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Ponyride… a home for social entrepreneurs sharing knowledge, resources and networks in Detroit’s Corktown

Opening the summer of 2011, Ponyride, a 30,000 square-foot warehouse in the Corktown area of Detroit, presently serves as home to 25 socially-conscious businesses, ranging from non-profits like Detroit Soup, to for-profit entrepreneurial ventures like Detroit Denim. Following is my conversation with Ponyride’s Executive Director Kate Bordine on how they made it happen, the power […]

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The possibility of a farmers market on Ypsilanti’s Water Street

Over the course of the past week or so, I’ve posted twice about the 38-acre vacant lot at the heart of downtown Ypsilanti commonly referred to as Water Street. In the first post, which was written in response to news that Family Dollar had expressed interest in building on the site, I outlined my objection […]

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The emergence of Local Economy Centers

I didn’t have an opportunity to meet her at the recent BALLE conference in Grand Rapids, but, as luck would have it, I was able to dial in to a conference call during my lunch hour a couple of days ago, and ask a few questions of Kelley Rajala, the woman who runs the Sonoma […]

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Ypsi business plan competition

I just received the following from Ann Arbor SPARK and thought that I’d pass it along… If you’ve got an idea for a technology-based business, this might be a great opportunity to both get some exposure, and some free business development services. On June 4, 3:30-6:30 p.m., Ann Arbor SPARK, the region’s driving force of […]

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