Meet the NEIdeas $10K challenge winners!

Berry Gordy was a business man who knew a good song when he heard one. But even with success, he wondered, “Why write songs for a company in New York only to be paid pennies on the dollar in royalties?” He had a bigger idea: bottle a sound, polish it up, and package it for the world under one roof in Detroit. Gordy just needed a little nudge and, in 1959, he got one. An $800 loan from his family (the equivalent of $6,400 today) helped Gordy build Motown Records and grow a legacy.

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Toyota Standing O-Vation Honoring Kitchen Connect

Kitchen Connect: Detroit is full of small food startups who lack the infrastructure to get a strong start. You can find jam, cookies, soup and sushi made in individuals’ kitchens and sold out of homes, in farmers markets and at catered events. Devita Davison is helping home cooks expand their businesses with Kitchen Connect, the organization takes existing community kitchens in churches and community centers, updated them so that local food entrepreneurs could cook and bake their goods.

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Pure Michigan DREAMJOB

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation today announced the state’s largest matchmaking summit to highlight Michigan as a great place to live and work, bringing Michigan employers with job openings together with career seekers from across the state and around the country. The Pure Michigan DREAMJOB summit will take place at Ford Field in Detroit on June 13, 2014, with more than 100 of the state’s leading businesses looking to meet with job candidates using an innovative matchmaking format. More than 100 Michigan employers from across the state will seek to fill more than 1,000 jobs through an innovative format that pairs qualified candidates with available job openings based on skills, experience and employer needs. Each employer will be stationed in its own booth for walk-ups and will have private space for interviews with candidates who have been pre-screened for the invitation-only matchup. Participating companies include Ford, GM, Chrysler, Quicken Loans, Whirlpool, Bosch, Lear, Delphi, Nissan, McCann Erickson, Roush, and Stryker. These and other companies are seeking candidates for positions in a wide range of fields, including but not limited to: engineering, design, project management, supply chain management, finance, operations, sales, marketing and software development. Job seekers from Michigan and around the country are encouraged to visit www.puremichigandreamjob.com to learn more about the event or view and apply for one or more positions. Applications are due April 30, 2014.

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City Living Detroit Profiled In Video Featuring Detroit Businesses

In July, Detroit became the largest American city to file for bankruptcy. Detroit faces crippling unemployment, high taxes, out-of-control crime, and is $18 billion in debt. The facts are scary, but they don’t tell the whole story.

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Whole Foods Opens in Midtown Detroit

Whole Foods will be opening their first store in Midtown today. This highly anticipated opening has the potential to influence other businesses and residents to invest in the city’s growing core neighborhood.

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