Growing a WordCamp Year After Year

The fourth WordCamp Ann Arbor just wrapped up, and the initial feedback is that it was the best one to date. Two years ago I wrote a post summarizing what I had learned leading WordCamps prior to stepping down as lead organizer. Now I’ve been involved in another two and have seen the camp I […]

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Ann Arbor Startup Weekend, Day 2 + 3

Well I didn’t get to blog about day two by itself, so I figure I will just combine my thoughts for the last two days into this post. Day two at Ann Arbor start up weekend was a work day, short and simple. People showed up at 9:00 and barely lifted their heads until lunch […]

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Startup Weekend Ann Arbor, Day 1

Startup weekend is a new “type” of event that has been popping up here or there. The concept is simple, get forward thinking entrepreneurial together for in a dank, hot and sweaty basement for an entire weekend and see what will come out of it. Hopefully the result is more than putrid smells and dilated […]

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It is time to develop systems

In the past few years of owning a business I have learned that no matter what you do, you can improve on it by developing a system. Think about what you do every day, and really break down all of the details. Think about which tasks have a system or which you do simply by […]

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Ann Arbor Event, Troy Event – Become a Leader

For those who attended the Seth Godin event, you know how well the Connect Ann Arbor events turn out. You have another opportunity to network, learn, and be entertained. Do you run a small business, large business, or team? Ever want to be a leader? This your chance. Famed U of M coach Bo Schembechler […]

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What the newspapers missed, and you might too

My company, 3.7 Designs had the fortune of getting a few mentions and the logo published in the local newspaper. Our initial impression of the article was that it would be a discussion of the collaboration that occurs between the companies in our office, however they instead chose to focus on the “cost savings” of […]

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Ann Arbor Art Fair? Can It Teach Me Anything?

Ann Arbor — The “Mini New York”. To say that Ann Arbor puts a great deal of emphasis on it’s “rich culture” is speaking mildly. While I end up driving out to many other cities in Michigan and Ohio, I have yet to come across one that has as many art galleries, unique restaurants, and […]

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Pfizer closing in Ann Arbor

It looks like Pfizer is closing down their Ann Arbor Office. This is a frightening wake up call for Michigan and Ann Arbor in general. With the auto industry struggling and having mass layoffs, Michigan has looked into technology and medicine as the future of our economy. With the closing of Pfizer this gives a […]

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Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce Year Ender

While many cities have a Chamber of Commerce to help insulate and improve the local business market, I have always gotten the feeling that the Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce was an extra good fortune for those who choose Ann Arbor as their business home. Last week I attended my first Chamber of Commerce year […]

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