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Specialized skills and knowledge sharing are hallmarks of emerging local 'maker movement'

In a city that has experienced a decades-long decline in manufacturing jobs, a class of specialized laborer and craftsperson -- the so-called "maker" -- has seen a modest revival.

Flower child capitalists turn low-profit company into gazelle startup, ardentCause

ArdentCause was launched with its co-founders resources and a few grants. Today, the social enterprise is on track to becoming a $1 million company.

Join us May 7 for MakerLab, a Metromode speaker series event

On May 7, Metromode and Model D are teaming up with The Henry Ford to bring you MakerLab, a series of live presentations by Detroit makers where they will discuss their craft and the city's growing maker culture.

A guide to Record Store Day in metro Detroit

Metro Detroit is home to some fantastic record stores. Here's a rundown of a few of our favorites. Check them out on Saturday, April 18 for Record Store Day, then keep going back.

Welcome to the Year of the Gazelle, a series looking at metro Detroit's fastest growing companies

Over the next year, we will identify the fastest-growing local companies and tell you the behind-the-scenes stories of the entrepreneurs, investors, and the resources that are building Michigan's new economy.

10 essential networks for metro Detroit creatives

Whatever role you play in the creative economy, an abundance of local networks and resources exists to support you. Here are 10 especially good ones.

How metro Detroit became a national leader in mead making

Collaboration and good-natured competition have propelled metro Detroit's meaderies into a class of their own.

Madison Heights, the Asian food capital of metro Detroit

The small city in Oakland County is home to dozens of restaurants specializing in cuisine from practically every country in Southeast Asia, as well as a handful of specialty grocery stores offering spices, produce, and a variety of dried goods that can't be found anywhere else in the region. 

OpEd: Startups should target customers before capital

Metro Detroit is not Silicon Valley, says Tom Kelly, Automation Alley's Director of Entrepreneurship. He argues that startups looking for investment need to be crafting their products and strategies around actual customer demand rather than speculative innovations.

Can local crowdfunding startups compete in a crowded field?

Ten years ago the concept behind crowdfunding barely existed. Today, it's a mainstream source of investment for businesses, artists, communities and real estate. Which means, a new, growing industry of crowdfunding platforms has taken root in metro Detroit. 

From almost famous to truly famous: Metro Detroit's up-and-coming chefs have arrived

Back in 2012 Metromode ran a two-part story on metro Detroit's up and coming restaurant scene and the chefs who were striving to make a name for themselves. So, where are these culinary young guns now? As it turns out, each and every one has not only delivered on their promise but exceeded expectations.

How to make metro Detroit a destination, not a point of departure, for foreign-born talent

Southeast Michigan attracts an impressive number of foreign-born residents and, as a result, entrepreneurs. But unlike most other metro regions, assimilation rather than ethnic enclaves is the rule of thumb. 

Is there a future for metro Detroit ganjapreneurs?

The politics of marijuana are shifting, and states like Colorado and Washington are seeing big growth in both entrepreneurship and tax revenues as a result. So where do metro Detroit providers stand since passing the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act in 2008, and does the state have a ganjapreneurial future?

Incubating a new food industry in metro Detroit

Launching a food-based business in metro Detroit is a lot harder than you think. Luckily, budding foodpreneurs are getting a leg up, courtesy of Southfield's kitchen co-working space, The Culinary Studio, and The Seed, a business incubator started by the owners of Garden Fresh.

Collaboration and entrepreneurship: Metro Detroit's most innovative nonprofits

From creative ways of raising revenue to forming partnerships, nonprofits are becoming more entrepreneurial in order to sustain themselves into the next generation. Area nonprofit leaders share the ways and means by which the social sector is becoming more like the business sector.
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