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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.

Photo Essay: 'Tis The Season For Indie Art Fairs

The Ann Arbor Art Fairs inspired The Shadow Art Fair. The Shadow Art Fair begat The Krampus Ball. And so it goes, on and on, one artistic endeavor fueling the next. Concentrate's ace photographer Doug Coombe introduces you to the crafty folks who populate winter's ever-growing indie art fair scene.

Concentrate Speaker Event: Entre-SLAM!

Poetry Slams, The Moth Story Hour... entrepreneurs have a story to tell too. That's where the Entre-Slam comes in. Concentrate has asked its creators -Christa Chambers-Price and Jeanne Ballew- to explain why live storytelling is an important business skill and to hold a slam for us. Come be a judge or participate. There's a cash prize ...and pickles! Sign up now for Thursday's event!

Guest Blogger: Omar Hashwi

It's now fashionable for area start-ups to bring business and liberal arts student teams on board. U-M student body VP Omar Hashwi writes about how students, by way of entrepreneurship fieldwork, are becoming not just future corporate citizens, but "fundable founders" themselves.

A Decade of FOUND

There is little doubt that Davy Rothbart is an Ann Arbor original. As the founder of FOUND magazine, he has turned the written remnants of others into a springboard of creative opportunity. Books, movies, road tours, radio, and even an Off-Broadway musical are all part of the mix that is the FOUND empire. And now Rothbart is celebrating the magazine's 10th anniversary here in Ann Arbor.

Breaking Bread With Pop-up Chef Brad Greenhill

Pop up restaurants are becoming de rigeur for creative communities around the country and Ann Arbor is no exception. Meet Brad Greenhill, U-M engineering grad, former record label owner, web designer, blogger, and self-taught chef. Not only are his dinner events pulling in loyal crowds, his own bistro may be on the horizon.

Ann Arbor's Small Business Job Growth: The Who, What , and Where

Rumor has it that Ann Arbor is ripe with small business job growth. But who's been growing and why? Jon Zemke, Concentrate's Innovation And Jobs News Editor, reflects on 2012's third quarter and which sectors were doing their part to reduce unemployment. (Hint: Techies rule!).

What's Next For Downtown Libraries

With the current debate over whether Ann Arbor should fund a new downtown library, Concentrate's Natalie Burg takes a look at communities around the country that have decided to invest in updating their libraries, not only to meet the changing demands of today but to ready themselves for tomorrow.

Photo Essay: The Art Of Transformation

Aesthetically speaking, the shelter in Ann Arbor's Allmendinger Park is best described as functional. Others might be less generously inclined. This weekend, however, it becomes an example of how public art and community engagement can transform a nondescript building into a vibrant neighborhood asset. 

From Mani To Mexico

Long seen as a Bermuda Triangle for businesses, Mani Osteria has transformed the downtown corner of Liberty and Division into an Ann Arbor hotspot. Now, owner Adam Baru is adding another eatery right next door. Concentrate's Natalie Burg gets the lowdown on the restaurateur who has worked with not one, but two iron chefs.

WorkZone Helps Youth Get Ready For Employment

Finding work in today's job market is tough enough. For at-risk teens, it can seem impossible. WorkZone, a program created and run by Ozone House, helps young adults to develop job-seeking skills and hone them through training and paid internships.

Green Drinks Mixes Cocktails With Conscience

How about adding a little sustainability to your happy hour? Once a month green-minded folks gather in an Ypsi pub or Ann Arbor bar to unwind with drinks and talk eco policy and business. The event is called Green Drinks and it's part of a worldwide social trend.

Expats In Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor is home to a surprising number of foreign-born expatriates. More than ten percent actually. So who better than another expat to chat with them about their experiences living here in the U.S.? Canadian Richard Retyi gets the story.
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