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Corktown's Beard Balm goes global as it nears $1M sales

Beard Balm, which makes an all-natural, leave-in conditioner for beards and facial hair, is selling its products around the world and closing in on $1 million worth of sales this year.

Software platform simplifies ride-sharing

No one likes the dreaded daily commute to work, which is often costly and tedious. Thanks to the ride-sharing platform SPLT, there will be a little less dread in the morning.

Investment group adds staff downtown as it spreads seed capital across Michigan

Invest Michigan oversees the Michigan Pre-Seed Fund 2.0, a multimillion dollar angel investment fund capitalized by the Michigan Economic Development Corp.


PR agency rides renewed growth in Detroit

Longtime Detroit PR firm Franco Public Relations Group has seen Detroit's fortunes rise and fall. It's stuck with the city for over 50 years and, thanks to that loyalty, saw record growth in 2015.

Paxahau picks up pace, moves to larger office in Corktown

Paxahau is most well known for producing electronic music shows, in particular the Movement electronic music festival, but they put on many more and hit a new high with 45 shows in 2015. 

Tech startup aims to raise $1M for visual content platform

TernPro developed Slope, a software platform that enables novice digital media users to design, store, produce, and collaborate on creating visual content. This might be the year it helps the tech startup take off.

Exxodus Pictures expands workload with 3D modeling, animation

The Detroit-based film production firm made a name for itself when it premiered its first feature-length film, "Jinn." Since then, it's expanded into other areas.

ASTI Environmental targets urban work with new downtown office

The environmental and engineering services firm ASTI Environmental opens an office in downtown Detroit.

Local chip-maker expands its operations

Uncle Ray's creates jobs in Detroit selling its chips across U.S.

Solar panel work powers triple-digit growth at GreenLancer

The alternative energy startup GreenLancer watched its revenue jump 340 percent last year.

Detroiter invents cooker that makes diabetic-friendly rice

Swad Komanduri isn't trying to reinvent the wheel with his first startup. He's just trying to reinvent the rice cooker.

After leading the city through bankruptcy, Jones Day grows its Detroit office

Just a year after opening a downtown Detroit office, Jones Day is expanding its offices to accommodate a growing docket of local business.

Corridor Sausage conquers Midwest markets one weenie at a time

Demand for Corridor Sausage's products has jumped 30 percent over the last year as thanks to loyal local customers and new distribution out of state.

Three Lyons Creative aims for big third year in Corktown

Three Lyons supports Detroit brands and businesses through video, web, audio, and graphic artwork creation.
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