Using Technology to Drive Change

Detroit has always been known as a city of innovators. Dating back to 1913 when Henry Ford installed the first assembly line, Berry Gordy, Jr. used the assembly line concept to develop artists while creating the Motown sound to now providing newer innovations, Detroit’s entrepreneurs have made national and global contributions with historical significance. Today,…

History Lives

As we prepare to celebrate the life and legacy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 15th, I have found myself reflecting on his life along with Mrs. Rosa Parks.  We are certainly living in unique times and I about the impact of these two icons had on our country–even in 2018. As a senior…

Recognizing the ’84 Detroit Tigers

In my lifetime, the Detroit Tigers have been to four World Series—‘68, ‘84, ‘06 and ‘12– and I have been fortunate to attend three of them. The only one I missed was ’84. I was living and working in another city and therefore, was unable to attend. Yet, a week after the Tigers beat San…

Domino’s Becomes Title Sponsor for “Small Talk with Mark S. Lee”

DETROIT, Dec. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Business executive, local entrepreneur, educator and small business expert Mark S. Lee launched “Small Talk with Mark S. Lee” on Entercom’s CBS Detroit’s WXYT AM1270, in June 2014.  Since its initial launch, Lee has interviewed over 600 individuals, including entrepreneurs, business and community leaders who have provided their perspective on…

Starting a “Mature” Business

Historically, Detroit has had its own unique sense of fashion style.  And like the Motor City over the years, it has evolved and continues to make its own statement, locally and nationally. And entrepreneurs have taken notice and continue to tap into the fashion industry as part of the city’s resurgence and re-emerging status as…

NBA Legend Providing an “Assist” to Young People

Former Detroit mayor, NBA Hall-of-Famer and Detroit Piston legend, Dave Bing, continues to make a difference. While he was the master of dishing out assists during his storied twelve-year NBA career (including ten with the Pistons), Bing continues to help young people from across the city of Detroit and beyond. And as Detroit’s mayor from…

Using Technology to Tackle Water Issue

Metro Detroit native Abess Makki, founder and CEO of Detroit-based CityInsight is devoted to helping municipal utilities provide residents with better tools to manage their water usage and costs. CityInsight is a civic-tech company that provides mobile applications to municipalities.  It was founded by Wayne State University alumn Makki in 2014 and was in direct…

Neighborhood Summit Panel to be Moderated by Lee

A blue ribbon panel of developers and community leaders will discuss how to promote inclusive neighborhood development at the 8th annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Rising Summit on Saturday, November 4 at the downtown campus of Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD), 1001 W. Fort Street, Detroit 48226. The summit’s purpose is to equip residents with…

Celebrating 30 Years in Business

Under normal circumstances, business longevity and sustainability are challenges.  Now, consider starting a business in one of Detroit’s most economically-challenged neighborhoods, twenty years and exactly one mile removed from where the civil disturbances started in 1967.  Thirty years later, your business has grown and is still striving and expanding.   Meet Jesse R. Brown, N.D,…

Lee to Moderate Business Resource Network Roundtable

The Wayne County Business Resource Network was established to make a direct connection with area businesses and County resources and partners to assist in their growth and success. On Thursday, November 2nd, 7:30-10:30am, you will have the opportunity to attend this kick-off event and engage in partner roundtable discussions.  This event will be moderated by…