Joe Spencer, owner of Louisiana Creole Gumbo Mike Galbraith
On Thursday, January 19, at Planet Ant Hall in Hamtramck, five metro Detroit entrepreneurs performed stories about challenges they have overcome to grow their businesses at the first-ever Startup Story Night. The event was emceed by Glynn Washington, whose Snap Judgment program can be heard weekly on over 400 NPR stations and is downloaded over two million times every month.
One of the speakers that night was Joe Spencer, who purchased Louisiana Creole Gumbo in the '80s, but didn't really get involved in the business until he got laid off from a job in journalism.
Startup Story Night was presented by the New Economy Initiative and Southeast Michigan Startup.