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Itai Bengal

Itai Bengal is the CEO of iRule, a mobile app company based in Farmington Hills.

Questions with Itai Bengal


Jason Aubrey

Jason Aubrey is the director of sales & marketing for LectureTools, a software firm based in Ann Arbor.

Questions with Jason Aubrey


Keith Zendler

Keith Zendler is the founder of Peoplemovers, a social media start-up based in Detroit.

Questions with Keith Zendler


Latisha Johnson

Latisha Johnson is the founder of Prestige Meetings & Events, which is based in Detroit's East English Village neighborhood.

Questions with Latisha Johnson

Leslie Geupel

Leslie Geupel is a senior vice president at Level One Bank, a rapidly growing bank based in Farmington Hills.

Questions with Leslie Geupel

Level One Bank

Rob Cleveland

Rob Cleveland is the CEO of ICON Interactive, an Internet marketing firm based in downtown Ann Arbor.

Questions with Rob Cleveland

Robert Brender

Robert Brender is the president of ComSpec International, a tech firm based in Bingham Farms.

Questions with Robert Brender

Chris Onwuzurike

Chris Onwuzurike, founder and CEO of Keo Associates, a Detroit small business construction company says despite the tough economy the city should open construction opportunities to small businesses to stimulate the economy. In this interview he said stakeholders should be fully engaged in building an entrepreneurial community in Southeast Michigan.

Questions with Chris Onwuzurike

Richard and Gary Astrein

Two brothers with complementary strengths and common goals are celebrating their 35th year in business together — all at the same location.

Gary and Richard Astrein are partners in Astrein Creative Jewelry on Maple in downtown Birmingham. "We've been here for so long that we're now serving a second generation," says Richard. "We're selling engagement and wedding rings to our customers' kids."

Questions with Richard and Gary Astrein

Jonathon Ellison

At 34, Jonathon Ellison, is a master electrician and a licensed electrical contractor. His company J. E. Electric  is located on 6513 John R in Detroit. In this interview he talks about how he started his own business and what the city of Detroit and the state must do to encourage entrepreneurship. 

Questions with Jonathon Ellison

J. E. Electric

Omar Hernandez

Omar Hernandez is a recognized entrepreneur, founder of Mexicantown Bakery.  The bakery is located in the restored 1894 Odd Fellows Hall, just across from Clark Park.  Omar comes from a family of successful business owners, the Hernandez family, owners of Armando's restaurant, also located in the heart of Mexicantown in Detroit.

Questions with Omar Hernandez

Simon Yi

The owner of Sushi House, Simon Yi arrived to Metro Detroit about 10 years ago, his second destination in the US after immigrating to California from Korea. With a special sushi menu, his business has been growing rapidly. He is expanding to open another business next door, called Tofu House. 

Questions with Simon Yi

Caroline Wojan

Caroline Wojan is the director of Language Link, a language services firm based in Ann Arbor.

Questions with Caroline Wojan

Language Link

Tommy Onyx

Tommy Onyx is the founder of Loudbaby, a website development company based in Ferndale.

Questions with Tommy Onyx


Emily Thornhill

Emily Thornhill is the founder of Homeslice Clothing, a sustainable fashion line based in Detroit.

Questions with Emily Thornhill

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