TechTown gets $800 thousand grant to grow small businesses

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>>

  • Attorney wants investigation of city clerk over Arab-American voter suppression

    Attorney wants investigation of city clerk over Arab-American voter suppression

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:43 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:43:20 GMT
    It is the tale of two cities. one paints a picture of a meticulous Dearborn Heights city clerk, following the law and fighting for a fair election. The other a story of abuse of power, mishandled ballots and voter suppression.Fatima Abdrabboh is an attorney and Michigan's director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee the largest chapter in the country. She is calling for a full-scale investigation into claims that Walter Prusiewicz mishandled ballots from Arab-American voters fo...
    It is the tale of two cities. one paints a picture of a meticulous Dearborn Heights city clerk, following the law and fighting for a fair election. The other a story of abuse of power, mishandled ballots and voter suppression.Fatima Abdrabboh is an attorney and Michigan's director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee the largest chapter in the country. She is calling for a full-scale investigation into claims that Walter Prusiewicz mishandled ballots from Arab-American voters fo...
  • Warren grandparents upset after grandchildren see racist graffiti at park

    Warren grandparents upset after grandchildren see racist graffiti at park

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:15:40 GMT
    Tuesday afternoon Bruce and Lubertha Callaway took their grandchildren to Shaw Park in Warren when they saw something they couldn't believe.
    Tuesday afternoon Bruce and Lubertha Callaway took their grandchildren to Shaw Park in Warren when they saw something they couldn't believe.
  • 3-year-old shocked, downed power lines electrify fence

    3-year-old shocked, downed power lines electrify fence

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:51:19 GMT
    A 3-year-old boy is in the hospital after getting shocked by an electrical charge.
    A 3-year-old boy is in the hospital after getting shocked by an electrical charge.
Powered by WorldNow

4739 NW 53rd Avenue, Sutie B
Gainesville, FL 32653

Phone: (352) 371-0051

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices