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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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'Encore entrepreneurs' add vibrance to Detroit's small business scene

Young hipsters aren't the only people starting businesses in Midtown and downtown Detroit. Meet some of the city's 'encore entrepreneurs.'

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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.

Elizabeth Garlow

More than just profit: Social entrepreneurs and the challenge to find investors

Some people want to make money. Others want to change society for the better. Social entrepreneurs want to do both. But in the Darwinian world of venture capitalism, convincing investors to compromise on profits for greater social good can be a tough sell. Metromode looks at how socially oriented startups can bridge that gulf.

OpEd: SBIR/STTR Funds Bridge the "Valley of Death" for Small Tech Companies

What comes first, the money or the product? Tech entrepreneurs are often caught in the catch-22 of needing funds to prove the worthiness of their products. BBCetc Managing Partner Lisa Kurek explains a real but often overlooked option.

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The state of social entrepreneurship in Detroit

Social entrepreneurship is on the rise in Detroit. Aaron Mondry brings us this story about three local social ventures making names for themselves and how the city and the state are making a splash on the national social entrepreneurship scene.
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Woman Owned Founders

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.

Megan Torrance on fitting a business into a space too big for it

Megan Torrance on fitting a business into a space too big for it

City: Chelsea

Megan Torrance knew she needed a bigger space for her growing company, TorranceLearning, and knew she didn't want to leave the downtown Chelsea Clock Tower. So she took chance and took over one huge space in it.

Alari K. Adams

Alari K. Adams

City: Detroit

Alari K. Adams is the founder and managing member of ASquared Legal Group, a law practice that recently moved to downtown Detroit.

Brian Bosche

Brian Bosche

City: Detroit

Brian Bosche is the founder of TernPro, a full-service video production company based in downtown Detroit.

Christine Gibbons

Christine Gibbons

City: Ann Arbor

Christine Gibbons is the CEO of Histosonics, a life sciences startup based in Ann Arbor.

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