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Farewell DCERP

After reading the letter I wrote to myself in week one, it is clear to see I have learned so much and grown significantly in just a short amount of time. While before I had a general understanding of the way most Detroiters do not benefit from economic development initiatives, I now have a much …

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Zoom cues

Over the past few weeks I’ve been fortunate to sit in on the weekly staff meetings with the ProsperUS team. I’ve never been around a professional business meeting environment, so it has been interesting to observe how this dynamic occurs—and even more intriguing to watch it play out over zoom. I feel that workplace culture …

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Effects of Covid-19, and What I’ve Learned About Detroit

So far at ProsperUS, most of what I’ve learned has revolved around business practices and how low-income and individuals of color struggle to become entrepreneurs. I learned about the wealth gap, the trust gap, and the credit gap. After learning about these disparities that affect all Black-owned small businesses in America from the AEO Tapestry …

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A Day In The Life at ProsperUS – Week 2

This summer I have been placed with ProsperUS. This company works toward entrepreneurial development for low-income and minority individuals in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park. There are three main programs under ProsperUS, the entrepreneurial training program or ETP, the technical assistance program, and the micro-lending program. The ETP is a 12-week long course for entrepreneurs …

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Week 1 Blog

Dear Future Mackenzie,  Happy week one at ProsperUS! So far I’ve settled into the placement by reaching out to all of the members of the team, and it has made virtual onboarding not so bad. There seems to be a nice sense of community at ProsperUS… speaking of community, to me, community describes a close-knit …

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