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Women rebuilding Detroit

“Detroit was built on the backs of Henry Ford and his automotive brethren. But this time, when Detroit rises, it may well be built by young women.”

So says writer Jaclyn Trop in “Why Detroit is a great city for female entrepreneurs,” a short Fortune piece out today.

DVoice would love some feedback from readers: Is this true? Has Detroit uniquely fostered female entrepreneurs? Aside from those in the article, who are some of your favorite female entrepreneurs?

Trop points to some data from the U.S. Small Business Administration, which says it “lent $100 million to women-owned businesses in Michigan over the past 12 months, a 41 percent increase over last year.” But it’s hard to know whether the majority of those businesses are in Detroit or elsewhere throughout the state.

At DVoice, we’re proud to feature some outstanding women making a difference in Detroit, including Kerry Doman, founder & CEO of After 5 Detroit, and Jeanette Pierce, one of the great minds behind D:hive’s founding, and others.

For some more feedback: What women-centered services would you like to see more of Detroit, or is there enough supply to meet demand? (Shopping, body & spa services, access to fitness centers, etc.)

If you have an opinion on female entrepreneurship in Detroit or would like to write a guest post on this topic, please send it to

Kaitlyn Buss
Kaitlyn Buss is editorial page writer for The Detroit News. Prior to joining the News, she lived in Washington, D.C., where she worked in public relations, opinion writing, and ran communications for an association of state legislators. She's a native of Metro Detroit. Follow her @KaitlynBuss.