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Adam Kaplan

Companies seeking techies call on IT recruiters. Top brass-seekers look to executive headhunters. And now, firms casting their nets for disabled candidates call Big Tent Jobs, LLC, a Southfield-based placement firm for what founder Adam Kaplan dubs “specially abled” employees.

Questions with Adam Kaplan

Company:
Big Tent Jobs

Kwang Lim

Kwang Lim owns E Mart, one of the largest supermarkets owned by an Asian-American in Michigan.

Questions with Kwang Lim

Company:
E Mart

Mark Shalinsky

Mark Shalinsky is the founder of Kick Start Sales, a start-up sales firm based in Ann Arbor's Tech Brewery.

Questions with Mark Shalinsky

Eran Bashan

Where do great ideas come from? For Eran Bashan, a casual conversation over Shabbat dinner four years ago evolved into both a new invention and a company to market it.

Because the Ann Arbor resident is known for his love of riddles and problems, that evening his friend, endocrinologist Israel Hodish, gave him a doozey to solve: Seek out a better way for diabetic patients to self-test their blood sugar and adjust their insulin levels.

Questions with Eran Bashan

Company:
Hygieia

Eddie Saleh

A friendly atmosphere and a professional staff service are some of the reasons Buenavida Pharmacy is recognized by the Detroit community, and founder Eddie Saleh is still happy with his choice to open his business in the heart of Mexicantown.

Questions with Eddie Saleh

Susi Cruz

Susi Cruz, founder of Cruz Creative Studio, is an award winning graphic designer.  Cruz comes from a recognized family of entrepreneurs and business owners, and is a distinguished member of the Detroit Hispanic community.

With over 25 years of experience in marketing and design, Cruz Creative Studio is a full service freelance design studio that has been helping companies develop brand identities, increase traffic to websites, and sell products.  With a focus on creating communication materials for products and services, Cruz creates marketing plans in both Spanish and English.

Questions with Susi Cruz

Suk-Kyu Koh

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.

Questions with Suk-Kyu Koh

Lovenia Lewis

A Change for Life is a Nephrology Nurse owned and operated training facility that provides theory and practicum for an entry level position into the field of hemodialysis. Lovenia Lewis in this interview with Bankole Thompson talks about why she set up A Change for Life, a health care group that is training individuals to provide care in the community. 

Questions with Lovenia Lewis

Chris Onwuzurike

Chris Onwuzurike, founder and CEO of Keo Associates, a Detroit small business construction company says despite the tough economy the city should open construction opportunities to small businesses to stimulate the economy. In this interview he said stakeholders should be fully engaged in building an entrepreneurial community in Southeast Michigan.

Questions with Chris Onwuzurike

Richard and Gary Astrein

Two brothers with complementary strengths and common goals are celebrating their 35th year in business together — all at the same location.

Gary and Richard Astrein are partners in Astrein Creative Jewelry on Maple in downtown Birmingham. "We've been here for so long that we're now serving a second generation," says Richard. "We're selling engagement and wedding rings to our customers' kids."

Questions with Richard and Gary Astrein

Jonathon Ellison

At 34, Jonathon Ellison, is a master electrician and a licensed electrical contractor. His company J. E. Electric  is located on 6513 John R in Detroit. In this interview he talks about how he started his own business and what the city of Detroit and the state must do to encourage entrepreneurship. 

Questions with Jonathon Ellison

Company:
J. E. Electric

Omar Hernandez

Omar Hernandez is a recognized entrepreneur, founder of Mexicantown Bakery.  The bakery is located in the restored 1894 Odd Fellows Hall, just across from Clark Park.  Omar comes from a family of successful business owners, the Hernandez family, owners of Armando's restaurant, also located in the heart of Mexicantown in Detroit.

Questions with Omar Hernandez

Simon Yi

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. 

Questions with Simon Yi

Anthony Youn, MD, FACS

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.

Questions with Anthony Youn, MD, FACS

Company:
Youn Plastic Surgery

College:
Kalamazoo College

High School:
Greenville Senior High School

LaKeyla McCaskey

LaKeyla McCaskey, owner of Gemini II Marketing & Promotions, a company specializing in campaign, event, and promotional planning and marketing, believes Detroit is one is fertile for entrepreneurship and full of opportunity, saying "Detroit is a jewel and some people just don't know it."

Questions with LaKeyla McCaskey

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