Navigating the Headwinds of Crisis

By Mark S. Lee and David Girodat The COVID-19 crisis has created both health and financial challenges for many families and businesses. Unlike past economic downturns, the tumult occurred abruptly, bringing hardship to many industries simultaneously. For example, recent reports indicate 100,000 small business have permanently closed since the pandemic hit in March while others…

Keeping Students Engaged During COVID-19

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the remaining weeks of this school year. As each municipality across Michigan rolls out localized plans for their students, the challenge is maximizing learning opportunities for everyone. And effectively preparing them for the upcoming academic year becomes paramount during these unprecedented times. With emphasis now on online learning, the need is…

Changing the Way Loved Ones Say Goodbye

The rapid spread of Covid-19 is affecting the way funeral homes must operate and how families adjust to new rules restricting the number of family members and friends that can attend services for the deceased. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order limiting all gatherings to no more than 10 people, including clergy and…

Small Business Resources

We are living in unprecedented times where the new normal now includes social distancing, staying and working from home. These headwinds have changed all aspects of our lives, and we are still adjusting to the new normal. Small businesses are no different, and the cataclysmic changes we’re still working through threaten to change their landscape…

Civility in Business & Politics

We are living in unprecedented times where the divide widens, lack of civility threatens relationships and the ability to make thoughtful decisions based on facts is increasing. As evidenced by the recent impeachment proceedings and the State of the State address, the political divide runs deep along partisan lines and threatens the very premise on…

CBD Ads Go Mainstream, Propelling Small Business Growth

A rising number of Detroiters may be trying something new this holiday thanks to growing acceptance of CBD among consumers and advertisers alike. And that’s a good thing for the local economy and many small businesses fueling CBD growth. The market for CBD products has exploded in recent years and is expected to exceed $24…

Is Detroit a Good Place for Business?

According to the 2012 U.S. Census data, the City of Detroit is home to more than 62,000 small businesses.  It seems there’s a new business opening on a regular basis across the region and the momentum appears to be emerging. And as I’ve thought about the entrepreneurial and business ecosystem here, a couple of questions…

Why Not Detroit?

“Go west, young man!” “There’s gold in those hills.” These catch phrases date back to the “gold rush” days and capture reasons for why moved West–to strike it rich. It also captures the recent allure of the tech industry and San Francisco.  Yes, the tech industry and Silicon Valley have attracted many from all over…

Supporting Detroit’s “Avenue of Fashion”

Detroit’s legendary “Avenue of Fashion”, Livernois, is undergoing a makeover. The stretch between seven and eight mile is home to a diverse mix of residents and businesses.  It’s not far from some of the city’s most-renowned neighborhoods and, on any given day or evening, you will see a cross-section of people enjoying the sites and…

Detroit Has Talent

“I put my hand on my heart, that means I feel ya. Real recognize real and you lookin familiar.” All Around the World  – JAY Z 2002 There has been much discussion about “Two Detroits”.  I’ve even written about a variation of it in this space. However, there’s been another online discussion that’s been percolating recently….