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About Thrive Detroit

Thrive Detroit Street Newspaper is a social enterpris of Thrive Detroit L3C that gives resources to all.

About Thrive Detroit

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About Thrive

First published in November 2011, Thrive Detroit is Detroit’s first and only street paper. The paper was launched through a Kiva Detroit micro-loan and a gift from 1Matters.

As an initial investment, Thrive Detroit Street Paper provides Vendors/Micro-preneurs with an initial batch of papers (up to 10 issues) at no charge.   They are then able to sell the issues for $1 each and reinvest some or all of the funds back into their enterprise by purchasing additional papers (stock) for .25 each.

Those who choose to become regular Vendors/Micro-preneurs purchase the paper for .25 each, sell them for $1 each, and retain .75 for themselves.

A micro-enterprise can be the difference between an individual or family remaining housed or becoming homeless.   Individuals already facing homelessness, can use funds to secure housing.

Selling just 30 issues a day, 6 days a week will gross $720 a month, netting $540 a month in income if the Micro-preneur decides to stop at 30 issues a day.  But they don’t have to!  They can take a portion of their earnings each day to reinvest in purchasing more issues at .25.  There is no limit.

Vendors/Micro-preneurs can also generate income through advertising revenues. They receive 30% of the revenue from each Ad sold directly or as a result of a formal referral.

Vendors/Micro-preneurs who purchase and sell at least 100 issues over time will be provided with identifying vests and ID badges to increase visibility and sales.

Thrive Detroit provides training opportunities through money management/budgeting, sales, and writing workshops for those who want to participate.

Support Thrive Detroit by:  

  • Purchasing the publication each month from either a Vendor, Source Booksellers, one of our local business supporters such as the D:hive, or subscribing online to have it delivered via USPS or to your email-box.  

  • Giving a one-time or regular donation(s) to help cover the cost of initial investments and other costs associated with providing this opportunity.

Donations and gifts to Thrive Detroit L3C are not tax-deductible.