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Woman Owned

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.


Jen Baird

Jen Baird on finding a way to fund breakthrough technology

Jen Baird doesn't count on miracles to survive in the business world, but she doesn't turn them down either.

MJ Cartwright

Seeing is believing spurs growth for Court Innovations

"As soon as they see it operating they see the value in it," says MJ Cartwright, CEO of Court Innovations. "They really get it and want to start using it."

Nailah Ellis Brown

Ellis Infinity Beverage Co figures out the recipe for finding the first home away from home

"Make sure the production side of things is something you have a passion for," Ellis-Brown says. "It's not easy. It's one of the hardest things I have ever done."


Flower child capitalists turn low profit company into gazelle startup, ardentCause

"We discovered what the customers wanted was different," says Rosemary Bayer, chief inspiration officer for ardentCause. "We had to change who we thought our customer was and adapt our products to it."

Lydia Guttierez

Building a community-based company, Hacienda Mexican Foods in southwest Detroit

"I ran the business with my heart, but my costs continued to go up," Gutierrez says. "I closed my eyes and prayed for help. When I opened them up I saw things differently. I am an administrator who needs to run a business."

Sassa Akervall

Akervall Technologies hits its stride when the business moves beyond its CEO

Sassa Akervall built her mouthguard startup, Akervall Technologies, from scratch. But Saline-based company started to grow quickly when its CEO became less of a manager and more of a leader. That maturation is why Akervall Technologies is one of the Gazelle 100, a year-long exploration of the fastest-growing startups in Metro Detroit as part of SEMichiganStartup's Year of the Gazelle series.

Amy Swift

Amy Swift on evolving a company's business plan and focus

Amy Swift launched Building Hugger a few years ago with an idea or two of what to do with it. Several ideas later the Detroiter is figuring out what her business is all about and where it's going.

Sarah Nicoli

Sarah Nicoli, relaunching a 20th Century business in the 21st Century

Sarah Nicoli started her own day planner line, DotMine Day Planners, in the late 20th Century. She stopped production last year only to meet a vocal demand for the return of her day planners. She relaunched the firm over the last year.

Lindsey Walenga

Lindsey Walenga on building a client list from scratch

Lindsey Walenga is the co-founder of Siren PR, helping build a client list from nothing. Today she and her partner have the Royal Oak-based boutique public relations agency growing quickly thanks to new customers.

Stacy Goldberg

Stacy Goldberg on evolving the best path forward for your business

Savorfull originally got its start selling healthy boxed meals and moved to providing healthy-eating consulting services. Stacy Goldberg, Savorfull's CEO, explains why that switch made sense.
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Patronicity team at work

Detroit's civic funding scene gets crowded

Iovan and Pinkus, who has a disorder that affects his motor skills

This cafe in Ferndale serves both people -- and cats

Sommer Woods

Pushing for inclusive development along Woodward Avenue: Sommer Woods and M-1 Rail

Open City

Open City celebrates 8 years of building Detroit's small business community

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