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…

Train Station Announcement & its Impact on Detroit

As a native Detroiter who grew up in the Motor City during the Motown sound, the Tigers ‘68 championship and when the auto plants were humming, Tuesday’s train station announcement is stunning and refreshing news for a city which sorely needs it. While there have been many major events affecting this fabled city during my…

Taking the Hassle out of Travel

Memorial Day is upon us and so is the unofficial start of summer and its travel season.  Many will hit the roads to visit family, friends or simply to getaway and enjoy some well-deserved downtime. Vacation planners have relied on travel agencies to give them “peace of mind” by making arrangements based on their needs…

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…