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Rock the red tape: Navigating City Hall

On Monday, April 21, a panel will discuss the best ways for entrepreneurs to navigate bureaucracy in City Hall for Open City's final event of the season.

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Fourth and Washington: Retail Rejuvenation

What a difference a successful retail business makes. With Literati bookstore serving as an anchor, the retail shops (mostly locally owned) along Fourth and Washington in downtown Ann Arbor have brought vibrancy and energy into an area that once lived in the shadow of Main Street's restaurant row.

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Detroit's newest space for growing business ideas

Aaron Mondry introduces a series about starting a business in Detroit through the lens of the city's newest incubator, Practice Space.

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OpEd: Minority/Women Tech Entrepreneurs: Don't Overlook Federal R&D Grant Money

Minorities and women have historically received only a slice of small-business funding, an economic reality that crimps today's diversified economy. Michael Kurek, partner at BBCetc, tells how these underrepresented groups can gain a more equitable share of available grant funding.

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Brewing beer and breathing life into Corktown's boxcar building

Batch Brewing Co., Detroit's first nanobrewery, has found a home in the former Porter Street Station, a quirky Corktown building with a boxcar attached to it.

David Blanchard

To Compete or Non-Compete: Contracts That Make Michigan Less Competitive

States known for tech innovation and new economy success have shed their old school non-compete contracts to attract the best and brightest talent while fostering greater cross pollination of ideas and inventions. So with all the noise Michigan is making about creating a 21st-century economy why are we clinging to a 20th-century business practice?

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Ann Arbor Tortilla Factory: Building a Business One Chip at a Time

If you've had chips made by the Ann Arbor Tortilla Factory you know that calling them "addictive" would be an understatement. So, how did this hand-made tortilla and chip company spring up in a town as unlikely as Ann Arbor? Read on and the truth will be revealed.

Matthew Altruda at Tree Town Sound

Cool Jobs: Matthew Altruda - Music Impresario

With bands like Tally Hall, Mayer Hawthorne and Michelle Chamuel grabbing the national spotlight, Ann Arbor has been quietly producing first-rate music for a while now. If it was up to Matthew Altruda we'd be a lot louder about it. As the city's unofficial rock impresario and biggest booster, Altruda is the big brains behind Sonic Lunch, The Puck Drops Here, and Tree Town Sounds.

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Designing with Detroiters: DCDC turns 20

To celebrate Detroit Collaborative Design Center's 20th anniversary, Francis Grunow sat down with DCDC staff to discuss the Center's legacy of facilitating participatory design in the city.

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Luke Jaden: Making It In Show Biz At 18

There are lots of high school kids with dreams of becoming a Hollywood director. But how many of them have started their own production company, attracted professional talent to their first 40-minute feature, and have a trio of projects currently in development? Oakland County teen Luke Jaden does.

Dug Song at Duo Security

Duo Security: More Than Just a Workplace

Can a cutting edge startup be both success-minded and fun? According to Duo Security's Dug Song, the answer is an unequivocal "yes." Achieving astounding growth over four years, this Ann Arbor Internet security firm has not only become the local company to watch, it has developed a family-like workplace that's creative, supportive and innovative.

Richard Sheridan with his book Joy, Inc. at Menlo Innovations

OpEd: How Companies Can Perk Up Their Work Cultures

If your company is a place where people love to come to work every day, chances are it will prosper both culturally and economically. But how to get there? Rich Sheridan, president of Menlo Innovations and author of Joy, Inc. discusses Ann Arbor's cultural terroir and how your company can promote a better workplace.

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State of Detroit music: Entrepreneurship in the arts

A career in music is not an automatic invitation to starvation and desperation. In fact, Keith Owens tells us, it can be as stable, even as lucrative, as just about anything else out there.

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Open City recapped: "Starting Slow and Small"

What is a pop-up? The answer might seem obvious, but members of this month's panel came to an interesting conclusion: it is similar to beta testing software in that you can work out the bugs without the risk of a full launch. Aaron Mondry was there.

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Immigrants translate skills, find jobs in Michigan

Many immigrants and refugees in Southeast Michigan left professional careers behind when they left their native countries. Global Detroit tells us about Upwardly Global, a program that helps immigrants adapt professional skills learned abroad to the workplace in Metro Detroit.
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