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Chandra Moore, Principal – Lead Designer, coG-Studio in Detroit, MI. Chandra holds a Masters Degree in Architecture from University of Detroit Mercy.

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John Dimovski, Managing Partner, Harmon Partners. John earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Michigan State University, CFE, AVA.

It’s the end of our podcast and both Chandra Moore and John Dimovski are getting ready to brave the cold Michigan winter weather- ideas and dialogue continuing even after recording wraps.

Detroit is going to save Detroit,” states Moore, coG-Studio‘s Principle Lead Designer.

We are the comeback city,” Dimovski, Managing Partner at Harmon Partners, chimes in.

Both are entrepreneurs and not surprisingly, had very similar pieces of advice to lend aspiring minds. “It’s very simple really, you just take risks. And you have to believe in yourself. It’s imperative to surround yourself with bright, talented, motivated people.” advises Dimovski. “Our ‘Just Do It’ point was when we decided if we were going to work hard, we were going to do it for ourselves. We believed in ourselves and we believed that we truly had something to offer.”

Dimovski started his firm, located in Birmingham, MI, with partner Megan Hardcastle in 2012. Harmon Partners specializes in strategic business advisory and looks to help companies through consulting, corporate financing and exit planning. Dimovski has also received M&A Advisor’s 2012 “40 Under 40” Professional Award, Turnaround of the Year and DBusiness 2014 “30 in their 30’s” Award.

“I’m a big proponent of finding someone to act as your mentor,” says Moore who started coG-Studio in 2005. “You need someone that’s been through it. You need to ask ‘Am I doing this right?’ We even have a board mentors to bring in different perspectives- you don’t necessarily need to all be architects. Good business practices are good business practices.” Moore received the 2015 Enterprising Women of the Year Award from Enterprising Women Magazine.

Through the podcast, Dimovski and Moore discuss why they decided to stay in the Detroit and Metro Detroit areas- when they could have grown their business anywhere they chose. Touching on their specific hardships, their take on Dan Gilbert, the growth of Detroit and where entrepreneurial spirits should lay their roots.


2 Responses to Detroit Entrepreneurs

  1. “Detroit is going to save Detroit” is a little too optimistic to be taken seriously.

    Jeff | February 24, 2015at 7:42 pm

  2. Maybe but the bashing of Detroit is old and tiring, we just want to focus on who is trying to make change.

    Dwight Zahringer | February 27, 2015at 3:03 pm

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