Participants engage at the April 1 Gig Fair in Detroit. The event was
held at GVSU's Detroit Center.
From left to right are Detroit Is Different staff members Brittney
Gillespie, Khary Frazier and Suzanne Cleage, and GVSU staff members
Tina Lee, Angelica Ellis, Kara Van Dam and Elizabeth Russell.
The university partnered with Detroit Is Different April 1 to present
an innovative job fair for entrepreneurs.
The Gig Fair was held at GVSU's Detroit Center, 163 Madison St. Kara
Van Dam, vice provost for Graduate and Lifetime Learning, said the
Detroit area has a strong gig-based economy. Gig workers can be
defined as independent contractors, freelancers, on-call and temporary workers.
Participants were grateful for the opportunity to connect and
network, Van Dam said.
"What a wonderful day connecting these local entrepreneurs to
the organizations that need their talents," she said.
"Across the board, participants expressed their gratitude for
GVSU creating this networking and pitch space, and great satisfaction
and empowerment that we designed an event so carefully around their needs."
The idea for the fair came from Khary Frazier, founder of Detroit Is
Different, which is a hub for Detroit culture, content, events and stories.
“The number of traditional employees has changed as many people are
moving to an entrepreneurial platform," Frazier said. "This
fair gave those vendors the opportunity to connect with organizations
that could use their services.”