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In the last decade, the Asian community in metro Detroit has grown 37 percent to an estimated 150,000 in the metro area, with concentrations in Troy and Madison Heights. Originally, Asians immigrated to the Detroit region seeking jobs in the automotive industry, and many later opened small independent businesses. Today, Asian-Americans are responsible for almost a third of high-tech businesses in Oakland County, the majority have a bachelor's degree or higher, and many in the manufacturing sector bring expertise as engineers, scientists, and researchers.
The Michigan Korean Weekly is the largest publication serving the Asian community.

Asian Community Features

Jon Oberheide and Dug Song of Duo Security

Bigger partners, bigger risks: The cybersecurity challenges of scaling a startup

Expanding to work with larger partners or clients is exciting for any small business. But it also brings with it some significant new risks in terms of cybersecurity.

(Left to right) Maruf Sourav, Liza Bielby, Mumbi Roy, Ahana Roy and Akram Hossein

Bangla School of Music thrives in neighborhood known for artists and immigrants

In the Play House in Banglatown, Akram Hossein teaches the traditional music of his homeland to a new generation of singers.

Waiel Shalall, Rocky Hanosh, and Lahib Shallal at Ali Baba

One block in Hamtramck: A little bit of everything on Caniff

From live music to chai tea to Middle Eastern cuisine, one block of Caniff in Hamtramck has got it all.

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Madison Heights, the Asian food capital of metro Detroit

The small city in Oakland County is home to dozens of restaurants specializing in cuisine from practically every country in Southeast Asia, as well as a handful of specialty grocery stores offering spices, produce, and a variety of dried goods that can't be found anywhere else in the region. 

Mash and Blue Tractor BBQ and Brewery

The Story So Far...

For nearly five years Concentrate has made it its mission to capture and comment on what's next in entrepreneurship, urban design, sustainability and placemaking for our region. As we enter the mid-point of 2014, we look back on some of the stories and people that are defining the direction of the Ann Arbor area.

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Will Metro Detroit's Tech Community Ever Be Color Blind?

Metro Detroit has a long history of cultural silos and regional segregation. So how does its tech and entrepreneurial community create opportunites for greater racial and cultural diversity? There's no easy answer but places like Silicon Valley are implementing aggressive and sustained efforts to bridge a divide local business leaders barely acknowledge.

Dug Song at Duo Security

Duo Security: More Than Just a Workplace

Can a cutting edge startup be both success-minded and fun? According to Duo Security's Dug Song, the answer is an unequivocal "yes." Achieving astounding growth over four years, this Ann Arbor Internet security firm has not only become the local company to watch, it has developed a family-like workplace that's creative, supportive and innovative.

Kristin Bernstein with Titan and Krumm in her East Ann Arbor apartment

Making a Home for Tomorrow's Ann Arbor Today - Part 1

Study after study shows that Millennials have different ideas than their parents about where and how they want to live. Greater access to downtowns and more walkable environments are high on the list. So how is our community preparing for the next generation of Ann Arborite today? Concentrate's Natalie Burg looks at the issue in her two-part story.

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Kidpreneur Teaches Tween Tycoons

Some tweens spend their free time playing XBox and Minecraft while others launch their own start-ups. From business cards to elevator pitches, serial entrepreneur Thanh Tran wants his Kidpreneur program to teach its middle school magnates both the thrill of success and the educational value of failure.

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International students at Michigan schools present opportunities for economy

This Wednesday, Oct.16, Global Detroit and the Michigan Global Talent Retention Initiative release a report detailing where international students in the state are working after they graduate. Andrew Sokoly gives us a preview.

L to R Albert Foo and Sharath Anand with ExtinBreachR at Skyline High School

A Blaze of Innovation

While most kids are wasting their time mastering Xbox, high schoolers Albert Foo and Sharath Anand are developing a new fire-fighting technology, one that extinguishes interior flames from outside the building. So far ExtinBreachR has landed them top science fair awards and a couple of small grants. But they've got bigger plans.

