A Detroit ’67 Perspective

“Don’t even think about leaving the front of this house…” As a youngster, my mom spoke those words to my brothers and me as a significant event in Detroit’s history was unfolding and in my opinion, forever changed the direction of this city. Detroit, July, 1967. Those words conjure up many memories for those who…

Downtown Detroit Business Progress & Challenges

With a resurgent downtown, investment opportunities and small business programs gaining more traction, Detroit is attracting start-ups locally, nationally and internationally. However, more established businesses, particularly those renting space, are feeling the pinch. According to the 2012 U.S. Census data, Detroit is home to more than 62,000 small businesses, making it the fourth-largest city in…

Lee Joins Panel Discussion Focused on Detroit’s Challenges – Past, Present & Future

Mark S. Lee, Founder, President & CEO, The LEE Group and host, “Small Talk with Mark S. Lee”, recently appeared on Detroit’s Fox 2 News’ “Let it Rip” to share thoughts on Detroit’s–past, present and future–challenges.  As part of a panel discussion, Lee joined Rochelle Riley, Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame columnist, Detroit Free Press,…

NAMIC Detroit Launch Event Video

Are you a marketing, communications, PR professional, et al?  NAMIC Detroit had its launch event at the District Detroit Preview Center on Monday, 6/19. What is NAMIC and how can it help with your professional development?  Please click here for a brief video with more information, including registration, on the organization and how it can benefit you in terms of…

A Father’s Day Tribute

On Father’s Day, Mark S. Lee, Founder, President & CEO, The LEE Group and host, “Small Talk with Mark S. Lee”, shared his thoughts on his father along with four other Metro Detroiters.  The Detroit Free Press published five essays from sons whose late fathers had an impact on their lives and asked those stories…

On the Road to Ecomomic Recovery

As the state’s largest and most recognizable city, Detroit generally garners the spotlight and receives the most attention for its turnaround efforts. However, another city making a move is Pontiac. This city of nearly 60,000, located in Oakland County,is long-known for being the home of various GM facilities and the former home for the Detroit…

NAMIC Detroit Launches Chapter & Names Executive Board

Mark S. Lee, Founder, President & CEO, The LEE Group, and host, “Small Talk with Mark S. Lee”, has been named to the Executive Board for NAMIC Detroit.  Lee joins as Vice President along with Mikel Slater, President; Jackie Underwood, Secretary; and Abhijeet Kumar, Treasurer. Four chapter advisors have also been named including, Andrea Agnew,…

Lee to Speak at the City of Pontiac’s State of the City Address

Mark S. Lee, Founder, President & CEO, The LEE Group, and host, “Small Talk with Mark S. Lee” has been invited to make comments at the “State of the City” address for the City of Pontiac.  Mayor Deirdre Waterman will be discussing economic opportunities in Pontiac and this year’s theme focuses on “Prospects and Promises…

Thoughts on Rebuilding and Revitalizing Detroit

Over a million.  And the exodus continues, albeit slowing.  Since 1950, approximately 1.2 million people have left Detroit which is equivalent to the population of Dallas, TX.  According to the most recent US census data estimate, the city is home to approximately 672k people and is barely hanging in the top 25. While the declines…

NABJ’s National Convention’s Coming to Detroit in 2018

It was recently announced that the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the nation’s oldest and largest organization that advocates on behalf of journalists of color, will be holding its annual convention in Detroit, August 1-5, 2018, at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center.  This will be the first time in twenty-five years the 3500-member organization…