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Jamie Kothe

Submitted by: Jamie Kothe
Business Website: http://www.dsdt.tech
State: Michigan
City: Detroit

Business Description

We are an educational institution offering hands on practical training to 18 + in the city of Detroit, committed to helping Veterans, Returning Citizens, and Detroit residents in tech and leadership.

What makes your business one of the best small businesses in your community?

We are a minority owned female technology training center located in Southwest Detroit. We create hope and opportunity that wouldn't otherwise be available to Detroit residents, Returning Citizens and Veterans. We not only train in Tech, IT and Digital Media, we are committed to gainful employment and creating employability models for our graduates. With our fast-paced hands on training we are successful in job-placement with over a 96% ratio out of 100% of students that have completed the courses. We are one of the only institutions that create opportunity for individuals that are searching for employment and assist in job placement and provide on the job paid training. We believe in our mission to serve the true population of Detroit residents and do not discriminate. Our slogan is DSDT vs. Everybody- we are pushing the status quo in our industry and market we serve, by improving our socio-economic status with education and tying in the community to build a successful outcome.

The following responses will be considered in judging for a SCORE Award.

How has working with a SCORE mentor helped your business?

Our SCORE mentor has helped to grow our staff by helping gain the necessary skill to have meaningful conversations and keep track of measurable data. Our organization doubled our revenue in less than six months with the help of our SCORE mentors. Not to mention, our relationships we've built from their introductions and scaleable meetings with individuals we wouldn't have been able to meet on our own.

Please describe the specific ways that your business has been successful and how it will grow in the next year.

Our business has become the #1 sought after training institution in Detroit. We have become Nationally Accredited, achieved our Sevis Immigration status, became a Hubzone certified business, and OJT site for Veterans, and just recently were approved for Title IV funding. We are also a hub for business owners to have branding and marketing with web design at no extra charge via our student practical application. We have doubled our revenue and are one of the biggest employers in the Detroit area. Next year we will be providing franchising opportunities for satellite and out of state expansion.
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