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…

Importance of Buying Local for a Faster Economic Recovery

The current pandemic has negatively impacted nearly all aspects of the economy, including small businesses and startups. According to EntryPoint's COVID-19 Business Impact Report, much like the rest of the nation, 97% of businesses in the Ann Arbor, MI region have been impacted by COVID-19 and 88% of businesses have less than 25 employees. When…

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…

EntryPoint Weekly Q&A

EntryPoint invites industry experts to share insights, tips and forecasts on Michigan's entrepreneurial ecosystem. Join EntryPoint and industry experts every week as we discuss how we can continue to support our startup and small business community. Want to be a guest? Sign up HERE! Here's the upcoming schedule for Facebook Live: Facebook Live Q&A (Every…

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 help other founders build a network. As featured in the 2020 Detroit Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Report, she discusses the importance of building founder-focused community and how…

COVID-19 Midwest Resources for Small Businesses and Startups

COVID-19

Updated as of 5/20/2020Helping organizations to understand the landscape of the small business and startup ecosystem and assisting them with implementing effective programs to support those businesses is what we do.  During this time, we are working to provide entrepreneurial support organizations, foundations, and government with important insights about small business and startup communities across…

It’s Official! EntryPoint is Now a Registered 501c3 Nonprofit!

EntryPoint is thrilled to announce we were designated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by the IRS in January! EntryPoint has always been a community-focused organization. We are committed to partnering with organizations to deliver comprehensive research insights and implement effective data-driven programs that promote entrepreneurship across the Midwest. This new tax-exempt status allows us to…

Guest Post: How to Determine Your Target Market and Effectively Build Your Startup with It

Michigan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem has grown immensely over the past five years (STAT). EntryPoint doesn’t only want to see the number of companies increase, but we would like to see those companies flourish. EntryPoint guest blogger, Matthew Gira, Founder at FounderCo, saw an opportunity to help founders start at the basics and learn how to be…