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…

An Alternative Healthcare Delivery Model

After graduating from medical school, many graduates will complete their internship and residency programs by ultimately, starting or joining a practice affiliated with a healthcare service provider specializing in a specific field. And to healthcare consumers, the traditional model is seeing a physician while paying a fee-for-service coupled with medical insurance coverage.  Ultimately, the consumer’s…

Keeping a Mature Brand Relevant

Regarding owning a business, you can start one, buy into a business, leverage relationships and/or form a partnership. Franchising is another option.  There are many types of franchise opportunities available across many industries.  We mostly think of restaurants and other retails outlets–but, not necessarily ballroom dancing for franchise opportunities.  When one thinks of ballroom dancing,…

Leadership Trends for Privately-Held Companies Across Michigan

Small businesses continue to be a major economic force for the U.S. economy.  From the number of people employed to the fact that single family members contribute to the world’s GDP, entrepreneurs, times, grapple with longer-term stability, leadership and succession planning in challenging times. With the spotlight continuing to shine brightly on small businesses, a…

Celebrating 77 Years of Business in SW Detroit

There’s been much discussion regarding the city’s, and in some cases, fragile neighborhoods.  The focal point of Mayor Mike Duggan’s recent State of the City address centered around neighborhood investment, development and revitalization. Additionally, new businesses have been steadily opening across the city. Most notably, in the downtown and Midtown areas and having been garnering…

Thoughts on Mike llitch

On Friday, Detroit lost a piece of itself with the passing of native son, entrepreneur, businessman, philanthropist and legendary Tigers and Red Wings owner, Mike Ilitch.  However, heaven gained a Detroit booster.  After losing a record 119 games in 2003, the Tigers were in the dumps.  As the Chief Marketing Officer for a major Detroit-area…

Non-Profit Talent Trends

Did you know there are more than 75,000 non-profits in Michigan with over two-thirds located in Metro Detroit? And did you also know they collectively generate over $240 million annually and impact thousands of causes affecting people’s lives? Yes, non-profit organizations are a major force and provide valuable services to many across this region and…