Maker’s Mart This Saturday in Toledo

April 17, 2014 by  
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Hosted by Handmade Toledo, Maker’s Mart is this Saturday (April 19th) and will have 45+ handmade sellers from all over the Midwest to shop. Local food trucks, coffee and crafty make & takes will all be there to help you celebrate 419 day in Toledo, with just $1 admission. To see everything going on on Toledo’s 419 day, check out http://celebrate419.com/. Read more about Maker’s Mart on their Facebook event page or on the Handmade Toledo website.

NYT: Entrepreneurs Seeking a Place to Start a Business Find a Surprising Answer: Detroit

April 16, 2014 by  
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Rachel Lutz opened her first store, the Peacock Room, in 2011. The spot had traditional selling points — foot traffic, original 1920s architectural details and a spacious window for displaying her wares — but what sealed the deal was an unusual perk: a private security force. CreditJoshua Lott for The New York Times Ask business owners what it is like to operate in Detroit and you will hear

Detroit Makes Inc’s "The Most Innovative Cities in America" List

April 15, 2014 by  
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Technological breakthroughs are contagious: They break out in specific areas, then spread. To identify the most innovative cities of the 21st century, we compiled U.S. Patent and Trademark Office data on utility patents (for a new invention or process) issued between 2000 and 2011--and analyzed which metropolitan areas were the national leaders in each patent category. We found several hubs

Fountain Bistro Hosts Event May 13th To Support CITY YEAR, DPS Children

April 15, 2014 by  
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Click HERE for more information about City Year!

Trish’s Garage Pops Up Monday

April 4, 2014 by  
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492ee5_3742083e3c4b4182a1665454ef57358c_srz_138_165_75_22_050_120_000_png_srzTrish’s Garage, a store offering reconstructed clothing and handmade gifts, is popping up in downtown Detroit at 1249 Woodward Ave. From April 7th- May 30th.

Shop owner, personal stylist, and sewer extraordinaire Ebony makes fun peplum shirts for ladies out of men’s T shirts and recycled denim, and also carries handmade and locally made goods from FireBrand Candle, Trice Clark Brand, Salikas Jewels, Good Cakes and Bakes, Detroit Wall Paper Co, Voigt’s Soda House, and Reware Vintage in the shop.

Trish’s Garage opens on April 7th, with a Grand Opening party on April 11th. More information and RSVP to the Grand Opening on the Facebook event page, and check out Ebony’s clothing on the Trish’s Garage website.

Some Of The Most Amazing Startup Spaces In America Are In Detroit

April 2, 2014 by  
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Detroit’s woes are well known; so too, are the efforts of some entrepreneurial spirits to revitalize this once-great city. Dan Gilbert, the CEO of Detroit-based Quicken Loans, has poured a billion dollars into Detroit’s downtown, as Chuck Salter reported in Fast Company Magazine last year. With Gilbert’s interest in making the old new again, it should come as no surprise that the offices of

Forbes: ‘Shark Tank’ For Social Good: Michigan’s Innovative Plan To End Poverty

March 27, 2014 by  
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The popular reality TV show “Shark Tank” highlights innovative start-ups pitching to investors. This past year, Michigan piloted a real-life version of this show, but instead of making profit, the idea was to demonstrate an innovative way to address poverty. In 2013, Michigan created a competition to attract more than $1 million in new financial commitments to fund unknown change agents—

Downriver Indie Craft Fair Debuts Friday

March 27, 2014 by  
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The Downriver Council for the Arts is debuting the Downriver Indie Craft Fair this weekend - Friday, March 28, 2014 6-9 pm, and
Saturday, March 29, 2014 12-7 pm at the DCA building at 81 Chestnut in Wyandotte. All three floors of the building, including a theater and two galleries will also be open to shoppers during the fair, and there are 40+ indie crafters and artists to check out. Admission is $2 and proceeds help send a kid to summer art camp at the Downriver Council for the Arts. It also happens to be Wyandotte Restaurant Week through the weekend, so you can make a whole day of it with your family or a date! Look out for Handmade Detroit’s Carey (Glass Action) and Bethany (Reware Vintage) and say hello!

For more information and features on the selling crafters, check out the Facebook event page.

Always On The Road: Witnessing Rays Of Hope In Detroit (video)

March 26, 2014 by  
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Always on the road: Witnessing rays of hope in Detroit from Oliver Schrott Kommunikation on Vimeo.

Forbes: How 6 Women Are Reviving Detroit From The Ground Up

March 19, 2014 by  
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Veronika Scott wears The Empowerment Plan’s sleeping bag coat As we drive through Detroit, on the surface I see a city that’s been abandoned by its residents, filled with poverty and crime. But when we stop and meet store owners, artists and women who went from being homeless to employed, I see a city that’s energized with entrepreneurship, hipster creativity and potential. Suddenly I

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