Sylvia Crawford is the president and CEO of Crawford Real Estate and Development Holdings LLC, a real property acquisition and development firm. She’s also the COO of StreetCredit Coworking and Events, which is housed inside CRED’s headquarters. Crawford is doing something amazing for women-owned businesses in Detroit on International Women’s Day: hosting a Girl Boss Pop-Up Event and Social. The event is among many other activities happening across Detroit as part of the Detroit Women’s Day Shop Hop, a citywide collaboration of more than 100 women-owned Detroit storefronts organized by WomenInDetroit.com on International Women’s Day.
Rolling out caught up with Crawford to talk more about her first-of-its-kind event.
Tell us about your event.
The Girl Boss Pop-Up and Social Event was formed out of a collaboration of more than 100 Detroit women business owners who joined forces and organized a citywide “Shop Hop” to celebrate and draw attention to the vast number of women-owned businesses in Detroit on International Women’s Day.
StreetCredit Coworking and Events takes it a step further by uniting more than a dozen startup, emerging, home-based and mobile businesses — who are without a storefront of their own — and are creating an opportunity to be part of this historic and important partnership with other Detroit women entrepreneurs. The Girl Boss Pop-Up showcases women entrepreneurs from both the upstart to the highly experienced. Get ready to explore culinary entrepreneurs, all-natural skin care products, Detroit-centered streetwear tees and more. We wanted to celebrate Women’s History Month by helping Detroit women business owners make history … and secure the bag!
Aside from women business owners, who else will be participating in your event?
We’ve also invited some guests to present some “fireside” chats alongside some of our business owners. We’ll also have game stations and some prizes.
What’s your role in the event?
I’m the COO of StreetCredit Coworking and Events. We promote and support startup and emerging small business ventures. This is why we decided that the ideal role for StreetCredit is to create a pop-up marketplace for women-owned businesses who don’t have their own storefronts.
Where can people find more information on the event?
Girl Boss Pop-Up and Social will take place from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Friday, March 8 in our industrial-style business and events complex located at 6340 E. Jefferson Ave., in Detroit’s rising east Riverfront District. People can connect with us via social media, Instagram @streetcred.det, Twitter @streetcreddet and Facebook @stcredit, look for the Crawford Real Estate & Development page. Or they can go to the www.WomeninDetroit.com website to discover all the other women businesses participating in the citywide Detroit Shop Hop.
The dozen-plus businesses in the Girl Boss Pop-Up marketplace include:
- Be Well Fabulous Black Women Michigan Tour
- Black Beautiful & Brilliant, a docuseries
- Cindy Bee and Honey Products
- Urban Country Tea House
- Dinner & Dessert
- Eartha’s Naturals
- I See You Awards
- Mechelle Lynn Gift Wrapping
- Paparazzi jewelry
- Sprezzaatura Art Collective
- Streetwear LLC
- Sisters On A Roll
- The Pro Shop
- Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry