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ZipCap: empowering America’s most loved local businesses by transforming customer loyalty into working capital

In spite of the billboards around town by local banks claiming to support homegrown businesses, the truth is, when our small “mom and pop” stores need capital, it’s almost impossible to come by. When a local restaurant, for instance, needs capital to grow, or to make it through lean times, there are few options, in […]

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The Oakwood Seed

Earlier this month, in a post about the first annual MarkMaynard.com Ypsilantian of the Year award, I mentioned several people who had been nominated for the distinction. One of those was a 9 year old girl named Juna, who publishes a small newspaper called the Oakwood Seed. She was nominated by Rob Hess, the man […]

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Accelerating Community Capital (part one)… at the BALLE 2012 conference

I spent the day in Grand Rapids, participating in a workshop on new models that are evolving for local businesses to raise capital from lenders, investors and donors, at the 10th annual conference of the Business Alliance for Living Local Economies (BALLE). What follow are my rough notes, for those of you who care about […]

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Zingerman’s co-founder Paul Saginaw on the importance of robust local business ecosystems, the upcoming BALLE conference in Grand Rapids, and the meaning of “real prosperity”

For the first time ever, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) will be holding its national, annual conference for independently owned, socially responsible businesses, here, in Michigan. The meeting, which is being called Real Prosperity Starts Here, is scheduled to take place in Grand Rapids this May, and, as of right now, I’m […]

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Vanstructables

I don’t know which one is Joel and which one is Nate, but I’m incredibly impressed by this first episode of their show, Vanstructables, which was shot here in Ypsi. I’m hoping that there will be more episodes in the future, but, as rumor has it that one of these guys will soon be moving […]

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