JEI signing lease agreement with Alma Kitchen owner, Gary Mauian. Gary will share retail space with JEI's future headquarters in the Kresge Building located in the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood.

JEI signing lease agreement with Alma Kitchen owner, Gary Mauian. Gary will share retail space with JEI's future headquarters in the Kresge Building located in the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood.

Driving Development in the Neighborhoods

JEI is committed to developing working for Detroiters and reducing barriers to small business growth and expansion.

Supporting Small Business & Real Estate Development

Our Economic Development team supports small business owners seeking to establish their first brick-and-mortar retail business or small businesses that want to expand their presence in Detroit’s east Jefferson neighborhoods through proper advice and investment knowledge. We also match tenants to available land owners and provide valuable information on all of the steps, including homeowners insurance.

Small businesses play a major role in every community as they help keep communities memorable by adding charm and character. Small businesses help create strong communities by providing new job opportunities for residents.

We understand the importance of focusing attention on what small business owners need to turn their visions into realities.

 

Our services include:

  • Tenant and lease support
  • Collaboration and support with our partner Tech Town who offers SWOT City program
  • Design services, including space planning and signage
  • Marketing support

With so much information out there, it can be easy to start feeling overwhelmed by where to begin when seeking to develop a business. Through our critical real estate services, we help serve as a guide for small business owners.

Real estate services includes:

  • Property acquisition

  • Financing and pro-forma development
  • Connection to New Economic Initiative (NEI) partners
  • Building rehabilitation and renovation
  • Environmental surveys
  • Predevelopment services
  • Façade improvement services