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Michigan Entrepreneurs Focus on the Positive Story of Detroit

The 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference pillar of cultural change was on full display this morning as some of Michigan’s leading entrepreneurs discussed the successes and challenges they’ve had in starting a business in Michigan and in Detroit during “Encouraging Entrepreneurship: The Catalyst for Continued Economic Growth in Michigan.” The panel agreed that the positive image and story of Detroit needs to be exposed and touted to encourage continued investment and entrepreneurship.

Panelists including Paul Glomski, co-founder and CEO, Detroit Labs; Caitlin James, co-founder and managing parnter, DROUGHT; and Jacques Panis, president, Shinola; joined moderator David Egner, president and CEO, Hudson-Webber Foundation and executive director, New Economy Initiative.

Walker-Miller suggested that there are a number of entrepreneurs throughout the city and that their talent should be nurtured and encouraged. The panelists agreed that there is great value in sharing lessons-learned in addition to assisting with access to capital, whether they be successes, failures of processes, with entrepreneurs looking to grow their idea or business. Each of the panelists all agreed that Michigan and Detroit have played a major role in their decisions on where to locate and has played a role in their successes. This session was sponsored by Delta Air Lines.