Is your company creative? A message from Crain’s Detroit

Help spread the word! They are looking for businesses big and small, including those run our of your living room with two hands …

“Crain’s Detroit Business has been hired by the Detroit Renaissance Foundation to survey Southeast Michigan’s “creative economy” companies as a part of the Road to Renaissance Grow Greater Detroit’s Creative Economy Initiative.

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Does my company qualify for this survey?

Several industries comprise the creative economy, including:

* Advertising
* Architecture
* Art/historic preservation
* Design
o Automotive
o Exhibits
o Fashion
o Furniture
o Graphic
o Industrial
o Interior
o Product
* Digital media
o Game design
o Interactive media
o Web design/development
* Engineering
o Aerospace
o Energy
o Environment
o Computer
o Materials
o Medical
* Film / Video production
* Marketing
* Music production
* Public Relations

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This survey will focus on businesses that rely on “creative talent,” from architecture to Web design.

Why “creative economy”?

The creative economy can be a foundation for economic development. But to grow existing companies and attract new creative-economy companies, Southeast Michigan has to show the world – and its own business population – the creative talent that lives here.

Please participate in this important initiative by completing this survey or by forwarding it to the appropriate person within your organization. Typically, Crain’s surveys are completed by the top executive, the CFO, the chief marketing person or the human resources manager.

Most of this survey will not be published but will be used to help shape economic development activities. Parts of this business inventory–company demographics– will be published on a new creative-sector Web site produced by Crain’s for Detroit Renaissance and may be published in Crain’s Detroit Business.

Your participation will ensure you are part of the new creative-sector Web site and Crain’s lists, which may in turn introduce your company and skills to new potential customers.”