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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Detroit Business Festival IS Big Deal

DETROIT
Detroit Business Festival
The Russell Bazaar will be honoring Detroit area entrepreneurs and small-businesses at the Third Annual Detroit Business Festival, 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27 at 1600 Clay Ave., Building #3, Detroit. Industry leaders from various backgrounds will also lead seminars about critical business skills. Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh will deliver a keynote address at 2 p.m. Sunday. The festival will feature all-ages entertainment, including food court, live music, raffles, and children’s activities. “Reveal: Inside the Artists’ Vision,” a gallery exhibit featuring local African-American artists will be running throughout the weekend. Entrepreneurs and area businesses are welcome to reserve space at the festival. Admission is free. Booths of various sizes will be available to interested participants for $25-75, which includes admission to all seminars and discussions. Registration forms are available at www.RussellBazaar.com/dbf.

This year’s festival will be similar to the previously successful events in 2009 and 2010, which included 100+ small businesses in participation and over 1,500 attendees from Detroit and the surrounding metropolitan area. Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh will return again this year to deliver the keynote address.

Entrepreneurs and area businesses are welcome to reserve space at the festival, where they may promote their brand’s services and network with other professionals. The festival is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn more about the initiatives and opportunities available to new businesses as well as participate in educational seminars. Interested participants may register for space at the festival by downloading the proper forms from the DBF website,www.RussellBazaar.com/dbf

Marty West, Director of the Russell Bazaar is enthusiastic about the potential of this year’s event, “We’re committed to the continued growth of the festival and are excited about the list of diverse businesses participating this year. This festival gives us an exciting opportunity to celebrate the success of the Russell Industrial Center as a world class art and small business collective, “ she says. “We invite the community to learn about existing businesses and the future of Detroit entrepreneurship.”

The 2011 Detroit Business Festival will also feature additional all-ages entertainment, including live music, raffles, and children’s activities. “Reveal: Inside the Artists’ Vision,” a gallery exhibit featuring local African-American artists will be running throughout the weekend. The gallery exhibit includes work from Mario Moore, Sabrina Nelson, Harold Allen, and M. Saffell Gardner.

The Russell Bazaar, a retail marketplace in the Russell Industrial Center, provides an excellent setting for the festival, as it was transformed from an empty warehouse space to a small business incubator. The 65,000 square foot space that now houses the Russell Bazaar sat empty for years after the manufacturing business it once housed was closed. In 2008, the space was reopened as an indoor marketplace where individual vendors can lease affordable retail space on a weekly basis. In providing a space for entrepreneurs to develop their businesses with little start-up cost, the Russell Bazaar has stimulated economic growth within the city.

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