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Profile: Megan Ackroyd prepares to steward Scottish bakery into third generation

She's making sure that her family business sticks around for generations to come.

Skateboard shop opens up in Clawson

It's all thanks to a nine-year-old boy.

How Canine to Five's Liz Blondy grew her dog daycare business from city to suburb

It all started over a couple of drinks with friends.

New boutique hotel to be built in Marine City

Developers and city officials say the hotel is another example of downtown Marine City's resurgence.

Royal Oak made-from-scratch bakery to open second location in Birmingham

Love & Buttercream Too is more than five times the size of the original Royal Oak location.

Clawson's Junk King spins trash into gold

In a nation of stuff, three Clawson entrepreneurs figured junk removal was a good business bet. They were right.

New disc golf course built in Oxford

Just in time for fall colors, Oxford Township boasts a new reason for spending time outdoors before the winter comes.

In the News: If Pistons move to Detroit, what will happen in Auburn Hills?

Will a vacant Palace of Auburn Hills go the way of the Silverdome?

Advanced manufacturing workforce training center opening in Madison Heights

A new training center designed to address the advanced manufacturing skills gap throughout the region is opening in Madison Heights. The Michigan Advanced Manufacturing Collaboration is now accepting applications for its first cohort in CNC mill certification training, which it anticipates will start this December. Officials say the first two or three groups to take the class will do so free of charge, a $3,000 to $3,500 value.

As MAMC grows, it will also offer welding and industrial maintenance programs. The cohorts will be available to adults -- especially veterans, officials say -- and will eventually expand to include high school students.

"We want what we're teaching to be life-changing for our students," says Dan Gilbertson, MAMC Director of Innovative Educational Programs and Strategic Partnerships. "These are good careers, good paying jobs."

MAMC got its start at Madison High School in Madison Heights. Gilbertson is a former principal at the high school. He and his partners anticipated an industry demand for a local advanced manufacturing workforce; a suspicion that has since been confirmed, he says.

FANUC, one of the world's largest robotics companies with its North American headquarters in Rochester Hills, brought robotic equipment to the high school to get students interested in careers in advanced manufacturing. MAMC will use equipment from FANUC, along with Rockwell Automation, Lincoln Electric, and Parker Hannifin, to teach its courses.

The MAMC facility is located in the same building as Wilkinson Middle School, having converted 12,000 sq. ft. into instruction space. Gilbertson says large areas are necessary for these types of programs.

While many manufacturing jobs have left the region, Gilbertson says that there is once again a demand for a skilled advanced manufacturing workforce. They are good jobs, he says, and much safer and cleaner than the manufacturing jobs associated with the twentieth century.

Michigan Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative is located 26524 John R Rd. in Madison Heights. People are encouraged to apply online.

Logicdrop expands, set to launch new product

Earlier this year, technology startup LogicDrop was crammed in a tiny space in Berkley, its founders finding every which way to fit up to 15 employees and computers and work desks. 
 
Things are a little roomier now that Logicdrop has moved into a spacious second-floor space on the same block as popular nightspots Sneakers, the Loving Touch, and Woodward Avenue Brewers in Ferndale. And that's been a boon to the organization.

“We have a very close-knit team. We spend a lot of time working on the culture of our company," says Logicdrop co-founder KimJohn Quin. "We try to bring that startup mentality to our team."

Logicdrop co-founders KimJohn Quinn, John Shuell, and Jared Grabill met each other ten to twelve years ago, each coming from a long history of working at startups. They've been working on some form of their flagship technology product, Logicdrop Studio, for almost two decades now.

The technology has finally caught up to the vision they first shared nearly twenty years ago. It's a business rules platform that allows users to customize data analysis. They say their platform cuts weeks of computing time down to mere minutes.

Logicdrop is gearing up for the release of Logicdrop Studio and the bigger space is a reflection of how the company feels about its future. They've opened up their signature intelligence platform to a round of beta tests and expect to release a final version in the second quarter of 2017. The cofounders say that no matter their future growth, they want to maintain their startup mentality. 

