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Feature Story Flood's Bar & Grille reopens Thursday, May 28 for carryout and delivery.

Entrepreneur diaries with Stephanie Byrd: Back in business

Stephanie Byrd shares the process of reopening Flood's Bar & Grille, which is offering carryout and delivery with a limited menu (and yes, the lamb chops are back).  


Longform Arbor Circle therapist Marvin Mckenzie simulates a telehealth visit with a colleague.

Telehealth use surges in Michigan during pandemic, with 'tremendous' benefits

Health care visits conducted by phone or videoconference had slowly started to catch on in Michigan in recent years, but now they're the safest way for health care providers to meet with their patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Partner Content The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids' Nutrition in Action program.

Nutrition in Action serves kids and adults an extra helping of health

For the past 15 years, the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids has brought its Nutrition in Action program to West Michigan schools and other organizations serving families and individuals with income challenges.

City of Detroit releases playbook on reopening businesses safely

Detroit's COVID-19 Small Business Playbook aims to help small businesses in Detroit reopen safely.

Feature Story Tatiana Grant

Serial entrepreneur Tatiana Grant launches 2050 Partners Inc.

Serial entrepreneur Tatiana Grant on carrying on Marlowe Stoudamire's work through her new agency 2050 Partners, the future of hosting events, and why she doesn't regret not getting back into the food delivery business.

Feature Story Stephanie Byrd is co-owner of The Block in Midtown.

Entrepreneur diaries: Stephanie Byrd of The Block and The Garden Theater

Stephanie Byrd was born into a family of entrepreneurs, and while she initially never dreamed of going into the family business or returning to her hometown, here's what drew the co-owner of The Block back — and how the pandemic has changed her outlook on business.

Feature Story Marie McCormick

Friends of the Rouge ED Marie McCormick on how the nonprofit is coping with the pandemic

Local nonprofits like Detroit’s Friends of the Rouge provide a way for residents to get involved in helping their local environment. FOTR executive director Marie McCormick shares how the 34-year old organization is coping financially while innovating new ways to help connect people with their watershed.

Partner Content Eastern Market Partnership launched a bulk pickup drive-through market on Tuesdays.

Eastern Market vendors — and the market itself — adapt in the wake of COVID-19

With drive-through markets, online ordering, and 2020 Flower Season, Eastern Market vendors and the partnership find ways to adapt amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feature Story Ken Walker is an advocate for what he calls “mental wealth.” He's the creator of the K. Walker Collective clothing line and nonprofit Detroit Mental Health.

Nonprofit Detroit Mental Health takes events online

Throughout the month of May, Detroit Mental Health is hosting Instagram live streams to showcase tools that Detroiters can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency.

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From the frontline: What it's like to be an ER nurse during the COVID-19 crisis

MyThy Huynh shares her story of what it was like to work on the frontlines as the coronavirus swept through the community.

Longform Tri-County Office on Aging volunteer Robin Barfoot makes a friendly reassurance call from her home.

Friendly reassurance calls help Michigan elders fight isolation during pandemic

COVID-19 has exacerbated the high levels of isolation today's older adults experience. But many providers are working to ease that loneliness by making calls to check in on Michigan’s elders.

Development News Bea's Detroit Small Business Art Garden on the Dequindre Cut

Bea's Detroit wants to help small businesses flourish with art garden on Dequindre Cut

Several 3-by-3 canvases featuring local small businesses have popped up in Bea’s Small Business Art Garden next to Bea’s Squeeze lemonade stand, which launched in 2019 on the Dequindre Cut as a pop-up to market Beatrice and Eli Wolnerman’s upcoming coworking space in Eastern Market.


Development News Downtown Marine City

MEDC launches new grant programs to help small business recovery efforts

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has launched two new programs to help small businesses recover from the economic downturn resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feature Story Chris Evans, left, and Cherrie Seay of the 15th Street Block Club.

How residents and businesses are building community through parks

Community groups and businesses say open and accessible outdoor space is important for all residents, and they are creating new spaces for the neighborhood, from art parks, to municipal parks, to safe spaces to wait for buses.

Feature Story The Bridge to Bay Trail

Bike trails’ development potential could prove valuable for Southeast Michigan communities

Here's a look at how communities across Southeast Michigan —  from Detroit to St. Clair County — are planning to expand and connect their trails to draw new visitors, businesses, and residents.

Partner Content Gavin McGuire, chief operations officer of BGCSM

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Michigan prepares to make its reopening safe and healthy for youth

BGCSM prides itself on embracing an entrepreneurial mindset and quickly adapted to continue serving youth. As far as pivots go, it's been a big transition. But, that said, they've got another big task ahead of them right now as they prepare to reopen the Dick & Sandy Dauch Club.


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Model D launches crowdfunding campaign

Now is the time for more local journalism, not less. The importance of our work and the voice we provide has never been more vital — and we need your help to ensure we are reporting these crucial stories at a time of rapid change that will significantly impact Detroit's future.

Feature Story Daniel A. Washington is the president and founder of NW Goldberg Cares.

Op-ed: Detroit’s new normal should include more public green spaces

As small businesses work to reopen, corporations grapple with how to keep employees safe, and nearly every facet of our lives is under the microscope to prevent a second wave of COVID-19, we will ultimately be challenged with the question of where do we go to remain safe as we start to establish the new normal in public?


Feature Story Liz Blondy is owner and founder of Canine to Five.

Entrepreneur diaries: Liz Blondy from Canine to Five

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Canine to Five. It was also supposed to be the business' best year ever. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Partner Content The Eat Well in a SNAP website.

Easy-to-access website helps Michigan families Eat Well in a SNAP

The Eat Well in a SNAP site aims to connect people with support and inspiration for seasonal meals and recipes, resources, and conversations about food. 

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