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The Next Generation Economy: Insights from Detroit Entrepreneurs

  • Wednesday, March 16, 2016
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Aloft Hotel, 1 Park Avenue (David Whitney Building) Detroit 48226


MSED Monthly Meeting


The Next Generation Economy

Insights from Detroit Entrepreneurs

 Aloft Hotel, Detroit

(click here for directions)

Entrepreneur Panelists:

Jacques Driscoll 
Owner of Green Dot Stables, Johnny Noodle King and the Huron Room in Corktown/Mexicantown Detroit

Nick Gorga
Founder of Hatch Detroit

James Van Dyke
Partner in the Roxbury Group and
co-owner of the Aloft Hotel in the David Whitney Building 


Nancy A. Benovich Gilby

Ehrenberg Director of Entrepreneurship, University of Michigan

Program Summary:

The energy and innovation of the entrepreneurial spirit that is reshaping the Detroit regional economy has tapped into a growing demand for innovation, fresh thinking and new advancements. Areas as diverse as entertainment, cuisine, hospitality and retail speak to lifestyle factors that are defining the foundation for the “next generation” economy.


The “next generation” economy demands refocused marketing concepts, unique tactical strategies and fresh sales techniques. What are the lessons and insights for business and marketing leaders in the context of this rebirth? Come hear from some of the region’s most innovative and driven leaders as they discuss their unique vision and how it is helping to drive the resurgence of our economy.

You will:

  • Learn what these entrepreneurs are doing with their organizations that you can use to define your vision for the new economy.
  • Get insights for your own work by learning about the challenges they face and how they overcame them as they moved forward to turn that vision into a reality.
  • Glean tips on defining your brand by hearing their marketing strategies and how they got the word out about their establishments.
  • Find out how they are continuing to drive demand for their service/product.
  • Hear about lessons they've learned and their outlook for the future.


5:00 - 6:30 pm:  Registration, Networking & Hors d'ouevres

6:30 - 7:30 pm:  Panel Discussion
7:30 - 8:00 pm:  Dessert and Networking

Sponsorship Opportunities


Complimentary Valet Parking Sponsor

Silver Event Sponsor

Catering Sponsor

MSED Event Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations will be accepted until 5pm on Friday, March 11th.  Cancellations received by this date will be refunded less a 10% administrative fee, with a minimum charge of $5.  Refunds cannot be issued for cancellations received after this date; however, substitutions for another person to attend in your place are gladly accepted.

Contact Us
(248) 643-6590

PO Box 99463
Troy, MI 48099

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