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The Cackle Special Edition

Celebrating Midwest Small Businesses

For this six-week special edition of The Cackle, EntryPoint will be celebrating small businesses from across the Midwest that have been supporting their customers and giving people a sense of community during this challenging year. Let’s shine a light on some of the amazing small businesses that have positively impacted their communities and contributed to the vibrancy of their local economies. Companies can apply here to be featured or community-members can quickly nominate their favorite local business here.

Every Monday starting July 26th, thousands of viewers will have a chance to learn more about these local businesses and the vibrancy they bring to their communities. Then viewers will have a week to spread the word and select one of the featured companies to receive $1,000 in support of their continued growth.

The Cackle highlights small businesses, startups, and people who have an impact on communities across the Midwest. In nearly 100 episodes, we explore a wide range of topics relating to the vibrancy of local economies, including: entrepreneurial journeys, economic trends, the challenges small businesses and startups face, and the importance of building a diverse and inclusive community. 

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How to participate:

Midwest-based, small business owners with fewer than 25 employees can submit this short application to be considered for the feature. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Our Guests:

Week 2: Aired on August 2 on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn – Celebrating Midwest Small Businesses

  • Motor City Woman Studios, a recording and production studio in Southfield, MI founded by Robin Kinnie in 2016. As an avid talk radio listener, Robin saw the need for more diverse voices in broadcasting and podcasting. Her studio offers audiobook, podcast and voiceover production with an emphasis on accurate media representation.
  • sweet bean, a chocolate company in Cleveland, OH founded by Kristin Barnes in 2014. Focusing on handmade filled chocolates and single-origin bean to bar chocolate, with the occasional marshmallow or other confection, sweet bean creates the treats people love to eat.
  • Aaron Christopher Events, an events company in Flint, MI founded by Aaron Jackson in 2020. Their goal is bring Class, Culture, and as The Great Notorious B.I.G said “Style n Grace.” They use their events not only for a good time and relaxing but we will be networking, engaging in philanthropy, and most importantly creating opportunities for community development.

Week 1: Aired on July 26 on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn – Celebrating Midwest Small Businesses

  • Estella’s Vegan Dessert Boutique, a small batch bakery in Detroit founded by chef, Chantele Jones, in 2020. The bakery is dedicated to offering its customers a wide range of plant-based dishes that are both healthy and flavorful. Estella’s is southern style with a twist and home of the “vegan pound cake.”
  • AFC Ann Arbor, a semi-professional soccer club in Ann Arbor founded in 2014. AFC Ann Arbor’s men’s team competes in the USL League 2, and their women’s team competes in the United Women’s Soccer league.
  • epiphany studios, a state-of-the-art hot glass studio and gallery in Pontiac, owned and operated by glass artist April Wagner. Creating one of a kind sculptures and gifts items that are contemporary, colorful, and well-crafted. From paperweights and decanters, to huge wall and atrium sculptures.

Stay tuned to this page for updates on who we are featuring each week!


About The Cackle

The Cackle is EntryPoint’s popular, weekly interview series available to watch every Wednesday at 10:30 AM EST live on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn!

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Each week on The Cackle, we highlight small businesses, startups, and people who have an impact on communities across the Midwest. We explore a wide range of topics relating to the vibrancy of local economies, including: entrepreneurial journeys, economic trends found in our research, the challenges facing small businesses and startups face, and the importance of building a diverse and inclusive community.

At EntryPoint, we LOVE working with economic development organizations and nonprofits that are strategic, value listening to the needs of community members, and are passionate about building more opportunity and vibrancy in their communities. 

EntryPoint is a registered 501(c)(3).

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