Detroit’s Emergence in the Technology Space

I saw Detroit’s potential future in the tech industry based on what I encountered…in San Francisco. Yes, San Francisco. While visiting my son there recently, I envisioned Detroit as an emerging technology and mobility hub attracting talent from across this region and country. And before you jump to any conclusions, let me explain. I have…

The State of Small Business

According to the 2012 US Census, there are nearly 62k small businesses in Detroit and approximately 152k across Michigan.  Regarding women-owned businesses and per the , Wayne County and the State of Michigan rank as the second and ninth largest, respectively..  And per the 2012 Census, Detroit is a powerhouse when it comes to the…

Seeing Detroit from a Different Perspective

Detroit has legendary architecture, incredible and historical buildings.  In fact, many of the city’s downtown skyscrapers were built in the 1920s.  While there are great stories regarding these structures, many photographers have come here from across the world to photograph the “ruins” of this iconic city. Not Brian Day. Detroit-native Day is a technologist by…

Forging a Business Alliance

Nationally, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2016 Office of Advocacy, African Americans own 2.6 million small businesses, employ 975,000 people and generate more than $150 billion in annual receipts nationally.  In Detroit, the National Business League (NBL) reports there are more than 47,000 African American-owned businesses. Bottom line, these businesses are key drivers…

Using Technology to Drive Change

Detroit has always been known as a city of innovators. Dating back to 1913 when Henry Ford installed the first assembly line, Berry Gordy, Jr. used the assembly line concept to develop artists while creating the Motown sound to now providing newer innovations, Detroit’s entrepreneurs have made national and global contributions with historical significance. Today,…

History Lives

As we prepare to celebrate the life and legacy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 15th, I have found myself reflecting on his life along with Mrs. Rosa Parks.  We are certainly living in unique times and I about the impact of these two icons had on our country–even in 2018. As a senior…

Recognizing the ’84 Detroit Tigers

In my lifetime, the Detroit Tigers have been to four World Series—‘68, ‘84, ‘06 and ‘12– and I have been fortunate to attend three of them. The only one I missed was ’84. I was living and working in another city and therefore, was unable to attend. Yet, a week after the Tigers beat San…

Starting a “Mature” Business

Historically, Detroit has had its own unique sense of fashion style.  And like the Motor City over the years, it has evolved and continues to make its own statement, locally and nationally. And entrepreneurs have taken notice and continue to tap into the fashion industry as part of the city’s resurgence and re-emerging status as…

NBA Legend Providing an “Assist” to Young People

Former Detroit mayor, NBA Hall-of-Famer and Detroit Piston legend, Dave Bing, continues to make a difference. While he was the master of dishing out assists during his storied twelve-year NBA career (including ten with the Pistons), Bing continues to help young people from across the city of Detroit and beyond. And as Detroit’s mayor from…

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…