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Atwater

5 keys to business growth with Atwater Brewery's Mark Rieth


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. 

HopCat founder Mark Sellers

Founder Mark Sellers: HopCat is the "anti-chain chain"

HopCat's success stems from defying many traditional restaurant norms, says founder Mark Sellers.


Castle's cofounders renovating their house in Detroit

Tech startup finds creative solution to living and working in two different cities

Many startups find Silicon Valley oversaturated and are seeking opportunities in cities with nascent tech scenes. Castle, a property management tech company, is doing just that in Detroit.
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Skye Durrant discusses his aspirations to make LawnGuru the Uber of landscaping and snowplowing

Skye Durrant discusses his aspirations to make LawnGuru the Uber of landscaping and snowplowing

City: Wixom
“Brandon and I started cutting lawns together in high school,” Durrant says. “We turned a tiny lawncare company into a multi-million-dollar business.” What gives the Wixom-based startup an edge is its participation in the 500 Startups accelerator program in Silicon Valley.
Ambassador kicks growth into hyperdrive with VC round

Ambassador kicks growth into hyperdrive with VC round

City: Royal Oak
"It's super important to go as fast as possible when you know you’re facing the right direction," says Jeff Epstein, founder & CEO of Ambassador. "However, going really fast in the wrong direction can kill you."
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.
Jen Baird on finding a way to fund breakthrough technology

Jen Baird on finding a way to fund breakthrough technology

City: Ann Arbor
Jen Baird doesn't count on miracles to survive in the business world, but she doesn't turn them down either.
Castle explains how it got into Y Combinator

Castle explains how it got into Y Combinator

City: Detroit
There is a glut of startup accelerators out there, but the guys behind the property management startup Castle got into the most prestigious one around, Y Combinator. The Detroit-based startup's team tells how it shot the moon and got in.
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