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…

State of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Business

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) are stated core beliefs many businesses value.  Since it’s been fifty years since the Detroit ’67 riots, I started to reflect on the status of DEI across the region.  While there were many ’67 discussions over the last several weeks and months regarding the potential root causes for the uprising,…

Building a Business Legacy

According to a SBA report, about two-thirds of small businesses (with employees) will survive two years.  After five years, business survivability drops to nearly half.  In Detroit, it seems new businesses are popping up weekly and the challenge centers around business growth and sustainability. Simply put, how does a new or existing business achieve longevity?…

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,…