Link Detroit: Building Robust Small Business Supply Chains


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Jeanne Hulit, Acting Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration

Mayor Dave Bing, Mayor, City of Detroit

Don Graves, Executive Director, The President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

Link Detroit: Building Robust Small Business Supply Chains




Date: DEC 10
Check-in : 12:00 PM
Time: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Wayne State University
Community Arts Auditorium 495 Ferry Mall
Detroit, MI 48202


*Subject to change

  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Registration and Resource Expo
  • 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Welcome Remarks
  • 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Plenary Panel

  • 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM Breakout sessions
  • 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM Business Matchmaking
Confirmed Business Matchmaking Buyers

- Army Contracting Command
- Chrysler Group LLC
- Cleveland Clinic
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
- DLA Disposition Services
- DTE Energy
- Federal Bureau of Prisons
- Ford
- General Dynamics Land Systems
- General Motors
- General Services Administration
- Kellogg Company
- MDOT/Office of Business Development
- NASA Glenn Research Center
- Quicken Loans


- Selfridge Air National Guard
- State of Michigan DTMB-Procurement
- Tertra Tech
- Transportation Security Administration (DHS)
- The University of Michigan
- U.S. Agency of International Development
- U.S. Department of Education
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
- U.S. Veteran Affairs VISN 11
- US Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District
- USDOT Small Business Transportation Resource Center
- Walbridge
- Wayne State University

General Information

Detroit’s recent history is filled with both great challenges and dynamic entrepreneurial activity. The city’s municipal bankruptcy has created uncertainty for small businesses – particularly for small contractors – at the same time that the recovery of the auto industry and a growing startup ecosystem have opened up new economic opportunities. Given these challenges and opportunities the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is bringing the American Supplier Initiative (ASI), a government-wide federal initiative designed to increase commercial and government supply chain opportunities for small firms, to Detroit.

Being a supplier to a large business is a game changer. But, we know that small businesses often lack access to the capital, training and market opportunities they need to be effective and successful suppliers. We want to change that because we know that those small businesses that supply to large corporations report an average revenue growth of more than 250 percent and employment increases of more than 150 percent.

As a part of the ASI, SBA is holding a series of supply chain events throughout the country, in collaboration with federal agencies and private companies, to provide the tools and resources needed for small businesses to take advantage of these opportunities.

SBA is proud to continue this national initiative in Detroit, a regional hub for large corporations, federal agencies and small business suppliers.

We hope to see you there.