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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.

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Berlin List

Detroit techno saved Berliners from boredom. Now it's time we take a few lessons from Berlin.

Walter Wasacz recently traveled to Berlin, where many hold Detroit and its music in high esteem. He brought back these reflections on what we can learn from our friends across the pond.

restaurant list

Three newcomers join Detroit Restaurant Week (with amazing pictures!)

It wasn’t that long ago that dining options in Detroit were limited at best, but a strong food scene is burgeoning in the city. As Detroit Restaurant Week kicks off, we preview the menus at three first-time restaurant week participants: Ottava Via, Craft Work, and Top of the Pontch.

Encore List

'Encore entrepreneurs' add vibrance to Detroit's small business scene

Young hipsters aren't the only people starting businesses in Midtown and downtown Detroit. Meet some of the city's 'encore entrepreneurs.'

Food Manufacturing List

Detroit's hottest exports (Hint: they're not just cars and watches)

Two growing manufacturing businesses in Detroit have nothing to do with cars or watches. In fact, they're making food products -- pickles and powdered milk -- and they're thriving.

practice space list

A deeper approach to entrepreneurship is emerging from Detroit's Practice-Space

Since April, Model D has been following the progress of Practice-Space, a new place for developing business ideas in Detroit. Recently, the two businesses enrolled in its incubator entered the "Deepen" phase of the program.
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D2D List

Stories from the new economy: D2D business connect

By helping large Detroit institutions and corporations purchase goods and services within the city of Detroit, D2D is creating an environment where all Detroit-based businesses can thrive.

Revolver List

Hamtramck's (revolver) restaurant might just blow your underpants off

A combination supper club and social experiment, (revolver) features a rotating host of chefs that changes each week, from home cooks looking to launch their own concept to seasoned professionals of national note looking to do something different and have a little bit of fun.

Bizdom List

Stories from the new economy: Bizdom

Bizdom is an entrepreneurial accelerator that provides training and mentorship to tech startups looking for the help and funding they need to grow their ideas into profitable businesses.

New Michigan Media LIst

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.

TechTownList

Stories from the new economy: TechTown

TechTown is Detroit’s business growth center. Its core programs -- Retail Boot Camp, SWOT City, and TechTown Labs -- help Detroit entrepreneurs get their retail and tech startups off the ground.
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