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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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Introducing my new socially-responsible business idea… The Divine Justice Gun Shop and Family Empowerment Center

I had a great business idea the other day, that I know is going to make me a fortune. It’s the perfect business for today’s lean, mean Michigan. It capitalizes on every trend. The idea… and I probably shouldn’t share this publicly, before the Kickstarter campaign even gets off the ground… is a chain of […]

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Growing Hope responds to CityFARM with the announcement of a similar service

Amanda Edmonds, the executive director of the local urban farming non-profit Growing Hope just sent in the following letter in response to my recent post about real estate developer Stewart Beal’s newly launched, somewhat competitive, largely for-profit entity, CityFARM. Many, many community members and partners have come to me this past week with concerns about […]

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Introducing Stewart Beal ‘s newest venture… CityFARM

I’ve been puzzling over an email that I received from local real estate developer Stewart Beal a few days ago, announcing a new “business concept” of his, called CITYfarm. “CityFARM,” said Beal in his letter, “is a company with a social mission (kind of like a hybrid of a for profit company and a not […]

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Announcing the FLY Children’s Art Center

My friend Ruth Marks is launching an incredibly cool children’s art program in Ypsi called FLY, and I had an opportunity this weekend to ask her a few questions about it… Here’s the interview: MARK: So, what’s FLY? RUTH: FLY Children’s Art Center is a non-profit organization that makes meaningful art making experiences accessible to […]

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