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Whether its medical device developers like Rochester Hill’s Oxus, alternative energy companies like Troy’s Ecojiva, Hazel Park’s designers Ryde Motorcycles, or toy/engineering labs like Birmingham’s The Robot Garage, economic pioneers are reshaping Michigan’s business landscape. You can’t stop them, so why not join them?

Entrepreneurship Features

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Why Hazel Park is the next Hazel Park

While Hazel Park is known for its working-class background, rising home prices have some wondering if the city's ‘true-grit' attitude will persevere. Kate Roff finds out how the city is forging a future for itself that’s very different from its neighbors.

Michelle DíSouza

Unified Business Technologies emphasizes women in traditionally male jobs

Michelle D’Souza is the President and CEO of Unified Business Technologies in Troy, a multi-faceted company that spans a number of different industries, including information technologies, manufacturing, engineering, and construction. One of the secrets to her success is hiring the right people, even if they don't have the "right" education or experience. 

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Downtown Madison Heights defies expectations

When you think of downtown Madison Heights, a traditional “Main Street” look and feel may not immediately come to mind. Metromode's Lish Dorset tells us why this gritty, multi-cultural town will surprise you.

Felicia Harris

EverythingHR will change the way companies do HR

Five years ago Rochester Hills company El Shaddai Consulting launched the cloud-based human resource management system, EverythingHR, and it is already changing the way businesses do HR. 

Chaula Thacker

Farmington Hills dance, yoga, and Bharat Natyam instructor builds a 40-year legacy of community

Chaula Thacker started both her business, Chauladevi Institute of Dance and Yoga, and non-profit organization, Nadanta, in 1977, just a year after her arrival in the United States in 1976.
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Entrepreneurship Videos

Sydney Bogg's Sweet Essentials

Featured Video: Sydney Bogg's Sweet Essentials

When Detroit's iconic candymaker Sydney Bogg's closed in 2002, customers thought they had lost their beloved Bogg's candies and chocolates for good. But long-time candymakers and Sydney Bogg's employees Lisa Peasley and her sister and brother-in-law Debbie and Gary Schlicker found that they were still receiving requests for the classic candies -- so much so that they were able to revive the brand with a new store called Sydney Bogg's Sweet Essentials in Berkley featuring the most popular hand-made chocolates and confections from the classic brand. Video by M-1 Studios

Beer

Featured Video: What's Brewing in Oakland County

There is no question that craft beer is experiencing explosive growth all over the country. With some of America's largest, top-ranked craft beer producers right here in Michigan, our Great Beer State is at the forefront of this exciting industry, and in Oakland County, there seems to be a new brewery opening every week. Here we take a look at relative newbies Farmington Brewing Company, Ascension Brewing Company in Novi, and North Center Brewing Company in Northville for their take on the booming craft of brewing and what it means for the local economy and the state of Michigan as a whole.

Featured Video: B Nektar

Mead, it's not just for renaissance fest geeks anymore. Proof? B. Nektar in hipper-than-thou Ferndale, where honey, apples and all sorts of fermentable goodness are crafted into a darn fine brew.

Featured Video: Epiphany Studios

Move over Chihuly, Epiphany Studios is out to eat your lunch. Okay, not really, but this Pontiac-based glass studio produces some incredible work, employing techniques developed and mastered by Italian glass blowers over hundreds of years.

Comedy Castle

Featured Video: Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle

Laughter is truly the best medicine, and Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle is your favorite doctor's office. Since 1979, the Comedy Castle in Royal Oak has been a staple for stand-up comedy in Metro Detroit, helping to launch the careers of folks like Tim Allen and Dave Coulier and seeing some of the biggest names in stand-up of the last 40 years come through its doors, while also allowing new talent the opportunity to take the stage with its popular weekly open mic nights. 
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