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Alex Linebrink, founder of Passage

How metro Detroit small businesses can avoid the risks of mobile payment

Convenient and easy-to-use mobile payment technologies are increasing in popularity among metro Detroit's small businesses, but they can pose security risks. Here are a few tips on how small businesses can ensure the security of their customers' and their own financial information.

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Thanks to a new tool, it's easier being green in Detroit

With a simple keyword search, the Detroit Green Map shows users interested in sustainable practices where to buy solar panels, where to recycle, where to volunteer, and more. 

Domino's Farms Director of Real Estate John Petz

Breaking up the concrete: Innovation and rejuvenation in Ann Arbor office parks

The suburban office park is often regarded as the pinnacle of drab functionality, and rightfully so. But a few local innovators are pushing the envelope of what these sprawling eyesores can be.
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Impact investors swing the hammers that are building the new economy in southeast Michigan

Investing in a startup is one thing. Making an impact with that investment is another. A growing class of impact investors is putting smart money into scaling Metro Detroit's new economy, and it's paying big dividends.

Paul Hickman of Urban Ashes

Rescued from the ashes: Discarded trees find new life as handcrafted products

Still looking for that holiday gift? You might consider local artisanal wood crafts made from Michigan's urban forests. 

Daphne Watkins

Facebook, data and the battle against institutional racism on campus

When U-M's Dr. Daphne C. Watkins looked into what kind of research was being done on the mental health of young, black men in college she discovered, well, very little. This inspired a social media-based project that seeks to provide support, information and conversation about the issues that affect what Dr. Watkins calls "a minority within a minority."

Tonia Cronin

Michigan Cyber Range: Saving the virtual world

Welcome to Alphaville, a virtual reality cyber defense training ground! It's part of the Michigan Cyber Range, a cutting edge program where expert volunteers band together to fight cyberattacks.

(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.

OST Security Practice Manager Scott Montgomery

Michigan small businesses are at a greater risk of cyber crime than many believe

Small business owners often believe they're simply too small to be at risk for cyber crime. Nothing could be further from the truth. Here's how at risk small businesses are from cyber threats, and what they can do to start protecting themselves and their business. 

Bruce Worden in his studio

The Ann Arbor-Area comics scene, unmasked!

From movies to publishing, graphic novels and the comic books have overtaken popular culture - and Ann Arbor is a significant player. Yet local creators don't quite realize just how many of their comrades in arms are also neighbors.

Dawn DeMuyt of Labrosse Farms making ketchup

Charting a new course for Detroit's farm-to-table movement

Partnerships between local food businesses -- from farmers to processors to restaurants -- are resulting in a new model of growth for Detroit's food economy.

OST Security Practice Manager Scott Montgomery

Michigan small businesses are at a greater risk of cyber crime than many believe

Small business owners often believe they're simply too small to be at risk for cyber crime. Nothing could be further from the truth. Here's how at risk small businesses are from cyber threats, and what they can do to start protecting themselves and their business. 

Noel Night

Stop by Model D's Noel Night pop-up marketplace on Dec. 5

On Saturday, Dec. 5, we invite you to Model D House for a Noel Night pop-up market featuring a handful of Detroit small businesses.

The Oasis Aquaponics system

From farming to fish, a local engineer looks to foster micro entrepreneurship in Central America

U-M grad Michelle Leach used to design multi-million dollar biomedical devices. Then she realized she wanted her work to have more meaning than an increase in the company's bottom line. So she designed a low cost aquaponics system in hopes of assisting poor farming communities in Central America.
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Malik Yakini, Detroit Black Food Security Network & D-Town Farms

Creating a cultural shift in how Detroiters think about food

A combination of grass roots programming and improved access to fresh food in neighborhoods is helping change the way Detroit eats.
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