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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

Steven Harris

Q&A: Steven Harris of Rebound Construction on the North End bouncing back

Model D spoke to Steven Harris, a developer from the North End working in the North End, about developing responsibly, how the neighborhood is changing, and more. 

Alex Fluegel and Jalyn Spencer-Harris, founders of Mama Hub Hub

Motherhood is better together: Why two Detroit women started a community to support moms

Jalyn Spencer-Harris and Alex Fluegel were disappointed with the lack of resources and a quality support system for moms in Detroit. That's why they founded Detroit Mama Hub.

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

Cooperation is key: Why there should be more support for co-op businesses in Detroit

In an economy where temp jobs are increasingly common, a cooperative business model can be an attractive alternative. While it has yet to take off in Detroit, there are a number of organizations trying to encourage the model's growth.

Zlatan Sadikovic

Detroit's next hot commercial corridor: Will Jos Campau make Hamtramck a boom town once again?

Jos. Campau was once the second most popular shopping destination in metro Detroit. While it recently had fallen into a bit of a malaise, an influx of new businesses has the corridor on the verge of a breakthrough. 

Michael Forsyth at Detroit City Distillery

Join Model D for a High Growth Happy Hour talk at Detroit City Distillery

This installment features the entrepreneurs behind two of Detroit's fastest-growing craft beverage companies.
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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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