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VIDEO: Thirty established Detroit businesses win $10K each for their ideas for growth

NEIdeas: Rewarding Ideas for Business Growth launched in May by asking existing businesses (those that are at least three years old, i.e. non-startups) in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park a simple question: "What's your best idea for growth?" Nearly 600 loval businesses applied, of which thirty were selected by a jury to receive $10,000 each. Meet the winners in this video by Detroit Lives!  read on…

VIDEO: Wallace Detroit Guitars

Wallace Detroit Guitars uses reclaimed wood from abandoned houses in Detroit to make electric guitar bodies. The instruments emphasize the heritage of Detroit and build on the city's musical legacy. Video by Milk Products Media.   read on…

UIX: Portraits of Detroit Innovation

For the last 3 years, UIX has been documenting the growing movement of artists, makers, entrepreneurs and innovators leading creative neighborhood transformation in Detroit. In this look back, photographer Doug Coombe shares some of the people, projects & places he has captured along the way. Want the full experience? Join us at #UIXDET Sept 24-26, 2014 in Detroit. Music: "Baptism" by Passalacqua, off their new album CHURCHread on…

VIDEO: Peter Dalinowski and Tunde Wey, (revolver)

Detroit's scrappy, resilient DIY mentality is perhaps most evident in its burgeoning food scene - one filled with fluorishing urban farms, trendy bars and restaurants, artisan food start-ups, and pop-ups aplenty. (revolver) in Hamtramck is a pop-up that doesn't pop back down. A combination supper club and social experiment, (revolver) features a rotating host of chefs that changes each week, from home cooks looking to launch their own concept to seasoned professionals of national note looking to do something different and have a little bit of fun. Co-owners Peter Dalinowski and Tunde Wey discuss their concept and why so many people are drawn to it. Video by DETROIT LIVESread on…

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 LIVESread on…

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.read on…

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.read on…

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. read on…

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.read on…

VIDEO: Jackie Victor at TEDxDetroit

To those who think Detroit is closed for business, Avalon International Breads owner Jackie Victor says think again. Jackie opened her organic bakery in Detroit's Midtown in 1997 and she's seen a lot of changes in the city during the past 17 years, with more changes still to come. read on…

VIDEO: Artifact Makers Society

Artifact Makers Society is an organization committed to fostering relationships between designers and maker/manufacturers. They stand for and behind high-quality, design-driven products that are locally designed and made. Video by DETROIT LIVESread on…

VIDEO: Ponyride, A Creative Incubator Community

Ponyride is a study to see how the foreclosure crisis can have a positive impact on our communities. Using an 'all boats rise with the tide' rent subsidy, we are able to provide cheap space for socially-conscious artists and entrepreneurs to work and share knowledge, resources and networks. We purchased a 30,000 square-foot warehouse for $100,000 and offer space for $0.10-$0.20 per square-foot, which includes the cost of utilities. Video by Order & Other.read on…

VIDEO: Devita Davison

As the Community Kitchen Coordinator at Eastern Market Corporation, Devita Davison also oversees the Kitchen Connect program in partnership with FoodLab. Kitchen Connect connects aspiring food entrepreneurs to commercial kitchens in Detroit's neighborhoods to help them launch their food businesses. Video by DETROIT LIVES!read on…

VIDEO: Eleni Zaharopoulos & Jenile Brooks

Each semester, Practice·Space takes on a pre-existing project that is rooted in Detroit for their incubator program. They are pleased to announce that their first project is renovating a store/house in the North End. read on…

VIDEO: Tech Town SWOT City

Tech Town is reaching out beyond its purview in Midtown to assist aspiring entrepreneurs in other Detroit neighborhoods through the SWOT City program. Video by DETROIT LIVES!read on…
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