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A plan to make Ann Arbor Michigan's startup city
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
To establish a true startup culture, Ann Arbor needs more than just a SPARK. It needs incubator, research and co-working spaces that can accommodate a growing and wide variety of needs and disciplines. Mark Smith hopes to address that with his ambitious plan to build an entrepreneurial campus on the outskirts of the city.
The entrepreneurial case for Ypsilanti's authenticity
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Maybe it's the price point. Maybe it's the proximity and cost prohibitions of Ann Arbor. Maybe it's the gravitational pull of authenticity. Whatever the reason, Ypsilanti is drawing local artisans and boutique entrepreneurs into its fold with its unique sense of community.
Pot and Box: Small seeds for a bigger future
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
The challenges to establishing a new business are myriad. And as Lisa Waud, owner of Pot and Box, discovered, Ann Arbor's ever-inflating real estate is no small part of that challenge. For her, success has meant finding just the right size, the right location and the right relationships.
Cool Jobs: Sharon Que, sculptor and violin restorer
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Vibrant communities allow for creative reinvention. Case in point: Ann Arborite Sharon Que. A former model-maker at General Motors, Que decided to leave the auto industry and learn the art of violin restoration. Seven years later she's got her own studio, and a reputation as both a top notch restorer and sculptor.
Cool Jobs: Rob Todd, Maker
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
It's probably fair to say at this point that the maker movement is no longer a trend but an established facet of modern creative culture. To wit, Robb Todd (aka Robotodd) has not only fashioned a career out of his handmade skills, but also developed some important opinions about the state of our local maker scene.
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Doing Business in Downtown Ypsilanti
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Last week, at the
speaker event, blogger Mark Maynard interviewed a quartet of local business owners about the opportunities and challenges Ypsilanti's downtown offers them. From the impact of festivals to the need for space to claims that the city is easier to work with than Ann Arbor, the conversation took some surprising turns.
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Tenants filling up renovated 10 N. Washington in downtown Ypsilanti
Annex of Paredown shop brings home decor to Old Westside
Authentic Mexican comes to Packard St. with Mi Compadre
Mishigama Craft Brewing to add more variety to Ypsilanti's growing beer scene
Popular Ann Arbor Indian restaurant Cardamom to expand
Coffee roasters to set up shop in Ypsilanti's Depot Town
Ann Arbor's Tiny Buddha Yoga opens and grows quickly on Pauline Blvd.
Pita King brings Middle Eastern sandwiches to E. Stadium
The Lunch Room to open second downtown Ann Arbor location next week
New Arbor Hills Crossing salon to offer fine art with hair artistry
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A sneak peek at Jerusalem Garden 2.0
Local investors bet on Ann Arbor as tech hub
Source: Crain's Business Detroit
State earmarks $6.6M to seed tech startups
The Atlantic magazine is looking for a few good start-ups
Source: The Atlantic
Michigan eLab wrestles Silicon Valley for start-ups
Source: Detroit Free Press
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Innovation & Job News
Reconsider launches pilot for local biz investing awareness
North Coast Banners eliminates debt to grow business
U-M students make fashion statement with OverTheFly belts
1000 Tools brings sharing economy to pricey tools
DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen grows revenue, staff
Coval Fitness & Sports Performance grows staff to 4 in Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor's solartonic leverages microloan to expand sales
SRT Solutions co-founders execute smooth transition
U-M students tackle social entrepreneurship in Detroit
Pure Visibility's Catherine Juon strikes out on her own with Beyond Startup
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