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McConnell Communications celebrates 10 years

McConnell Communications Inc., a full-service public relations and marketing firm founded by former journalist Darci E. McConnell, is celebrating 10 years in business. The Detroit company, housed in Greektown’s International Center, was incorporated May 11, 2004. “I’m really proud of making it to 10,” said McConnell, 46. “And I had an awful lot of help along the way. That help came in the form of early clie ...

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Arab Americans increase their business presence in Detroit

Population loss, blight and increased crime rates make it difficult to keep businesses here thriving. Small Arab and Chaldean-owned businesses have managed to stay open over the decades despite these challenges. Arab Americans define themselves as having roots in one of the 22 Arabic-speaking countries, including, among others, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, Palestine, Egypt, and the Gulf countries. Chaldean America ...

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Green cleaning store makes Avenue of Fashion sparkle

Taking extra care of our living environment is important to our overall health and wellness. A new store in the Livernois, “Avenue of Fashion,” District is helping Detroit residents be more conscious by offering safe and non-toxic alternatives to the cleaning products they use on daily basis. The GreenBliss Lifestyle and Wellness store opened on April 17 at 19437 Livernois, offering products to help consume ...

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Trish’s Garage tunes up Motor City fashion

Ebony Rutherford has been working on her dream of opening a retail clothing boutique, Trish’s Garage, since 2007, and thanks to an opportunity through a Detroit grant organization, her shop has opened for a two-month run in a prestigious location — 1249 Woodward Avenue, downtown between Grand River and State Street. “I think it’s for every woman — a lot of times we may have a look that we want to showcase, ...

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Grant program will give cash to veteran businesses

Nationwide, the media is buzzing about the transformation of Detroit’s downtown and midtown areas — the new stadiums, businesses, restaurants and apartment buildings, and the influx of new residents. Yet, many Detroit activists maintain this “rebirth” was only made possible by advantageous post-housing bubble land prices, and that residents, businesses and neighborhoods who survived disinvestment, the crack ...

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Holistic Prescriptions hosts fifth Raw Vegan Meal Tasting

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food” is the famous quote a Detroit woman has taken to heart with her business, Holistic Prescriptions. By emphasizing the importance of a healthy diet in disease prevention and recovery, the goal of Kalia Keith, a mother, health coach and the founder of Holistic Prescriptions, is to help influence the community’s understanding of nutrition by bringing healthy, ...

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Business mentorship program for creative start-ups

The Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3), a partnership between the College of Creative Studies and Business Leaders for Michigan, believes the city has the assets to be a global center of design and creative innovation. In order to manifest that belief, the DC3 started the Creative Ventures Residency Program in 2011. The CVRP chooses small local creative businesses to mentor and connect with larger clien ...

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Grand Rapids resident aims to bring Black-owned businesses out of the shadows

An ambitious and energetic entrepreneur, Jamiel Robinson looks at areas like Eastown, East Hills and the Wealthy Street district and wants the same for the Southtown area and other minority neighborhoods in Grand Rapids. He envisions vibrant business districts catering to the city’s African American residents, where they can shop, eat, work and live in thriving urban communities. ...

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Our/Detroit

Our/Detroit, a woman-owned vodka distillery, is slated to open this summer in Southwest Detroit. Located inside an old liquor store, the micro-distillery will be a meeting space for the community. “This will give me a space to prove businesses can invigorate communities in unexpected ways,” says Brandi Keeler, 25, one of Our/Detroit’s partners. ...

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Detroit sushi business gets new home in a recycled shipping container

For the past few years Social Sushi Detroit has been a nomadic, bringing Japanese cuisine to Detroiters in a diverse array of venues, local businesses and offices. Now, they will be getting a new permanent home thanks to a partnership with students from both Lawrence Technological University and Western International High, a Detroit Public School. The restaurant will be constructed from a reclaimed shipping ...

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