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The Apps Metro Detroit CEOs Can't Do Without

It's an app app app world. Metromode's Jon Zemke quizzes some of Metro Detroit's CEOs on which business apps they can't live without, which apps others should use, and which locally produced apps are worth checking out.

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How place impacts entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship isn't what it used to be. The scene today is explicitly about social engagement and collaborative leadership. This special report finds examples in three key Michigan places where new models for growth are being created and nurtured.

Growing companies, uncovering talent

We started talking about "gazelles" and ended up meeting a panel filled with them at last week's Model D Speaker Series. Seven young entrepreneurs talked about why they started up their businesses in Detroit -- and why you could be next. Walter Wasacz took digital notes.

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Model D Speaker Series: Growing Companies

Join Model D Feb. 29 at the newly renovated M@dison Building, home to Detroit Venture Partners and a growing family of companies, for a conversation about getting from startup to second stage. Registration begins now.

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Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council

Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council is a non-profit committed to driving economic growth within minority communities. It is based in Detroit.
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Asian Community Founders

NewFoundry's growth comes down to four words: hire slow hire smart

NewFoundry's growth comes down to four words: hire slow hire smart

City: Ann Arbor
"It's a slow process for us," Richard Chang, CEO of NewFoundry, says about adding staff. "We hire slow hire smart. ... It's really about taking the time to make sure these folks are a good fit. I want to make sure these folks have the right criteria to grow with us."
Duo Security accumulates millions in investor cash in quest for constant improvement

Duo Security accumulates millions in investor cash in quest for constant improvement

City: Ann Arbor
"We haven't spent most of the cash we have taken from investors," says Dug Song, CEO of Duo Security.
Dug Song

Dug Song

City: Ann Arbor
Dug Song is the co-founder & CEO of Duo Security, a digital security firm based in downtown Ann Arbor.
Thanh Tran

Thanh Tran

Thanh Tran is a serial entrepreneur who founded Kidpreneur. The Northville-based business helps educate tweens about entrepreneurship.
Grace Hsia

Grace Hsia

City: Ann Arbor
Grace Hsia is the co-founder of M-Wrap, a University of Michigan student-led start-up based in Ann Arbor.
Yating Hu

Yating Hu

City: Detroit
Yating Hu is a co-founder of PiezoPowerTech, a clean-energy start-up based in Detroit.
Lihang Nong

Lihang Nong

Lihang Nong is the co-founder of PicoSpray, a clean-tech start-up based in Ann Arbor.
Moses Lee

Moses Lee

City: Ann Arbor
Moses Lee is the co-founder of TruApp, a social media start-up based in downtown Ann Arbor.
Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson is the co-founder of Converge Medical Technologies, a medical device start-up based in Ann Arbor.
Mia Jang

Mia Jang

City: Novi
Mia Jang is the founder of Nutriinfo, a dietary start-up based in Novi.
Hapreet Singh

Hapreet Singh

City: Plymouth
Hapreet Singh is owner of Automotive Quality & Logistics Inc., an automotive and manufacturing supplier.
Yoshihisa Kobayash

Yoshihisa Kobayash

City: Novi
Yoshihisa Kobayash is owner of Koby ACT Academy, a two campus center offering various courses in test preparation, ESL programs, and K-12 subject training.
Kwang Lim

Kwang Lim

City: Troy
Kwang Lim owns E Mart, one of the largest supermarkets owned by an Asian-American in Michigan.
Suk-Kyu Koh

Suk-Kyu Koh

City: Plymouth
Chrysan Industries, Inc. is an Automotive Lubricants & Specialty Chemicals Provider, headquarters in Plymouth, Michigan. Established in 1977, Chrysan has been increased its sales volume to $10 million a year. It has about 20 employees. Chrysan achieved Ford Q1 in February 2005 and was chosen to be Corp! Magazine Best of Michigan 2008.
Simon Yi

Simon Yi

City: Farmington
The owner of Sushi House, Simon Yi arrived to Metro Detroit about 10 years ago, his second destination in the US after immigrating to California from Korea. With a special sushi menu, his business has been growing rapidly. He is expanding to open another business next door, called Tofu House. 
B.J. Chang, Ph.D.

