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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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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.

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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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Popps Packing: An old meat packing plant becomes a driving force in Hamtramck's creative community

When Graem Whyte and Faina Lerman bought a former Hamtramck meat packing plant in 2007, they didn't anticipate it becoming a catalyst for neighborhood growth and redevelopment.

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The state of social entrepreneurship in Detroit

Social entrepreneurship is on the rise in Detroit. Aaron Mondry brings us this story about three local social ventures making names for themselves and how the city and the state are making a splash on the national social entrepreneurship scene.

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The prospect of "alter-urbanism": Chad Rochkind and Urban Social Assembly

Chad Rochkind leads Urban Social Assembly, an organization that works to empower entrepreneurs and social innovators in the city of Detroit. Danny Fenster of Urban Innovation Exchange has this profile.
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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.

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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: 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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Stories from the new economy: Inforum ACTiVATE

Inforum’s ACTiVATE program guides women through the whole process of business development -- from conception to commercialization -- and connects them with resources and subject matter experts.

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Stories from the new economy: ACCESS Growth Center

ACCESS Growth Center assists immigrant entrepreneurs in making Metro Detroit more than a place of residence -- but rather a place they can call home.
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