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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.

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.

Frank McGhee, director of NSO YIP, mentoring a group of young Detroit men

Revisiting Osborn: What's happening with the stories, people we covered 3 years ago

In 2013 Model D launched its first On the Ground series in Osborn. As Model D launches a new series in the Live6 neighborhood, we wanted to check in on some of the stories and people we covered.

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. 

Terryn Hall

Meet Terryn Hall, Model D's next On the Ground editor

Our next "On the Ground" series will take place in the Live6 neighborhood and we're excited to introduce the series' editor, Terryn Hall. 
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Detroit Revitalization Fellows hustle harder

In this video, three Detroit Revitalization Fellows talk about their day jobs, which are all focused on improving life in the city, and their extracurricular entrepreneurial activities, which do much the same.


TechTown SWOT City spreads opportunity to neighborhood businesses

SWOT City empowers neighborhood businesses, providing them with expert analysis to help them identify their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

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Stories from the new economy: New Michigan Media

New Michigan Media launched with the goal of cataloging minority media outlets throughout Michigan in order to build a network that could bring minority concerns and issues to a broader audience, tear down restrictive silos, and create stronger voices for minority communities at policy discussions. It had never been attempted.

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Stories from the new economy: NEIdeas, rewarding ideas for business growth

Last week, the New Economy Initiative launched NEIdeas, a challenge that will award $500,000 in prizes to existing businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park.
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