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Longboard Company Creates Custom Boards, Global Customers

Build it local, sell it global. It's the philosophy of many a Metro Detroit business. And skateboards are no exception. Case in point: CR Boardworks in Madison Heights, which has made a big name for itself in a short amount of time.

Making a Ripple Rather Than a Blast

Hans Hegge was into texting before anyone knew the meaning of "LOL." It's hard to believe but six years ago text message technology was an open frontier. And Hegge's Text Ripple was an early pioneer. Today the Auburn Hills-based text marketing company has clients in 38 states and big plans for the next tech innovation.

Rust Belt Market Redux: The Success of Small Businesses in a Big Box Store

What started as a noble experiment in support of local artists, creatives and vendors has turned into a vibrant success. Not only has Ferndale's Rust Belt Market been both a home and launching pad for new businesses, it's in the process of becoming an event destination.

Beyond Gaming Turns Video Game Competitions Into Cash

Some people take video games like Madden 360 and Call Of Duty very seriously. As seriously as say, golfers, pool hustlers, and card sharks. But how do online gamers put their money where their joystick is? Royal Oak's Beyond Gaming makes that possible. 

Is Metro Detroit Ready for the Barwis Methods?

NFL and U-M football players, NHL players, and current and former Olympians tote iron at the legendary Barwis Methods gym in Plymouth. Although he's made a career out of training top athletes, strength and conditioning coach Mike Barwis isn't only about the jocks. Anyone from the elderly to those getting on their feet again after injury is welcome to sweat.

From Up North to Your Door: Cherries & Grapes

There's little doubt that Michigan is the midwest's Horn Of Plenty. But how to wrangle all those delicious wines, ciders, jams, and treats from around the state into your pantry? The folks at Cherries & Grapes intend to make being a true-blue locavore as easy as a few clicks on your computer.

Dan Gearig: Building a Better Food Truck

Anyone who thinks that food trucks are just a passing fad hasn't been paying attention. Around the country mobile eateries are gaining more and more popularity. But where to get those trucks? That's the question the Mac Shack's Dan Gearig has set out to answer with his new food truck fabrication biz, Red Beard Customs.

Guest Blogger: David Tarver

Cultivation of an entrepreneurial mindset at a young age can help stave off a bleak future for those raised in less-fortunate communities. Author and entrepreneur W. David Tarver makes a case for fostering innovation at the secondary education level.

From Michigan to the Red Sea: Building Global

Adding to Michigan's global outlook are companies like general contracting and construction firm PAT USA, Inc., with offices in Africa, the Middle East, and India. Though much of the work takes place abroad, globalization creates jobs locally. And it's a handshake between countries.

From Inmates To Infants: An Entrepreneur Finds His Niches

Ryan Santangelo is what folks in the biz call a serial entrepreneur. First he launched the firm Dynamic Media. Then Secure Media Systems. His latest effort is SafeToSleep, which is bringing infant monitoring into the new millennium. And all three businesses are thriving in Sterling Heights, a place he calls the Silicon Valley of Michigan.

A Brittle Game Plan

When you've been to the Super Bowl six times what else is there to do? For defensive tackle and Birmingham native Mike Lodish the answer was peanut brittle.

Destination Cinema

For years The Maple Theater in Bloomfield Township was an art house that catered to an older film-going audience. Jon Goldstein thought it could be more, so he bought it. $1.5 million later the Maple boasts a topnotch coffee house, full service bar, and, of course, movies.

Finding A Hydrogen Future

For more than 20 years Dr. Robert Buxbaum's Ferndale-based company has been designing technologies that filter hydrogen. That may not sound particularly exciting to the everyday Joe but when you consider that he has contracts with the U.S. and U.K. Navies and believes his product could have prevented the Fukushima meltdown you understand how focusing on something very small can have a very large impact.

A New Breed of Restaurateurs - Pt 2

Metromode continues Nicole Rupersburg's two-part series on the region's new generation of restaurateurs and how they're changing Metro Detroit's dining landscape.

A New Breed of Restaurateur Pt. 1

There's been a paradigm shift in Metro Detroit. In the past, restaurant chains were king, spawning scores of copy-cat eateries. Today, the focus is on unique experiences in unique spaces that understand and want to be a part of the community they're in. In a two-part series Metromode's Nicole Rupersburg looks at the region's new generation of restaurateurs.
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