Monday, September 14, 2009

Group aims to rebuild Detroit store by store

Despite Detroit's economic troubles, Jennifer Willemsen never wavered from her goal of opening a business in the city limits.

Two years ago, Willemsen, 28, learned she wasn't alone.

As Willemsen and her business partner planned to open a new hair salon in Midtown, Willemsen started attending meetings of small-business owners where the advice flowed.

"There's resources here. It's not just going to be me," Willemsen said she realized after attending meetings hosted by Open City, a group of local business owners who share advice with aspiring retailers in Detroit.

Open City kicks off its third season Tuesday at Cliff Bell's bar on Park Avenue and it plans to hold meetings the third Tuesday of every month through April.

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