New! Content Creation Rooms

All new! Content Creation Spaces are available in downtown Detroit. Reserve rooms for: podcasting, video interviews, training and online course videos, photo shoots, social media content and more.

Special Introductory Rate for Non-Members of SpaceLab: $50/hour.

SpaceLab Members can include content studios as part of their monthly meeting room booking.

HD webcams, microphones, lighting, black and white backdrops, and green and blue screens are available for use with rental. Camera equipment not yet available for rent.

Contact us at info@spacelabdetroit.com or 313-379-7000 for more information, for a tour, or to book space.

Got PPP Questions? Here are a few answers

SpaceLab’s COO Bobby Burton answers a few FAQs on the SBA-backed Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The deadline to apply has been extended to May 21, 2021.

The questions are being answered based on our company’s experience. Consult with your accountant, banker or the SBA directly to get answers for your individual business.

Who is eligible for PPP?

Any business with 500 or less employees is eligible to file. The Biden administration just opened the program to independent contractors and sole proprietors.

How do I apply?

The primary means to apply is through your business bank. If you don’t have a business bank, the best place to apply is community banks like Level One or First Independence.

How much money can I receive?

The formula that is used is 2.5 times your monthly payroll. If your payroll is $2000, then you will be eligible for $5000 through PPP.

Is PPP a loan program?

It is, but the loan can be forgiven and become a grant. There is a forgiveness process that you must complete. The rules change, so it will depend on the rules when you apply for forgiveness.

Featured photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels

Female Founders Promo Book

We’re thrilled to be a part of Rebel Nell’s Female Founders Promo Book – a promotional book in support of Detroit women owned businesses! Enjoy discounts at 35 of your favorite small businesses. With a value of over $500 and discount codes that are valid for one year, what’s not to love!

By purchasing this book and frequenting the establishments included in it, you’re investing in women’s economic empowerment, vibrant communities, and the growth of the overall community in Detroit.

Female Founders Promo Book

The Female Founders Promo Book, curated by Rebel Nell, is a promotional book in support of Detroit women owned small businesses. Included in this promotional book are discounts to over 35 women owned businesses in Detroit. Value: over $500. Discount codes are valid through 02/28/2022. Promo Book: $35 + $2 shipping

$37.00

Promo Books can also be purchased at SpaceLab Detroit (downtown).

Thank you to Amy and Diana, the fabulous female founders of Rebel Nell, for curating this book and inviting SpaceLab to participate. Rebel Nell provides employment, equitable opportunity, and wraparound support for women with barriers to employment. Read more about their artful mission here.

PROMO BOOK PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES

BAGS TO BUTTERFLIES

BEA’S DETROIT

BETTER LIFE BAGS

BLACK GIRL MATHGIC

BON BON BON

BUSTED BRA SHOP

CANINE TO FIVE

CITIZEN YOGA

DBD COLLECTION

DETROIT EXPERIENCE FACTORY

FERNE BOUTIQUE

GOOD NEIGHBOR

HUMANKIND BOX

ILERA APOTHECARY

KAIVI JEWELRY

KANOPI SOCIAL

LIVIN’ FOR MEDIA

LOVE TRAVELS IMPORTS

MARROW

MOTOR CITY WOMAN

NATURALICIOUS

NOT SORRY APPAREL

PIZZAPLEX

QUETARSHE TEXTILES

REBEL NELL

SPACELAB

SWEET POTATO SENSATIONS

TERRI’S CAKES

THE CONGREGATION

THE PEACOCK ROOM

THE ROYCE DETROIT

THE VEGAN MARY

UNFORGETTABLE YOU LLC

UPTON LAW

WELL DONE GOODS

WORK SPACE SPARK

YAMA

Newest Coworkers Design and Power City Buildings

Welcome Bryant Electrical Contractor and Dokes Design & Architecture to SpaceLab Detroit!

Roland Bryant is founder at Bryant Electrical Contractor and leads the company in a variety of project types. Successful projects include those with the City of Detroit – at Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Belle Isle and Cadillac Square – Eastern Market Corp, Detroit Metro Airport, multifamily residential projects, and health facilities, including the USC Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Dokes Design Architecture is a full-service design firm with a focus on urban building projects. Founder and principal Kimberly Dokes was recently named one of Crain’s Detroit Business’ Notable Women in Design. Damon Dickerson is the company’s Director of Architecture and an adjunct professor at University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture.

