Solar power is quickly becoming a viable form of renewable energy, with the residential solar market closing at $2.9 billion in 2014. E-commerce platform GreenLancer has been a part of this industry for the past few years, providing instant access to high quality solar designs and permitting services. The way the platform works is by […]

Last month, Detroit-based startup reach | influence announced their recent gain of $5 million in capital investment. Led by Rich Helppie’s Vineyard Capital Group and Detroit Venture Partners (DVP), this new round of investment will allow the technical and design services company to grow their their marketing analytics services for the retail industry. “Rather than supplying a […]

United Shore Mortgage Company To Hire 400 New Team Members

By Noelle Sciarini on February 5, 2015

United Shore is set to make some major moves this year, aiming to hire 400 employees and continue to up their game in the mortgage lending world. Founded in 1986 by Jeff Ishbia, the company has seen tremendous growth, expanding by over 250% since December 2010. What’s brought on this growth? Communications manager Brad Pettiford […]

As the cloud computing market continues to heat up, Ann Arbor’s RightBrain Networks is poised for growth. Founded by Jamie Begin in 2009, the company just completed a major milestone: its first year of over $1 million in revenue. “This is a big jump from the last two years,” Begin said. “It’s partially due to […]

New Ann Arbor Dry Bar Offers A Twist On Classic Beverages

By Noelle Sciarini on January 22, 2015

Do you want something a bit “dryer” to drink? Look no further than Brillig Dry Bar in Ann Arbor. This brand-new venture is just a couple months old, but it’s already creating quite a buzz within the community. It all started when Nic Sims, one of the owners of Mighty Good Coffee, was brainstorming ways […]

Your Last Minute Michigan Made Gift Guide

By Noelle Sciarini on December 19, 2014

It’s not too late to find the perfect gift for someone special in your life. Why not try something unique with a bit of local, Michigan-based aesthetic? Here is just a sample of options: For The Bibliophile How about a nice book? If you’re in the Ann Arbor, check out their many independently-owned bookstores. You […]

How to Be an Intentional Leader

By Noelle Sciarini on December 10, 2014

This Friday, spend breakfast with Carlos A. Sabbagh, a business and cultural transformation consultant and founder of The Intentional Leadership Institute. Carlos has over 35 years of experience in consulting, traveling to over 20 countries and holding various positions with companies such as Edca Corporation and Wilson Learning Corporation. Before this Friday’s event, Carlos took […]

Get Geeky With This Grand Rapids Furniture Company

By Noelle Sciarini on November 25, 2014

A unique furniture store in Grand Rapids, MI, is on a mission to create products that celebrate each client’s inner geek. Epic Loot Furniture was created by Gerry Doherty and Todd Reed, two self-described geeks who came together with the idea to produce furniture pieces that relate to “geeky” activities. According to the company’s website, […]

Imagine a way to provide renewable, reliable warmth with no electricity. That’s the mission of Warmilu, an Ann Arbor-based startup. Started just a year ago, the seeds of the company were planted by a group of students in U of M’s Materials Science Engineering program. “We were given a project where we had to come […]

New Mobile App Makes Providing Fashion Advice A Snap

By Noelle Sciarini on October 6, 2014

Inspiration can come from the most unlikely of places. For Syed Amaanullah, it was a changing room at a department store. “I was trying on a shirt, and I couldn’t decide if I liked it or not,” Syed said. As he pondered his choice, he took in the room around him, noting how disconnected he […]

LevelEleven Secures $2 Million Venture Funding

By Noelle Sciarini on September 5, 2014

The Detroit-based sales motivation company currently taking the marketing world by storm is continuing its success streak with two exciting new announcements. First, the company has received $2 million from financial advisers, thanks in part to a 300% annual growth rate and the addition of several high-profile clients including Comcast and eBay. CEO Bob Marsh […]

“How we read, play and tell stories is changing before our eyes,” according to Pop-Post CEO Kathleen Hiraga. Created in June 2013, this digital entertainment company is on a mission to tell stories that remove stereotypes about female characters. While the motto of the company is “smart girls, smart digital” and their first product features a […]

Crowdfunding For Veterans: A Detroit Startup Gives Back

By Noelle Sciarini on August 4, 2014

It all started when entrepreneur Roger Mensah started a restaurant project on Kickstarter, a crowdfunding website. After getting a good look at the crowdfunding platform’s company history and technological requirements, Mensah was inspired to create his own fundraising website with a slight twist: all of the projects would be created by military veterans and first […]

Ever wonder what happens to broken hockey sticks? Terry Johnson asked himself the same question, and created a business around it. Now you can take a little bit of hockey and Detroit with you wherever you go with the Original Stix phone cases. Each case is custom made from authentic hockey stick remnants, collected from […]

LevelEleven Grows Fast in Detroit, Doubles Customer Base

By Noelle Sciarini on June 20, 2014

Looking to improve your company’s sales performance? Want to make scheduling appointments more efficient? LevelEleven is here to help. The Detroit-based company is taking the sales world by storm, working to help clients book more meetings and close more deals. Bob Marsh, the founder and CEO, started the company in 2011 when he approached his […]