Business Opportunities

Skidmore Studio is hiring

Skidmore Studio is seeking a Senior Copywriter & Editor and Creative Director to join their team! These roles are full-time, and will eventually be based out of their Detroit studio (currently, the team is working remotely for the foreseeable future) 

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Events & Programs

Save the Date! 2021 Design Network virtual member appreciation event

On January 28, 2021 from 4pm - 5:30pm, please join Design Core Detroit for a virtual happy hour to meet our team, and connect with other members of the Detroit Design Network!

This is a great opportunity to learn more about how we can support your design-based business, meet fellow designers, and establish yourself in Detroit's design scene.

Please pop by to learn more about the services that we offer to designers via our Detroit Design Network, and mingle with fellow Network members. 


Complete NEI Small Business Survey, $100 cash prize

With it being especially challenging for small businesses during COVID, NEI is conducting a survey to better understand the needs of small businesses in the recovery from COVID-19.  The survey is open to all Wayne County business owners from December 1st through to the end of 2020.

All respondents will be entered into a drawing for $100 cash prizes when the survey closes. Please find details about the survey below.


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U-M market research, legal, accounting, web support for small businesses

Greetings, Detroit Design Network members. I'm passing along the following winter 2021 opportunities for Detroit small businesses from the University of Michigan. If you are interested contact Justin Erickson (

  • Market Research: We are looking for small businesses to work with a team of U-M marketing students beginning in January. The marketing students do market research, research into a business' current and potential customers, and create a marketing plan to reach them. The commitment from a business owner is talking with the student group once or twice a week via email, text, call, or whatever is most convenient. If you are interested, contact Justin at
  • Accounting: If you need assistance with accounting, QuickBooks, preparing financial statements, pricing, etc., you can make an appointment to work with U-M accounting students.
  • Website User Experience: If you need help on User Experience/Web Design/Product Design, or you just want someone to look at your website and give detailed User Experience feedback, you can meet with the U-M UX Lab.
  • Legal: The U-M Community Enterprise Clinic takes on Detroit-based small business clients on a rolling basis. The Clinic handles matters such as contacts, lease negotiations, ownership agreements, trademarking, etc. Apply here.


Michigan User Experience Virtual Holiday Party

Network Member Keith Instone invites you to the virtual Michigan User Experience Community Holiday Party on 12/17 at 6pm.

They invite experienced UX professionals, current UX practitioners, and anyone interested in UX to attend. Pop in for just a few minutes to say hello, or settle in for the whole 2 hours.  Click the link below for more details. 


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Sign up for a virtual office hour with Design Core

Design Core Detroit champions design-driven businesses and their role in strengthening Detroit’s economy.

We offer services to strengthen, grow and attract design businesses, increases market demand for design services, and tell Detroit’s design story locally and globally. We are the the steward of Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design designation, and formed by a partnership of the College for Creative Studies and Business Leaders for Michigan.

We are continuing to offer virtual office hours for design businesses in need. To schedule an appointment, please complete our virtual office hour intake form below.  
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Open Calls

AIA Small Project Design 2021 Grant Program

AIA has recently announced a grant to provide financial support for non-profit organizations who need funding to hire professional design teams to solve their design challenges. AIA will be awarding grants up to $5,000.  Learn more and apply below.

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Member News

The Film Lab Expansion Plans

Design Network member RL Concetti has an exciting project with The Film Lab in the works. The project was postponed due to COVID, but fortunately, The Film Lab is ready to dive back into working with the RL Concetti team on the second floor of their space.

The Film Lab’s renovation of the historic veteran’s hall is coming in Spring 2021.  With social distancing, state of the art air filtration, and sanitation guidelines in mind, they plan to offer the space to the local arts and entertainment community to host events for those who have lost their space due to the recession or had to close due to COVID capacity constraints.  Learn more about the project below.

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Good Cakes and Bakes invests in strategic interior design to increase revenue

Design Network member RL Concetti has recently worked with Good Cakes and Bakes to manipulate their floor plan to allow for socially distanced public seating options, create aesthetically pleasing barriers between customers and employees, a larger kitchen with increased privacy, and unveil an exciting new space to host classes - all in time for their grand reopening!

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NEXT:SPACE Detroit launches Archive Project

Design Network member NEXT:SPACE has recently launched a multimedia documentary series called Archive Project.  Archive Project explores the studios of independent designers connected to Detroit.

Watch the video below to discover the processes and perspectives that shape each object and what value we can find in handcrafted, collectible design.

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Entre-SLAM announces The Next Trilogy

Entre-SLAM is announcing the launch of The Next Trilogy: A Brand Makeover Experience for Innovators. This intensive transforms ambitious tech, retail, & social impact innovators into vibrant brands ready to creatively solve complex consumer problems.

Entre-SLAM invites tech, social impact, and retail innovators to apply to join The Next Trilogy 2021 starting December 15th, 2020. Companies accepted will be informed by January 15th 2021 and the experience will begin on February 15th. The Next Trilogy Grand SLAM, will be October 13th-15th, 2021.

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Share your news with us!

Design Core is here to support and promote the Detroit Design Network Members. If you have any news to share with us, please email or in the Detroit Design Network Slack. If you are sharing your news on social, you can also tag us @designcoredet so we can share it as well.  Our most commonly used hashtags include:

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Want to learn more about your fellow Design Network members? You can check out the most current member roster here.

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