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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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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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Cool Jobs: Irina Cotfas, Aerial Artist

Some metro Detroiters sit behind a computer all day. Others see patients, clients, customers, what-have-you. Irina Cotfas defies gravity. For a living. If you ever wondered what it would be like to run away with the circus, this Ferndale aerialist is your answer.

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Not just a young man's game: Women in Detroit's growing tech scene

You don't have to watch HBO's "Silicon Valley" to know that the tech industry is dominated by men. But as Detroit's tech scene takes off, women are banding together to ensure that they are part of the conversation. Nina Misuraca Ignaczak has the story.
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Woman Owned Founders

Christine Gibbons

Christine Gibbons

City: Ann Arbor

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

Shena Penn

Shena Penn

City: Detroit

Shena Penn is the founder of Pure Decontamination, a crime-scene clean-up business based in Detroit.

Nailah Ellis-Brown

Nailah Ellis-Brown

City: Detroit

Nailah Ellis-Brown is the founder of Ellis Island Tea, a slow-food company based in Detroit.

Lynne Golodner

Lynne Golodner

City: Southfield

Lynne Golodner is the founder of Your People, a public relations agency based in Southfield.

Tatiana Grant

Tatiana Grant

Tatiana Grant is one of the co-founders of Flash Delivery, a food-delivery service based in downtown Detroit.

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