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Through inspirational videos, podcasts, and features, learn how Detroit entrepreneurs have built and grown their of businesses. From start-up to stay-up.

Episode No 7 June 25 / 2020

Hamissi Mamba & Nadia Nijimbere

Baobab Fare

“A little bit before the pandemic, we were focused on trying to finish our renovation at the restaurant,” says Hamissi Mamba, who along with wife Nadia Nijimbere, have been working for the past few years to open Baobab Fare, a traditional East African eatery and cafe in Detroit's New Center neighborhood.

The couple had plans to hold a grand opening in May, but as with every other eating establishment in Michigan and across the country, plans changed as the coronavirus surged.

That doesn’t mean the work halted, and that is only part of their relentless journey.

Episode No 6 May 8 / 2020

Paul Wasserman & Joe Renkiewicz

Henry the Hatter

Glimpse inside the nation’s oldest hat retailer and one of Detroit’s most iconic shops. This 127-year-old hatter has outfitted the likes of Steve Harvey, LL Cool J, the notorious Purple Gang, Jimmy Kimmel, and President Dwight Eisenhower, who wore a hat from the shop at his second inauguration in 1957.

Episode No 5 March 27 / 2020

Carol Himelhoch

Himelhoch's

“In the 1940s, my dad helped start the careers of Calvin Klein and Estee Lauder. If I go back in history, we help designers get discovered. It’s in our blood.” The Detroit legacy brand relaunched as an online retail platform in 2018, featuring indie fashion designers from Detroit, other parts of the United States, and even abroad.

Episode No 4 February 27 / 2020

Gias Talukder

Bengal Auto Sales

More than a neighborhood car dealer, Gias Talukder has earned the trust of his customers, becoming known as a man with answers in Detroit’s Bengali community.

Episode No 3 January 23 / 2020

Brandon Seng & Mark Coe

Michigan Farm to Freezer

The idea for Michigan Farm to Freezer is simple - pick Michigan-grown farm-fresh fruits and veggies,  then freeze at the peak of freshness for year-round goodness. Co-founders, Brandon Seng and Mark Coe talk about their unexpected journey from a northern Michigan farmers market and school lunch program to Detroit's historic Eastern Market and homes, state-wide.

Episode No 2 December 18 / 2019

Clement “FAME” Brown

Three Thirteen

“We like to have this infatuation with business and living our dreams, and don’t realize that (there’s) bad parts of your dream too,” says Brown. “So to have a nightmare, it’s still a dream and it has value. The bad has value…so stick to the script ’til it flips, and do numbers.”

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