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Building a community-based company, Hacienda Mexican Foods in southwest Detroit

"I ran the business with my heart, but my costs continued to go up," Gutierrez says. "I closed my eyes and prayed for help. When I opened them up I saw things differently. I am an administrator who needs to run a business."

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Olark discovers raising prices leads to rapid growth

"I think people had a hard time taking it seriously if it was priced that low," Steindler says. He adds, "We had this combination of quality and price that really helped us accelerate our growth. (Before that) our savings were dwindling. I was thinking how long until I have to get a real job? Then we hit that moment and things just took off."
 

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Olark

Accelerate Michigan win sets stage for DeNovo Sciences future success

DeNovo Sciences has come a long way in its first five years, but the Plymouth-based startup can point to one critical juncture in its rapid growth: winning the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition in 2011. That win is why DeNovo Sciences is one of the Gazelle 100, a year-long exploration of the fastest-growing startups in Metro Detroit as part of SEMichiganStartup's Year of the Gazelle series.

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Akervall Technologies hits its stride when the business moves beyond its CEO

Sassa Akervall built her mouthguard startup, Akervall Technologies, from scratch. But Saline-based company started to grow quickly when its CEO became less of a manager and more of a leader. That maturation is why Akervall Technologies is one of the Gazelle 100, a year-long exploration of the fastest-growing startups in Metro Detroit as part of SEMichiganStartup's Year of the Gazelle series.

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Joe Hessling, balancing CEO and shareholder duties

Joe Hessling is the founder & CEO of 365 Retail Markets, which means he has to balance a shareholder's need to create value and a executive's impulse to build a business.

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James Koziarz

James Koziarz is the president & CEO of Rubicon Genomics, a genetic testing startup based in Ann Arbor.

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Bob Beutel

Bob Beutel is the president of ALLSTAR Transportation, a company based in Troy.

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Cesar Nerys

Cesar Nerys is the CEO of Openworld Energy, a clean-tech start-up based in Ann Arbor.

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Matt Wise

Matt Wise is the CEO of ePrize, an Internet marketing firm based in Pleasant Ridge.

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ePrize

Leslie Geupel

Leslie Geupel is a senior vice president at Level One Bank, a rapidly growing bank based in Farmington Hills.

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Level One Bank

Ben Bator

Ben Bator is the co-founder of Texts From Last Night, an Internet start-up based in downtown Royal Oak.

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Mark Ratliff

Mark Ratliff is the co-founder of BreadCrumb, a start-up based in Royal Oak that is developing GPS technology for Alzheimer patients.

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BreadCrumb

Jason Vazzano

Jason Vazanno is the co-principal of Vectorform, a software firm based in Royal Oak.

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Vectorform

Michelle Crumm

Michelle Crumm is the chief business officer of Adaptive Materials, an Ann Arbor-based company she co-founded with her husband Aaron Crumm.

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Pete Bonner

Pete Bonner is one of the first people to sell cars over the Internet and is now a co-founder with the Detroit Trading Company.

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