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2016: Flint City Pop-Up

Co-Implementation Plan - 2016

Authors: Joel Rash, Red Ink Flint


A city like Flint presents tremendous challenges to young people trying to start their own businesses. Yet Flint City Pop-Up worked to support emerging entrepreneurs through a combination of monthly meetings, regular pop-up shop opportunities, and hands-on mentoring. This strategy is of interest to educators, economic development professionals, and those interested in grassroots community initiatives.

Project Updated As Of September 30th, 2016


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Author Information

Joel RashJoel Rash, Red Ink Flint

Joel Rash is the Director of Red Ink Flint, a youth-serving non-profit. Their programs include Flint Local 432, an all-ages performing arts venue, Flint Steamworks, a community maker space, No Child Left On-Line, a youth outdoors program, and Flint City Pop-Up, supporting emerging entrepreneurs. Joel has spent his professional life working in the arts, economic development, and entrepreneurship, often at the intersection of all three.

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