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One thing about Detroiters: When they see a need for something in their city, they are likely to take action to fill the void. From clothing boutiques to acupuncture clinics, from bike shops to restaurants, from dance studios to book stores, locals are thinking small ... in a big way.
Kernel of an idea grows into family popcorn business under Michigan Cottage Food Law
Sue Stuever Battel
Monday, March 27, 2017
Gene and Patricia McFarland have built their gourmet popcorn business from a home kitchen operation to a successful storefront where they sell their handcrafted flavored popcorn.
Michigan's highway: The present state of Michigan Avenue, our state's most important road
Monday, March 20, 2017
In part two of our series on Michigan's highway, we look at the extraordinary economic resurgence that's taken place in recent years along commercial strips and downtowns on Michigan Avenue.
Video: Joe Spencer of Louisiana Creole Gumbo at Startup Story Night
New Economy Initiative
Monday, March 13, 2017
On Thursday, January 19 five metro Detroit entrepreneurs performed stories about challenges they have overcome to grow their businesses. Watch Joe Spencer of Louisiana Creole Gumbo tell his.
Video: Detroit Sip owner hopes to be catalyst for Live6 corridor
Donavan Glover and Terryn Hall
Monday, February 13, 2017
Jevona Watson plans to open a coffee shop, Detroit Sip, on McNichols Road in early 2017. A native of the Bagley neighborhood, her story is emblematic of the tenacity of the people who live, work, and play in Live6.
Restaurateur (and optimist) Dave Kwiatkowski has created a mini-food empire in Detroit
Monday, January 09, 2017
After a successful few years at the Sugar House, opportunity came knocking for Kwiatkowski. Since then, he's been opening restaurants and bars at a breakneck pace.
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Detroit's only bridal salon is in Detroit because of impact investing
Council of Michigan Foundations
Monday, October 17, 2016
Without the support of an investment from the Michigan Women's Foundation, Beautiful Bridal might have ended up anywhere but Detroit.
Brightmoor's Artesian Farms and the power of impact investing
Council of Michigan Foundations
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
In just 36 square feet of growing space, Detroit's Artesian Farms can grow as much produce as a 3700-square-foot conventional farm or garden. The owners credit a low-interest loan from the Max & Marjorie M. Fisher Foundation for their success.
NEIdeas challenge returns for second year of grants to small businesses in Detroit
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Applications for 2015 NEIdeas grants open on Thursday, May 7.
Detroit Revitalization Fellows hustle harder
Detroit Revitalization Fellows
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
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
New Economy Initiative
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
SWOT City empowers neighborhood businesses, providing them with expert analysis to help them identify their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.
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Small business program encourages entrepreneurs to apply for financial and educational assistance
The small business program offers entrepreneurs the chance to win cash awards, landlord-tenant matchmaking opportunities, and design, permitting, and business plan assistance. $500,000 is awarded to small businesses every quarter.
Corktown-based bicycle shop to open second location in West Village
Rock and roll pie shop re-opens in Detroit with own space
Two new co-working spaces and business incubators to debut in the city
Bakery and cafe to open in Midtown this spring
Art and coffee collide in Hamtramck with the opening of Oloman Cafe
New bike shop celebrates opening in downtown Hamtramck
Local audio equipment maker to ship products around the world
Detroit dog daycare business to launch major expansion along the Cass Corridor
The Craft Cafe Detroit thrives on city's lower east side
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15 Detroit businesses in running for national grant contest
15 Detroit businesses have made it to round two of The FedEx Small Business Grant Contest.
Source: The Detroit News
Hamtramck community space Bank Suey to host local marketplace
Source: Bank Suey
Startup Story Night accepting submissions for Detroit storytelling event
Source: Southeast Michigan Startup
Women innovators speak at next High Growth Happy Hour
Source: SE Michigan Startup
TechTown awards ceremony to recognize excellence in entrepreneurship
Source: TechTown Detroit
National startup boom reaches Detroit
Source: Detroit Free Press
National business leaders bullish on Detroit, Kresge report indicates
Source: The Kresge Foundation
Small businesses multiply, crime declines along Jefferson Avenue corridor
Source: Crain's Detroit Business
Final year of NEI's challenge to grant local businesses a total of $500K
Week of events celebrating and supporting Detroit entrepreneurs starts May 2
Source: Build Institute
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Why stop now? Joe Spencer has big plans for Louisiana Creole Gumbo
When sales were down at Louisiana Creole Gumbo a couple years ago, owner Joe Spencer turned to Detroit's small business support system for help. Today, he's opening a second location among other ambitious plans.
If you don't evolve, you die: How Jacob Bishop re-energized the Mr. Alan's brand
How Canine to Five's Liz Blondy grew her dog daycare business from city to suburb
Gwen Jimmere makes all-natural hair care product and list of 100 influential African-Americans
This Detroit manufacturer is making pre-fabricated houses cool -- and green
Dessert Oasis' Nathan Hamood pioneers coffee and pomade in Rochester and Detroit
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