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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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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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Creating Female Characters That Pop

Samurai bike messengers aren't just for the bros. Actually, as created by Pop Post, they're meant to show girls that they can be as heroic as any 'ol boy. This Ann Arbor-based entertainment company is dedicated to creating e-books and mobile games that disrupt the popular narrative that girls need to be saved. 
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Woman Owned Founders

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.

Christina Lovio-George

Christina Lovio-George

City: Detroit

Christina Lovio-George is the founder & CEO of Lovio George Communications + Design, a boutique communications and design agency based in Detroit's Midtown neighborhood.

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