SpaceLab’s Preventive Practices to Mitigate Coronavirus


We’re sharing the best conversations, webinars, and other resources to help build your business during this challenging time. SpaceLab’s content and content from our friends and colleagues.

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Wednesday, Apr. 22
1 PM
5 Techniques for Delivering Winning VIRTUAL Shortlist Presentations

presented by Timmons Group
Learn techniques that enable strong connections with selection committees and winning results. You’ll see why your old approach to developing and prepping for a shortlist presentation is not enough for this virtual world. Just using the same approach as that for in-person shortlists presentations will not deliver a win.
Register on Zoom

Thursday, Apr. 09
12 noon – 4:30 PM
Faith at Work Small Group Meeting
Small Group meetings are simply a time where we come together for food, fun, to make new friends, pray, and to learn how to apply God’s teachings at work and in our lives. (Meets bi-weekly)
This week’s topic: Spiritual Maturity
Email Bobby Burton for the Meeting ID

Thursday, Apr. 16
4 – 5 PM
Detroit Design: Listening Session

presented by Design Core Detroit
Karen A.D. Burton, Co-owner SpaceLab Detroit; Cecilia Covington, Designer and Color Specialist; National Organization of Minority Architects, Detroit Chapter; and Carlos Estrada, Vice Chair of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative at AIGA Design will share how they are dealing during this time, resources that they are finding helpful, what they’re listening to and more, followed by a Q&A!
Audience questions will be answered from the Ask Me Anything #DesignCoreAMA threads.

Register to get the Zoom link

Thursday, Apr. 02
3:30 – 4:30 PM
Celebrate the Win!
Every first Thursday, we celebrate our members’ successes. This month is no different, except instead of meeting in our community kitchen, we’re meeting online. Share new opportunities, new relationships, and let us know your asks for your business.
Friday, Apr. 10
9 AM – 9:45 AM
Coffee & Conversation
with SpaceLab CEO Karen A.D. Burton and Brinda Devine, founder of Purpose8 Institute
Encourage and Motivate Yourself: It’s All About Your Perspective
In this time of uncertainty it’s important to remain focused and identify and use your talents, skills and gifts. We’ll address fear, creating your space. changing your perspective and writing your vision.
Join us on Zoom or Facebook Live

Wednesday, Apr. 01
12 – 1 PM
Virtual Roundtable:

How “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Affects the [Architecture] Industry
AIA Michigan, AIA Detroit, and the AIA Michigan Government Affairs Committee are partnering cover a variety of topics that will help firms during this difficult time.

Wednesday, Apr. 1
9 – 9:30 AM
Coffee & Creating Balance After Chaos
Morning coffee and a motivational talk with Brinda Devine of Purpose8 Institute and Karen Burton of SpaceLab
Tuesday, Mar. 31 through Friday, Apr. 3
4 – 6 PM
Digital Outreach Meetings with Council President Brenda Jones
Join ZOOM meetings or call 1-312-626-6799. When prompted, enter meeting ID#: 850 947 268. Download the information document for daily topics and presenters. (Note: the Meeting ID has changed from what’s printed in the document.)
Tuesday, Mar. 31
2 -3 PM
Virtual Info Session: Detroit Month of Design
2020 marks the 10th Anniversary of the Detroit Month of Design! We are calling all makers, curators and innovators to propose an idea. Up to 35 events will be selected by a curatorial committee. Join the Zoom event to learn about the eight ways to get involved.
Monday, Mar. 30 thru Tuesday, Apr. 7
Varying times
Detroit Regional Chamber COVID-19 Tele-Town Hall Series
Speakers include Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II, U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens, and Josh Hundt, Chief Business Officer and Executive VP at the Michigan Economic Development Corp.
Monday, Mar. 30
6 – 6:30 PM
Content Marketing Monday: Editorial Calendar
Don’t stress, plan ahead! Develop great ideas and themes for your content – for your blog posts, social media, and other sites – and easily keep track of them to publish your content consistently. Presented by Karen Burton, @buildingsource – Building Industry Resources and SpaceLab Detroit

