Commercial pilot Eric Watson had a vision. He gave up flying, bought some vintage hat making equipment, and taught himself to make traditional hats. By pursuing his passion, Eric created a thriving business and now has a client list from around the world.
Justine loves to read so much that she rolled her love of books into a literary-themed subscription business, sending out monthly boxes to happy readers all over.
Laura Morgan and her brother left finance and started a fitness studio that catered to emerging trends in social training. Now, they're opening more locations and gaining new fans every day.
Kaleidoscope Juice makes 100% organic, raw, cold pressed juice and it all started with a young girl’s love of Julia Child. Alexandra built a multi-location company out of a singular passion for healthy foods.
1502 Candle Co creates and curates distinct and natural fragrances. Using all-natural soy wax and essential oils, combined with found and recyclable containers, 1502 creates a unique candle for the nature-loving home.
Caliano is a one-of-a-kind custom food truck that offers a fusion of southern Italian and border Mexican cuisine. Growing up in both Italy and Southern California, owner Mario Maruca shares his unique culinary journey.
House of Wolves is a Seattle-based independent design and production studio founded by musician and designer Shanine Yngvason. The company focuses on producing premium quality leather goods inspired by vintage style and classic techniques.
Patrick Finan thought that City Dining Cards would be a one-time promotion. He never expected it to become a full time career employing several people in Buffalo, NY. Patrick shares with us what's truly important to him in business, and how he feel's about his success. Watch the video presented by Chrysler Brand.
Jamaican Fashion designer Neville Wisdom came to America with not much more than a dream and a suitcase, and after years of hard work, he shares his advice for other entrepreneurs. Watch the video presented by Chrysler Brand.
Owner of Public Espresso, Sam Scarcello, is a coffee fanatic, so when the idea came up for opening a single drip coffee house and roastery, he dove in head first, and learned a ton of extremely valuable lessons along the way. Sam share's with us how positive or negative review’s can affect a business. Watch the video presented by Chrysler Brand.
After appearing on START UP, a lot changed for Al "Bubba" Baker. He was invited on Shark Tank and made a deal with Daymond John. Watch as Bubba and host Gary Bredow talk about life, business and what's next for Bubba and his patented De-boned Ribs!
Real Estate entrepreneur Bradley Cohen from The Home Store worked for years in corporate America. He was completely unfulfilled, but the stability kept him from chasing his dream. Brad talks with us about his biggest regret in business. Watch the video presented by Chrysler Brand.
Phil is a true renaissance man. From starting Doejo, a digital agency in Chicago, to opening several coffee shops around the city, Phil defines what it means to be a Start Up entrepreneur. Phil sits with Gary and shares what's new with Doejo since appearing on Start Up Season 2, and gives us a look at what's to come. Presented by Chrysler Brand.
Armando always wanted to be his own boss AND make a difference in people’s lives. He was able to do both. He opened his own State Farm insurance agency in his hometown, and now helps entrepreneurs just like him. There’s a coffee shop in Chicago that’s a little bit different. This one acts as an entrepreneurship community, a coaching and meeting space, and it’s all free (minus the coffee and food). It’s a unique idea created by State Farm.
There’s a coffee shop in Chicago that’s a little bit different. This one acts as an entrepreneurship community, a coaching and meeting space, and it’s all free (minus the coffee and food). It’s a unique idea created by State Farm.
Tess Wicks was as an actuary. She was good at risk and uncertainty. So, she assessed the risk of leaving her job, weighed her options, and did it anyway. Tess founded Creative Profit Co. to help entrepreneurs become more profitable.
Ioana Qureshi and Jennifer Beyers had a dream and started Rare Bird Beauties. Now they provide hair and makeup services for brides, fashion shoots, and special events.
Levi creates connections, meeting entrepreneurs and finding other people who can help them succeed. He’s the kind of person who wants to help others thrive. And from that passion, he launched Second Shift, a co-working space that focuses on collaboration and community support. As part of this plan, he’s used Next Door® to help build, grow, and support the entrepreneurial community in Chicago. Starting a business isn’t something you can do in isolation, and Levi is at the forefront of helping others achieve their dreams. As for Levi, he achieved his own entrepreneurial dream with lots of hard work and being intentional about which opportunities he pursued along the way.
Learn how Rachel Thebault, Owner and Chief Confectioner of Tribeca Treats bakery in New York City, plans to make the most of Small Business Saturday® 2013. American Express® Card accepting small merchants, learn about resources that can help your business attract more customers on Small Business Saturday 2013 and throughout the year. Visit www.americanexpress.com/MakeSmallBig. Eligibility restrictions apply.
