In a region hard hit by the Great Recession, people are taking risks to build a brighter future. Here are four families' big chances.
But Batchelor, a single mother of a 6-year-old, quickly realized just what it meant to live in one of the worst job markets in the country. By year's end, the resident of Royal Oak -- a suburb north of the city -- still had no work and couldn't make her mortgage payment. "I was feeling the pressure," says Batchelor, who's now 55.
So she harnessed her skills, and Batchelor and her sister founded Color Me Social to help small businesses with social-media marketing.
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