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Entrepreneurship Features

Shaping Things Up

For those attending SHAPE North America 2014 (SHAPE NA), many came to the city thinking about cars and bankruptcy with maybe a couple of Motown songs humming through their heads. They left with a whole new respect and admiration for Detroit, dismissing superficial stereotypes after encountering the city's charisma, vibrance, creativity, and resilience.

Business Must Do Good

Neil Tambe reflects on his own disillusionment with the profit-driven ethos predominant in business school and asks, "Can business do good?" He decides yes, it must. 

Social Impact Design: Why Detroit?

Michael J. Brennan, president and CEO of United Way of Southeastern Michigan, shares his thoughts on why the concept of Social Impact Design is a perfect model for metro Detroit. 

Getting clear on social entrepreneurship to unleash change agents

Elizabeth Garlow is the Executive Director of Michigan Corps, an organization that empowers Michiganders everywhere to connect and collaborate on social innovation in communities across our state. Here she discusses how to define social entrepreneurship without all of the confusing jargon. 

Publisher's notebook: The Avenue, a love story

With the "Light up Livernois" event coming up May 31-June 1, Claire Nelson takes a tuneful stroll down the Avenue of Fashion, shining a light on one of Detroit's most historic retail districts. Conclusion? Cooperation and collaboration point to an even more vibrant future.  
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Entrepreneurship Videos

VIDEO: Dan Carmody, Eastern Market

Dan Carmody, President of Eastern Market Corporation, discusses the importance of Eastern Market to the city and the region and why it's about more than just food. Video by DETROIT LIVES

VIDEO: Stories from the new economy: ACCESS Growth Center

ACCESS Growth Center assists immigrant entrepreneurs in making Metro Detroit more than a place of residence -- but rather a place they can call home.

VIDEO: Stories from the new economy - NEIdeas, rewarding ideas for business growth

Last month the New Economy Initiative launched NEIdeas, a challenge that will award $500,000 in prizes to existing businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park.

VIDEO: Michael Forsyth, REVOLVE Detroit

Michael Forsyth, Retail Business Development Manager of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) and leader of the DEGC's collaborative neighborhood renewal program REVOLVE Detroit, discusses how Detroit can be a world leader in how communities approach redevelopment. 

VIDEO: Stories from the new economy: Detroit Micro-Enterprise Fund

The Detroit Micro-Enterprise Fund helps small businesses in Detroit obtain financing unavailable to them from traditional banks. The third in our series from the New Economy Initiative, this video highlights two entrepreneurs who received loans from the fund.
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