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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. 

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Better together: How Metro Detroit's entrepreneurial ecosystem nurtured Drought Juice

This is the story of four sisters, four juice bars, and how Metro Detroit's startup support network helped grow a mini-empire.

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."

Clinc founder Jason Mars

Look out, Siri: This Ann Arbor startup is revolutionizing artificial intelligence

We've all had those moments of frustration yelling at the finicky AI assistants on our phones. A forward-thinking group of Ann Arbor computer whizzes is out to change that.

Pashon Murray of Detroit Dirt

Through business stardom and personal struggles, Pashon Murray remains focused

National publicity for Detroit Dirt co-founder Pashon Murray has been great for her composting business, but it hasn't come without difficulties.

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.

Ronda Bergman and Cheryl Orosz of Girl Develop It

How Girl Develop IT supports women in tech (and those who want to be)

While more and more young women are entering high tech fields like IT and software development, things are long way off from professional parity. Girl Develop IT and organizations like it are trying to change that dynamic through support, mentorship and networking.

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.

Iovan and Pinkus, who has a disorder that affects his motor skills

This cafe in Ferndale serves both people -- and cats

Some visitors to Ferndale's Catfe Lounge come because they love cats. Others find their company therapeutic. A few come to adopt.

Open City

Thank you, come again: Customer service the subject of Nov. 16 Open City discussion

The fate of a small business can easily rest upon the quality of its customer service. On Nov. 16, a panel of experts will gather at Cliff Bell's to discuss the finer points of good customer service at Open City's latest event, "Thank You, Come Again: Why Good Customer Service Matters."

Sommer Woods

Pushing for inclusive development along Woodward Avenue: Sommer Woods and M-1 Rail

"Development can be so much more productive if there are more perspectives at the table: people of color, women, older people, younger people, white men," says M-1 Rail's Sommer Woods. "When you have all these people at the table you're guaranteed to have perspective instead of one monolithic project."

Open City

Open City celebrates 8 years of building Detroit's small business community

Over the last eight years, Open City has helped create an informal community of Detroit entrepreneurs who help each other succeed. The ninth season of Open City kicks off Monday, Oct. 19, at Cliff Bell's.
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