Detroit’s best kept small business secret: District Business Liaisons

What are District Business Liaisons?

DBLs are neighborhood business owners’ number one advocate. They represent all seven Detroit council districts and are in tune with the issues directly affecting each neighborhood’s economy. That includes the small-to-medium-sized businesses along the corridors, as well as those that are home-based. DBLs support business owners with the everyday challenges they face – whether it’s starting, maintaining or growing a business – and connect them with the necessary tools and resources to be successful.

How Can They Help?

DBLs can help business owners navigate the City’s processes and assist with issues such as permitting, zoning and licensing. DBLs can also support owners with securing loans, grants, and talent, or finding free expert business help. DBLs work closely with the Mayor’s Office, City Council and local business support organizations to ensure Detroit’s small business community not only survives but thrives.

As liaisons to the City, DBLs often facilitate community engagement with business owners throughout construction and neighborhood development projects. They can represent business owners’ concerns by taking the issues back to the City for solutions and can track neighborhood business trends and data to inform future programming and process improvements that will directly benefit Detroit’s small businesses.

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