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Not just retail vs. restaurants: The rise of service businesses in downtown Ann Arbor

Successful downtowns are not locked in retail amber, they are an ever-evolving web of businesses, reacting to the needs of the community. To wit, Ann Arbor's core has seen more than just a spike in restaurants, there is also a vibrant and growing number of service businesses.

Ypsilanti Mayor Amanda Edmonds channels her inner Leslie Knope

The challenge of all things: A Q&A with Ypsilanti mayor Amanda Edmonds

Six months ago, Amanda Edmonds was elected Ypsilanti's mayor with 97% of the vote! Concentrate checks in with her on how things are going so far, and what she's got planned next.

Mark Smith at the future incubator site

A plan to make Ann Arbor Michigan's startup city

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.

Cami Ross of Bad Habit Caramels at The Ugly Mug

The entrepreneurial case for Ypsilanti's authenticity

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.

Lisa Waud at Pot and Box Ann Arbor

Pot and Box: Small seeds for a bigger future

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.
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Doing Business in Downtown Ypsilanti

Last week, at the Concentrate 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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