This page features presentations, meetings and conferences "Resources for Small Businesses and Growth in Detroit" project and related studies.
September 15-16, 2015, Revisiting the Promise and Problems of Inner City Economic Development. Presentations from the Inner city Economic Summit, hosted by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, Economic Development Quarterly and Sage, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), have been published. The Summit featured a keynote address by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter, as well as a number of sessions highlighting new research and discussing practitioner experiences on various aspects of inner city business development.
October 22, 2014, Minority Capital Access Forum. This forum brought together bankers, community development practitioners, and business owners to highlight strategies that help funders connect with minority business owners.
November 19, 2013, Investing in Detroit’s Future: Resources for Businesses and Community Development. The goal of this meeting was to broaden the number of investors and organizations who understand how to access federal and state programs to leverage private capital, credit and other resources to support entrepreneurship and community development in Detroit. View conference agenda here and keynote speech by Thomas Sugrue.
June, 18, 2013, Redefining Rust Belt: An Exchange of Strategies by the Cities of Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit and Philadelphia. This videoconference series brings together community leaders in all four cities to participate in a robust exchange about experiences developing and implementing strategies to attract new residents and investments. The first session took place in June 2013, the second took place in October 2013, and the third took place in February 2014. The fourth and final discussion took place on May 13, 2014 at the Reinventing Older Communities national conference in Philadelphia.
October 16, 2012, Developing Small Business and Leveraging Resources in Detroit Conference - Chicago Fed, Michigan Bankers Association and New Economy Initiative Conference, Chicago Fed - Detroit Branch Presented by Maude Toussaint-Comeau View agenda here.
Outreach and Presentations
July 11, 2013, Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Black Chamber of Commerce Presented by Maude Toussaint-Comeau, December 10, 2013.
Redefining RustBelt: The Role of Anchor Institutions and the Arts Audioconference
May 17, 2013, Black, Hispanic, Arab-American, African-Caribbean Chambers of Commerce, Chicago Fed-Detroit Branch Presented by Robin Newberger and Maude Toussaint-Comeau.
Black Owned Businesses in Detroit, Ypsilanti Chamber of Commerce
May 17, 2013, CDPS Detroit Small Business Project, Presented by Maude Toussaint-Comeau and Robin Newberger.
Legislative Day at the Chicago Fed - Detroit Branch
April 11-12, 2013, Presented by Robin G. Newberger and Maude Toussaint-Comeau.
Resilience and Rebuilding for Low-Income Communities Conference, Federal Reserve Community Affairs System Conference
2012, Presented by Maude Toussaint-Comeau.
Board of Directors, Chicago Fed-Detroit Branch