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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

Global Detroit

Reshaping the Rust Belt through immigrant talent

How America's former industrial heartland is reclaiming its economically powerful past by attracting foreign-born residents.

Jarrod Bell leads a workout at CrossFit BMW

Detroit gets tough: Fitness culture on the rise in the city

In recent years, a handful of gyms have opened in Detroit, each offering a unique style of training while contributing to a growing fitness culture in the city.

David Egner

Life after elephants: Detroit's entrepreneurial awakening

The New Economy Initiative's executive director writes about how NEI helped change economic development in Michigan from hunting "elephants" to building a network of support to foster entrepreneurship, small business growth, and innovation – from grass roots to high-growth. 

Katoi's menu

While it builds out a home in Detroit, Katoi gets up and running in Ann Arbor

Katoi, a Thai eatery which started as a Detroit food truck, recently opened a brick-and-mortar location in Ann Arbor while a permanent Detroit restaurant is under construction.

Parjana's Greg McPartlin and Andrew Niemczyk

Detroit company poised to revolutionize how cities manage stormwater

Parjana's Energy Passive Groundwater Recharge Product has the potential to revolutionize the way cities manage stormwater by increasing the efficacy of green infrastructure and alleviating burdens placed on aging sewer systems.
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Entrepreneurs Videos


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.


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.

MI Women List

Stories from the new economy: Michigan Women's Foundation

The Michigan Women's Foundation's mission is to transform the state to achieve equality and empowerment for women and girls.

WSU Tech Comm List

Stories from the new economy: Technology Commercialization at Wayne State University

Wayne State University's Office of Technology Commercialization is responsible for protecting and commercializing the intellectual properties developed at Wayne State, helping researchers and practitioners translate bedside and laboratory discoveries into products that can change lives.
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