Detroiters Think Big: A Small Business Podcast

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Detroiters Think Big: A Small Business Podcast, presented by the Detroit Regional Chamber and Rocket Mortgage, showcases the robust community of small businesses who have reopened and reinvented to keep their customers and employees safe amid COVID-19.

In this series, local business owners will share their stories on how they have survived, and even thrived, through an unprecedented global pandemic with the support of their community. Join Devon O’Reilly, director of entrepreneurship for the Detroit Regional Chamber, as he learns more about the innovative approaches businesses have taken to address the challenges and fears in operating in a post-pandemic climate.

If your small business would like to appear on the series, please fill out this contact form. 


Find Your Light: Collaboration In Dark Times | Nicole Tamer Art Gallery

Nicole George of Nicole Tamer Art Gallery talks about her journey from art agent to gallery owner, how Zoom backgrounds have led to a spike in sales, and the exhibits she’s looking forward to in 2021.


Stay Sharp: Marketing Your Business Amid COVID-19 | Robert Courtney & Associates

Robert Courtney Collins of Robert Courtney LLC speaks to how his small business clients are safely opening their doors or accepting orders, the necessary shift to marketing in an online environment, and how he got started as an entrepreneur.


Ride On: Creating Your Own Path | RiDetroit

Jason Hall of RiDetroit dives into a new venture, opening the first electric-only bike store in Detroit, and shares how his business dealt with the high demand of bicycles and bike repairs during the pandemic.


Build Hope: Empowering Your Community | The Empowerment Plan

Veronika Scott of The Empowerment Plan shares how the organization aims to end the generational cycle of homelessness through employing displaced individuals across the city of Detroit and how their innovative product, a coat that transforms into a sleeping bag, continues to evolve.


Detroit Grit: Persevering Despite the Odds | House of Pure Vin

Regina Gaines of House of Pure Vin shares how her shop has safely stayed open for foot traffic amid COVID-19, making the necessary shift to fulfilling online orders ahead of the holiday season, and adapting their business model for 2021.


Hustle Hard: Innovating in Times of Uncertainty | Detroit City Distillery

Michael Forsyth of Detroit City Distillery discusses making the shift to producing hand sanitizer throughout the pandemic, how they adapted to accommodate guests safely over the summer, and previewed new products available for curbside pickup.