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The Night Move

P.O. Box 20394
Ferndale, MI 48220

Chris Ramos

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
I am currently the chair of Ferndale IGNITE (a business incubator to bring new business and grow business in Ferndale), as well as a board member of Woodward Avenue Action Association.

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
The general public was our first customer, as we started solely as a public shuttle.

Where did you find your first employee?
A friend of mine, Jennifer Harlan, came on board very early to help with marketing, business strategy and launching the business.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
We are self-funded thus far.

It's often said that Metro Detroit and Michigan need to reinvent their economies to be competitive. Are we making those changes, and if so are we making enough of them or doing it fast enough?
I believe that Detroit is finally on the map in a good light. People are realizing that they can come here (or stay here), and create their own destiny. There is a ton of opportunity to be taken advantage of in and around Detroit.

What could local leaders do to help attract and retain more entrepreneurial young people to Metro Detroit?
Incentivize. And not just those in high-tech businesses. Cities need good restaurants, transportation, dry cleaners, etc., not just the next ePrize or Groupon. And people should have access to capital to create and sustain those services.

What advice would you give to someone who was thinking about opening a business here?
Hustle. If you're doing something worthwhile, and you're putting your back into it, people will take notice and help you achieve your goals. Everyone in Detroit wants everyone around them to succeed.

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