Business Services

MDI is committed to promoting economic development, community engagement, and placemaking initiatives in the Midtown and New Center districts of Detroit. We offer a comprehensive suite of business services, including business planning, financing, real estate, and workforce development, designed to help entrepreneurs and established businesses thrive in our vibrant community.

Our team of experts has extensive experience supporting a wide range of industries, including retail, hospitality, technology, and healthcare, among others. We work closely with our clients to understand their unique needs and develop tailored solutions to help them achieve their business objectives. At Midtown Detroit Inc., we are dedicated to creating a dynamic and thriving business community in the heart of Detroit. Let us help you start or grow your business in Midtown Detroit.


MDI offers a range of resources and support services to help small businesses in Midtown Detroit thrive. These services include business planning, marketing and branding assistance, financial management, and networking opportunities.


Wondering how to open a business in Midtown? MDI provides guidance and resources to entrepreneurs looking to start their business in Midtown Detroit. This includes market research, access to funding, and assistance with business registration and licensing.


MDI works with the city of Detroit to help businesses obtain the necessary licenses and permits to operate legally in Midtown Detroit.


MDI helps businesses navigate the process of obtaining permits for outdoor seating and provides guidance on how to create an attractive and safe outdoor dining experience for customers.


MDI works closely with the Detroit Health Department to ensure that businesses in Midtown Detroit are in compliance with health and safety regulations. This includes providing guidance on food safety, sanitation, and COVID-19 protocols.


MDI provides guidance and assistance to businesses seeking to obtain a liquor license in Midtown Detroit, including navigating the complex application process and complying with state and local regulations.


MDI offers a range of support services to businesses in Midtown Detroit, including access to training and educational resources, networking opportunities, and assistance with business development and growth.


Through various grant sources, MDI can offer direct funding opportunities for project specific business expenses. Previous funding opportunities included matching grants for façade upgrades, security upgrades, business expansions, business mitigation, and more.

MDI can also connect prospective businesses to other funding sources such as local lenders and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI).


MDI provides assistance to businesses looking to develop or redevelop properties in Midtown Detroit, including access to funding, site selection assistance, and guidance on zoning and land use regulations.


MDI can connect prospective businesses looking to open in Midtown or New Center with various leasing options and property owners in the area.


MDI has played a significant role in the revitalization of Midtown Detroit, working to attract new businesses, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for residents. Some of MDI’s notable accomplishments include the establishment of the Woodward Avenue Streetscape Project, the development of the Midtown Cultural Center, and the creation of the Live Midtown program to attract and retain talent in the area. View the 2015-2020 Impact Report below for more information.