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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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Hava Nagila to go: Jewish markets in Metro Detroit

To give you a taste of Jewish food in our region, Metromode profiled three local markets: a butcher shop, a well-known local deli and a growing kosher bakery chain. Mazel Tov and enjoy!

Oakland Next

Oakland Next celebrates Oakland County's future leaders and change-makers

A group of Oakland County high school students is being asked the question that may define their future: "Are you Oakland's Next ______?"

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If you don't evolve, you die: How Jacob Bishop re-energized the Mr. Alan's brand

Jacob Bishop has re-branded and re-energized the decades-old Mr. Alan's by drastically shaking up the business model, and it seems to be working. Mr. Alan's is now Elite Mr. Alan's, a place for finding the latest trends in shoes and clothing, not just the best bargains.

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Better together: How metro Detroit's entrepreneurial ecosystem nurtured Drought Juice

This is the story of four sisters, four juice bars and how Metro Detroit's startup support network helped grow a mini-empire.

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How Clawson is making a quiet comeback with food, retail and a nod to history

Once-sleepy downtown Clawson is fast becoming Oakland County's next hot suburb. Metromode's Annamarie Sysling talks to city leaders to find out how they're making it happen.
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Entrepreneurship Videos

Andrew Chmielewski

Featured Video: Andrew Chmielewski

Andrew Chmielewski is the co-founder of Dave's Sweet Tooth, the become the largest manufacturer of specialty toffee products in Michigan, and Mitten Crate, a monthly subscription-based box delivery of Michigan-made artisan food products and specialty goods. He is part of the Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2015

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Featured Video: Sundberg-Ferar

Sundberg-Ferar was established in 1934 and is the second oldest industrial product design company in the United States. The Walled Lake company is an industry leader with a product roster that includes home appliances, automotive products, industrial electronic products, mass transit vehicles, vending machines, aircraft interiors, medical tools, and concept models for the NASA space station. Take a look inside Sundberg-Ferar with this Oakland County Prosper video by Matthew Stanton. 

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Featured Video: American Plastic Toys

American Plastic Toys is an all-American-made toy company based in Walled Lake, Michigan. Their injection-molded plastic toys are sold in places like Walmart, Sears, JC Penney, Big Lots and Toys"R"Us at prices significantly lower than their name-brand counterparts (which are typically manufactured outside of the United States). American Plastic Toys have been proudly made in the USA since 1962, and currently employ 175 people here in Michigan.

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

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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.
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