Business Resources and Programs

Education

We offer education, resources and programming opportunities to our members and the community that help strengthen and grow Detroit’s design-driven businesses and designers.

Client Services Bootcamp

The Client Services Boot Camp is an annual six-session boot camp program for small- to medium-sized design firms/agencies and freelancers, based on the fundamentals of client service. Each cohort is small and capped at 10 attendees. In addition to workshops lead by industry professionals, attendees are asked to present their business pitch at the first and last session of the boot camp to help clarify their client offering and value proposition.

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Co.Starters Design

The Client Services Boot Camp is an annual six-session boot camp program for small- to medium-sized design firms/agencies and freelancers, based on the fundamentals of client service. Each cohort is small and capped at 10 attendees. In addition to workshops lead by industry professionals, attendees are asked to present their business pitch at the first and last session of the boot camp to help clarify their client offering and value proposition.

One-on-One Business Consultation

Our one-on-one business consultations help design-driven entrepreneurs or small businesses access resources, strengthen their business and connect to professional services. Consultations are held on the first and third Mondays of each month. Clients will spend 30 minutes discussing their business ideas, goals or challenges with our program staff. Sign up for a free consultation here.

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City of Design Exchange

Each month, new opportunities emerge for Detroit’s creative community to be showcased through exhibitions, conferences, exchanges and global design events. To further its mission of supporting Detroit-based creative businesses and practitioners, Design Core Detroit is offering Detroit City of Design ambassador stipends to support the cost of travel and materials for Detroit designers selected to participate in a fellow UNESCO Creative Cities Network partner events.

Design & Dine Lecture Series

Design & Dine is a lecture series where Detroit Design Network members share industry expertise and trends with a wide audience. The series aims to connect designers, share knowledge and help attendees build a wide range of design-based skillsets. Topics can be on a variety of subjects. Some key areas that members have expressed an interest in for future sessions include copywriting and content, business skills, graphic design, marketing and more.

Takes place every other month.

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Designer Dating Game

A panel discussion with pizazz, the Designer Dating Game tackles common business issues with a little retro game show fun. The contestant asks members of Detroit's Design Network challenging questions about how design services can solve everyday business challenges, improve the bottom line and otherwise make life better.

May and September 2018.

Drinks x Design

Held in a new location on the second Thursday of every month from 5:30-8 p.m., Drinks x Design offers an opportunity for creative businesses throughout the city to open their doors and share their work with the public. Attendees come to meet new people, make connections, promote their creative endeavors and learn about other projects in their community. Event information will be released one month before each event.

We are always looking for new spaces, talent, design ambassadors and partners. If interested, please fill out the following form and someone from our team will contact you. Thanks!

  • March 8th: Branding

  • April 12th: City of Design

  • May 10th: Commerce Design

  • June 14th: Industrial Reuse

  • July 12th: Interior & Makers

  • August 9th: Diversity & Inclusion

  • September 20th: Design Crawl

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Resources

Design Guide for Neighborhood Business

As the stewards of Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design designation, Design Core Detroit believes strongly in the power of design to strengthen Detroit’s commercial corridors, and to have a profound and lasting impact on the health and prosperity of our neighborhood business districts. Want more info? This Design Guide aims to empower and inspire Detroit’s brick and mortar business owners through information, examples, exercises and more. Email info@designcore.org to order a physical copy of the book.

State of Urban Manufacturing Study

In partnership with Urban Manufacturing Alliance (UMA), Design Core released new research highlighting on the state of small batch manufacturing in Detroit. The State of Urban Manufacturing: Detroit Snapshot is the second of a six-city series produced by UMA that will provide first-of-its-kind data on city-based manufacturing across the country, with an emphasis on makers and small-scale manufacturers. Get the Detroit City Snapshot Here, and the Detroit Ecosystem Map below.