ACCESS Growth Center is the newest department at ACCESS, dedicated to community and economic development. Its signature program, the Immigrant Entrepreneur Program, involves supporting entrepreneurs who want to start and grow businesses, helping them connect to the myriad of entrepreneurial resources available throughout southeast Michigan.
ACCESS helps entrepreneurs who might have insufficient avenues to traditional resources, and those who need guidance or resources to create a successful business. During the first year of operation, the department served 93 entrepreneurs, and connected with numerous partners in the delivery of services.
Funding from the New Economy Initiative, the Kellogg Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, and the federal government empower the department’s staff to undertake additional innovative ventures such as the Home-Based Child Care Program.
ACCESS Growth Center works with refugee women to help them start their own home-based childcare businesses. It equips women with a working knowledge of early childhood education, as well as the business insight needed to navigate state licensure and business startup.
ACCESS Growth Center also guides immigrants and refugees through the Welcome Mat Detroit directory, a state-of-the-art initiative that welcomes immigrants, offering them a directory of resources to help make a stressful transition easier. This initiative also networks immigrant service providers with the goal of coordinating and enhancing the delivery of services.
Individuals, their families, and the communities in which they live feel the positive impact of the initiatives of ACCESS Growth Center.
Hassan Bazzi, job development coordinator Manager of Growth Center
Haneen Wraikat, Coordinator Home-Based Childcare Program
Najwa Dahdah, Business Development Coach, Home Based Child Care Program
Hassan Bazzi, Manager of Growth Center