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Guest Bloggers: David McNamara & Christina Kim

With Punxsutawney Phil calling an early spring, it's not too soon to start building your financial nest. David McNamara, broker/owner of Foxway Realty, and financial advisor Christina Kim of Edward Jones Investments deliver talking points on keeping a good financial house, and choosing Ann Arbor as a place where they can professionally and personally flourish.

The Brain Gain: 3 Startups that Moved to Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor's entrepreneurial ecosystem is experiencing a "brain gain," as startups relocate here. Concentrate's Patrick Dunn chats with a trio of companies about why they decided to make the move.

Concentrate Speaker Event: Downtown Ann Arbor's New Entrepreneurs

Change is inevitable. Slowly but surely Ann Arbor's downtown is reflecting that fact as old businesses fade away and new businesses move in. Concentrate's January speaker event looks at downtown's next generation of entrepreneur - who they are, the challenges they face, the experiences they've had, and the things they'd like to see in our community. Join us for a spirited conversation at The Bar At Braun Ct. TOMORROW for happy hour. Sign up now, space is limited!

Hands on deck for All Hands Active

Hackerspaces, makerspaces, whatever you call them, they're pretty dang cool. All Hands Active churns out high, low and in-between tech inventions in downtown Ann Arbor, accomodating everyone from kids to start-ups. Concentrate's Tanya Muzumdar descends into their subterranean lair to get the low down.

Online Tech's co-CEOs always have a backup

In the world of computer data hosting redundancy is a way of life. Ann Arbor's Online Tech has taken that philosophy to a new level, putting in place two CEOs. But far from duplicating each other's efforts, the dual company leaders have found that they complement and strengthen each other's talents.

Downtown Housing and the Affordability Gap

Affordable housing: What does it take to create it, where should it be, and who is it for? The answers to these questions are harder than you may think. As Ann Arbor increasingly focuses on developing its core neighborhoods, the challenges to creating housing opportunities for a diverse economic community become more and more apparent.

Guest Blogger: Debra Polich

Did you know that art travels by train? Hundreds of arts councils state- and nationwide were launched by a train from Michigan decades ago. Deb Polich, director of Artrain and The Arts Alliance, offers up the history and future of Artrain.

Shur! Saying Yes to Ann Arbor, and Living It

Throughout the month of January a group of 30 or so young professionals are meeting weekly for breakfast to plan for how to make their lives in Ann Arbor the right choice for their professional, personal, creative and future goals. It's the brainchild of Omari Rush, and it's found support from some important local businesses and institutions.

Born Standing Up: The Ann Arbor Comedy Scene

Ann Arbor is known for a lot of things: food, art and lax pot laws, but comedy isn't one of them. Despite this, there's a thriving scene, with local comedians cutting their teeth across the region. But the question is, can comics make it big in Ann Arbor?

Kahootz Toys Is Hard At Play

Maybe they learned it from playing games. After the four partners who owned toy company Giddy Up sold their business in 2011 they had to decide what to do next. So, they moved their pieces back to start and launched another toy company - Kahootz. First on the agenda? Introducing a new generation to a classic favorite: Spirograph.

A New Breed: Tilian Farm Development Center

Business incubators have become a vital driving force in southeast Michigan's growing high-tech economy. But what about the state's second largest economic sector, food and agriculture? Enter Food System Economic Partnership and the Tilian Farm Development Center. Concentrate gets the skinny.

Owner In Residence: Vellum Revives Main St. Tradition

A new restaurant opening in downtown - on Main St. no less - is hardly a surprise. Vellum will, no doubt, be a welcome addition to Ann Arbor's "Restaurant Row." What makes Peter Roumanis' entrepreneurial approach a little different is that he has chosen to make the vintage space at 209 South Main his home as well.

Above The Treeline Helps Keep Print Books Alive

Rumors of the printed word's demise have been greatly exaggerated. While it's true that digital publishing grows every year, books and those who sell them will be with us for a very long time. Enter Above The Treeline. Offering a wide range of online catalog services the Ann Arbor-based company has found an important and profitable bookselling niche.

Five Really Cool Technologies Being Developed Here

It's no surprise that folks in the Ann Arbor area are an inventive bunch. Having one of the top universities in the country in your backyard helps. So, what's in the works? How about a telescope that listens to outer space? Or cars that learn how to avoid crashes? Or, best of all, head phones that won't tangle in your pocket?

Now Playing: Spontaneous Art

The name kind of says it all. Then again, maybe it doesn't. Spontaneous Art is a trio of guerilla (and sometimes gorilla) performance artists who have dedicated themselves to making life in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti region a little funkier, a little sillier, and, most importantly, a little less predictable.
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