What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
Luke (Urban Fable Studios'
co-founder) and I both have full time jobs. We fund the place out of our own pockets.
What could local leaders do to help attract and retain more entrepreneurial young people to Metro Detroit?
They could work with property owners to create places to rent for business or living spaces at a reasonable rate. We know for certain there is no lack of unused space. Why are the lines of communication not being opened in how we can get people in here? Are these landowners so obsessed with the idea of making a fortune off of their empty storefront or residence that they would rather see it empty? I don't think so.
What do you see in Metro Detroit that other people who live outside the area don't?
The richness of community and culture, diversity and the ability to be more sustainable.
What are some of the advantages to doing business here?
It's inexpensive in Hamtramck, thank goodness. It's also extremely walkable. We too have a lot of people that are banding together to form upon common ideas for redevelopment as well as a solid core of people that promote the local sector and the processes of art as places in the neighborhood. I do art. It works.
If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be?
The cleanliness. I wish people would pick up their litter. I guess I would just like people to care more in general about the people and places around them. Apathy is terrible. It shows so much how people just don't care when they don't pick up their trash or leave their yards looking derelict. I think we as a place and region are better than that. I guess a way we change that is to be catalysts. Do and others follow.