Michigan Alumni-Owned Small Businesses

In an effort to support Michigan alumni who are small business owners during these uncertain times, we have created a directory of alumni-owned small businesses. Each listing contains information on the alumni-owned small business and how you can support your fellow Wolverines.

Note: Listings on this page do not represent an endorsement by the Alumni Association, nor will any financial support be provided by the Alumni Association. All businesses and listings are subject to review and posted at the discretion of the Alumni Association. See FAQ at end of page for more information.

Last updated: Sept. 25, 2020. Submissions will be reviewed — and the page updated — on a weekly basis.

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Sara Walker, '18
Brighton
Michigan
United States

“Live Like A Resident Club” is an online personal finance course designed specifically for medical trainees to demystify common topics like student loan repayment or saving for retirement.

How to support: Online purchase of course; referral to medical trainees (students, residents, fellows); referral to medical education faculty for consideration in their curriculum.

Maura Vella, '00
Chicago
Illinois
United States

We provide hot yoga and Pilates as well as livestreams and on-demand classes, for all levels.

How to support: Come to one of our three Chicago locations or subscribe for a virtual experience, and join our community!

Michael McDonnell, '18
Reston
Virginia
United States

11Lacrosse LLC represents a professional lacrosse training service in the spirit of developing the student-athlete. Our team’s specialization on the lacrosse field is the faceoff position.

How to support: Recommend lacrosse services to others in the Mid-Atlantic area!

Lyndsay Johnson, '02
Ann Arbor
Michigan
United States

Design and marketing agency specializing in WordPress websites, paid and organic digital marketing campaigns, and graphic design.

How to support: Visit our website and consult with our company as a potential design and marketing vendor.

Mira and Mark Halpert, '76
Boca Raton
Florida
United States

23 years of experience helping smart, struggling students succeed. Online hands-on education for students to achieve success in months, not years! Engaging and interactive.

How to support: Share with friends who are struggling to help their kids succeed — 3dlearner.com or call 561.361.7495. Can help kids K-12 improve reading comprehension, processing, and executive function skills and train parents! We are here to help!

David Wise, '14
Chicago
Illinois
United States

Aberdeen Advisors is a boutique digital consultancy with offerings for companies of all sizes: startup, SMB, or Fortune 500. Our specialties include business consulting and custom software development.

How to support: The best way alumni could support us is by considering us for your technology needs, including custom web and mobile application development. Go Blue!

Christopher Butler, '95
Cleveland
Ohio
United States

Founded in 1939, the Academy Tavern is one of the oldest bar/restaurant establishments in Ohio! The one place in the state where ALL Wolverine games are featured on the TVs!

How to support: Come and visit when traveling to, or living in, the Cleveland area! We LOVE Michigan alumni and often discount our Wolverine guests (10% Maize n Blue Discount). Check us out: Academy Tavern on Larchmere.

William McNeil, '95
Orlando
Florida
United States

We help banks optimize their sales teams by providing sales process development, data analysis, and CRM deployment.

How to support: Connect on LinkedIn. William A. McNeil, J.D.

Liam O'Sullivan, '15
New York
New York
United States

We provide general contracting and construction management services in Manhattan and the outer boroughs. We specialize in interior commercial, residential, educational, and governmental buildouts.

How to support: Pass along our contact information to anyone in need of any construction work in New York City. We do everything from single to multi-floor office buildouts, selective demolition and renovation/upgrades, high-end design-build work, minor repairs and service work, and anything else a business or individual would need in terms of construction-related services.

Jeffrey Adler, '83
Southfield
Michigan
United States

After practicing dentistry since 1983, I decided to purchase my own practice. I opened Adler Dental in the fall of 2019. Being a good listener helps me provide the best dentistry for my patients.

How to support: I welcome new patients. Promote my practice to anyone looking for a dentist who will care for them like they are a family member.

Jill Mattos, '88
Roswell
Georgia
United States

Independent college counselor who provides guidance to high school students and their parents in navigating the college search and application process.

How to support: Promote my Facebook page!

Cynthia Alvarez, '04
San Fernando
California
United States

Alvarez Fine Art Studio provides weekly drawing and painting classes for kids, teens, and adults as well as Painting Parties for any age and occasion.

How to support: Enroll in weekly classes. Reserve Painting Parties. Follow Instagram/Facebook pages.

Matt Hoffman, '00
Ann Arbor
Michigan
United States

Healthcare consulting company that helps to optimize the clinical, financial, and operational functions of behavioral health organizations by leveraging technology.

How to support: Provide referrals to healthcare providers that could potentially need support both during COVID-19 and in the future.

Meagan Mitchell, '11
Chicago
Illinois
United States

Agents of Change helps social workers prepare for their masters and clinical level ASWB licensing exams.

How to support: Check out our free YouTube content and purchase study materials if you need them!

Pedro Blanco, '99
Houston
Texas
United States

Corporate finance, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, and joint ventures.

How to support: Contact us for advice.

Denis Guimaraes, '15
São Paulo
Brazil

AGPR provides services of law practice, policy consulting, and advocacy to foreign and Brazilian companies, executives, business associations, economic consulting firms, law firms, and government bodies.

How to support: Get to know my business and do what you can to recommend it. We thank you for supporting us and developing countries’ policy improvement.

