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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.


Creative economy

The state of the creative economy in Michigan

Michigan has over 73,000 people working in various creative industries, contributing significantly to the the state's economy and those of its biggest cities. But according to Creative Many, we have lots of room to grow our creative sector.

Sean Mann

Mann: Help Detroit City FC create the most exciting and accessible sporting atmosphere in the U.S.

Detroit City FC founder and co-owner Sean Mann makes the case for why you should invest in the team's renovations of historic Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck.

Open City

Thank you, come again: Customer service the subject of Nov. 16 Open City discussion

The fate of a small business can easily rest upon the quality of its customer service. On Nov. 16, a panel of experts will gather at Cliff Bell's to discuss the finer points of good customer service at Open City's latest event, "Thank You, Come Again: Why Good Customer Service Matters."

United Sound Systems

Giving United Sound, Detroit's other landmark music studio, its due

It may not have the name recognition of Motown, but the United Sound Systems Recording Studios, the oldest operating independent recording studios in the country, are just as important.

Open City

Open City celebrates 8 years of building Detroit's small business community

Over the last eight years, Open City has helped create an informal community of Detroit entrepreneurs who help each other succeed. The ninth season of Open City kicks off Monday, Oct. 19, at Cliff Bell's.
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NEIdeas challenge returns for second year of grants to small businesses in Detroit

Applications for 2015 NEIdeas grants open on Thursday, May 7.

Fellows List

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.

MI Women List

Stories from the new economy: Michigan Women's Foundation

The Michigan Women's Foundation's mission is to transform the state to achieve equality and empowerment for women and girls.

WSU Tech Comm List

Stories from the new economy: Technology Commercialization at Wayne State University

Wayne State University's Office of Technology Commercialization is responsible for protecting and commercializing the intellectual properties developed at Wayne State, helping researchers and practitioners translate bedside and laboratory discoveries into products that can change lives.
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