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John Behrman of HookLogic

How Hooklogic turned an old economy space into a new economy enterprise

The former Leopold Brothers building on S. Main St. is the kind of space that takes imagination and moxie to make work. Enter New York City-based software firm Hooklogic, which decided to abandon plans to outsource its programming and set up shop in Ann Arbor, turning a light industrial space into a workplace for new economy talent.

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A more efficient beer: Metro Detroit's greenest breweries

When you consider what it takes to make your favorite microbrew, there's no getting around the fact that it is an energy- and resource-intensive process. Metromode checks in with our most green-minded breweries and what they're doing to make a more sustainable beer.

Curbside Recycling Manager Allen Kennedy at Recycle Ann Arbor

Playing catch-up: Commercial recycling in Ann Arbor

When it comes to recycling, Ann Arbor has long considered itself leaders and the best. And that was true once upon a time. Today, however, the story is a little different. The city still has some work to do when it comes to commercial and multi-dwelling recycling.

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Open City: Crowd Power! to explore the benefits of community investment in small business

Interested in harnessing the power of community investing for your small business in Detroit? Then Open City's Nov. 17 "Crowd Power" forum is for you.

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Doing business differently: IdeaLab returns Nov. 14

Over the last five years, IdeaLab has showcased dozens of Detroiters on the vanguard of community and economic development, and this year's Nov. 14 event is no exception.

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Can metro Detroit plug the brain drain with employee perks?

Trying to compete against the lure of more popular cities or the opulent employee benefits that companies like Google and Facebook offer their employees can be a zero-sum game. Still, the "be grateful you have a job" attitude of the past doesn't cut it in today's fast-changing economy. Metromode looks at a trio of successful local firms and their strategies for attracting and retaining the talent they need.

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Collaboration and entrepreneurship: Metro Detroit's most innovative nonprofits

From creative ways of raising revenue to forming partnerships, nonprofits are becoming more entrepreneurial in order to sustain themselves into the next generation. Area nonprofit leaders share the ways and means by which the social sector is becoming more like the business sector.

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Doing business differently: IdeaLab returns Nov. 14

Over the last five years, IdeaLab has showcased dozens of Detroiters on the vanguard of community and economic development, and this year's Nov. 14 event is no exception.

Michael and Christina Nisson

New philanthropists: Under 40 and giving more than just a check

Philanthropy isn't just for wealthy gray hairs determined to leave a legacy. Increasingly, young professionals are getting involved through volunteerism, nonprofit boards, and giving circles. Concentrate looks at a trio of young Ann Arbor couples and their efforts to give back to their community.

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Passenger breathes art, new life into a long-vacant Detroit space

After years of vacancy and neglect, an old Capitol Park building where tobacco products were once manufactured is getting new life as Passenger, a nonprofit space for supporting the city’s art, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.

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OpEd: The city needs to help Detroiters finance home restorations

The city of Detroit is encouraging the rehabbing of delinquent homes through initiatives such as Neighbors Wanted, but funds are limited and the work timeframe too short. Detroit landlord and Castle CEO Max Nussenbaum offers up more realistic financing ideas.  

Jeremy Wheeler

Ann Arbor's future: 5 tough questions with Jeremy Wheeler

Jeremy Wheeler is a local artist and writer. Recently he penned a much-talked about comic editorial about the path of development in Ann Arbor and the important questions that aren't being asked. Concentrate decided to follow up with him and ask a few questions of our own.

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Powering the Mitten: As coal plants shut down, where will our electricity come from?

Michigan's aging coal-fired power plants are reaching the end of their life, and new regulations are accelerating timelines for their retirement. So how will Michiganders power their laptops, devices, homes and businesses in the future?

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Detroit's co-working spaces lure freelancers and startups with amenities and community

As different co-working spaces spring up and mature around Detroit, freelancers and startups are no longer relegated to coffee shops and home offices.

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The Detroit Fall Beer Festival and the future of craft beer in the city

On Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26, 75 breweries from around the state will be serving over 600 beers in Eastern Market at the 6th annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival. In advance of the festival, we talked to Scott Graham of the Michigan Brewers Guild about the future of Detroit's beer scene.
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