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VIDEO: Thirty established Detroit businesses win $10K each for their ideas for growth

Last month, the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan (NEI) did something unusual for a philanthropic organization: it recongized the contributions small businesses make to Detroit neighborhoods by granting them money directly for their ideas for growth. 

NEIdeas: Rewarding Ideas for Business Growth launched in May by asking existing businesses (those that are at least three years old, i.e. non-startups) in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park a simple question: "What's your best idea for growth?" Nearly 600 loval businesses applied, of which thirty were selected by a jury to receive $10,000 each. Meet the winners in this video by Detroit Lives!

Click here for the full list of NEIdeas $10k Challenge winners.
 

Featured Metro Detroit City

Sterling Heights

Sterling Heights / Clinton Township (M-59 Golden Corridor)

It may not have been around as long as some Metro Detroit cities, but in roughly 40 years Sterling Heights (incorporated in 1968) has really come into its own. Not only is it Michigan's fourth largest city, it's been ranked in the top 20 in Money Magazine's list of "Best Small Cities."
 
Nestled East of Troy and north of Warren and approximately 23 miles from Detroit, the city is known for its safe neighborhoods, diverse business landscape, growing Chaldean and Asian communities, and signature outdoor attractions. First and foremost of those is the Clinton River, which provides endless opportunities to boat, kayak and fish. Freedom Trail also runs through Sterling Heights with a hike, bike, and rollerblade path that connects over 20 miles of Macomb County Metro Parks.
 
If you've got a hankering for festivals, the city's Dodge Park and Freedom Hill Amphitheater boast must-attended family-friendly events. From a spectacular 4th Of July fireworks show to an eclectic summer outdoor concert series, the amphitheater is ground zero for local entertainment. Similarly, Dodge Park is home to the city's annual and ever-popular Sterling Fest. If you're looking for something a little more Old World, check out the American-Polish Festival, which straddles Dequindre Rd. and neighboring Troy, as it celebrates the region's Polish heritage.
 
Foodies take comfort, SH has got you covered. Looking for the ingredients to your next authentic Italian meal? Ventimiglia Italian Foods carries products from 'The Boot' while offering up mouth-watering subs. Antonio's Italian Cuisine gets high marks from local reviewers and Sterling's Bistro has been described as "a gem hidden in plain sight" by the Metro Times.

Next to Sterling Heights is Clinton Township, Michigan's most populous township with a broad economic diversity and home to rapper Eminem. The Clinton River forks into three branches within the township and offers ample opportunity for outdoor recreation, from kayaking to hiking in the picturesque parks located on the river. 

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Getting Around

Detroiters biking to work
Whether by planes, trains, or automobiles, metro Detroit gets around. Hop on a bus, take the train, park your car, or ride your bike and enjoy. 
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Housing

Urbane Lofts
From stylish, modern new lofts in renovated high-rises to sprawling historic old mansions and 19th-century row houses, metro Detroit's housing stock is as diverse as its population. For those looking to buy, trulia.com and zillow.com are good places to start. For renters, start with this list of rental properties below. 
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Outdoors

Wolcott Mill
Metro Detroit is full of beautiful parks with plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. From waterfront parkland to serene wooded areas, metro Detroit is full of natural beauty to explore through hiking, biking, and a variety of other outdoor activities.
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Service

ArtRoad, Edison Elementary
Volunteering is a great way to become more actively involved in your community and to meet new people with the same interests as you. Volunteer opportunities at metro Detroit organizations run the full gamut from arts and outdoor recreation to philanthropy and youth mentoring. Take a look at some of these community groups and nonprofit organizations listed below to see which might be the best fit for you.
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Shopping

Rust Belt Market
In metro Detroit you will find a surprising number of independently-owned clothing boutiques, record shops, sneaker stores, rare book stores, home goods stores, and stores of eccentricity. Below are some of the highlights of metro Detroit's most retail-rich neighborhoods. 
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Sports and Entertainment

The Crofoot
Whether you want to be more artsy or more fartsy, there's something for everyone to do in metro Detroit! 
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