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Thursday, May 26 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Panel: Why Community Matters for Entrepreneurs

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Being your own boss as an entrepreneur has a lot of perks, but it can also be lonely. Join us for a panel discussion as we explore the spaces and programs that cultivate a supportive community for entrepreneurs through programs, events, and a physical place to collaborate with others. Networking to follow.

9-9:15am -- Check-in
9:15-9:45am --  Panel discussion
9:45-10am -- Q&A
10-10:30am -- Networking 

Panelists: April Boyle (Build Institute), Amanda Lewan (Bamboo), Lauren Bealore (Young Ambitious Beautiful), Regina Campbell (Techtown), Devita Davison (FoodLab), Wayne Ramocan (Urban Consolate)

Moderator: Jay Rayford (Social Sushi)

+Presented by Human Scale Studio, a consultancy firm transforming cities by putting people first and Launch Exchange, dedicated to growing social enterprise in Detroit and beyond. 

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Jay Rayford

Founder, Social Sushi
Jay Rayford is a 5 year veteran of using social media to build both digital and real liferelationships for businesses, organizations and individuals. As a BMe (Black Male Engagement) Leader and New Leaders Council fellow, Jay has a passion for utilizing leadership, social entrepreneurship... Read More →

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Lauren Bealore

Co-Founder, Y.A.B.
As a Michigan State University Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Relations and Policy, Lauren has set herself up to have a background that can flourish in multiple areas. Her student-led leadership experience coupled with the internship experience with the Michigan Democratic... Read More →
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April Boyle

Advisory Board, Build Institute
April Jones Boyle, Founder and Executive Director Build Institute | April was a start-up team member of D:hive, where she was Director of Small Business Initiatives and helped launch the Build program. She is also the co-creator of a number of small-scale ventures including the... Read More →
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Regina Ann Campbell

Retail / Place-Based Entrepreneurship Track Captain / Advisory Board, TechTown Detroit
Regina has over 20 years of experience in the non-profit and public sector. Regina has directed the strategic vision, program design and development, execution and growth of the place-based entrepreneurship's flagship programs: SWOT City and Retail Services. Regina has a successful... Read More →
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Devita Davison

Devita Davison, a native of Detroit and granddaughter of a preacher, lived almost 19 years in New York before moving back to her hometown of Detroit in 2012. Her words are not just letters strung together; they are vessels for love and fight, heart ache, wisdom, and profound joy. To say she wears her heart on her sleeve is an understatement; whether decrying injustices in the food system or expounding on the beauty of a ripe strawberry in summer, her passion for food justice is palpable. Devita Davison is the Director of Marketing & Communications at FoodLab Detroit, a nonprofit organization that works to provide entrepreneurs with technical assistance, workshops, resources and the skills they need to start and grow a strong values-based food business. FoodLab is committed to serving low-resourced entrepreneurs of color and sees good food entrepreneurship as a way to build power and resilience for traditionally marginalized people and communities and promote environmental sustainability through business prac, FoodLab
Devita Davison is the Executive Director at FoodLab Detroit, a non-profit organization that works to provide entrepreneurs with the technical assistant, workshops, resources and the skills they need to start and grow a strong values-based food businesses.
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Amanda Lewan

Co-founder, Bamboo
Amanda Lewan is the Founder of Michipreneur.com, the only regional publication on entrepreneurship and innovation reaching 100,000 regular readers, and Bamboo Detroit a co-working space for entrepreneurs providing flexible and affordable work options in Downtown Detroit. She contributes... Read More →
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Wayne Ramocan

Wayne is a Build graduate, native Detroiter, community advocate, and cultural ambassador. With four years working with the Skillman Foundation Good Neighborhoods, he was responsible for launching the Live in Osborn initiative to revitalize a 5 block area and curb population loss in... Read More →

Thursday May 26, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Bamboo Detroit 1442 Brush Street, Suite 200