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Sterling Heights Esports Arena is now an award-winning Esports Arena

“The Sterling Heights Esports Arena is an innovative way to encourage interest in future tech careers, while also building an environment of inclusion, collaboration, and fun,” says Christian Financial Credit Union Senior Vice President Rebekah Monroe.

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Issue Media Group launches new publication ‘The Helm’’ serving Greater Sandusky Region

Issue Media Group is excited to announce the company’s latest online news platform – The Helm Sandusky. This publication will tell the stories of investment, innovation, entrepreneurship, and individuals that are shaping the Greater Sandusky Ohio region.

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A more equitable art scene in Macomb CountyQ&A with Phil Gilcrest: Nonprofit Journal Project

Anton Art Center’s IDEA Council called for a work of public art that would represent Macomb County communities of color – and the center made it happen in the heart of downtown Mount Clemens.

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Here’s good news for Michiganders’ mental health: Community mental health delivers cutting-edge care

Michigan's community mental health agencies lead the nation in innovation, serve all 83 counties, and help Michiganders of all ages access the mental health supports they need.

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Shopping small and local in downtown Dearborn has never been easier

“The DDA continues to come up with new ideas and new tactics to get people coming downtown,” says Dan Merritt, co-owner of Green Brain Comics.

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Five Sterling Heights bakeries to visit on National Cupcake Day

This Thursday, Dec. 15, marks National Cupcake Day. So in the spirit of the holidays, we present these five bakeries in Sterling Heights. We don’t recommend trying all of them today, though you’ll have to let us know if you do.

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Why this company left the office park for a spot in downtown Farmington

“From the standpoint of attracting talent, and for the kind of future of what we want our company to look like, I think the space that we're in is definitely something that will be appealing for new employees,” says Central Data’s Shane Doyle. “And that’s why we wanted to move to a downtown area like Farmington. It’s because of that.”

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Survivors of trafficking take their lives backQ&A with Karen Moore: Nonprofit Journal Project

Sanctum House creates a living environment that is welcoming and safe for women survivors of human trafficking. We talk with Karen Moore, executive director, about the real challenges residents face in moving forward with their lives.

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3 unique shops that gift seekers can only find in Macomb County

Looking for some unique gifts this holiday season? Check out these one-of-a-kind shops based in Macomb County.

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A smarter food security systemQ&A with Kirk Mayes: Nonprofit Journal Project

Kirk Mayes is the outgoing CEO of Forgotten Harvest. We talked with him about changes the organization has experienced and new models for combatting food security. 

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Ice, Ice, Baby! Top spots to go skating in Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties

Royal Oak's new ice skating rink is the latest in a collection of great spots to do some urban ice skating. Find one near you to get into the winter wonderland scene this season. 

Feature Story “The arts enable us to see each other and be better neighbors, partners, and citizens. We think all of those things are important for any community to have within its downtown area,” says Dwayne Hayes, Executive Director of KickstART Farmington.

Why this nonprofit arts organization has to move, and why it’s staying in downtown Farmington

“The arts enable us to see each other and be better neighbors, partners, and citizens. We think all of those things are important for any community to have within its downtown area,” says Dwayne Hayes, Executive Director of the nonprofit arts organization KickstART Farmington.

Development News Erika DeLange, Lisa Thomas, County Executive Mark Hackel, Vicky Rowinski, Stacy Ziarko, and Amy Persyn (L to R) at the Shop Local Macomb drawing event.

Ten small businesses win $1,000 grants thanks to this Macomb County initiative

“Both shoppers and businesses benefit from the program in more ways than one and I’m proud of the collaborative effort that it takes to put the initiative together,” says Vicky Rowinski, director of the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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Winning streak: City of Sterling Heights once again recognized for financial excellence

“I commend our entire Finance team for their diligent work throughout the year resulting in the favorable audit results,” says City Manager Mark Vanderpool. “They continue to do excellent work and are among the best in the business.”

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Deambulando por el desierto de cuidado infantil de Detroit como estudiante de inglésLa historia de una madre de familia

La nueva Michigander Carolina Cruz dice que la parte más difícil de su transición desde Colombia ha sido tratar de conocer gente en la ciudad cuando su familia está relativamente aislada. Encontrar cuidado infantil significa independencia y socialización tanto para Cruz como para su hija de dos años, pero las listas de espera de Detroit son largas.

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Wandering Detroit's child care desert as an English language learner: A parent's story

New Michigander Carolina Cruz says the hardest part of her transition from Colombia has been trying to get to know people in the city when her family is relatively isolated. Finding child care means independence and socialization for both Cruz and her two-year-old daughter, but Detroit's waiting lists are long.  

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Downtown Farmington and Oakland County encourage residents to shop local this holiday season

"With every dollar you spend shopping downtown at a small business, 67 cents stay in the local community,” says Downtown Farmington Executive Director Kate Knight.

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East downtown Dearborn’s CulturAlley project will transform alleys from passthroughs to destinations

“I really appreciate that they're trying to address the Arab community here and its culture and really integrating the alley project with the museum,” says Diana Abouali, Director of the Arab American National Museum. “It’s cohesive and coherent with the building and what we do.”

Feature Story Velocity is located at 6633 18 Mile Rd. in Sterling Heights.

Sterling Heights business incubator and coworking space Velocity celebrates its reinvention

“We want to see more companies started here and more companies thriving here, so there’s more wealth created and sustained locally. And job creation, obviously, is a big part of that, too,” says April Boyle, Senior Advisor for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Velocity.

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PHOTOS: All the happenings at Velocity Reinvented in Sterling Heights

Photographer David Lewinski was on the scene at the Velocity Reinvented celebration. Here’s what he saw.

 
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.