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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. 

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Better together: How Metro Detroit's entrepreneurial ecosystem nurtured Drought Juice

This is the story of four sisters, four juice bars, and how Metro Detroit's startup support network helped grow a mini-empire.

Karen Guilmette, owner of Natural Red, with three of her children

Entrepreneurship and motherhood: How starting a business can lead to a stable family

In the first of a three-part series looking at the challenges of being both a mother and entrepreneur, Melinda Clynes writes about women seeking financial independence in business.


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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."
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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.
Seeing is believing spurs growth for Court Innovations

Seeing is believing spurs growth for Court Innovations

City: Ann Arbor
"As soon as they see it operating they see the value in it," says MJ Cartwright, CEO of Court Innovations. "They really get it and want to start using it."
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."
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."
Building a community-based company, Hacienda Mexican Foods in southwest Detroit

Building a community-based company, Hacienda Mexican Foods in southwest Detroit

City: Detroit
"I ran the business with my heart, but my costs continued to go up," Gutierrez says. "I closed my eyes and prayed for help. When I opened them up I saw things differently. I am an administrator who needs to run a business."
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