Using Technology to Tackle Water Issue

Metro Detroit native Abess Makki, founder and CEO of Detroit-based CityInsight is devoted to helping municipal utilities provide residents with better tools to manage their water usage and costs. CityInsight is a civic-tech company that provides mobile applications to municipalities.  It was founded by Wayne State University alumn Makki in 2014 and was in direct…

Celebrating 30 Years in Business

Under normal circumstances, business longevity and sustainability are challenges.  Now, consider starting a business in one of Detroit’s most economically-challenged neighborhoods, twenty years and exactly one mile removed from where the civil disturbances started in 1967.  Thirty years later, your business has grown and is still striving and expanding.   Meet Jesse R. Brown, N.D,…

The “Detroit Vs Everybody” Brand – What’s Next?

One of the hottest brands was launched right here in Detroit five years ago.  It succinctly captured Detroit’s attitude and seemed you couldn’t go anywhere around town and beyond without seeing the “Detroit Vs Everybody” brand. Well, it’s still around.  It continues to grow, expand and is going stronger than ever. “Detroit Vs Everybody” was…

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…

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. …

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…

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,…

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?…