Women reshaping the face of small business in Detroit

Stop by a startup event in Detroit’s Techtown, and you’d be forgiven an assumption that Detroit’s economic future is very male and quite white. But don’t be too quick to jump to conclusions: Numbers and stories across Detroit’s neighborhoods tell a different story.

To little fanfare during the last 15 years, women have been setting up their own businesses  in the thousands, government data show, making the rate of women-owned businesses in Detroit the highest among large cities in the nation.
Every other business in Detroit is owned by a woman, an anomaly in a nation where just 29% of businesses overall are women-owned, and in a state where the figure is just 30%.

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