The workplace culture is decidedly loose. There's no dress code, and there are no titles. Employees don't have to punch in and out, don't have to put in for vacation days; all that Logicdrop expects of its employees is that they complete the tasks they've been assigned.

Startups are trial-and-error enterprises, says Shuell, but they've worked it out to where Logicdrop is now growing. The team has discovered that while the Logicdrop Studio product is their goal, maintaining a service-based model to complement the development process of Studio allows them to keep the lights on. 
 
And it's their reputation that has carried them through; each of their clients have come to them, and not the other way around, says Shuell. Clients have included automotive companies, hospitals, law firms, banks, and Fortune 500 company Nestle.

Another way Logicdrop has kept the lights on is to hire college students. The company believes strongly in this practice; it allows them to keep costs down without having to outsource offshore talent. While it's not an official internship program, the company contends that the students it hires are better prepared for the workforce --  should they decide to leave the company after graduation, which is not often the case.

"We expect everyone to understand why they do something, not to go online and say, I found the solution, place in your code and say I'm done," says Quinn. "We want our developers to understand why they did that. And that's been a huge feather in our cap."

Though they first may be leery of the age of some of the developers, clients recommend and return to Logicdrop because of the team's successes, according to Quinn. With the pending official release of Studio and expected growth, Logicdrop is currently hiring.

New yoga studio in Ferndale started by long-time teacher

Caren Paskel, a well-known figure in the local yoga industry, is striking out on her own with a new yoga studio in downtown Ferndale.

Paskel long held a leadership position at the local chain Yoga Shelter, which is co-owned by her brother Eric. She's calling her new venture EnSoul Yoga. It opens Saturday, October 8. An official grand opening won't be held until the first week of November, when Paskel will celebrate with DJs and vendors.

For those familiar with Paskel's style of teaching, EnSoul will be an extension of what she taught in the past. Paskel believes in a style of yoga that stretches the mind as well as the body, and not just during the class period. She says it's a yoga that keeps working well after a session is over.

Whatever nerves Paskel had when considering starting her own yoga studio have dissipated leading up to EnSoul opening. Originally planning on a now-scrapped Royal Oak location a year ago, she's since had that time to promote EnSoul as she readies the new Ferndale space. She's well known in the local yoga scene and has been offering pre-opening specials and Groupons leading up to the opening, all of which have been going fast, she says.

"We're off to a really good start," says Paskel. "This is pretty invigorating and exciting for me. It tells me I'm doing the right thing. People are coming."

She believes that the move to Ferndale has been the right thing, too. She says the downtown stretch of Nine Mile Road is very community-driven, with lots of neighboring business owners stopping in to say hello. "The vibe there is really awesome."

EnSoul Yoga is located at 210 W. Nine Mile Rd. in Ferndale.

Beaumont first in Michigan to offer new breast cancer treatment

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Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak is the first health system in the state to offer the Intrabeam intraoperative radiotherapy system, a new partial radiotherapy treatment option for breast cancer patients.

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Buyers flock to Milford in booming housing market

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With its restaurants and retail shops, parks, recreation and community events, downtown Milford might be a nice place to visit — but many are deciding it’s an even better place to live.

Houses are selling quickly in the village and values are going up. According to numbers provided by Oakland County Equalization, Milford’s residential market values have increased, on average, about 17.3 percent since 2013 and are projected to head up an additional 4 percent in 2017.

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Church helps indie businesses thrive with Greenhouse Ferndale co-working space

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As the number of entrepreneurs and people able to work from home grows, so does the need for low-cost office space and drop-in shared work-spaces.  Renaissance Vineyard Church in Ferndale (1841 Pinecrest) has come up with a solution that, according to Rev. Jim Pool is intended to help “bless the businesses” with a place of community, privacy if needed, and reliable internet.

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Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan awarded grants totaling $53,,000 to 15 nonprofits

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan awarded grants totaling $534,000, from the Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) Charitable Foundation Fund to a diverse group of 15 nonprofit organizations that provide services to children and youth in the region. This is the largest round of grantmaking in the DADA Charitable Foundation Fund’s 17-year history, more than double previous years. Grants range from $15,000 to $50,000 each.
 
