The Osborn Business Association (OBA) was established in 2012, as envisioned by Quincy Jones, Executive Director of the Osborn Neighborhood Alliance (ONA). OBA is a vital group of diversified businesses in the Osborn Community whose purpose is to develop, build, improve facades, and promote the neighborhood in an effort to increase economic opportunities and the Quality of Life in Osborn.
The initial group that started OBA was Quincy Jones, Beatrice Akins (University of Michigan Graduate Intern), Derek Blackmon, Andrew & Karen Hardy, Harold Jackson, Belief Emedamerho, Carlo Bautista, Warren Morgan, Bishop Daryl Harris and Patricia Miller. Since the first meeting membership has increased and OBA has grown to become a Grantee of the New Economy Initiative (NEI).
OBA mission as a Partner/Ambassador of the NEI is to assist in the support and growth of OBA, be a point of entry to connect local entrepreneurs and small businesses to vital resources, services, Biz Grid and to serve as a Liaison for the entrepreneurs, small businesses, and members. OBA seeks to match entrepreneurs and small business owners to commercial space in Osborn and Capital funding.
As a primer established business association OBA has taken on the responsibility to assist and include bordering neighborhoods in Northeast Detroit to vital resources and open the doors of membership to these bordering neighborhoods.
Osborn Business Association/New Economy Initiative (OBA/NEI) – Impact Statement
OSBORNS BUSINESS MODEL FOR GRASS ROOT NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION THROUGH SMALL BUSINESS INITIATIVE FOR THE CITY OF DETROIT – A Proven Methodology
The purpose of this writing is to provide the requirements of the NEI Grant and the performance metrics reached in order to explain the impact that the program has had toward Neighborhood Revitalization. Also to verify that we have been the Beta Test for NEI Initiative in this core area.
1SY YEAR PERFORMANCE METRICS:
5. OBA Membership Base – Increased from 2 paid members to 24 paid members
6. 84 Referrals to Core Partners which consist of the following:
Year to Date Performance Metrics:
5. OBA Membership from 45 Paid Members to 58 Paid Members
6. 168 Referrals to Core Partners of NEI Initiative & External Community Partners / Capital Funding Partners – Collaboration Partnerships:
Capital Funding Winners
2ND YEAR CORE GOALS AND STRATEGIES:
10th Business Cohort – August 22, 2017 – September 26, 2017
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