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Local venture capital loaded for bear after decade of digging in

Once upon a time, venture capital in Michigan was small and inconsequential. Today it's powering the Great Lakes State's new economy, growing at a time when the industry has shrunk. Concentrate takes a long look on what that means for our local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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Groups work to preserve affordable housing as development pressures grow in Detroit

As development pressures rise in some Detroit neighborhoods, groups are working to ensure that affordable housing options are preserved for the city's most vulnerable residents.

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A quiet leader in Detroit's food renaissance, Goodwells Market provides a model for success

As more chain stores make their way to rebounding Detroit, smaller businesses may feel the pinch. Even more pressing is how black-owned businesses in Detroit, such as Goodwells, will fare as the city moves forward.

Dave Askins and Mary Morgan of The CivCity Initiative at Workantile

CivCity: The gamification of civic engagement

With voter turnout for the 2014 primaries dipping to 16.5 percent and political issues dominated by a vocal minority, Mary Morgan and Dave Askins decided that there must be a way to better engage local voters. The former Ann Arbor Chronicle publishers are launching CivCity, a nonprofit that seeks to combat civic apathy with games and programs.

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Welcome to the Year of the Gazelle, a series looking at metro Detroit's fastest growing companies

Over the next year, we will identify the fastest-growing local companies and tell you the behind-the-scenes stories of the entrepreneurs, investors, and the resources that are building Michigan's new economy.
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Coherix goes from surviving to thriving after Great Recession

Coherix goes from surviving to thriving after Great Recession

City: Ann Arbor
Dwight Carlson knows what it's like to be on top of the world one day and have the weight of the world crushing you the next. Now he and his startup, Coherix, are back on top as they make the most of a crisis.
Flower child capitalists turn low profit company into gazelle startup, ardentCause

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

City: Troy
"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."
Word of mouth sends InfoReady to 1,000 percent growth over five years

Word of mouth sends InfoReady to 1,000 percent growth over five years

City: Ann Arbor
The fifth-year anniversary is a big one for InfoReady. It's the year the Ann Arbor-based software startup crossed 1,000 percent growth on the strength of word-of-mouth marketing from its customers. That win is why InfoReady 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.
Dale Johnson on getting everyone in a family business on board with a growth plan

Dale Johnson on getting everyone in a family business on board with a growth plan

City: Detroit
VernDale Products is a family business employing its third generation of descendants, and executing a big growth plan. The Detroit-based firm's CEO Dale Johnson explains how building trust over time provided the basis to get everyone on board with the plan.
Mark Rieth on why Stroh's inspires Atwater Brewery's growth

Mark Rieth on why Stroh's inspires Atwater Brewery's growth

City: Detroit
Mark Rieth likes to talk about Stroh's when he is speaking about turning Atwater Brewery into Detroit's next great brewery. He explains why Detroit's most fabled brewery serves as an inspiration.
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