The Hustle: Entrepreneur Resource Summit

November 4 2023 | 10:00am to 4:00pm

Join us for a FREE day-long Resource Summit for entrepreneurs of all ages! Designed to bring Detroit’s entrepreneurial community together with resource providers, the day features lectures, networking and panel discussions with some of Detroit's outstanding entrepreneurial talent, opportunities for 1:1 discussions, and a Marketplace in the Streets of Old Detroit.

Learning, resource, and networking opportunities follow multiple tracks, designed for youth, emerging entrepreneurs and small business owners ready to level up.

Resource Summit Schedule

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Presented by Gilbert Family Foundation

Admission is free compliments of Dykema


9 am Registration Opens

10 am - 4 pm

Keynote and Panel discussions

Networking & Resource Fair

One-on-one coaching opportunities

Food trucks on Legends Plaza

Gaming Trailer on Kirby Street



  • Akil Alvin, Global CEO & Chief Creative Officer, Digital Detroit Media
  • Jason Barnett, Senior Vice President, Invest Detroit
  • Mr. E in the D (Emmanuel Smith), Emmy-Award winning Educator
  • Mark Lee, President & CEO, The LEE Group
  • AJ Louis, Apple Developer Academy @ Michigan State University
  • Krysta Pate, Founder & CEO, The Ownership Initiative
  • Sandra Stahl, Chief Procurement Officer/ Deputy Chief Financial Officer, City of Detroit


The Hustle honors Detroit’s Black entrepreneurs selected from a crowd-sourced nomination process with a series of exhibits, public programs and educational offerings. 

The Hustle is sponsored by the Gilbert Family Foundation, Toyota Motor North America, AAA-The Auto Club Group, Bank of America, PNC Bank, JPMorgan Chase, and Dykema.