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Paul W. Smith (WJR) and Stephen Luigi Piazza’s (Quicken Loans) will be kicking November off on a high note! November brings the start of the Christmas shopping season, voting day, and Thanksgiving, but it also means it’s time for another weekly Opportunity Detroit radio show on WJR-760 AM. Here’s a rundown of tonight’s show that will highlight some cool companies and organizations in the area:

Get to know the developers of Detroit’s Grand Army Building. David Carleton, Tom Carleton and Sean Emery’s company, Mindfield, purchased the historical building in November of 2011 and began restorations in January of 2012. The castle-like building was built as a meeting place for Civil War veterans in 1899, and it served as a parks and recreation center from the 1940s to the 1980s. The new building will be reopened in the spring of 2014. Learn more about the renovations here.

Need a new do? You’ll want to talk to this stylish downtown business owner. Freddy Cohen is the owner of Salon Edge in West Bloomfield and has now opened Salon Detroit in the First National Building. Freddy is bringing his modern, inspiring style to his new location. Salon Detroit will be open weekly from Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Salon services include wash and blow dry, cut and style, highlights, keratin treatments and extensions.

Meet a man who is driven to create a thriving entertainment industry here in Detroit. Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad, co-founder of Exxodus Pictures, started his production company locally five years ago. Ajmal believes in creating new projects here in Detroit, rather than trying to find outsiders to bring their creative projects to the city. His feature film, Jinn, will be released across North American in April next year. Exxodus also makes commercials, music videos, and a variety of movies.

 You won’t want to meet these guests in a dark alley! Carlos Sweeney is founder of the Detroit Boxing Gym Youth Program. Carlos opened the gym to give young men and boys a chance to learn and love the sport of boxing. He wanted to provide a safe haven for youth in its tough surrounding neighborhood. After saving money for 10 years, Carlos opened the gym in 2005 and provides a free program for youth. Jessica Hauser serves as the gym’s youth program development director and helps to support and develop student boxers in the area. Visit the gym’s web site to learn more about current programs.

Don’t forget to tune in this Friday evening, November 1, at 7 p.m. ET for all that and more!

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