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Women have long played key roles on Metro Detroit's stage, ranging from big-time politicians like Gov. Granholm (a product of Metro Detroit) to small business owners like Cynthia Pasky, founder of downtown Detroit-based Strategic Staffing Solutions. They don't have Y chromosomes but you don't have to listen for long before you hear one of them roar in southeast Michigan, and know she's the boss.

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Dave Askins and Mary Morgan at Ann Arbor City Hall

Chronicle founder reflects on Ann Arbor news media's past, present and future

Last month Dave Askins and Mary Morgan ended their six year run of The Ann Arbor Chronicle, a local online news source that focused on long form government reporting. As Concentrate publishes its 300th issue, we've asked Askins to reflect on the local media-scape; where it's been, where it's at now, and where it might be heading.

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OpEd: Why DDAs should back business development

Downtown development authorities are commonly known for placemaking projects – capital improvements and programming intended to turn downtowns into gathering spaces. But critics claim such projects aren't translating into sales for local businesses. As such, Annette Knowles, executive director of the Farmington DDA, says business development should be high-priority on the DDA's list.

Lisa Waud at Pot and Box Ann Arbor

Pot and Box: Small seeds for a bigger future

The challenges to establishing a new business are myriad. And as Lisa Waud, owner of Pot and Box, discovered, Ann Arbor's ever-inflating real estate is no small part of that challenge. For her, success has meant finding just the right size, the right location and the right relationships.

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The Whole Foods effect: How local food businesses are benefiting from a national grocery chain

A little more than a year after high-end national grocery chain Whole Foods landed in Detroit, local food companies are reaping the benefits.

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Ferndale's latest visual effect: Think So Animation studio

The Michigan Film Incentive may be a pale shadow of what it was a few years ago, but that doesn't mean all the movie talent has fled the state. Case in point: Deb Scott and Think So Animation. A New York transplant with big screen cred, her Ferndale studio will offer classes to those who want to learn the art of computer graphics and animation.
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Woman Owned Founders

Juliet Shrader, expanding leadership to grow a company

Juliet Shrader, expanding leadership to grow a company

City: Brighton

Growing a company isn't just about adding more employees. Sometimes it's about adding more leadership. It's what Juliet Shrader discovered when she expanded iVantage Group's executive team and revenue growth followed.

Joe Hessling, balancing CEO and shareholder duties

Joe Hessling, balancing CEO and shareholder duties

City: Troy

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.

Sabra Scott-Moorman & Catherine Watson, telling entrepreneurs' stories

Sabra Scott-Moorman & Catherine Watson, telling entrepreneurs' stories

City: Detroit

Every day Sabra Scott-Moorman and Catherine Watson work to get business owners to tell their stories. It's the basis of what their business, Cosmo Branding and Marketing, is built on.

Sassa Akervall, taking biz from the basement to its 1st office

Sassa Akervall, taking biz from the basement to its 1st office

City: Saline

Sassa Akervall has built her business from the basement up. The CEO of Akervall Technologies recently took the startup from her house to its first office in Saline.

Helen Dennis on encore entrepreneurship and starting the same business a second time

Helen Dennis on encore entrepreneurship and starting the same business a second time

City: Ann Arbor

Helen Dennis already started, built and sold one successful business. Now she is doing it again with 300 Decisions, a relocation management firm based in Ann Arbor. Check out her reasons for encore entrepreneurship.

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