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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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Detroiters buying local at Great Lakes Coffee

So you want to be a localist? Three ways to up your game

Do you believe in the power of small business to restore community? If so, you might be a localist. Here are three simple suggestions for how to contribute to the localist movement in a meaningful, holistic way.

Building Bridges to Small Business

Opinion: Want to make a big impact on Michigan's economy? Think small

Typically, the Mackinac Policy Conference is about big things -- big ideas, big names, and big companies. This year, Rachel Lutz and some Detroit small business colleagues thought it would be fun to bring some small ideas, small names, and small companies to the high-profile gathering.

Hacienda Mexican Foods

Building a community-based company, Hacienda Mexican Foods in southwest Detroit

Today, Hacienda Mexican Foods is a multi-million-dollar business that employs 60 people and just signed a partnership with Meijer to make flour tortillas, corn tortillas, and tortilla chips.  

A Goodwells pocket sandwich

A quiet leader in Detroit's food renaissance, Goodwells Market provides a model for success

As more chain stores make their way to rebounding Detroit, smaller businesses may feel the pinch. Even more pressing is how black-owned businesses in Detroit, such as Goodwells, will fare as the city moves forward.

Fresh Dutch Girl donuts

Since 1947, Dutch Girl Donuts has proven a rare constant in a changing city

Dutch Girl Donuts, located on Woodward Avenue just south of 7 Mile Road, has proven a rare constant in a changing city. The shop has been serving up fresh donuts at fair prices since 1947, and it has no plans on changing.
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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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