Michigan Chronicle’s Digital Anchor Andre Ash sat down in mid-June with Kevin Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC), and Pierre Batton, Vice President, Small Business Services, at the DEGC and Detroit Means Business (DMB) President.
The DEGC and DMB are working together to rebuild Detroit’s small business community and recapture some of the lost revenue from the pandemic.
“Small businesses last year had been extremely impacted in the city of Detroit,” Batton said, adding that oftentimes small businesses, sole proprietors had it the hardest. “The world came to a halt; we wanted to make sure our businesses were there when everything reopened so we all banded together. We have a lot of might and muscle at the table including organizations that helmed Kevin here in terms of the DEGC, in terms of other partners, Invest Detroit, Tech Town, DTE Energy.”