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….

Navigating Potential Headwinds to Achieve Growth

Carrie Charlick is a wife, mother of 3 and a business owner.  She started her entrepreneurial journey at a young age and those early experiences helped shape her longer-term business philosophy, helping others through entrepreneurship.  In 2003, the stay-at-home Michigan mom launched Commerce-based Essential Bodywear with an initial investment of $500.  She is now a savvy entrepreneur with…

Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs: How to Navigate the Headwinds of Change

By Mark S. Lee and David Girodat Small businesses are a massive source of employment.  The Small Business Administration (SBA) reports that smaller companies employ 47.5 percent of the private U.S. workforce.  According to 2012 U.S. Census figures, there are nearly 62,000 small businesses in Detroit and about 152,000 across Michigan. Entrepreneurship helps build the…

Entrepreneurship’s Impact on Economic Development

There’s continued momentum in Detroit’s burgeoning entrepreneurial ecosystem and there are many perspectives on what it means to the city’s revitalization efforts, including economic development and job creation.  To this end, I wanted to gain insights from a business executive who has family roots grounded in Detroit’s entrepreneurial community. David Girodat has a long history…

Merging Science & Creativity

Working a full-time job as an Environmental Scientist and launching a new business is no easy feat. And using STEM, scientific and creative skills as a basis for a business concept focused on celebrating and empowering people of color through designing clothes and jewelry based on skin and hair characteristics is what  Deirdre Roberson  did….

Closing the “Detroit Divide” Gap

“The new Detroit is changing the minds of people around the world!” “ I am so proud of ‘The D’ that the vision came to fruition.“ “Was downtown…and it certainly is NOT the Detroit many people image (sic).  Placed (sic) look awesome, and tons of people having a great & SAFE time.” As part of…

Maximizing Team Performance

Whether you are an entrepreneur or work for a large organization, you may work as part of a team. Teamwork and collaboration are critical parts of running a successful business. And a key challenge is integrating various backgrounds, personalities and motivations into a cohesive unit focused on achieving common business objectives. Meet Maureen Monte, an…

Following Your Passion

With its burgeoning entrepreneurial scene, Detroit continues to attract entrepreneurs from across various corporate entities and past experiences. To wit, Kam Carman was a popular, long-time television reporter and news anchor in Detroit.  After a twenty-three year career in the news business in the Motor City, Carman decided it was time for a change and…

Detroit’s Burgeoning Culinary Scene

Detroit is gaining momentum as a “foodie” town.  It seems restaurants are opening constantly and chefs are now coming from across the country to the Motor City to open various concepts addressing its collective culinary tastes and appetites. Detroit native Chef Maxcel Hardy, came back home after spending time in culinary meccas New York and…

“Banking” on a Business Idea

Summer vacation is in full swing and kids will kick back, relax and enjoy the warmer weather while hanging out with family and friends. Thirteen-year old entrepreneur Alina Morse, from Wolverine Lake, will do the same, but she might be a little busy. Why? Because she has a business to run. Alina started the business, Zollipops, when…