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New contest for small and emerging Michigan snack makers offers $50K in cash prizes and more

“The growth of new small craft and niche snack food companies in Michigan is exciting,” says Duncan Smith, President and COO of All Star Services, Inc. “All Star Services is a growing small business and we want to help bring more focus to the growing segment of snack food companies in Michigan.”

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Can NFTs provide local artists with financial stability?

“I looked at my friend when it sold out, we literally cried,” Emily Swift says of her NFT collection. “We could pay our rent." But the artist warns there's more to managing non-fungible tokens than meets the eye. 

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Dining Destination: Where to eat in Clawson

Clawson was already home to well-known community fixtures such as Clawson Steakhouse and Noble Fish, but in recent years a new crop of entrepreneurs have been putting the city on the dining map.  

Development News Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair is set to return to Sterling Heights for the first time since 2019.

Sterlingfest set to return in summer 2022, some vendor applications remain open

After two years of COVID-19 pandemic-related cancellations, the Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair is set to return to Sterling Heights.

Development News Inside the new photography exhibition at KickstART Gallery & Shop.

New photography exhibit opens at KickstART Gallery in downtown Farmington

“There is a beautiful duplicity in his photos that are at once of a comfortable resolve, or of a gentle confrontation with ‘self’ that is shared with the observer. In this way RJ Jones has become the essence of a true and successful artist,” says Ted Hadfield, gallery curator for KickstART.

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Push to improve conditions for Michigan's incarcerated prompts research, proposals for new facility

A 2019 Michigan study found that nearly half of incarcerated individuals were charged with a “divertable" offense. Now, a decades-long effort from researchers, lawmakers, corrections professionals, and families is making a case for improved conditions for inmates with mental health and substance abuse disorders. Could a new facility in Macomb make a difference?

Development News Hamzah Nasser, founder of Haraz Coffee House.

Expansion news: Dearborn’s Haraz Coffee opens new Warren cafe with several more locations planned

“We want to bring something new, we want to be something exciting, we want to create jobs,” Hamzah Nasser says.

Development News “We have a world-class development team in Sterling Heights,” says Mayor Michael C. Taylor.

‘Our future is bright’: Sterling Heights recognized as five star community by UM-Dearborn’s iLabs

“While we’ve been very successful in attracting private investment over the past several years, we still have many developments on the horizon as well,” Luke Bonner says.

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Veteran Detroit journalist John Gallagher reflects on decades of racism in mortgage lending

Gallagher recently penned a “Buying In: Opportunities for Increasing Homeownership in Detroit Through Mortgage Lending” for Detroit Future City, decades after he first reported on racism and mortgage lending in the city.

Feature Story In the early 1940s, Sam Valenti married Grace Bommarito, and into a legacy bakery business.

How a small Italian bakery grew into a 90-year-old family legacy

Bommarito Bakery in St Clair Shores is the kind of place customers, who visited as children, now bring their children and grandchildren. Italian immigrants Jim and Rose started the family business in Detroit in 1925, selling cookies, lemon ice, gelato, and wedding cakes, but the next generation are bringing more even delights to their patrons. 

Feature Story Sneaker exchange

PHOTOS: Sneaker show reveals how young entrepreneurs stay a step ahead in the $2B industry

The young "sneakerheads" at the Michigan Sneaker Xchange mean business. Photographer Steve Koss takes us inside the scene at the rapidly growing event to find out how entrepreneurs are tapping into the booming industry, and how a savvy 14-year-old started the tradeshow here. 

Feature Story Local chef Kamesha McDaniel has big plans for growing her business, Detroit Green Carrot.  Photo by Nick Hagen.

An urgent need to grow capital access for Black-owned businesses

Local chef Kamesha McDaniel has big plans for growing her business, Detroit Green Carrot. However, taking her catering company to the next level is going to take more than a vision. She needs capital for her big plans, and for African Americans and other minority business owners in Detroit, there are big challenges to getting the support and funding they need.

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Dearborn Restaurant Week offers the chance to tour the world in 30 restaurants

If you received stamps and a passport for visiting the restaurants, bars, and cafes participating in Dearborn Restaurant Week, your passport book would be full.

Feature Story Chardam Gear

Siblings' leadership keeps gears turning at Sterling Heights aerospace manufacturing company

Mike Brzoska and Kay Becker aren't afraid to argue with each other. The siblings are taking their father's company, Chardem Gear, to new heights but will be the first to admit they keep each other in check. 

Development News The Ukrainian flag.

Sterling Heights divests nearly $700K in Russian investments in response to the war in Ukraine

“The City Council and I agree it made no sense for the city of Sterling Heights to conduct business with Russia on any level in light of atrocities perpetrated against innocent Ukrainian citizens,” says Sterling Heights Mayor Michael C. Taylor. “We urge cities across the country to take similar action.”

Feature Story Ernie's Market

Dining Destination: Where to eat and drink in Oak Park

In recent years, there have been several new restaurants moving in, such as Oak Park Social and Pink Garlic, joining community staples like Ernie's Market to grow an often over-looked food scene. 

Feature Story Real estate

From Gen X to millennials to boomers, homebuyers in Macomb are looking for the same things

While different generations may have different factors on their checklists when it comes to house hunting, they may not be as different after all. Affordability and location are critical factors that attract multiple generations to Macomb County.

Development News Jaycee Park in Berkley.

Fundraiser launched to build an inclusive playground in this Berkley park

“With the support of the community, this fundraiser has the potential to build a park that is a vibrant and significant location spot for more Berkley enjoyment, socialization, healthy activities, and imaginative fun. And, if we hit our goal of $50,000 the MEDC will match that, essentially doubling our donation,” says Berkley Parks and Recreations Director Theresa McArleton.

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Scholarship application deadline draws near for Sterling Heights area students

“Community leaders, like our 11 scholarship partners, make a difference in the lives of not only the students but the community at large,” says Karl G. Oskoian, executive director and president emeritus of the Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation.

Development News A Farmington DDA Leprechaun visits Clothes Encounters for Lucky Thursdays.

Downtown Farmington surprises select visitors with gift cards each Thursday in March

The St. Patrick’s Day holiday falls on a Thursday this year, but downtown Farmington isn’t keeping the luck of the Irish confined to just one day.

 
Nonprofit leaders across southeast Michigan are contributing their thoughts via journal entries on how COVID-19 is affecting their organization. 
This series is made possible with the generous support of our partners, the Michigan Nonprofit Association and Co.ACT. Click here to read the journal entries.