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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

A member of Stitching Up Detroit inks a shirt at the screen printing facility at Grace in Action

Churches as business incubators? In some Detroit neighborhoods, absolutely

Typically thought of as inhabiting only the spiritual realm or providing support for the indigent, Detroit churches are branching out to be more than that for their neighborhoods—as business incubators and job skill trainers.

The partners of Century Partners (left to right: David Alade, Kim Dowdell, Andrew Colom)

Neighborhood-focused real estate firm Century Partners to be honored at TechTown awards

What's more remarkable than the speed with which Century Partners has achieved its success is the manner in which they've achieved it—though a holistic approach to neighborhood development.

Jackie Zimmerman

Voices: Girls With Guts founder on choosing her health over her nonprofit

In the last installment of our series on failure, Jackie Zimmerman thought she had overcome her chronic illness and started the nonprofit of her dreams. But she only really got healthy after stepping down as executive director.

Niles Heron speaks as rest of panel looks on

5 lessons on failure from Detroit entrepreneurs

On July 27, Model D co-hosted a High Growth Happy Hour event at TechTown Detroit with support from the New Economy Initiative. Here are five lessons from that event.

W. David Tarver

Voices: Entrepreneur and engineer on what happens when your dream dies

W. David Tarver thought he had invented a new and improved synthesizer beloved by Stevie Wonder. But neither of those things were true. In this personal essay, he talks about coming to grips with a failed invention he spent years perfecting. 
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Entrepreneurs Videos

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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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