Invest Detroit, a nonprofit lender, investor, and partner supporting real estate projects in the city and region, announced Lily Hamburger has joined as the associate director of the business support network.
“Lily is a tireless advocate for Wayne County’s small business community and believes in its ability to make a powerful impact on our community. She has a unique talent for galvanizing the ecosystem and will add immediate value to our team,” says Paul Jones, network director at Invest Detroit. “With her unique mix of passion and experience, she is the perfect addition to this innovative partnership focused on the equitable and inclusive success of our local small businesses.”
This is a newly created position that will work to advance the goals of a recent partnership with the New Economy Initiative (NEI), a project of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (CFSEM), to strengthen and build a support network for Wayne County small businesses primarily led by historically underserved individuals and teams (including immigrants, people of color and women).
This work is done through a network of business support organizations that offer accessible and affordable capital, practical assistance, and trusted connections to the targeted small businesses.
Most recently at the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) Lily served as the senior director for Detroit Means Business, convening partners to optimize support and opportunities for business owners through the pandemic and beyond.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and her MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.