Wayne State University


As a leader and partner in the revitalization of Midtown, Wayne State University is committed to being a good neighbor in a good neighborhood. The Office of Economic Development at Wayne State was created in 2011 to help leverage the assets of the University to be a catalyst for growth on our campus and throughout the community. Whether it's bringing Zipcar to Detroit to help people get around town, partnering with private developers on major mixed use projects in the neighborhood, or connecting businesses large and small to our talented faculty, researchers, and students, the Office of Economic Development works to maximize the University's impact in Midtown and Detroit.  

Contact Us

Office of Economic Development
656 W. Kirby
Faculty Administration Building, Suite 4200
Detroit, MI 48202


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Open City presents: Rock the red tape - Navigating City Hall
April 21 2014 at 6:00 PM
Cliff Bells
Have you ever wanted to start a business? Are you a current owner? Open City Detroit is a free networking event that facilitates exchange about starting, operating, and growing a small business in Detroit. Join us for our last Open City event of the 2014-2015 season on Monday, April 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cliff Bell's (2030 Park Ave., downtown Detroit). This Open City event is brought to you by D:Hive in partnership with City of Detroit and Mayor Mike Duggan. The focus: navigating the bureaucracy of City Hall to ensure your business stays legitimate. This month's panelists: Kirk Mayes - City of DetroitBrian Hurtienne - The Villages CDCKirsten Ussery Boyd - Detroit Vegan SoulAlexis Wiley (moderator)
Detroit SOUP
May 4 2014 at 6:00 PM
Jam Handy
Detroit SOUP is a microgranting dinner celebrating creative projects in Detroit. For $5 you receive soup, salad, bread, and a vote. You will hear from four presentations ranging from art, urban agriculture, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education, technology, etc., who have four minutes to share their idea and then field four questions from the diners. We eat, connect, share resources, and vote on what project you think should win the money gathered from the night. When the night nears to a close we count the ballots and whoever has the most votes takes home the money from the door.
Detroit Creative Corridor - Drinks x Design
May 8 2014 at 5:30 PM
Varies monthly
A partnership between Metro Times and Detroit Creative Corridor Center, Drinks x Design is monthly open studio that opens the doors to unique atmospheres for attendees to experience, explore and build the relationships that lead to employment, community, and ultimately establishes Detroit as a center for design and creative innovation. Join us on the second Thursday of every month (January – October). HERE IS OUR LINEUP FOR 2014: 01/09/14 dPOP!02/13/14 AIREA Studio + Art At Compuware03/13/14 TBA04/10/14 Commonwealth05/08/14 Detroit Farm and Garden06/12/14 Practice Space + Corktown Studios07/10/14 Cobo Center08/14/14 Hello Innovation09/11/14 Detroit Design Festival Preview (Location TBA)10/09/14 Reclaim Detroit RSVP opens three week prior to the event on Facebook and Eventbrite. Want to stay in the loop? We will announce any changes via this blog, our DC3 Newsletter and on our Facebook Page. Any questions? Select “Drinks x Design” on our DC3 Contact Page. Please keep in mind that these listings are subject to change.
Creative Mornings: Detroit
May 9 2014 at 8:30 AM
Varies monthly
CreativeMornings is a breakfast lecture series for the creative community. Our free, monthly events feature a short talk and breakfast! In 2008, Tina Roth Eisenberg (Swissmiss) started CreativeMornings out of a desire for an ongoing, accessible event for New York’s creative community. The concept was simple: breakfast and a short talk one Friday morning a month. Every event would be free of charge and open to anyone. Today, attendees gather in cities around the world to enjoy fresh coffee, friendly people, and an international array of breakfast foods. Volunteer hosts and their team members organize local chapters that not only celebrate a city’s creative talent, but also promote an open space to connect with like-minded individuals. The growing archive of past breakfast talks is humbling. From design legends to hometown heroes, speakers are selected by each chapter based on a global theme. CreativeMornings remains free thanks to the support of local sponsors, generous venues, and longterm partners. Anyone can attend. Just register beforehand to reserve your spot. Remember to set your alarm, and we’ll see you in the morning!
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