The Center on Finance, Law & Policy is partnering with U-M's School of Information (SoI) to provide Detroit's Jefferson East Inc. (JEI) neighborhood organization, in a tech program aimed at aiding small businesses. Crain's Detroit Business quotes JEI Director of Neighborhood Resilience Lutalo Sanifu as saying that he hopes to involve 140 businesses in the year-long project. "Tech experience is important, but not nearly as important as people being able to work with small business owners in underserved communities," he said.
"We're hoping this is a sustainable model. We are trying to build on a 'train the trainer' idea where the initial tech workers can train future tech workers," SoI assistant professor Julie Hui told Crain's.