On the night of Poco Loco’s grand opening in Burton, the pop machine broke. Then they ran out of ice. “Everything that could go wrong, did,” recalls the restaurant’s owner, Luz Martinez. “Our whole dining room was standing room only. Fortunately, it was all family, so they understood.” It would have been easy to throw […]

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If it weren’t for a mishap at her daughter’s wedding 13 years ago, Lorrie Sage may never have found her calling to open Special Occasions, a successful linen rental and event design company with three Michigan locations. “My daughter wanted chair covers, but we couldn’t find anyone who rented them locally,” Sage says. “We eventually […]

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Christie Wong Barrett didn’t plan to run a manufacturing company – but when she looks back at her career steps along the way, she isn’t surprised. Graduating from MIT with a chemical engineering degree, Hong Kong-born Wong Barrett presumed she’d always work in technical positions, like her first job at an engineering and construction company. […]

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When it comes to managing employees at Miller Industries – the Fenton-based holding company behind Performance Fabricating, FlexAir and MiReps – Matt Miller looks no further than his four children for inspiration. “If I don’t want to miss my kids’ activities, I know my employees don’t want to miss theirs,” says Matt, who co-owns the […]

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FUNchitecture has an office inside Flint’s Plaza One building on Court Street, but owner Shannon Easter White prefers to leave her desk behind for meetings. Today, she’s had two appointments at the Flint Farmers’ Market, which has its perks. For one, it’s an effective way to showcase her work. After all, the sole-proprietor spent more […]

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