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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

Kim Gamez, co-founder of Mi Padrino

VIDEO: Kim Gamez of Mi Padrino on the challenges of juggling a business and family

On Friday, Feb. 16 this year, four Detroit entrepreneurs told their stories of business ownership at Startup Story Night, sponsored by Model D and the New Economy Initiative.

Fresh101 list

Juice cafe has a mission to bring healthy food choices to Midtown -- and the rest of Detroit

Fresh101 Superfood Café fills a nice niche in Midtown. But owner Monique Dooley, a former teacher, is also engaging with organizations throughout the city to encourage food education and healthy eating. 

Amit Makhecha

Food entrepreneurs scale up production at groundbreaking manufacturing facility FEAST Detroit

On a very basic level, FEAST Detroit is a collaborative manufacturing facility with three partner companies. But they're using the extra space to help small food entrepreneurs scale up.

Satori Shakoor performs at the Charles H. Wright Museum

Model D is looking for your story of entrepreneurial success

Startup Story Night will return for the second year in February and we're looking for storytellers for the theme "Love What You Do."

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. 
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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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