April Smiley, owner of Amethyst Media Productions Calls the Grand River WorkPlace her Place to Do Business

If your business is in need of a marketing boost, you might want to talk with April Smiley. Whether your intention is to promote, educate, or entertain, April can create an effective visual representation of what your business has to offer. April has a versatile skill set: she is an experienced film maker, editor, writer,…

Small Business (SB) Dream Coach Ian Watts, a Grand River WorkPlace Member

There’s a lot of buzz lately about small business. Start-ups, entrepreneurs, artisans – how many of them really know how demanding starting one’s own business is, or that they have to stay flexible, that they may have to adjust their original plans? Staying flexible and responsive to customer feedback demands staying alert to how customers…

Kenyetta “Kitty” Yarbrough, GRDC’s Community Security Coordinator Intern

GRDC welcomes Kenyetta “Kitty” Yarbrough as our Community Security Coordinator Intern. For her year here as an intern, Kitty is focused on coordinating our Community Security initiatives, the Crime Prevention Task Force and the Neighborhood Safety Meetings. While earning her Master’s degree in Social Work from Wayne State University, Kitty also works as a Customer…

Ashley Baker: A GRDC Intern Becomes a GRDC Employee

Ashley Baker started her University of Michigan undergraduate studies in neuroscience, biology, and chemistry. She was doing well in her classes, but once she took an introduction to urban planning class, she left the hard sciences to focus exclusively on her new field of interest. “It just clicked,” Ashley says of her first experience studying…

Innovative Project Targets Grandmont Rosedale for Home Renovation

GRDC is teaming up with Develop Detroit to implement an innovative new approach to renovating homes in Grandmont Rosedale. The program will utilize New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) to help finance the cost of renovations. The NMTC program has been used to finance commercial and mixed-use projects in Detroit, but its use for home renovations…

A Pop Up Pairing at the Grand River WorkPlace

Nicole Bien-Aime and Chanel Coleman met while they were taking ProsperUs training at the Grand River WorkPlace. Nicole had been selling women’s clothing out of an office building ill-suited to her needs. Chanel’s custom shoes and accessories business had been an online only endeavor and she was looking to expand. During their training the women…

Hilberry Shines Spotlight on Detroit and Grandmont Rosedale

The current Hilberry Theatre season includes the Michigan premiere of Detroit, an eccentric new comedy by award-winning playwright Lisa D’Amour. On Saturday, March 23rd, the 8:00 PM performance will be followed by a discussion about Detroit neighborhoods featuring Tom Goddeeris, Executive Director of the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation (GRDC). Special Offer The Maggie Allesee Department…

Crime Prevention Task Force Aims to Increase Project Green Light Participation

by Maria Penrod, GRDC Community Security Intern The Crime Prevention Task Force is made up of dedicated residents who strive to make neighborhoods in Grandmont Rosedale safe for all. Task Force members meet once a month to discuss current topics and events going on in the community. They also plan the Neighborhood Safety Meetings, which…

The Grandmont Rosedale Vacant Property Task Force: Our Goals, Our Success, Our Holiday Wreath Sale

“She came ready to get to work, with her cordless drill in one hand and a box of screws in the other.” Vacant and blighted property in Detroit threatens neighborhood health and stability, but also offers the prospect of civic engagement. The Grandmont Rosedale Vacant Property Task Force is a notable example of residents who…