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Whipping the Music Industry into Shape

The Internet has started to shift the music industry's top-down corporate record label control toward indie artists who can deliver their own music to the masses. But what about t-shirts, posters, and other fan-demanded merchandise? Enter local start-up Whiplash, which provides shipping, fulfillment and logistics for small sellers of every stripe.

PHOTO ESSAY: Take Me To The River

Norman Maclean once wrote, "Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it." Here in Washtenaw County, we see that quote made manifest through The Huron River. As a life source, thread that connects our communities, and recreational destination, we are, in many ways, only just beginning to recognize its importance and potential. Doug Coombe tries to capture all those things in his wonderful photo essay.

A Bushel of Inspiration

Over the last couple decades, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has been a popular way for folks to buy seasonal produce from local farms. But what if that same strategy were applied to local artists and art collectors? Funny you should ask. Anyone up for a peck of creative expression?

Ride the Electric Chinese Wave

It's an electric scooter showroom. And a book store. And a place for social events. The Detroit Scooter Salon and Taiwan Bookstore in Ypsilanti is truly a destination unto itself, redefining the notion of what it means to create a "third place" in your community.

The Talent Factor - Pt. 2: How Companies Find What They Need

It's who you know. Or rather, who knows you. Ann Arbor companies have a wide variety of tools for finding the talent they need. And while social media and professional networks play a part in filling their professional ranks, for senior level positions it's a word-of-mouth world.

The Picture Of The Day

Doug Coombe, Concentrate's resident photographer, catches two generations of Michigan-made music talent  in his latest "Picture Of The Day." (Hint: one of them will be giving a free concert in A2 this summer).

Ann Arbor Gets An International Film Festival

Cannes. Sundance. Tribeca. Cinetopia? Next week The Michigan Theater launches one of its most ambitious projects yet: A world-class international film festival.

Got Green? A Talk with Doug Selby

"Homes in America are terrible. Let's just be honest about it," says Doug Selby of Meadowlark Builders and Energy. Whether it's installing sustainable features or eliminating toxic building materials, the green home builder sees a lot of opportunity to improve the health and efficiency of local homes.

Breaking Down Barriers: Wesley Taylor

Wesley Taylor says he lives in Ann Arbor but does in Detroit. As an artist-musician-entrepreneur he has found places where the two communities connect ...and others where the barriers need to come down. Given the incredible scope of his work and ambition, Taylor may be just the guy to make that happen.

The Picture Of The Day

Concentrate's resident photographer Doug Coombe will be capturing the sights and spirit of our community this month in our new "Picture of the Day" series. This week Doug offers up a snapshot of the Water Hill Music Festival, where music is played on the porches, lawns, and decks of an Ann Arbor neighborhood.

Limiting Transit Options Limits Opportunities For Kids

In the conversation about mass transit and whether or not we develop a county-wide service one type of rider often gets overlooked - kids. What do limited transportation options mean for students without easy access to after-school activities and programs? What about the car-less volunteers who can't reach those who need help the most?

Concentrate Speaker Event: Building A Competitive Downtown

What makes businesses want to set up shop in a downtown? How do downtown policies and infrastructure impact their ability to thrive, to attract the best and brightest employees? Concentrate and the Ann Arbor DDA have invited economic consultant Todd Poole and a panel of local business leaders to discuss the economic viability -our strengths and weaknesses- of Ann Arbor's downtown. Sign up now for tomorrow's (Thursday) event.

The Blue Oval Goes Green: A Q & A with Ford's David Berdish

David Berdish has been called the sustainability guru of the Ford Motor Company and, no, that's not an oxymoronic title. Concentrate digs in with the car company's green advocate and discusses how a member of the Big Three can promote sustainable practices, champion mass transit, and still hold true to their business mission. He also talks about Michigan's need for leadership when it comes to developing public transportation.

Got A Robust Local Business Ecosystem? A Conversation with Zingerman's Paul Saginaw

Mark Maynard, local blogger extraordinaire, shares his recent tete-a-tete with Paul Saginaw about the upcoming Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) conference in Grand Rapids, why it's crucial to develop a vibrant local business environment, and the meaning of "real prosperity."

A Bicycle Built For Seven

It's a bike. It's art. It's two great tastes in one. Concentrate's Tanya Muzumdar pedals around town on the seven-seater Conference Bike, and learns why Ann Arbor is a a great place to ride (and Mackinac Island is verboten).
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