Monday, Mar. 30
3:30 – 4 PM
Your Family Financial Toolkit
presented by Tylene Henry – Ujima Services, LLC, Bobby Burton – SpaceLab Detroit & LaToniya A. Jones – POWER Institute, LLC
Thursday, Mar. 27
12 – 1 PM
What the COVID stimulus bill means for small business
by Inc. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Friday, Mar. 27
1 – 2 PM
Strategies & Tips for Sustaining Your Food Business
by Michigan Good Food Fund and MSU Product Center
Thursday, Mar. 26
6 – 8 PM
Funding for Female Founders (Business & Non-Profit)
in partnership with STEM List

Tuesday, Mar. 24 @ 3 – 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 24, 3 – 3:30 PM

STEM Talk – What’s the MATH in this Political Climate
with Math Expert and Educator LaToniya Jones

LaToniya is founder of POWEROrg Math and The POWER Institute. We’ll discuss the current political climate, how math terms are being used in political sound bites, and how to make informed decisions. Make the math connection. Free

Photo by John Moeses Bauan on Unsplash

Monday, Mar. 23 @ 3 – 3:30 p.m.

Content Marketing Monday – Brain Dump
with Karen Burton (@buildingsource), experienced marketer and owner of Building Industry Resources and SpaceLab Detroit

This is the first in a series of about eight Content and Social Media Marketing presentations. Develop your content marketing strategy for your blog posts,

social media, and other sites. Start with a Brain Dump: Get those great ideas out of your head and plan to position yourself as a thought leader in your field. We’ll discuss your professional profile, your target market and how to reach them, and more ideas for content and engagement.

Photo by Marvin Meyer on Unsplash

Friday, Mar. 20 @ 11 a.m. – 12 noon

with Danco Sotirovski and the Very Detroit crew

SpaceLab’s Karen Burton will be on at 11:40 AM to talk about the upcoming Funding Female Founders Expo (see below) and how businesses can pivot during the coronavirus pandemic.

Friday, Mar. 20 @ 9 – 9:30 a.m.

with Business Cheerleader Tisha Hammond

Join SpaceLab CEO Karen Burton for morning coffee (or your preferred energy drink) as a check-in if you’re working remotely, to share an update on your business activities, and to get a pep talk for motivational speaker, author and coach Tisha Hammond. Free

Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

Monday, Mar. 16 @ 8:45 p.m.

Grow with Google Digital Coach Katrina Turnbow interviews Gwen Jimmere, CEO of Naturalicious in an online Fireside Chat. TONIGHT AT 8:45. Sign up here


Urban Land Institute Michigan’s Women’s Leadership Initiative BUILD UP Breakfast Club 2020 Series

BUILD UP Breakfast Clubs bring together small groups of women to build lasting relationships, engage meaningfully with women working in their field, and build strong networks within their region. BUILD UP Breakfast Clubs meet quarterly with content provided by WLI, 

March Speaker: Ilana Preuss, Founder and CEO, Recast City

Recast City LLC, a consulting firm that works with real estate developers, city and other civic leaders to integrate space for small-scale producers into redevelopment projects and place-based economic development. She co-authored Made in PLACE: Small-scale manufacturing and placemaking, and she is an experienced speaker. See her presentations “The Coming Revolution: Small-Scale Urban Industrial Development” at Meeting of the Minds 2014 in Detroit, and her TEDx presentation, “The Economic Power of Great Places.”

Cost for the full year of programming (4 quarterly sessions): $25 for ULI members, $50 for non-members.


Urban Innovators Reception

If you are thinking about, planning, or executing a business venture that is designed to improve the quality of life in the Detroit community, we want to hear from you! You’re invited to attend a special reception to share your perspective and to meet and network with others who share your passion for the city. Some questions we will consider and discuss during the reception:

  • What key Detroit community needs can be effectively addressed by entrepreneurial ventures?
  • What community need are you and/or your organization attempting to address?
  • How do you feel about the recent announcement of a Detroit-based “innovation center” to be produced by University of Michigan? What community needs would you like to see addressed by such an organization?

You will need a ticket to attend this event.

Free. Refreshments served


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