Caldwell teaches nonprofit series at Schoolcraft College

SpaceLab member Orletta Caldwell is founder and CEO of Beyond Existing Enterprises. With 20 years in the nonprofit industry, she’s sharing her expertise through a seven-week series at Schoolcraft College. Courses in the series are:

  • Ethics & the Nonprofit
  • Communications & Marketing for Nonprofits
  • Volunteer Recruitment, Management & Retention
  • Grant Research & Writing
  • Leadership & Governance in Nonprofit Organizations
  • Financial Management for Nonprofits
  • Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Classes begin January 19, 2021. Register on the Schoolcraft website.

Ask the Expert: Branding and Design for Your Business Build-Out

It’s important to have good team members around you. (Architects and designers) can save you money because of what we know. – Bryan Cook

In this online panel discussion and presentation, branding experts, architects and designers answer business owners’ pressing questions about designing, building out and refreshing their commercial spaces.

Business owners with existing space and those who are in the planning stages pose questions to our panel of experts:

Meaghan Barry, partner and creative director – Unsold Studio (and recently named one of Crain’s Detroit Business’ Notable Women of Design): “With our clients, we talk about a priority list and a wish list. We identify what is the priority – what will make the most impact.”

Naomi Beasley-Porter, architectural designer – NSPIRD Design Studio: “(Designers) can work together to create a style guide so there are minimum standards in place. It pertains to finishes and quality, so the design is consistent throughout.”

Bryan Cook, registered architect – Berardi Partners: “It’s important to have good team members around you. (Architects and designers) can save you money because of what we know.”

Kenneth Crutcher, registered architect – Crutcher Studio: “If you have a budget, we can work with it, but you have to be upfront and honest about what that budget is.”

These experts have designed some of the best known small commercial businesses in Detroit. Watch to get helpful advice and tips before you build.

This program was featured as a 2020 Detroit Month of Design event with Design Core Detroit.

Welcome New Members!

We’re excited about the new members to our community! Where available, please click on the link at their business name to get more info on how they are creating, innovating and building in Detroit and beyond.

Ray Batra
Shift_Up is a “Learning Gym” that blends the best flexible online courses with professional coaching and community to offer effective and affordable solutions to upgrade your skills—virtually, or in-person.

LJ Golden Realty
Ronita Coleman

Detroit Delivers
Karen Thornton

Phillips Spic & Span Cleaning Service
Lethaniel Phillips & Terry Phillips

Blue Horizon Construction
Kalaya Long

iBartend | V&J Management Group
Veronique Fariala
iBartend is a fun an exclusive “Shake and Sip” bartending class perfect for small groups, celebrations, date night and overall liquor knowledge.

A Bridge of Hope Foundation
Bridgette Schuler

A|Squared Legal Group, PLC
Alari K. Adams

Work Space Spark
Dorethia Kelly

Amesite
Madison Bush

Meet more of our SpaceLab community here.

In Response to Current Events

We are traumatized by the events of the past month. The murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd in any circumstance would sadden us. The fact that they were killed by those who had been sworn to protect them and their communities compounds our grief and causes us to again revisit the injustices in the country we live and love.


We are frustrated and tired of the overt, covert and systematic racism that African Americans live with daily. We will use our platform to provide programming to explore ideas that promote positive change and equity in our communities. We must come together to make the places we live, and our entire country, better.

Karen A.D. Burton, Co-founder & CEO
Bobby Burton, Co-founder & COO

Detroit businesses share good news even during COVID-19 crisis

SpaceLab members are continuing to operate their businesses and serve their clients. Here’s some great news they’ve shared over the past weeks. We hope the good news motivates you to keep moving your business forward.

Member SDG Architects & Planners is architect for the Detroit City Council Committee of the Whole (COW) office renovation in the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (CAYMC) – the first renovation of the area in over 40 years. SDG worked with LLP Construction Services on this Design-Build project. 

photo by LLP Construction Services

Izzie LLC has contracted with the City of Highland Park to disinfect and sanitize the city’s four main buildings: Police Headquarters, Fire Department, Robert B. Blackwell Municipal Building, and the Ernest T. For Recreation Center.

Black Girl MATHgic reached a milestone with founder Brittany A. Rhodes giving her first-ever presentation as a full-time “mathpreneur” at the Mid School Math Conference in Santa Fe, NM, the largest middle school mathematics conference in the nation, in early March.

New members LottMetz Crutcher Architecture – a partnership of Grand Rapids-based Lott3Metz Architecture LLC and metro Detroit’s Crutcher Studio, Inc. – came together to propose larger developments in Southeast Michigan and plan to “positively contribute to Detroit’s urban revolution.” Read more on MiBiz >>>

Karen Burton, along with Saundra Little, AIA, spent time with Melissa R. Daniel on her podcast Architecture is Political. The conversation focused on architecture, their Noir Design Parti project, Detroit and entrepreneurship. Listen here >>>