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Karen Guilmette, owner of Natural Red, with three of her children

Detroit's mother entrepreneurs: these women started businesses and ended up with happy families

In the first of a three-part series looking at the challenges of being both a mother and entrepreneur, Melinda Clynes writes about women seeking financial independence in business.


3 regional transit systems Metro Detroit can learn from

We checked in with experts in three very different American cities—Cleveland, St. Louis, and Los Angeles—to gather lessons as our own transit system takes shape.


Rain gardens to the rescue: How Detroiters are working together to protect water infrastructure

Detroiters must deal with a new drainage fee to help pay for water infrastructure. Fortunately, an innovative program will help residents reduce those fees, while also soaking up water on their land and helping their neighbors.

KeShon Demps, owner of Ingrid's Bakery & Shon Benson's Candy Creations

Love on Livernois: What Sweetest Day looked like in Live6

On October 15, lovers and those expressing affection across the Midwest celebrated Sweetest Day. On the Ground editor Terryn Hall checked out Live6 businesses to see how owners and patrons were marking the day. 

Nailah Ellis-Brown

As Ellis Island Tea grows, founder Nailah Ellis-Brown makes hiring local a priority

Since founding the company in 2008, Ellis-Brown been named one of Forbes' "30 Under 30" in the manufacturing industry and her beverages are now available in Meijer and Whole Foods stores across the Midwest.

CEO and co-founder of Castle, working at Rebirth House

"Generation Startup" shows it's possible to build and scale a startup in Detroit

The documentary, which follows six people working or owning startups in Detroit, presents both the joys and challenges of running a startup. 

Exterior of the new Live6 headquarters

New Live6 Alliance headquarters and its homegrown director bring energy to neighborhood

Once completed, executive director Lauren Hood hopes the headquarters will serve as a local gathering place where people can connect, deepen ties, and share ideas.

Shakiya Robertson with her kids, from left to right, Kye'Ren, Kyi'Lei, Davion, and Ky'Shaun in front of their home

In search of solutions to Detroit's foreclosure crisis

In the second installment of our series on Detroit's foreclosure crisis, David Sands looks at the organizations and people developing innovative solutions to keep people in their homes. 

Detroit's only bridal salon is in Detroit because of impact investing

Without the support of an investment from the Michigan Women's Foundation, Beautiful Bridal might have ended up anywhere but Detroit.

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