Tag Archives: small business

Better luck next time, you nasty, old, business-killing Obama!

Try as he might, it would appear that our evil, freedom-hating President, Barack Hussein Obama, has failed miserably in his attempt to crush the small business owners of America… Much to his chagrin, in fact, it would seem that some, like Ypsilanti’s Rene Greff, the owner of our beloved Corner Brewer, even thinks that Obamacare […]

Posted in Health, Local Business, Locally Owned Business, Uncategorized, Ypsilanti | Also tagged , , , , , , | 19 Comments

Jessica Meissner on assisting non-venture capital backed companies, and expanding the role of co-ops in Michigan

Among the people in the audience at Thursday night’s “Doing Business in Ypsilanti” panel, was a woman who has been tasked by Washtenaw County to study the needs of non-venture capital funded entrepreneurs, and make suggestions as to how we might better support them. Her name is Jessica Meissner, and what follows is our email […]

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It might be too early to announce the company’s death, but good riddance to Groupon

I’ve never liked Groupon. Rightly or wrongly, I’ve always thought that the company, and it’s well-known “daily deals,” were bad for small businesses. My sense, and I’ve had it verified by a few business owners, is that they gravitate toward Groupon when they’re desperate, offering deep, unsustainable discounts to Groupon users, who, for the most […]

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Local entrepreneurs Jean Henry, Lisa Waud and Helen Harding on what it means to be “Small and Mighty”

We didn’t announce it until this evening, but the October recipient of the Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation’s monthly $1,000 cash grant was Small & Mighty, the scrappy, little entrepreneurial support network created in the fall of 2012 by brilliant local shit-stirrers Jean Henry, Helen Harding and the cheese-loving Lisa Waud. What follows is a transcript […]

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Joe Posch, owner of Detroit’s Hugh, on the realities of retail

A few days ago, the family and I ventured into Detroit, and, not only didn’t we die – we had a great time. And, while there, we dropped by our friend Joe Posch’s lovely new store, Hugh. What follows is a brief conversation between Joe and I on the idea behind the store, the challenges […]

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