Drinks x Design offers an opportunity for creative businesses throughout the city to open their doors and share their work with the public. Held in a new location on the second Thursday of every month from 5:30-8 p.m. the event allows attendees to meet new people, make connections, promote their creative endeavors and learn about other projects in their community. Event information is released one month before each event.

We are always looking for new spaces, talent, design ambassadors and partners. If interested, please fill out the following form and someone from our team will contact you. Thanks!

Plus and Premier members of the Detroit Design Network are welcomed to share their industry expertise at one of five Design and Dine lunch lectures.   Designers can apply to develop and deliver a 50 minute lecture, program, or workshop.  The series aims to connect designers, share knowledge, and help attendees build a wide range of design-based skillsets.   

Topics can be on a variety of subjects.  Some key areas that members have expressed an interest in for future sessions include copywriting and content, business skills, graphic design, marketing, and more.

Proposal review:

Each proposal is reviewed for the following criteria:

  • Diversity of design disciplines
  • Interest and relevancy of the subject matter
  • A thoroughly developed proposal idea

Session agenda:

  • 11:30am - 12:00pm:   Registration and lunch
  • 12:00pm - 12:50pm:   Presentation
  • 12:50 - 1:00pm:   Q & A

Designers will...

  • prepare presentation curriculum
  • draft a program description and titles for promotion

Design Network staff will...

  • pay a $500 facilitator stipend
  • promote the lecture
  • manage registration
  • secure event space
  • order lunch

Session Schedule:

There will be five opportunities to present at a Design and Dine Lunch Lecture series.  The 2019 schedule is as follows:

  • April 18, 2019
  • June 20, 2019
  • August 22, 2019
  • October 24, 2019

Need some design work or creative services?
You’ve come to the right place.

The Detroit Design Network is the easiest, most effective way to hire a local Detroit design agency or freelancer. We’ve selected Detroit’s finest creatives and simplified the vendor process. You can simply submit your project to us, and get multiple bids from vetted, experienced, and reliable designers. 

Why use the Design Network?

  • Access to industry-vetted, experienced designers and firms in one place
  • Post one RFP, and receive multiple from qualified firms and freelancers
  • Easiest, quickest way to hire local designers and firms

How does this work?

First, you'll submit the Request for Proposal (RFP) or Scope of Work (SOW) for your project.  Once we receive your completed proposal information, we share it with the designers in our Detroit Design Network via our weekly member newsletter.  From here, the designers will directly respond to your main contact with their individual bids.

You can learn more about the process of hiring a designer here, and view a sample RFP template here.  If you need additional support, please email Cydney Camp (ccamp@designcore.org) and Bonnie Fahoome (bfahoome@designcore.org). 

Road to Readiness is a comprehensive, 5-part business education series on financial management and capital readiness presented in partnership by Design Core Detroit, TechTown and the Detroit Development Fund.  Classes are 8:30 am - 12:00 noon every Monday from September 30 - October 28.  Topics covered are as follows:

September 30 - Capital readiness, break even points, and basic projections
October 7 - Record keeping, financial statements, and taxes
October 14 - Types of capital, equity, debt financing, alternative lending
October 21 - Pricing strategy, linking money to marketing, tracking ROI
October 28 - Financial resources fair and 1-1 consultations with finance experts

To be accepted into the Road to Readiness program for fall 2019, your business must be in market generating revenue with annual gross sales of $50,000 or more.  Preference will be given to businesses making or manufacturing products, but we are open to applications from other established companies with an interest in increasing their financial management skills.  

Full attendance and active participation are required to get maximum benefit from this program.  Please only apply if you are committed to attending all 5 sessions.  

Applications close September 6.  All applicants will be notified of their admission status by September 13.  Participants will be billed a nonrefundable $100 course fee upon acceptance and payment is required by September 25.  

A limited number of scholarships are available for those who demonstrate financial need. Please indicate interest in applying at the end of this form.

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