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Dollars spent in the D are likely to be re-spent here: an estimated $68 out of every $100 versus just $43 from that same hundo dropped at a national chain. With indie retailers popping up all around town, spreading -- and keeping -- wealth inside the city limits is getting easier and easier.

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NEIdeas List

Voting opens as four small businesses vie for NEIdeas $10K People's Choice awards

After awarding 30 existing businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park $10K each for their ideas for growth, the NEIdeas challenge is back with a People's Choice round of voting.

NEIdeasList

Thirty established Detroit businesses win $10K each for their ideas for growth (VIDEO)

Last month, the New Economy Initiative did something unusual for a philanthropy: it granted money directly to small businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park for their ideas for growth. In this video you'll hear their stories.

Date Night List

It's date night! In search of the quintessential Detroit date spot

Ready to impress your boo with your knowledge of the coolest date spots in Detroit? We've got a few recommendations -- on and off the radar -- to get you started.

M1List

Along Woodward, residents and business owners have mixed feelings about M-1 Rail construction

Photographer Nick Hagen and writer Matthew Lewis walked the length of the M-1 Rail streetcar route to find out how construction is affecting small businesses and residents.

EggersList

Dave Eggers talks education, robots, and illustrating a new book written by Detroit kids

Author and 826 National founder Dave Eggers is coming to Detroit next month. In advance of his visit, he answered a few of our questions about cities, urban education, and a new book written by students at Detroit's Boggs School.
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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.

NEIdeas List

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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