Signing Savvy: Talking with Our Hands

By Jane Whitttington on September 21st, 2017

American Sign Language or ASL was developed as early as 1817 at the American School for the Deaf in New England. Since then, it has grown and evolved into a unique language used by the deaf community, their families, friends, and co-workers.  Before the development of ASL, deaf people may well have used idiosyncratic signs […]

Startup Boost Applications Now Open

By Amanda Lewan on September 20th, 2017

Detroit was chosen as one of a handful of cities to host the global pre-accelerator Startup Boost. The free six week mentorship program is open for applications now through September 26th. Each week startups will participate in pitch practices and meet with mentors and investors in order to prepare for funding. “The program has already […]

There are times as children, we have a dream that might seem unreal to the masses. These dreams are tucked in our heart as we navigate life. For some, it is rare that our childhood dreams become a reality. For Vinnie McClure, Owner of Ashley & Alexandria’s Bridal Boutique, her childhood fantasy is her reality. […]

Birdhouse for Autism Technology Acquired by Track & Share

By Amanda Lewan on August 28th, 2017

What started as a simple tool for caring for a loved one with Autism, has grown into a community of support and a successful company. The technology startup Birdhouse for Autism was founded by parents Ben Chutz and Dani Gillman to offer more visibility and easier tracking tools for care of a child with Autism. […]

5 Never-ending Lessons of Entrepreneurship

By Chanel Hampton on August 15th, 2017

This month, LinkedIn so conveniently reminded me of my 2-year anniversary of launching my company, Hampton Consulting—thank you to everyone who sent encouragement, support, and love! I am not sure if this is a symptom of getting older or simply loving the work I do each day, yet this past 24 months has flown by! […]

Applications are Open for $500K Accelerate Michigan Prize

By Amanda Lewan on August 14th, 2017

The biggest and one of the best prizes for startups in Michigan is back. Accelerate Michigan applications are open for the 2017 challenge. The annual event hosted in Detroit each November is one of the largest startup pitch competitions. Hosted as a program of Invest Detroit Ventures, hundreds of entrepreneurs and investors will gather for […]

Discover Michigan Grows Tourist Business

By Jane Whitttington on August 8th, 2017

Grand Rapidians and Michiganders are proud of their home and welcome the opportunity to share its rich history, inviting attractions, and stunning beauty to others. Now a business in Grand Rapids does just that. Discovering Michigan regularly offers tours of Grand Rapids as well as visits to Traverse City wineries and can provide pre-set tours […]

When Nikki Pardo, started her company, Global Alliance Solutions, it came from a place of personal passion and to bring awareness to diversity and inclusion. Pardo experienced discrimination in the workplace first hand, and she knew that something had to change. She also knew that she never wanted to go through the experience again or […]

ASK: Taking the Hassle out of Technology

By Jane Whitttington on July 31st, 2017

No business can succeed if it resists change. This is especially true in the world of technology. What was new yesterday is old news tomorrow, and any tech company that wants to grow and remain relevant has to be nimble enough to keep up in the every-changing world of modern technology. ASK, a Michigan-based, full-service […]

11 New Startups Join Techstars Mobility Detroit

By Amanda Lewan on July 27th, 2017

The third class of Detroit’s Techstars Mobility was announced last week, welcoming a total of eleven new companies to Downtown Detroit. Techstars Mobility brings entrepreneurs from all around the world to Detroit to work on a concept that innovates the way that goods and people are transported around the world. The program has a wide […]

Boot Camp for Entrepreneurs

By Jane Whitttington on July 26th, 2017

There’s a rich and rewarding event coming up for Lansing entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs. On August 23 and 24, LEAP (Lansing Economic Area Partnership) and Spartan Innovations will host its fifth annual Greater Lansing Entrepreneurial Boot Camp. This event will bring together fledgling entrepreneurs and professionals with expertise in the areas that matter most when […]

Two More Pitch for Grant Opportunities

By Amanda Lewan on July 15th, 2017

Calling all startups and small businesses, we’ve found more pitch opportunities coming up to keep on your radar. In Pontiac their second annual Pitch n’ Pontiac is back. With partnership from CEED Lending, businesses can pitch and compete for prizes. First prize is $7,500 in cash with support services too. Those in food, technology, and […]

Care Convene: A Telehealth Approach

By Jane Whitttington on July 13th, 2017

Telehealth. While this may be an unfamiliar word to most people, the concept of using telecommunications technologies to enhance healthcare and deliver virtual medical, educational, and health support services is definitely on the rise. Chris Bailey, founder and CEO of Care Convene, has created a health technology company that develops user-friendly applications which give patients […]

One Week Left to Apply for $50K

By Amanda Lewan on July 8th, 2017

The City of Detroit has a long and growing list of resources for small business owners looking to put roots down. Whether it’s Motor City Match, Hatch, NEIdeas, there’s plenty of opportunity for business owners. Hatch Detroit is one of the top grant competitions that happens every year, giving away $50K to one lucky winner. […]

3 Breathing Exercises for Calming Nerves

By Yvelette Stines on July 6th, 2017

Are you ready to get back into the work grind after a holiday weekend? As entrepreneurs and startup folks, we deal with stress all the time. When we are stressed our mind can play some tricks on us. Sometimes when we are stressed it seems as if everything is amplified. As entrepreneurs, you wear many hats […]