See how a community of merchants in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA banded together to make Small BusinessSaturday® 2012 a big success. This year in 2013, Small Business Saturday is on Nov 30. Learn how to rally your community at www.shopsmall.com.
Millions of people nationwide have embraced the Shop Small® Movement. Hear why residents of Royal Oak, Michigan feel it is important to support their local businesses and how American Express has built an interactive map to help consumers like these find and shop at small businesses. American Express® Card accepting small merchants, find out how to get your business on the map at www.americanexpress.com/MakeSmallBig. Eligibility restrictions apply.
One conversation with a seasoned expert can save a business owner time, energy and resources. Gain insights from a powerful pairing of two entrepreneurs sharing their experiences. Featuring Brian Spaly, Founder & CEO of Trunk Club, and Coco Meers, Founder & CEO of Pretty Quick. Visit the American Express Knowledge Center for more resources to grow and manage your business: https://knowledgecenter.americanexpress.com
One conversation with a seasoned expert can save a business owner time, energy and resources. Gain insights from a powerful pairing of two entrepreneurs sharing their experiences. Featuring Matt Fish, Owner of Melt Bar and Grilled, and Josh Kabat and Kiaran Daly, Owners of Cleveland Pickle. Visit the American Express Knowledge Center for more resources to grow and manage your business: https://knowledgecenter.americanexpress.com
One conversation with a seasoned expert can save a business owner time, energy and resources. Gain insights from a powerful pairing of two entrepreneurs sharing their experiences. Featuring Bobby Stephens, President & COO of BucketFeet, and Lacie Whyte, Founder & President of Swirlgear. Visit the American Express Knowledge Center for more resources to grow and manage your business: https://knowledgecenter.americanexpress.com
Thriving entrepreneurial communities are popping up across the country and providing support for start-up businesses. Hear from Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler, Co-Founders of the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg in Brooklyn, NY and learn how they’ve created a hive of local entrepreneurial activity to fuel their weekly outdoor flea markets. Visit the American Express Knowledge Center for more resources to grow and manage your business: https://knowledgecenter.americanexpress.com
Thriving entrepreneurial communities are popping up across the country and providing support for start-up businesses. Hear from Donna Harris and Evan Burfield, Co-Founders of 1776 in Washington, D.C. and learn how they connect start-ups with the resources they need to grow. Visit the American Express Knowledge Center for more resources to grow and manage your business: https://knowledgecenter.americanexpress.com
Thriving entrepreneurial communities are popping up across the country and providing support for start-up businesses. Hear from Josh Linkner, CEO/Managing Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, and Greg Schwartz, CEO of start-up UpTo, and learn how “Opportunity Detroit” has become a city-wide movement to drive entrepreneurial activity in Detroit, MI. Visit the American Express Knowledge Center for more resources to grow and manage your business: https://knowledgecenter.americanexpress.com
Pro Nav is a GPS autopilot for electric trolling motors which are commonly used by fishermen that owns smaller boats, twelve to twenty-foot size range. Pro Nav is a hardware unit that we sell to customers, it has an application based software on the phone or tablet that allows you to talk to trolling motor and basically send all the automatic commands that are using GPS guiding to keep it on the anchor point or allow it to go from point to point, navigate a route that you set up
With users in over one hundred fifty different countries, MySwimPro is the number one fitness application for swimmers around the world! Developed right here in Michigan, MySwinPro helps users achieve their personal fitness and training goals by delivering a personalized swim training plan. They’ve also developed the world’s first swimming application for the Apple watch. This watch app redefines personal coaching on wearable device and it will guide you through work outs, set by set, just like a personal coach would.
Gaudium launched anime mobile game with the help of state universities and other local resources. Learn more what Michigan Economic Development Corporation can do for your startup business.
MagWerks LED is an intellectual property that is patented technology licensing company as well as an engineering services company to implement those technologies for its customer base. They use a technique called Magnesium thixomolding which is the ability to inject magnesium metal in a plastic light process therefore yielding an extremely strong, extremely light, extremely precise molded part which applies directly to LED.
SPLT is an Enterprise carpooling application that we designed to transform the way people commute across the country and most recently in Mexico City. It's a carpool application that connects employees who were already traveling along the same route and literally passing each other on the highway to form carpools to get to work together.
Spellbound is a mobile app that uses augmented reality technology to bring its content to 3-D life. Holding your smartphone or tablet to the pages of a book and looking through the camera displays the characters in 3D while the story is read aloud.
Sportsman Tracker is a collection of apps that we used to help hunters and fishermen optimize their time in the woods and on the water. Sportsman Tracker uses a collection of algorithms based on the wind, the barometric pressure, and other various weather elements that help determine the right time to go hunting and fishing.