Programs and organizations that received grants are:
  • Autism Alliance of Michigan (http://autismallianceofmichigan.org) – Southfield, $50,000 for support to provide resources for low-income families to help them successfully navigate Michigan's special education system
  • buildOn (www.buildon.org) – Detroit, $20,000 for support for an after-school, anti-violence program for high school students in Detroit 
  • Care House of Oakland County Inc. (www.carehouse.org) – Pontiac, $35,000 for support for the expansion of child abuse prevention trainings for education professionals and others who are obligated by law to report suspected abuse
  • Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program (www.downtownyouthboxing.org) – Detroit, $20,000 for support for an after-school coding program for youth in Detroit
  • Fraser First Booster Club (www.fraserfirst.com) – Fraser, $42,000 for support for a universally-designed recreational park in Macomb County, accessible for all abilities
  • Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan (www.gshom.org) – Ypsilanti, $30,450 for support for implementing Healthy Futures, a program that improves the physical, mental and emotional health of girls in low-income communities in Washtenaw County
  • Give Merit Inc.(www.meritgoodness.com) – Detroit, $15,000 for support for the expansion of a mentoring and career preparation program for Detroit youth
  • JVS (www.jvsdet.org) – Southfield, $36,400 for support for Pathways to Careers, a program that helps individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities obtain and maintain integrated competitive employment
  • Macomb Community College Foundation (http://www.macomb.edu/alumni-donors/about-the-foundation/index.html) – Clinton Township, $45,450 for support over two years for an intensive reading and writing coaching program for high school students in Macomb County
  • Michigan Science Center (www.mi-sci.org) – Detroit, $40,000 for support for a hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum enrichment program for all fourth-grade students in Detroit Public Schools
  • Oakland Family Services (www.oaklandfamilyservices.org) – Pontiac, $50,000 for support for the Before 3 to Succeed awareness campaign to increase the number of children screened for developmental delays
  • Project Healthy Community (www.projecthealthycommunity.org) – Detroit, $50,000 for support over two years for building organizational capacity to better serve children and families in northwest Detroit
  • St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (www.stjoesoakland.org) – Pontiac, $40,000 for support for preventive dental health care education and expanded access to pediatric dental services for special needs children
  • Starr Commonwealth (www.starr.org) – Albion, $30,500 for support for the expansion of training that holistically responds to the effects of trauma on children and adults in Macomb County
  • Wild Swan Theater (www.wildswantheater.org) – Ann Arbor, $29,200 for support for an original main stage and touring production for elementary school audiences, inspired by folktales from Arab culture
“This year grants are the largest in the DADA Charitable Foundation Fund’s history because of the increased support received from the DADA,” said Mariam C. Noland, president of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. “Thousands of children throughout metro Detroit will benefit from the services provided by these 15 organizations.”
 
“The Detroit Auto Dealers Association is whole-heartedly committed to making a positive impact in our local communities and supporting nonprofit organizations that enrich the lives of children,” said Rod Alberts, Executive Director, DADA.
 
More than $5 million in grants have been awarded to 138 organizations and the funds have created a $2.4 million endowment.
 
The DADA Charitable Foundation Fund was established at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan in 1998 by the DADA, a trade association composed of more than 200 automobile dealers in metropolitan Detroit. The Fund represents a lasting legacy of the DADA’s charitable commitment to southeast Michigan.
 
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is a full-service philanthropic organization leading the way to positive change in our region. As a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations, the Foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development and civic affairs.  Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $870 million through more than 58,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston counties.  For more information, please visit www.cfsem.org.      
 
Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) was founded in 1907 by 17 local car dealers, and has grown to more than 220-member car and truck dealers who donate their time and resources to a host of community activities. Currently, the DADA members collectively employ more than 16,500 people. Many members participate in the NAIAS, LLC, which is responsible for the production of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). To find out more about Detroit Auto Dealers Association, visit dada.org. To find out more about the NAIAS, visit naias.com.
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