Lee to Emcee 25th Annual AACC Gala

The American Arab Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 25th Annual Building Economic Bridges Gala on Friday, 10/13, at 6:30pm, at The Henry, in Dearborn, MI.  It will be a wonderful evening of recognizing organizations making a difference in the community.  Mark S. Lee, President & CEO, The LEE Group, Blogger and Host, “Small…

The Power of Diversity in the Workplace

I was at a restaurant recently where someone flatly stated, “It’s time for us to consider moving because this town is changing…”   While attending a meeting in New York recently focused on Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), John Quiñones, from ABC News, shared a heartfelt journey beginning with his early days in Texas radio to…

Lee to Speak on How to Increase Business Awareness

Looking to increase awareness for your business? Business is competitive and sometimes, it’s difficult to stand out from the crowd.  There are many messages being pushed out daily to prospective and current customers.  How do you generate awareness in a crowded market?  Please join Mark S. Lee, Founder, President & CEO, The LEE Group and…

Getting a Fresh Start

After a 2 1/2 year stint as the president of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC), Rodrick Miller, recently launched an economic development consulting firm, Ascendant Global. The firm offers a range of economic development services with a mission to support cities and regions around the country and globe in being stronger and more sustainable. …

Lee to Emcee “Toast of the Town” October 12th in Detroit

Techtown Detroit’s “Toast of the Town 2017”, a celebration of Detroit’s entrepreneurial community, is fast-approaching.  Come join over 400 guests for an evening of networking, a strolling dinner and drinks while recognizing the “best of the best” within Detroit’s small business community, including the Small Business of the Year and the Business Champion, et. al….

Attracting Venture Capital to Unlock Growth

Looking for investment capital to help your business achieve financial stability?  What does it take to unlock growth?  Are you prepared and what are investors looking for?   As part of Crain’s Detroit Homecoming, these questions were discussed Friday morning at a session focused on unlocking growth and attracting capital among high-growth investors and minority…

Lee’s Thoughts on Bringing Amazon to Detroit

Amazon recently announced is seeking a second headquarters–HQ2.  It’s being reported Amazon may be investing $5 billion and potentially bringing 50,000 jobs.  Detroit’s being mentioned as a possible site–along with other cities.  What would it take to attract the company to the Detroit region? Mark S. Lee, President & CEO, The LEE Group and host,…

Chasing a Dream and Winning $50k

Imagine coming to the United States from Burundi (E. Africa) as a refugee due to political violence in 2013.  Your wife leaves to explore potential opportunities in a new country and hopefully, a new start.  Shortly after her arrival, she finds refuge at the Freedom House in Detroit–a temporary home for those seeking relief from…

Don’t Forget the Motor City – Woodward Dream Cruise Thoughts

This past weekend marked the 23rd Woodward Dream Cruise.  A weekend celebrating this region’s fascination with the automobile and reminding everyone the role Detroit had in putting the world on wheels. However, I kept asking myself one question: Why doesn’t the cruise extend down Woodward Avenue into the Motor City? Some reading this will ask,…

Comerica Hatch Detroit $50,000 Winner to be Announced

Mark S. Lee, President & CEO, The LEE Group & host, “Small Talk with Mark S. Lee”, will emcee and announce the winner of the 2017 Comerica Hatch Detroit contest on Friday, 8/25, at 2987 Franklin Street, in Detroit.  Recently four finalists, decided by community vote, advanced to the final round and are competing to…