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Joe Steele

Joe Steele is a senior vice president with VOX Global, a public relations firm with an office in Troy.

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Company:
VOX Global

David Lin

David Lin is the co-founder of Molocard.com, an Ann Arbor-based start-up developing a smart phone app that keeps track of retailer reward points.

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Company:
Molocard

Dr. Sam Gray

Dr. Samuel Gray is the director of BodyPartChart, a health-care education start-up based in downtown Detroit.

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Company:
BodyPartChart

Joseph LaVere

Joseph LaVere is the founder of LaVere Structural Consulting, a structural engineering firm based in Ferndale.

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Jim Graziano

Jim Graziano is the president of Onset Marketing, a marketing agency based in Wixom.

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Company:
Onset Marketing

Rich Sheridan

Rich Sheridan is the CEO of Menlo Innovations, a software firm based in downtown Ann Arbor.

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Dan Wimpari

Dan Wimpari is the president of XFX Studio Web Development, a custom website firm based in downtown Mt. Clemens.

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Rifino Valentine

Rifino Valentine is the president & founder of Valentine Vodka, a craft distillery based in Ferndale.

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Tom Ludlam

Tom Ludlam is the president & CEO of Molecular Imaging Research, a pharmaceutical firm based in Ann Arbor.

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Tatiana Grant

Tatiana Grant, CEO and founder of Infused PR & Events is one of the young entrepreneurs in metro Detroit to watch. A self-starter her business extends beyond the confines of Detroit.  

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Patrick Peteet

Peteet's Famous Cheesecake produces gourmet cheesecakes, each made entirely from scratch, by hand, and from the very freshest, all natural, premium ingredients. The result is rich and creamy, flavorful, irresistible signature two layer cheesecakes.
Patrick Peteet is one of the co-owners of Peteet's Famous Cheesecakes in Oak Park. In this interview Peteet explains the key to succeeding as an entrepreneur saying believing in oneself is key. 

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Sam Rozenberg

Sam Rozenberg, 46, of West Bloomfield is co-founder and president of PMV (which stands for "provide maximum value"). The company consists of a team of IT professionals and business experts who help clients — mostly small and medium-sized businesses — optimize their technology investment.

His PMV Technologies operation opened in 2004 in a small building in Troy, then moved in 2008 to a 20,000-square-foot facility in Madison Heights — part of Southeast Michigan's technology filled Automation Alley. It has grown from 12 to 35 employees in seven years, and has become a multi-million-dollar-a-year business.

Rozenberg  got an economics degree from Wayne State University in 1988 and while he operated an automotive service business, Sam's Detail Shop, first in Berkley, then Farmington Hills. Concurrently, Rozenberg spent a 12-year stint in the Michigan Army National Guard, where he became a major and served as an informal IT/automation officer, getting his first experience with computers. He applied that knowledge and skills to his current business.

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Christine Rice

Christine joined VisionIT in 1998 during its start up years, serving as Vice President of the company building its staffing and vendor management business. In early 2007, Rice was named President to oversee overall operations. Christine leads the day to day operations of the company with VisionIT business unit executives reporting to her.

Rice currently services on the board of directors of the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, a non-profit focused on community services to the youth and residents of Southwest Detroit.

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Company:
VisionIT

Luke Song

Luke Song is a designer and owner of Mr. Song Millinery, a designer of women's hats and headwear.

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Dick Beedon

Dick Beedon is the founder of uRefer, a software referral start-up based in Ann Arbor.

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Company:
uRefer

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