After being arrested and thrown into a jail in Birmingham, Alabama, civil rights activist and nobel peace recipient, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, "We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." There is an opportunity for entrepreneurs, particularly entrepreneurs in the city of Detroit to play a very important role in the revitalization of one of America's greatest and most storied cities. As small business owners we are tied to the success and/or failure of our community. And it is our duty to create opportunities for the members of our community to survive and thrive economically through employment and education. The Washington Post recently published an article by JP Morgan Chase entitled, "Look to Detroit for the future of how US cities can revitalize their economies." The article highlighted how Detroit’s planners and lenders have renewed focus on the role of small business development in the city’s ongoing revitalization.
As an employer, The Detroit Ice Cream Company pays it's employees a livable wage and is developing an apprenticeship and business education program to empower the local Detroit community to continue the growth efforts of small business owners in every economic sector of the city.