City of Detroit to host Minority Business Summit

City of Detroit to host Minority Business Summit 

  • Summit to help participants understand the City’s contracting and procurement process and learn about Motor City Contractor Fund 
  • Council Members Mary Waters, Angela Calloway, Latisha Johnson along with Associate Director for Detroit's Office of Contracting and Procurement, Toni Stewart-Limmitt are hosting the event 
  • Free event Saturday, April 23 will be virtual and in-person at WCCCD  

Detroit is hosting a Minority Business Summit to share vital information on the contracting and procurement process within City government.  The free event is hosted by City Council Members Mary Waters (At-Large), Angela Calloway (District 2), and Latisha Johnson (District 4) along with City of Detroit Associate Director with the Office of Contracting and Procurement, Toni Stewart-Limmitt.  Detroit City Council President, Mary Sheffield (District 5), and Council Member Gabriela Santiago-Romero (District 6) will bring special greetings.

In addition, attendees will learn details about the recently announced Motor City Contractor Fund designed to help Detroit-based minority businesses gain access to funding. The free Summit is virtual and in-person Saturday, April 23 from 1PM-4PM at Wayne County Community College District, Downtown Campus. There’s a limit to the first 100 people at WCCD.

With several projects planned in the coming months, the City is in need of a myriad of goods and services.  Plus, there’s a great need for construction workers to handle the work associated with ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) projects, Proposal N bond work, and the Detroit Land Bank.

“Many small and minority business owners are frustrated by what they feel is not a transparent process to gain contracts with the City of Detroit. My goal is to pull back the curtain, and de-mystify the process of contracting with government entities,” said Member Waters. 

“We will continue to outreach and engage wherever we can to encourage small, Detroit-based minority-owned businesses to take part in the City’s bid opportunities. This Summit will provide important information and insight in the procurement process,” said Stewart-Limmitt. 

Those presenting at the Summit include Jill Bryant with the Detroit Building Authority, Tenika R. Griggs, Esq, Director of Compliance, Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity Department and Monica Daniels, Finance Asset Manager, Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.  All participants must register here: Minority Business Summit (smartsheet.com).   

To attend virtually by Zoom video:  

Meeting ID: 456 768 3180  

Passcode:1008  

URL: bit.ly/362w5Dz  

Zoom by phone number: 312-626-6799