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…

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…

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…

What Keeps a Business from Achieving Sustainability?

May is Small Business Month and the first week, 4/30-5/6, is National Small Business Week. And small businesses are a major economic generator in Detroit and beyond. According to the 2012 U.S. census, there are nearly 152k and 62k small businesses in Michigan and Detroit, respectively. The economic impact, as it relates to job and…

Returning to Detroit to Start a Successful Business

Over the years, there has been a steady out-migration of young people and talent from this region and state to other cities and other locales.  However, in recent years, there’s been a keen interest in Detroit’s revitalization efforts with its burgeoning entrepreneurial scene which has resulted in businesses popping up across the city. And many…

Evolving Leadership Trends for Women within the Automotive Industry

The automotive industry continues to make strides in its comeback, as evidenced by recent announcements regarding plant investments across North America.  The industry itself has been known for traditional manufacturing  production processes under traditional leadership. With enhanced technology, the industry continues to expand and leverage advanced manufacturing and mobile capabilities while understanding its impact on…