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Why Ann Arbor is One of the Midwest’s Most Resilient Economies

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  Economic downturns destabilize even the strongest economic ecosystems. Ann Arbor’s twenty years of growth has been put to the test several times, and each time the city and surrounding region has proven to demonstrate a successful progression in building a thriving entrepreneurial community.   This year has proven to be a year defined by…

EntryPoint Releases 2020 Midwest Shop Local Gift Guide to Support Small Businesses During the Holiday Season

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25 Companies Selected to be Featured in Special Edition of The Cackle Airing the Week of November 30 Ann Arbor, MICH. – Nov. 9, 2020 - EntryPoint, a nonprofit research institution that delivers comprehensive research insights and implements effective data-driven programs to promote entrepreneurship across the Midwest, today announced the release of the 2020 Midwest…

Insights into Attracting Boomerang Talent to the Midwest

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At EntryPoint, we use research and data on the entrepreneurial community to understand how to better support it. On The Cackle, our weekly livestream chats, we’ve had the incredible opportunity to discuss the most relevant and pressing business topics with small business leaders, startup innovators, and entrepreneurs. EntryPoint’s founder and managing director’s recent conversation with…

How to Optimize Your Virtual Events: Insights from Business Leaders

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The pandemic has changed many things about work, but one of the most dramatic shifts has been event hosting. At EntryPoint, we’ve shifted our programs and discussions to virtual events, which has allowed us to reach an even wider audience. In the spring, we launched “The Cackle,” our popular weekly interviews with entrepreneurs, business leaders,…

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Startup Community

It’s not an exaggeration to say that the past year has been fraught with turbulence. Political tensions, social unrest, and, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic have all generated a great deal of uncertainty throughout communities, including their economies. Even the Ann Arbor region, which is consistently ranked among the best places in which to live…

Guest Post: The Six Things Top Talent Looks for in a New Job

purpose.jobs connects top talent with purpose-driven startups based on values, experience, and culture fit. To attract top talent, Ryan Landau, founder of purpose.jobs, found that a healthy company culture is crucial, especially for startups. As featured in the 2020 Detroit Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Report, he shares the six attributes that candidates are looking for in a…

Guest Post: Why Equitable and Inclusive Entrepreneurship Matters

Build Institute empowers people to launch ideas and grow businesses by providing access to education, resources, and a supportive engaged community. While Detroit’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is continually growing, April Boyle, Founder and Executive Director of Build Institute, found that it is becoming even more critical to support women and people of color in Detroit due…

7 Online Tools to Improve Your Virtual Office

Most businesses have had to pivot major aspects of their operations to function effectively during the COVID-19 pandemic. While an abrupt change at first, many businesses have found a balance, including managing and keeping projects in the cloud, utilizing software platforms to collaborate with colleagues, and increasing their organization’s digital presence. Because of distancing measures…

COVID-19 Washtenaw County Business Impact Survey

By: Emily Heintz, Founder & Managing Director, EntryPoint EntryPoint is a nonprofit that partners with organizations to deliver comprehensive research insights and implement effective data-driven programs that promote entrepreneurship across the Midwest. We are also a small business. In the course of our work, we talk to startups and small businesses daily – we study…

Guest Post: Building Founder-Focused Community

Community plays an important role in many industries, but is especially beneficial for startup founders. EntryPoint guest blogger, Amanda Lewan, Co-Founder and CEO of Bamboo Detroit, recognized the opportunity to build a founder-focused community. As featured in the 2020 Detroit Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Report, she discusses the importance of building a network of founders and how…