate busy schedules. The cost of the eight week class is based on annual household income and family size ranging from $100-300. Classes will continue to run throughout the year on a seasonal basis.


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