Alejandro Bargallo, '07
Mexico City
Mexico

Facilitate working teams integration, increasing their productivity and leadership methodologies through playful and fun activities. We are merging to online servicing.

How to support: We offer standard and tailor-made live and online workshops, both in English and Spanish. Send us an email (eacesa19@gmail.com) and we can schedule a consulting call free of charge.

Nick Olson, '06
Denver
Colorado
United States

AIR® is recognized as the nation’s leading aerial fitness training method. Designed for all levels, AIR® strengthens your core and tones your physique in record-breaking time. Plus, it’s fun!

How to support: Come try out a class!

Alan Winkley, '68
Bremerton
Washington
United States

I design boats, barges, small ships. Mostly commercial craft. Also engineering for modifications to existing vessels.

How to support: I welcome inquiries from potential clients.

Andre Sandifer, '01
Detroit
Michigan
United States

Furniture design.

How to support: Email.

Jody Madaras, '93
Branson
Missouri
United States

My small business is a theatrical production company that produces the national tour and Branson productions of THE ALL HANDS ON DECK! SHOW, America’s Favorite WWII Big Band Roadshow-Radio Broadcast.

How to support: Three best ways to support us: 1) Cash donations to help pay office bills and payroll, 2) book our production in your hometown, 3) help spread the word to theatres and PACs letting them know that our patriotic musical show exists.

Kimberly Buechner Fouse, '82
Cold Spring
Kentucky
United States

Retailer of alpaca apparel, the Malpaca (trademarked) alpaca bed pillow, 100% alpaca yarn from our herd of alpacas, and our patented product for wild birds, the Alpaca Fleece-filled Bird Nesting Ball.

How to support: Online retail purchase of the Nesting Ball, apparel, and pillow special orders. Subscribe to our emails. Wholesale accounts welcomed from wild bird specialty stores, which carry nesting materials.

Kelly Parkinson, '89
Saline
Michigan
United States

Business communication, printing, direct mail, signage, floor decals, vehicle graphics, yard signs, trinkets, graphic design. Locally owned and operated by a proud U-M graduate!

How to support: Buy local! Avoid online suppliers. We actually produce the work in Saline, Michigan, with skilled tradespeople who love their jobs. Easy to plan projects via phone, Zoom, or safely in person.

Alison Peak, '10
Nashville
Tennessee
United States

ABHS is a team of 22 staff who provide counseling and ABA across Tennessee. We specialize in early childhood trauma work and serving children and families in the child welfare system.

How to support: Follow our social media! Exposure leads to referrals for us, which allows us to keep our staff on payroll. Specifically, if you are an alum in East Tennessee and would have an option to collaborate, reach out. We partner with schools in this area, and our staff have been particularly impacted.

Allison Harrison, '07
Columbus
Ohio
United States

Boutique law firm dedicated to supporting small businesses.

How to support: Follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

Allison MacDuffee, '04
Toronto
Canada

Experienced writer and scholar. Will write articles on all aspects of historical and contemporary art. I also give illustrated lectures (live or online) for community groups.

How to support: Please follow me on LinkedIn or Twitter. Peek at one or two of my articles to see what I do. The online ones are listed in my LinkedIn profile. Then I would be honored if you would mention me to your editor friends. Thanks!

Christopher Cortez, '96
Los Angeles
California
United States

Neighborhood card and board games, toys and collectibles, comic book shop. Holding game nights, card-game tournaments, book signings, and art events.

How to support: Gift cards. Promote the business on social media.

Delitha Taylor, '88, '94
Dearborn
Michigan
United States

Solo family dental practice.

How to support: Become a patient.

Amanda Hodge, '99
New York
New York
United States

Custom wigs, hairpieces, facial hair, and hair extensions on commission, offering full concept design in wigs, hair, and makeup for theater, television, film, and independent artists.

How to support: Webshop: amandaswigshop.com. Share on social media.

Amer Bathish, '87
Ann Arbor
Michigan
United States

Amer’s Deli has been a U-M staple for 32 years. Since 1988, offering deli sandwiches, salads, pastries, Acai bowls, espresso, crepes, frozen yogurt, Chicago hot dogs, catering, tailgates, and more.

How to support: Purchase gift cards, Grubhub deliveries, help with GoFundMe page.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What qualifies as a small business?
A small business is defined as an independently owned and operated company that is limited in size and revenue depending on the industry.

Does the business have to be owned by a Michigan alum to qualify?
Yes. While we’d like to support all businesses, this resource is intended to allow Michigan alumni the opportunity to support their fellow Wolverines. (For a list of downtown Ann Arbor businesses and how you can support them, visit the Main Street Area Association’s website.)

Why aren’t submissions automatically added to the page?
Before we post a business, we will verify that it is, in fact, owned by a Michigan alum. Also, in accordance with University of Michigan policy, we will verify that businesses are consistent with the fundamental missions of the University and not in conflict with the brand of the University.

Is the Alumni Association providing financial support to businesses on this page?
No, this is simply a list of businesses. The Alumni Association is not providing financial assistance to specific businesses.

Disclaimer

Use of the U-M name and/or registered trademarks by businesses is generally prohibited. Also, please note that the Alumni Association logo, the Block M, and other U-M registered trademarks may not be used by external companies without permission.