Since 2007, the community of the New Economy Initiative has been growing. But what does “community” mean to NEI Executive Director Pam Lewis and Associate Director Don Jones, as well as partners, grantees, service providers, and small business owners? Learn this and more about the beginnings of NEI, and why the project shifted its focus early on to supporting neighborhood small businesses.

This audio interview is produced by writer, storyteller, and podcast host Shannon Cason.


In order of appearance:

Don Jones, NEI

Pam Lewis, NEI

Surabhi Pandit, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Janai Gilmore, Michigan Community Resources

James Feagin, Projects + People

Clement “FAME” Brown, Three Thirteen

Hamissi Mamba, Baobab Fare

Alice Brazelton-Pittman, Brazelton’s Floral

Amy Rencher, TechTown Detroit

David Broner, SCORE SE Michigan

Kathy Aro, Accounting Aid Society

Chanell Scott Contreras, ProsperUs Detroit

Matt Lewis, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Carol Davis, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation


Hear more stories about the small business community in Detroit and Wayne County at Published August 6, 2021.