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Helen Dennis

Helen Dennis on encore entrepreneurship and starting the same business a second time

Helen Dennis already started, built and sold one successful business. Now she is doing it again with 300 Decisions, a relocation management firm based in Ann Arbor. Check out her reasons for encore entrepreneurship.

Larry Schmitt

Larry Schmitt, success equals pursuing opportunities

Larry Schmitt knows opportunity when he sees it. He often sells those opportunities through his innovation consulting company, The Inovo Group. Schmitt also knows that successful companies pursue those opportunities, and he knows how to get them to do it.

Bob Kraemer

Bob Kraemer on where downtown Detroit development is headed

Bob Kraemer has seen the ups and downs of redeveloping downtown Detroit since he opened Kraemer Design Group in Harmonie Park in 1997. He also has an idea or two where development will be heading in the next few years.

Megan Torrance

Megan Torrance on fitting a business into a space too big for it

Megan Torrance knew she needed a bigger space for her growing company, TorranceLearning, and knew she didn't want to leave the downtown Chelsea Clock Tower. So she took chance and took over one huge space in it.

Brian Rudolph

Brian Rudolph on bringing Banza to a store shelf near you

Brian Rudolph wants you to eat Banza, gluten-free pasta from chick peas. First he has to get his Detroit-based food startup product on store shelves, a task he is enjoying some fast success with this year.

Jason Kapica

Jason Kapica on targeting the best market for expansion

Finding the next best market to expand online event parking startup Park N Party isn't as simple as randomly picking a Big Ten school and setting up shop. Park n Party co-founder Jason Kapica explains how he grows the reach of his Ann Arbor-based firm.

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Molly Leonard at SPARK East

Changing careers in the startup lane


Encore List

'Encore entrepreneurs' add vibrance to Detroit's small business scene


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Stories from the new economy: ACCESS Growth Center

ACCESS Growth Center assists immigrant entrepreneurs in making Metro Detroit more than a place of residence -- but rather a place they can call home.

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Bizdom U

Bizdom U is an comprehensive four-month, full time entrepreneurship boot camp that trains aspiring entrepreneurs to launch growth-oriented Detroit-based businesses. It is a nonprofit that was founded in 2007 by Dan Gilbert, founder of Quicken Loans and majority owner of The Cleveland Cavaliers. For those that are accepted into the program, all training is free, we provide a living stipend, laptops and funding up to $100,000 to launch a Detroit-based business.