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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.

Small Business Resilience Stories May 6 / 2020

Mariyah Siafuddin

Innovative Solution Partners

Mariyah Saifuddin of Innovative Solution Partners reminds us to stay connected to the Detroit entrepreneur network and recognize the small victories during this time.

Stay connected with Mariyah at isolutionpartners.com 

Small Business Resilience Stories April 29 / 2020

Kimle Nailer

Nail-Rite Construction

Kimle Nailer of Nail-Rite Construction shares a recent phone call she had encouraging another woman business owner during this crisis.

Learn more at nailrite.com

Small Business Resilience Stories April 27 / 2020

Juan Carlos

Featherstone Moments

Juan Carlos Dueweke-Perez of Featherstone Moments marketing agency discusses the need to be personally mindful of our teams during this time.

Learn more at featherstonemoments.com 

Small Business Resilience Stories April 21 / 2020

Genevieve Vang

Bangkok 96 Restaurant

Genevieve Vang of Bangkok 96 Restaurant shares her business philosophies that lead her through difficult times. Genevieve has worked with other top chefs to feed those in need during the COVID-19 crisis.

Learn more at bangkok96.com

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