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Out of the Malls, Into the Trees: Oakland County Ecotourism?

How did Oakland County, a place famous for its wide selection of shopping malls, end up with metro Detroit's first ecotourism attraction? Well, it's funny you should ask. Metromode's Natalie Burg learns how West Bloomfield now speaks for the trees. 

OpEd: Minority/Women Tech Entrepreneurs: Don't Overlook Federal R&D Grant Money

Minorities and women have historically received only a slice of small-business funding, an economic reality that crimps today's diversified economy. Michael Kurek, partner at BBCetc, tells how these underrepresented groups can gain a more equitable share of available grant funding.

Luke Jaden: Making It In Show Biz At 18

There are lots of high school kids with dreams of becoming a Hollywood director. But how many of them have started their own production company, attracted professional talent to their first 40-minute feature, and have a trio of projects currently in development? Oakland County teen Luke Jaden does.

The Secret Life of Planterra

When it comes to buying plants you can be forgiven if florists and highway greenhouses are the first thing to come to mind. But let us open your mind (and eyes) to an entirely different level of horticultural design. Let us cultivate in you an appreciation for the entrepreneurial ambitions of Planterra, a West Bloomfield company that brings new meaning to organic design.

OpEd: Why Oakland County Needs More Global Firms

As part of its efforts to attract more firms to the region over the last several years, Oakland County has been venturing way beyond its backyard. Irene Spanos, director of the Oakland County Dept. of Economic Development & Community Affairs, explains why the county needs to include the entire world within its 908-square-mile boundary.

E-commerce Pioneer Can't Stop Building Businesses

Need, meet solution. That, according to Stuart Carlin, is the basics of entrepreneurship. Recognizing the potential of the Internet in the '90s, this West Bloomfield serial entrepreneur saw his e-commerce biz flourish as others faded. He then took what he learned and applied it to his next business. And his next. 

Six Habits of Highly Successful Metro Detroit Entrepreneurs

There are some who believe that "we become what we do." With that mantra in mind, Metromode's Jon Zemke asked six local entrepreneurs about the good habits they've developed on their path to success.

How Cheesecake Saved a Family's Future

Patrick Peteet knows a bit about reinvention. Just as his father left the line at Ford to start the family's real estate business, Patrick, after a series of tragic setbacks, convinced the family to leave real estate behind to become cheesecake entrepreneurs. The result is Peteet's Cheesecakes in Oak Park, where they sell 60-80 cakes a day... and have an eye on franchising.

A Vital Connection

Inspired by personal struggles with cancer, Stephen Goldner partnered with David Fuehrer to launch CureLauncher, a company that connects patients with experimental treatments. In less than a year this Bloomfield Hills-based startup has seen an incredible response from hospitals, health organizations, investors and, most importantly, doctors and their patients.

Metro Detroit's Jerky Boys

Head into northern Michigan and homemade jerky is a way of life. Here in metro Detroit, not so much. That hasn't stopped Don and Steve Francis from elevating dried cured meat and sausage to an art form. From bison to rattlesnake, the brothers have built a pair of businesses that have attracted fans from all over the country.

Power Sharing is Tougher Than You Think

How does a company's sole owner and founder transition to the power-sharing structure of executive leadership? That's the challenge that faces Billhighway, a Troy-based firm that's looking to enter its second stage of development. Metromode's Jon Zemke looks for lessons from successful (and less-than-successful) local businesses.

Kidpreneur Teaches Tween Tycoons

Some tweens spend their free time playing XBox and Minecraft while others launch their own start-ups. From business cards to elevator pitches, serial entrepreneur Thanh Tran wants his Kidpreneur program to teach its middle school magnates both the thrill of success and the educational value of failure.

Everything is Illuminated: Intellistreets Evolves the Humble Light Bulb

Let there be light... and sound and video. Farmington Hills-based Intellistreets is taking Thomas Edison's signature invention to a whole new level, using wireless technology to integrate digital information. It's only fitting that their product now illuminates his Menlo Park laboratory at The Henry Ford.

Farmington Clanks With SteamPunk Pride

Downtown Farmington has lots going for it, but how many people know it's ground zero for steampunk culture? Drawing fans from all around the Midwest and helping to activate the city's core, Salathiel Palland's Off the Beaten Path Books has become a touchstone for both urban and creative vitality.

Dearborn Nurtures Tween Entrepreneurs

If chess club, violin lessons and Little League haven't already taken over your kid's after-school schedule, the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce has the next must-attend extracurricular activity: the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. It's a weekly program that teaches teens and tweens how to launch their own start-up.
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