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Breaking the Mold: The Entrepreneur’s Business Plan

Two kinds of entrepreneurs – planners and doers – hold the most critical roles in Detroit’s growth and revitalization. During the morning concurrent session, “Breaking the Mold: The Entrepreneur’s Business Plan,” panelists agreed that passion is essential to getting startup projects off the ground in Detroit, but that a vibrant support system is pivotal to success by focusing those passions.

Members of the panel discussed the ways that passion is not only fueling entrepreneurship in the city, but that it is indispensable to its recovery.  The world is paying attention to Detroit right now and it is up to the entrepreneurship community to continue to drive success and build on failures. The planners and the doers are making that possible. Panelists included Dave Anderson, co-founder of Bamboo Detroit; Jeff Aronoff, executive director of D:hive; Phil Cooley, co-owner of Slows Bar BQ and Ponyride; Maria LaLonde, recruiting and development manager of Bizdom; and was moderated by Spencer Olinek, business development manager of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. This session was sponsored by EY.