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Ellis Island Tea

As Ellis Island Tea grows, founder Nailah Ellis-Brown makes hiring local a priority

"As we expand and our production increases, my goal is to lower the unemployment rate in Michigan. I can do that by hiring and putting people on the line."

Clinc founder Jason Mars

Look out, Siri: This Ann Arbor startup is revolutionizing artificial intelligence

We've all had those moments of frustration yelling at the finicky AI assistants on our phones. A forward-thinking group of Ann Arbor computer whizzes is out to change that.

Pashon Murray of Detroit Dirt

Through business stardom and personal struggles, Pashon Murray remains focused

National publicity for Detroit Dirt co-founder Pashon Murray has been great for her composting business, but it hasn't come without difficulties.

Carla Walker-Miller, president and CEO of Walker-Miller Energy Services

Success beyond startup: Walker-Miller invests in energy, diversity

By definition, startups have to start somewhere. But in order to really gain traction, small businesses must reach “second level” to create jobs and contribute to the economy on a bigger scale.

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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."
Duo Security accumulates millions in investor cash in quest for constant improvement

Duo Security accumulates millions in investor cash in quest for constant improvement

City: Ann Arbor
"We haven't spent most of the cash we have taken from investors," says Dug Song, CEO of Duo Security.
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