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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.
Creating Female Characters That Pop
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Samurai bike messengers aren't just for the bros. Actually, as created by Pop Post, they're meant to show girls that they can be as heroic as any 'ol boy. This Ann Arbor-based entertainment company is dedicated to creating e-books and mobile games that disrupt the popular narrative that girls need to be saved.
Where Did All the Retail Go? How and Why Ann Arbor's Downtown is Changing
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Yes, there are more restaurants and fewer retail stores in downtown Ann Arbor than there have been in recent years. But don't freak out. Downtowns evolve, change and respond to what the community needs. And the changes are less drastic than you might think.
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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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The Espresso Bar to grow into new home above Literati Bookstore
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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
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
Stout Systems facilitates 39 new jobs in high-tech industries
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