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Glynn Washington to host first-ever Startup Story Night

Glynn Washington’s life makes for quite the story. He escaped an apocalyptic religious cult, earned his law degree, has lived all over the world, and has served as a political strategist, educator, diplomat, nonprofit director, actor, musician and artist.  

Takyhai Burns and Jacob Schoenknecht making Mitten Bites

Detroit programs empower youth through entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship programs across the city engage youth in hands-on, place-based entrepreneurial training, equipping them to both launch their own businesses and use entrepreneurial thinking to solve problems.

Starlett Simmons (right) of Five Star Cake Co. with her daughter, Kai Taalib

Entrepreneurship and motherhood: Family first

Despite all the time required to start and run a business, mother entrepreneurs often do so because it allows them the flexibility to be close to their family. 

Erin Cole, co-owner of Nurturing Our Seeds, with her two children, Oshun and Asa

Entrepreneurship and motherhood: Finding strength in overcoming bias

Women and minority entrepreneurs face an unfortunate amount of bias as business owners. But in the second part of our three part series on mother entrepreneurs, Melinda Clynes discovers the strength that comes from pushing through those biases. 

Lana Rodriguez, owner of Mama Coo's Boutique

Finding resources faster: Detroit's rich and expanding entrepreneurial ecosystem

There's an incredible number of resources available for a budding entrepreneur in Detroit. Patrick Dunn surveys our entrepreneurial ecosystem to find out where those resources are and how to access them. 
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Stories from the new economy: Blackstone Launchpad

The Blackstone Launchpad at Wayne State University helps students launch companies around their ideas.
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Great outdoors leads Carbon Media Group to big things

Great outdoors leads Carbon Media Group to big things

City: Bingham Farms
"The over-arching theme is we represent the outdoors," says Hyaat Chaudhary, CEO of Carbon Media Group. "Our customers are outdoor enthusiasts. ... That's our sandbox."
NewFoundry's growth comes down to four words: hire slow hire smart

NewFoundry's growth comes down to four words: hire slow hire smart

City: Ann Arbor
"It's a slow process for us," Richard Chang, CEO of NewFoundry, says about adding staff. "We hire slow hire smart. ... It's really about taking the time to make sure these folks are a good fit. I want to make sure these folks have the right criteria to grow with us."
MyFab5 hits key milestones without reinventing social media wheel

MyFab5 hits key milestones without reinventing social media wheel

City: Ann Arbor
"Most users find MyFab5 through Instagram," says Omeid Seirafi-Pour, co-founder & CEO of MyFab5. "We give them value through our ability to introduce people to new options. You will find some awesome restaurants by following us."
Ellis Infinity Beverage Co figures out the recipe for finding the first home away from home

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

City: Detroit
"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."
Marketing investment moves growth needle for iDashboards

Marketing investment moves growth needle for iDashboards

City: Troy
IDashboards grew an average of nearly 20 percent over each of the last four years. It now has a marketing budget of more than $2 million today, which isn't bad for a boot-strapped firm that built itself up to make a significant-yet-strategic gamble.

"That's the difference between a boot-strapped firm and venture-funded firm," says Shadan Malik, president & CEO of iDashboards. "Venture-funded firms have millions to spend right away."
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