Category Archives: Locally Owned Business

The rehab of 209 Pearl is finally getting underway

As it’s been a while, I thought that I should give you an update on the renovation of 209 Pearl Street. Since my last post, things have changed a bit. Most notably, we’ve chosen not to have a loft apartment on the second floor, and instead build-out more offices for Landline Creative Labs. It wasn’t […]

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Author Michael Shuman will be speaking in Ann Arbor on Wednesday on the importance of local business ecosystems

If you’re a regular reader of this site, you know that I think very highly of economist and author Michael Shuman, our nation’s foremost authority on the importance of cultivating, supporting and investing in local businesses. Well, he’s got a new book out called The Local Economy Solution: How Innovative, Self-Financing Pollinator Enterprises Can Grow […]

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Bee Roll shows off her new Beezy’s space, and talks about her plans to incubate and launch new companies

Several weeks ago I had Bee Roll, the owner of Ypsilanti’s Beezy’s cafe, on the radio with me to discuss her plans to expand into a second location. And, today, after eating lunch at her place, I asked Bee if she’d show me around the space, which is directly across the street from Beezy’s, and […]

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Ann Arbor’s Whiplash lands at 457 on Inc. magazines list of America’s 5,000 fastest-growing private companies

I’m not sure why my old friend James Marks didn’t mention it to me when I saw him a few days ago, but it looks as though his merchandizing logistics company, Whiplash, has landed a spot near the top of the “Inc. 5000” – Inc. magazine’s annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the […]

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Giving ex-felons a second chance, the corporatization of higher ed, and the religious roots of Cultivate Coffee and Tap House… on episode 31 of the Saturday Six Pack

This last installment of the Saturday Six Pack was really good. And I think I’d say that even if it wasn’t my show. It was interesting and topical, challenging and funny. There was just a lot to like about it. We talked with an inspiring ex-felon, a fiery union organizer, and a local man whose […]

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