Field Guide E-newsletter

May 2017 Field Guide E-newsletter: Helpful Tips For Preparing Your Garden

Spring is finally here! Now that the gardening season is in full swing, it is the perfect time to dust off your DFC Field Guide to Working with Lots and begin your lot transformation. Before the hot, dry months of summer, it is important to get your trees, shrubs, and perennials planted to ensure your plants will be able to establish themselves and survive subsequent seasons. 

In our last e-newsletter, we detailed how to prepare your gardens for planting.  If you’re looking to display your talent as a gardener extraordinaire, this edition includes a few helpful tips to design the ultimate perennial garden. Provided to you by the Michigan State University Department of Horticulture (MSUDH) and the University of Minnesota, following these five steps can help you execute a beautiful plan.


In the Media

Whats Behind Detroit’s Small Business Disparity?

Anika Goss-Foster, Detroit Future City’s (DFC) executive director, shares her insight on the challenges facing minority business owners in Detroit and other cities across the country. She speaks about the importance of developing innovative and inclusive ways to address Detroit’s troubled economic climate.

Whats Behind Detroit’s Small Business Disparity?
Created by: J P Morgan Chase
May 11, 2017

In Detroit, there are more than 40,000 Black-owned businesses. You might think that the sheer volume of minority-owned companies would help create a thriving business climate for Black entrepreneurs, but when you take a closer look at the data, a different kind of story emerges. Only 1 in 30 African-American-owned companies in Detroit has more than one employee, compared with 1 in 3 white-owned businesses.

“The numbers are still too low, and the equity gap is still too wide,” says Anika Goss-Foster, executive director of Detroit Future City (DFC). The issue, however, is not cut and dried. Michael Rafferty, vice president of small-business development at the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., says that class, as much as race, accounts for the disparity.

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