Kalitta Air

Many businesses located in the Ypsilanti area have a global impact even though they are located in Washtenaw County. WEMU's Lisa Barry and On the Ground Ypsi project manager Sarah Rigg talk with Bill Mayer of Ann Arbor SPARK about the many successful local businesses in the Ypsilanti area they've helped support and nurture to reach this level of success.

Kristin Gapske
Washtenaw Community College /

While there is still work to be done, women continue to shatter glass ceilings. More women are taking on the challenge of entrepeneurship and doing so successfully. At some point, most everyone launching a new business needs some guidance, and that's where Kristin Gapske and her team come in. Kristin is director of the Entrepeneurship Center at Washtenaw Community College. She joined WEMU's David Fair about how the center is assisting women in business start-ups and in industry growth. 

City Of Ann Arbor Discusses Goals For 2021 And Beyond

Dec 15, 2020
City of Ann Arbor

On Monday night, Ann Arbor’s city council discussed goals the city has set for 2021 and beyond.  

Wiki Commons

As local businesses continue to be affected by the pandemic, the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber says shopping local will help keep them open.  

Ari Weinzweig

Zingerman's co-founder Ari Weinzweig has written several books and pamphlets in recent years about a variety of topics, mostly having to do with improving ourselves and our perspectives, which can lead to better relationships, whether personal or business-related.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to Weinzweig about his latest pamphlet called “Humility: A Humble, Anarchistic Inquiry.”

A2/Ypsilanti Chamber

The Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber is offering free Personal Protective Equipment starter kits to local small businesses.  

Gretchen Whitmer
Wikipedia Media Commons /

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued a new COVID-19 executive order.  This order sets rules to help manage the re-opening of some businesses and recreational activities.  We have more from Rick Pluta.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer is expected to outline plans Friday to lift some travel restrictions and to allow some businesses to resume operating – even if it’s at just partial capacity.  Many Republicans in the Legislature have been unhappy with how Whitmer’s used her authority during the COVID-19 crisis.  GOP leaders have called a special Friday session to vote on measures to place new restrictions on her emergency powers. Rick Pluta reports.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says her strict stay-at-home order and the shutdown of many businesses appears to be slowing the spread of COVID-19.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


A state board has approved $20 million in grants and loans to help small businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.  As Rick Pluta tells us, the money is largely directed toward businesses ordered to shut down or scale back their operations. 

Dana Nessel
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Attorney General Dana Nessel says her office will guard against profiteers who use the coronavirus outbreak to gouge consumers on the costs of health and hygiene supplies.  We have more from Rick Pluta.

Gretchen Whitmer
State of Michigan /

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says gatherings of 100 or more people should be cancelled or postponed.  She says businesses should relax their sick leave policies.  As we hear from Rick Pluta, these recommendations are part of her response to the first reported cases of COVID-19 in the state.

Paul Hickman
Paul Hickman

It’s been one year since Paul Hickman made the difficult decision to close his creative business Urban Ashes.  As he did on "creative:impact" a year ago, Paul opens up to The Arts Alliance’s Deb Polich and WEMU’s David Fair about his experiences this last year: his unexpected loss of identity and his journey of retooling and rediscovering himself as an artist and designer.  

Is it a good idea to become an entrepreneur after 50?  WEMU’s Lisa Barry and Dr. Theresa Reid discuss the pros and cons of creating your own company or community at a later age and share resources on how to make that happen in this edition of "Modern Aging."

Dr. Wayne Baker /

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the art of well being.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with author and University of Michigan professor Dr. Wayne Baker about ways to ask for help and how that can lead to co-creating solutions at work and in other parts of your life.

Ypsi Alloy Studios
Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

Ilana Houten and Jessica Tenbusche, two of the three co-founders of Ypsi Alloy Studios, chat about how a business born of each artist’s need for studio space developed into a cooperative and supportive business model serving other “dirty” artists in Ypsilanti.  On "creative:impact,"  WEMU’s David Fair and The Arts Alliance’s Deb Polich  learn about what makes Ypsi Alloy Studio’s model work.  

Ari Weinzweig
Zingtrain /

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the art of well being.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Zingerman's co-founder, speaker, and author Ari Weinzweig about sharing the wisdom from anarchist Emma Goldman to bring joy and creative purpose to our work and personal lives.

Jorge Avellan / WEMU

To help empower entrepreneurship through inclusion, capital, and connection, the 2019 Intermitten Conference took place Tuesday at The Ark in Ann Arbor.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.

Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

This week, Art and Soul focuses on the art of well being.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined by co-owner of Zingerman’s and author Ari Weinzweig to talk about his latest pamphlet that talks about looking at life from an artist’s perspective.

Bert Cregg
Michigan State University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources /

Finding the right Christmas tree for your home is always a big part of the holiday season.  But which type of tree is better for the environment--real or artificial?  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair tries to settle this debate with Michigan State University horticulture professor Dr. Bert Cregg.

EMU Center for Digital Engagement /

The digital age continues to expand across the business spectrum.  Eastern Michigan University recognized this trend and started a program to help its students enter the digital business world more prepared and much more confident.  In this week's "Focus on EMU," WEMU's Patrick Campion learns about EMU's Center for Digital Engagement with its director, Bud Gibson.  They also talk about this year's Digital Engagement Workshop, which the center recently hosted.

Ann Arbor Businesses Embrace 'Buy It For Life' Concept

Sep 17, 2018
Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan discovered there are businesses in Washtenaw County contributing to the vision of buying products for life.


A2Y Vice President of Foundation and Leadership for the A2Y chamber Barbara Davenport and attorney Andrew Fink of Fink and Fink Law in Ann Arbor discuss the community leadership class, which has had more than 3,000 graduates over the past 33 years.

Washtenaw County Offering Mini Grants To Non-Profits

Mar 16, 2016
Washtenaw County

The Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development is currently offering mini grants of up to $10,000 to non-profit groups. 

Lisa Barry

 The CEO and co-founder of Zingerman's in Ann Arbor, Ari Weinzweig is speaking at the Zing Train Speaker Series about "hope in the workplace."  After encountering some employees engaged in a non hopeful conversation, Weinzweig decided to do some research on the topic and plans to incorporate what he learned in his next book.


Korin Hancherlian-Amos / Piano's 'Round Town

Don't be surprised if you hear pianos being played around the city of Ypsilanti during the next few weeks.  You'll see them where you least expect it.


You get a business deal with the Tubby Submarine sandwich company buying the Livonia based "Just Baked" cupcake maker.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though several "Just Baked" franchises including the one in Ann Arbor are not part of the deal.  

Patrick Bolger

One way to build community and create connections is with storytelling.  The award winning "Kitchen Sisters" are sharing their experience and expertise in this area at a Zing Train speaker series appearance in Ann Arbor. 

Business Leaders For Michigan

A survey of Michigan business owners shows optimism about the state and national economies. The forecast by the Business Leaders for Michigan says almost half of the state’s largest employers plan to boost hiring this year.

An economic study says the May ballot proposal to raise the state sales tax could also collectively cost Michigan taxpayers $100 million more in federal income taxes.


The ballot proposal would raise the state sales tax by a penny on the dollar.