Hatch Detroit is growing, making its first hire and planning to expand its service offerings to help more small businesses take root in Detroit.
"We're in a growth mode right now," says Ted Balowski, co-founder of Hatch Detroit
. "We're laying the groundwork right now."
Hatch Detroit is a nonprofit that champions and supports independent retail businesses in Detroit through funding, exposure, education and mentoring. It debuted last year with a $50,000 contest
to support an entrepreneur opening a retail outlet in Midtown.
Hatch Detroit recently hired Vittoria Katanski (marketing director of the Southwest Detroit Business Association
) as its first executive director. She will oversee next year's Hatch Detroit retail funding competition. She will also lead some outreach efforts later this year that will help educate entrepreneurs and citizen leadership. Hatch Detroit is also in the final stages of nailing down a partnership with a major, local corporation that will help the nonprofit pursue its social engagement initiatives.
Source: Ted Balowski, co-founder of Hatch Detroit
Writer: Jon Zemke
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