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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.

Entrepreneurs Features

Alex Clark

Video: Alex Clark of Bon Bon Bon at Startup Story Night

Earlier this year, five metro Detroit entrepreneurs performed stories about challenges they have overcome to grow their businesses. Watch Alex Clark of Bon Bon Bon tell hers.

MDARD

Pickled products, beans, flour, fruit and more: Michigan businesses export food with help of state

Here's some advice from Michigan food and agriculture businesses that are making the most of opportunities for exporting.

Ne'Gyle Beaman runs the shop Bleu Bowtique, a seller of custom ties

The newest pop-up space in Midtown helps entrepreneurs test their businesses, together

The Cass Collective provides space to six retailers on a rotating basis so entrepreneurs have the opportunity to test their business without the upfront investment of a permanent shop.

Attendees of SOUP fundraisers pay $5 for a bowl of soup and a vote

Every dollar counts: Detroit SOUP and the impact of micro-grants

$5 at a time, Detroit SOUP and its affiliates have sponsored over 150 dinners and raised more than $132,600 for local causes.

Brenna Lane, partner and and director of production and operations at Detroit Denim

Detroit Denim makes sturdy jeans, by hand, with less waste

Even after graduating from the makerspace Ponyride into a bigger production facility and storefront, Detroit Denim has dreams of scaling up further.
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Entrepreneurs Videos

detroit-bridal

Detroit's only bridal salon is in Detroit because of impact investing

Without the support of an investment from the Michigan Women's Foundation, Beautiful Bridal might have ended up anywhere but Detroit.

Jeff Adams stands between the growing racks at Artesian Farms

Brightmoor's Artesian Farms and the power of impact investing

In just 36 square feet of growing space, Detroit's Artesian Farms can grow as much produce as a 3700-square-foot conventional farm or garden. The owners credit a low-interest loan from the Max & Marjorie M. Fisher Foundation for their success.

NEIdeas

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.

SWOT List

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.
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