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Glynn Washington to host first-ever Startup Story Night

Glynn Washington’s life makes for quite the story. He escaped an apocalyptic religious cult, earned his law degree, has lived all over the world, and has served as a political strategist, educator, diplomat, nonprofit director, actor, musician and artist.  

Takyhai Burns and Jacob Schoenknecht making Mitten Bites

Detroit programs empower youth through entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship programs across the city engage youth in hands-on, place-based entrepreneurial training, equipping them to both launch their own businesses and use entrepreneurial thinking to solve problems.

Starlett Simmons (right) of Five Star Cake Co. with her daughter, Kai Taalib

Entrepreneurship and motherhood: Family first

Despite all the time required to start and run a business, mother entrepreneurs often do so because it allows them the flexibility to be close to their family. 

Erin Cole, co-owner of Nurturing Our Seeds, with her two children, Oshun and Asa

Entrepreneurship and motherhood: Finding strength in overcoming bias

Women and minority entrepreneurs face an unfortunate amount of bias as business owners. But in the second part of our three part series on mother entrepreneurs, Melinda Clynes discovers the strength that comes from pushing through those biases. 

Lana Rodriguez, owner of Mama Coo's Boutique

Finding resources faster: Detroit's rich and expanding entrepreneurial ecosystem

There's an incredible number of resources available for a budding entrepreneur in Detroit. Patrick Dunn surveys our entrepreneurial ecosystem to find out where those resources are and how to access them. 

Karen Guilmette, owner of Natural Red, with three of her children

Entrepreneurship and motherhood: How starting a business can lead to a stable family

In the first of a three-part series looking at the challenges of being both a mother and entrepreneur, Melinda Clynes writes about women seeking financial independence in business.


Ellis Island Tea

As Ellis Island Tea grows, founder Nailah Ellis-Brown makes hiring local a priority

"As we expand and our production increases, my goal is to lower the unemployment rate in Michigan. I can do that by hiring and putting people on the line."

Flash Delivery

Founders of Detroit's Flash Delivery keep their plates full

When entrepreneurs recognize just how well their skills complement each other, there’s no limit to their potential for success. Into their third year together, Ericka Billingslea and Tatiana Grant are feeding Detroit by growing Flash Delivery at a steady pace. 

Carla Walker-Miller, president and CEO of Walker-Miller Energy Services

Success beyond startup: Walker-Miller invests in energy, diversity

By definition, startups have to start somewhere. But in order to really gain traction, small businesses must reach “second level” to create jobs and contribute to the economy on a bigger scale.


A.L. Holmes Elementary School students

Detroit Public Schools welcomes blended learning into the classroom

When blended learning—a mix of online instruction and live teachers—came to the classroom, some feared a battle of high tech versus high touch, a world of kids plugging into computers and the teacher rendered obsolete. But what has evolved at one Detroit school is a system of high tech and high touch.

Soulardarity's leadership team: Nikkia Jones and Jackson Koeppel

Community lighting group to potentially partner with Highland Park on ambitious project

When the gutting of Highland Park's lighting grid left residents in the dark four years ago, a grassroots group called Soulardarity sprang up to try to remedy the problem. Now, they're trying to forge an unprecedented partnership with Highland Park to light the entire city with solar power.

Patronicity team at work

Detroit's civic funding scene gets crowded

Community organizers and entrepreneurs have more choice than ever when it comes to asking the public for funding. But is the landscape getting 'crowded'? Nina Ignaczak digs in to find out what's going on in the world of civic crowdfunding in Detroit.

Guisa Suttle and Maria Fernandez glazzing and fitting glass at Turner Restoration's workshop

Meet the Detroiter whose historic restoration skills are in demand around the country

Jim Turner has been working in historic restoration since 1988, when he purchased his home in Detroit's Arden Park-East Boston Historic District.
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