Crafting Michigan’s Future

When you think of small businesses that benefit our economy, both on a national and local level, it's easy to overlook some of the smallest businesses of all. Many artists and artisans are solo-entrepreneurs. They handle the design, production, marketing and sales of all their products. They are the creative team, the sales team and the administrative staff - all in one.

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Engineering a Better Life

Sean Simpson was a bright young engineering grad who stepped out of college and into the corporate world, just like he was supposed to. It didn’t take him long to realize he’d gone through the wrong door. “If you are a small part of a huge machine, it’s hard to see the change you are making. I want my work to have impact. The only way I could think to do that was to start a company. You take the risk … but you control the results.

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Laundry – The Mother of Invention

Carson Lyons used to be content with laundry detergent that “didn’t suck”. If it got her clothes clean she was happy. But then she had a child and her brother got cancer. She couldn’t help but think that little things like laundry detergent are more important than we realize.

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