Southfield-based PublicCity PR showed off a couple dozen Michigan entrepreneurial and nonprofit success stories Monday in what it dubbed the “Great Lakes Showcase” at the Southfield Westin.

PublicCity PR principal Jason Brown said the intent was to showcase successful startups and nonprofits for the news media, economic development officials, service providers and the community.

And of course, plenty of the companies were technology-based. Who should I bump into at the entrance but Pay Anywhere, the mobile payments technology subsidiary of Troy-based North American Bancard, the credit card processor.

Essentially Pay Anywhere is offering a free credit card reader that attaches to a smartphone and software that turns the phone into a wireless credit card processing machine. The company is fresh off a very successful display at last week’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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Just down the aisle was, a Web site founded in 2008 by three “sisterpreneurs,” Rejeana Heinrich, Kathy Clark and Debi Robinson. Based in Standish, the site features a selection of thousands of Michigan-made products.

“The point of the site is pulling ourselves up by our own bootstraps,” Heinrich said. “The more products we all buy that are made in Michigan the better off we all will be.”

And the site isn’t just for consumers. It’s also intended for retailers looking to buy large quantities of goods wholesale.

“Retailers know customers are looking for Michigan-made merchandise,” Heinrich said. “The wholesale side of our site is growing exponentially.”

Products listed include health and beauty, food, automotive, pet supplies, jewelry, fashion and more.

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Several companies also were at a table sponsored by TechTown, the business incubator in midtown Detroit that’s run by Wayne State University.

First, there was RegainGo, a daily deal Web site focused on the market of home products and services in southeast Michigan. It’s the brain child of young entrepreneurs Clark Covert, CEO, and Jason Beale, COO. More at

Next, there was Rippld, an online business site for creative professionals like Web designers and photographers who want to stay independent but who also want to get together into a virtual ad agency to pursue opportunities. Its founders are Lander Coronado- Garcia, Adrian Walker, and Wilbert Fobbs III, and their Web site address is

Then there was, an online news site for local and community happenings. What’s unique about this site is that site users will vote news stories up or down, determining their placement on the site.

The nonprofit section featured a bunch of worthy companies, like The Heat And Warmth Fund that helps the less fortunate pay their heating bills. and HYPE, Helping Youth Progress and Excel, which is building a huge indoor game and workout center on Hines Parkway in Dearborn Heights.

All in all a very cool event. Congratulations to Public City for putting it on.

Comments (9)
  1. Herb Drayton says:

    Great article about the Showcase. One small correction – in the paragraph about Rippld, the TechTown incubated company, the founders are Lander Coronado- Garcia, Adrian Walker, and Wilbert Fobbs III, and their website address is

  2. Matt Roush says:

    That’s not smal at all — sorry! It’s fixed now. I got the founders of two of the companise mixed up.

  3. Matt Roush says:

    Sheesh. ‘Small” and “companies.” Too bad there’s not a spell check on these comments…

    1. Peter says:

      Speaking from personal eicerxenpe, generally, it mimics everything about a faith. For most atheists, it’s not hyperbole to call their lack of faith a faith in itself. And no tricks. I’m an atheist myself, but you’d never know it if you met me. Live and let live. The universe doesn’t care what you believe.

    2. Nakil says:

      June 11, 2011Cecilia,You can’t be that dumb.You don’t get those players wuthoit giving the extra benefits. That is why it is called CHEATING. Don’t blow it off and act like it didn’t help OSU get players. Pryor was running his own small business at Ohio, he’s a cheater and the buckeyes are a disgrace.Tressel knew, he knew when Clarett was playing, he knew about Troy Smith and he knew about Pryor. For that matter he knew he was a liar when he was at Youngstown State.Don’t try to rationalize it by saying Michigan does it too that is just a theory used by cheaters to justify their action.Accept what you program is .DIRTY. Deal with it.

  4. Kathy says:

    We at appreciate the story! Thanks for highlighting Michigan Made Products & Gifts.

    1. Mhonny says:

      I was being sarcastic.I waentd to point at that the very people that scream the Democrat talking points about businesses not paying their fair share and support the Democrats to raise taxes on businesses are the ones that are hurt the most by those taxes. And Granholm’s greatest wish to raise the sales tax would further hurt the poor and middle class, which would be poor people and union members. Which makes any interesting question, how long can the Democrats feast on themselves before they die? IE Democrats raises sales tax which hurts Union members who give money to Democrats.

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