SurClean, a manufacturer of industrial laster coating removal equipment, works together with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to increase their company growth through collaboration and networking. By using entrepreneurial-friendly tools from the MEDC, SurClean has been able to expand their business in Michigan and beyond.
Health Numeric is a medical technology company based in East Lansing, Michigan. They provide at-home health monitoring services and devices, allowing families to care for their relatives remotely. Watch the video to learn more about how Health Numeric is transforming the patient experience and how the state's resources helped get this startup from concept to reality.
FarmLogs is an independent tech company based in Ann Arbor, Michigan focused on improving the future of farming through custom-created technology solutions. Watch the video to learn more about FarmLogs and how Michigan provides the perfect resources for this small business to reach their customers.
Native Traits Corporation is a modern agriculture company located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Through the screening of gene traits in corn, this Michigan startup is dedicated to creating a sustainable agriculture economy. Watch the video to learn more about Native Traits and how Michigan's supportive culture for startups made planting their roots in Michigan a no-brainer.
Inventev is a technology startup based in Detroit focused on bringing electrification to the transportation sector. Their technology can be used to not only power a vehicle, but create power off the vehicle as well. Watch the video to learn more about this Detroit startup and how the state's automotive industry and strong talent pool played a large role in their decision to set up shop in Michigan.
Recovery Park is a small business located in Detroit, Michigan focused on improving the city's economy through urban farming. Since its start in 2013, this social enterprise has created eight full-time jobs in the city and plans to create 500 more in the next five years. Watch to learn more about Recovery Park and why the resources the MEDC and state provided them made planting their roots in Michigan a no-brainer.
Detroit Artisans preserves the ideals of the Great Lakes region through antique, retro, vintage, repurposed, reclaimed and handmade items, all curated by its passionate team of experts.
Michigan-based IoT startup, Tome Software, develops hi-tech health and wellness products by combining hardware and software.
iTrack LLC, a client of the OU INC SmartZone Business Accelerator, develops autonomous navigation and tracking systems for defense, entertainment, commercial lawn care and manufacturing industries.
GreenForces, a client of the MTEC SmartZone, is a collaboration of U.P. companies providing complete high-tech product lifecycle support to customers in the defense and aerospace industries.
Utruk is a moving app that connects you with reliable Utruk drivers near you to help you move your possessions. You can place your order, track your driver and payment is completely cashless. Watch to discover how these entrepreneurs have succeeded thanks to the great opportunities for small business help in Michigan.
Signing Savvy is the most comprehensive sign language resource on the web, helping people to learn American Sign Language (ASL) signs, fingerspelled words, and other common signs online. Watch to learn how this company's start in Michigan has helped them reach people with their service all over the world.
ShoreWaves is a wireless Internet service provider in the Upper Peninsula, using point-to-point radio signals to provide service to areas without the infrastructure for Internet or phone service. Watch to learn how this small business has partnered with the MEDC to help themselves and other local businesses succeed.
Shake 'N Share lids help distribute popcorn butter and seasoning evenly, can be used as bowls to share and can seal bucketsto keep popcorn fresh. Watch to learn how the founder of this Michigan business has found all the help he needs in Michigan to develop his own product and be his own boss.
Reclaim Detroit is a salvaged wood supplier and deconstruction training center. Watch to learn how this small business is partnering with the city of Detroit and why the team highly recommends starting a business in Michigan.
Mission Throttle is a social impact investing firm for Michigan organizations focused on solving the most challenging issues in the state around health, education, environment and poverty. Watch to learn why the team at Mission Throttle recommends Michigan as a great place for entrepreneurs.
Rocket Fiber is bringing the fastest Internet in the world to Detroit. Watch to learn about fiber optic Internet technology and why the founders of this Michigan startup chose Detroit for their business.
Vestaron is a small biotech startup company in Kalamazoo, Michigan developing natural insecticides to protect plants. Watch to learn more about the work and why the founders recommend starting a business in Michigan.
Go Green Trikes is a Michigan business providing environmentally friendly delivery services using tricycles that can pull up to 600 pounds in weight. Watch to learn why the founder of this Michigan startup loves her job and recommends starting a business in Michigan.
Mitten Crate is a Michigan business that creates monthly subscription boxes full of unique Michigan-made food products. Watch to learn why the founders of this MIchigan startup love their jobs and recommend starting a business in Michigan.
SkySpecs is a Michigan business creating intelligent drone software for commercial drones. Watch to learn why this team of University of Michigan grads love their jobs and recommend starting a business in Michigan.
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