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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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The gig economy: Can you make a living freelancing in Metro Detroit?

Be your own boss, work from home, skip the commute—it's the fantasy of many an office drone. But can you survive doing it? Metromode's Patrick Dunn (himself a freelancer) tells us the story of a few Metro Detroiters who are living the dream.

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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 ______?"

Jacob Bishop

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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Entrepreneurship Videos

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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. 

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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