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Motor City Guitar employee and musician Sean Lynch

This guitar store is a musician's Wonderland

Motor City Guitar in Waterford, home to one of the most robust guitar and effects pedals inventories in the Midwest, has a loyal customer base that's allowed it to thrive despite tumults in the music industry. 

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

This cafe in Ferndale serves both people -- and cats

Some visitors to Ferndale's Catfe Lounge come because they love cats. Others find their company therapeutic. A few come to adopt.

Detroit Sip

Second round of Motor City Match grants announced

The second round of Motor City Match grantees, who will receive a combined $500,000 in awards, are located throughout Detroit. They include a gourmet slider restaurant, a neighborhood pharmacy, a bike and coffee shop, among others.

State Street at Liberty

What makes a street vital? Exploring downtown Ann Arbor's most and least vibrant blocks

Stroll through any downtown and you can quickly identify which streets are hopping with activity and which aren't. Concentrate's Natalie Burg looks at which of Ann Arbor's downtown blocks struggle to attract people and why.

Building Bridges to Small Business

Opinion: Want to make a big impact on Michigan's economy? Think small

Typically, the Mackinac Policy Conference is about big things -- big ideas, big names, and big companies. This year, Rachel Lutz and some Detroit small business colleagues thought it would be fun to bring some small ideas, small names, and small companies to the high-profile gathering.
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General Retail/Wholesale

CORDIAL company culture spikes Leon Speakers' growth

CORDIAL company culture spikes Leon Speakers' growth

City: Ann Arbor
"Leon Speakers is a company filled with leaders," says Noah Kaplan, president of Leon Speakers. "It's not just about the president and executive team as leaders. Every employee should be a leader."
Automation equals gazelle growth for Detroit's foodjunky

Automation equals gazelle growth for Detroit's foodjunky

City: Detroit
"Right now we're adding 1,000 restaurants per month," says Travis O Johnson, co-founder & CEO of foodjunky. "A year from now we hope to be in 20,000 restaurants."
Technology breakthrough sets stage for growth at Stratos

Technology breakthrough sets stage for growth at Stratos

City: Ann Arbor
"It started off with a clunky, iPod-like prototype," Olson says. "Then we realized we can fit all of that technology into a card."
Seed capital fuels 365 Retail Markets rapid growth rate

Seed capital fuels 365 Retail Markets rapid growth rate

City: Troy
Joe Hessling spent a couple years building 365 Retail Markets from nothing, but he was able to grow the Troy startup's revenues quickly after scoring $1 million in seed capital. That hockey stick spike in growth is why 365 Retail Markets 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.
Noah Kaplan on evolving a company to match its culture

Noah Kaplan on evolving a company to match its culture

City: Ann Arbor
Noah Kaplan knows a growing company is only as good as its culture and it's why he is always working to comprehensively improve the culture at Leon Speakers.
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