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Yessian: Making Music You Can't Get Out Of Your Head

From jingles to mash-ups, family-owned Yessian Music in Farmington Hills has been creating soundtracks for commercials, theme parks, movies, and high profile events for 40 years. This year's Super Bowl, which boasted five different ads with their work, demonstrates the ever-growing global reach of this homegrown firm.


Freight forwarder company 'Seastar' implements unique business model

Fida Mourtada and his wife Zainab have been married almost as long as they have been in the transportation business together. Today, Mourtada and his wife run Seastar, a freight forwarding company that specializes in ocean, inland & air transportation. While the couple has been able to successfully manage their own business, the road to this point in their success was a long one.

Dr. Chad Audi: The Detroit Homeless Community’s Ambassador

Dr. Chad Audi never thought his professional career would be spent providing needy families and individuals with hope, and an opportunity to get back on their feet, but once he saw how the Detroit Rescue Mission Missionaries changed the fate of one poverty stricken woman, there was nothing else he could imagine doing.

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Detroit’s upscale cigar lounge offers patrons just what they need

From restaurants to casinos, downtown Detroit offers plenty of entertainment options. But for a long time, the city had lacked an upscale cigar bar where some of its 160,000 or so workers could relax at the end of the day.  The new La Casa De La Habana lounge changed all that roughly two and a half years ago when it opened its doors for the first time in historic Harmonie Park.


Go-to attorney for civil rights grievances

As a prominent civil rights attorney, Michigan Civil Rights Commissioner, and the founder of the new Arab American Civil Rights League in Dearborn, Michigan, attorney Nabih Ayad is one of the leaders of the movement for equal rights and protections for Arab Americans and people of all backgrounds.

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Boutique provides trendy, modest Islamic wear

While metro Detroit is home to several Muslim clothing stores that cater to the region's high concentration of American Muslims, it's hard to imagine there could be one trendier than Hija.Bee of Dearborn Heights.


Shifting Gears: A Conversation with Sean Simpson

Sean Simpson isn't just the co-founder of a lean, mean start-up, he lives his life like his start-up. As one of the brains behind Autobike, a company working to make a smarter, more intuitive gear shifter, Simpson chucked the 9-5 grind of corporate engineering to enter the burn-the-candle-from-both-ends world of entrepreneurship. He couldn't be happier.

Growing companies, uncovering talent

We started talking about "gazelles" and ended up meeting a panel filled with them at last week's Model D Speaker Series. Seven young entrepreneurs talked about why they started up their businesses in Detroit -- and why you could be next. Walter Wasacz took digital notes.


Our Post-Pfizer Economy

When Pfizer left Ann Arbor it was hard not to view the glass as half empty. Five years and 16 start-ups later, that perspective has started to reverse. And in many ways, the transition from one large company to many more entrepreneurial efforts is exactly what our community and state needs to establish a healthier long term economy.


Building Another International Bridge... to Israel's Entrepreneurs

Thousands of miles separate, but Israel and Michigan operate in a parallel universe. What happens when you cross Michigan's established manufacturing base and high-tech mindset over to Israel's 3,000-plus tech start-ups? The Michigan Israel Business Bridge yields an array of academic and entrepreneurial matches.


The Eternal Entrepreneur: A Conversation with Mike Burns

Mike Burns is a born entrepreneur, and at 58, he could easily run rings around guys half his age. Or fly rings around them, as the case may be (he pilots WWII era P-51 Mustangs). More importantly, Burns is an entrepreneur who believes in doing business in Michigan. It's why he sources nearly all the components to his iPad accessory, the HandeHolder, locally.  And it's not just a recession thing. It's part of his overall business philosophy.


Model D Speaker Series: Growing Companies

Join Model D Feb. 29 at the newly renovated M@dison Building, home to Detroit Venture Partners and a growing family of companies, for a conversation about getting from startup to second stage. Registration begins now.


Dr. Mohamad: A Big Heart for Cardiology

Dr. Tamam Mohamad is a fellowship-trained interventional cardiologist from Wayne State University. He received his medical degree from Damascus University School of Medicine in 2003 before coming to the U.S to do his internship and residency. He currently practices at the Detroit Medical Center, where he is the Director of the Cardiac Care Unit and certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine for six different specialties.


Byblos: Dearborn’s “generous” banquet hall

Youssef (Joe) Bazzi has been known around the Dearborn community as “Mr. Generous,” after opening up his Byblos Banquet Hall in 2005. Since then, Byblos has quickly become a prime location for events such as weddings, dinners and parties with its fancy interior décor and its wide menu of food options.


Coffee, customer service a way of life for Qazzaz family

Grabbing a cup of coffee in the morning is a normal part of the day for millions of people, but for one Dearborn, Michigan father-son duo, coffee has been a way of life.  It's been that way for over 46 years for Abu Dawood Qazzaz, who founded the Qazzaz Coffee Company in Kuwait before moving to Dearborn, Michigan in 1994.
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