B.J. Chang, Ph.D.

City: Ann Arbor
SurgiTel is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and was founded in 1992 as a branch of General Scientific Corporation. With a history in optics extending back to the 1930s, SurgiTel is the first optical equipment company to develop products for medical and dental specialists that focus not only on vision but also on ergonomics. Their patented designs have already helped clinicians in over 40 countries to see, feel and work their best. And, one customer at a time, SurgiTel's vision is to become the global leader in surgical loupes and headlight technology.
Anthony Youn, MD, FACS

Anthony Youn, MD, FACS

City: Troy
Dr. Anthony Youn is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who focuses on cosmetic surgery.  He has been featured on numerous entertainment and news television shows, print media publications, has authored and co-authored multiple manuscripts on plastic surgery, and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Plastic Surgery Products Magazine.
Jae Jung

Jae Jung

City: Ann Arbor
Global Link is a focused organization providing innovative value solutions and growth opportunities through design, manufacturing, and project management. Global Link offers the complete process of manufacturing and supply of high quality and low cost automotive, industrial, and electronic materials, components, sub-assemblies, and assemblies.

David Lin

David Lin

City: Ann Arbor
David Lin is the co-founder of Molocard.com, an Ann Arbor-based start-up developing a smart phone app that keeps track of retailer reward points.
Luke Song

Luke Song

City: Southfield
Luke Song is a designer and owner of Mr. Song Millinery, a designer of women's hats and headwear.
Tiffany Huang

Tiffany Huang

City: Ann Arbor
Tiffany Huang is the queen of operations for SPECIALIZEDESIGNS, an Ann Arbor-based start-up that makes toys for both blind and sighted children.
Wan-Thai Hsu

Wan-Thai Hsu

City: Ann Arbor
Wan-Thai Hsu is the CTO for Discera, a University of Michigan spin-out that specializes in semi-conductor technology.
James Kuo

James Kuo

City: Ann Arbor
James Kuo is the CEO of Adeona Pharmaceuticals, an Ann Arbor-based pharmaceutical company.
Thanh Tran

Thanh Tran

City: Detroit
Thanh Tran is the president of MentalNote, a TechTown-based startup that creates software so mental health professionals can digitize patient records.
Danielle Zhu

Danielle Zhu

City: Novi
Danielle Zhu is the founder of Crestview Technologies, a Novi-based firm that is helping bridge the IT gap between North America and Asia.
Jimmy Hsiao

Jimmy Hsiao

City: Ann Arbor
Jimmy Hsiao is the CEO and founder of Logic Solutions, a media/marketing company in Ann Arbor.

Asian Community Companies

1.

HeelSecret

City: Ann Arbor
Industry: Asian Community,Creative Industries,Creative Sector,Diversity,Higher Education,Minority Owned Business,Woman Owned
2.

FrostGear

City: Ann Arbor
Industry: Asian Community,Automotive/Manufacturing,Diversity,Higher Education,Minority Owned Business,Transportation
3.

Stratos

City: Ann Arbor
Industry: Asian Community,Diversity,Minority Owned Business,Software/Information Technology
4.

NewFoundry

City: Ann Arbor
Industry: Asian Community,Creative Industries,Creative Sector,Diversity,Minority Owned Business,Software/Information Technology,Year of the Gazelle
5.

Seelio

City: Ann Arbor
Industry: Asian Community,Creative Industries,Creative Sector,Diversity,Higher Education,Minority Owned Business
6.

Kidpreneur

City: Northville
Industry: Asian Community,Creative Industries,Creative Sector,Detroit,Diversity,Minority Owned Business
7.

DragAroundMe

City: Detroit
Industry: Asian Community,Detroit,Diversity,High Tech
8.

Avegant

City: Ann Arbor
Industry: Asian Community,Diversity,High Tech
9.

PicoSpray

City: Ann Arbor
Industry: Alternative Energy,Asian Community,Diversity,Emerging Technology,Higher Education,Automotive/Manufacturing
10.

Rock Connections

City: Detroit
Industry: Asian Community,Creative Sector,Diversity,Marketing / Media,Detroit,creative services