A Technology Startup’s Journey – A Progress Report

Nearly six months ago, I interviewed a young man, Brian Clark, who decided to quit his first job out of the University of Michigan to pursue his dreams in entrepreneurship in San Francisco. That particular blog post, was one of the most popular blogs I wrote last year. Since that time, I’ve been wondering how Brian’s…

The Annual Auto Show: Detroit’s Time To Shine

The Oscar’s have arrived in Detroit–not those Oscar’s, but the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)–starting with the press preview this week. There’s a lot of well deserved buzz and great news coming out about new vehicles and Detroit’s continued role as the epicenter of the auto universe. Well deserved! This is Detroit’s week to…

Don’t Let The Year 2014 Catch You Unprepared To Grow Your Business

As 2013 rapidly comes to an end and a New Year is on the horizon, I’m confident 2014 planning is well underway. As an entrepreneur, don’t wait too long. If you’re not doing so, it’s time to begin focusing on next year’s plans. As business owners, it’s easy to think about being “in the business”…

The Next Generation of Business Leaders on Doing Business in Michigan

I recently had an engaging conversation with Eastern Michigan University (EMU) students as part of a discussion focused on marketing strategy. As part of a 45-minute, wide-ranging Q&A, they were encouraged to ask me anything they wanted. In other words, they turned the tables on me–by asking thoughtful questions centered around their education and prospects…

CEED: Supporting Women Entrepreneurs Growth

Women are a major force in the in the world of entrepreneurship and a major economic engine in in the U.S. economy.  According to National Women’s Business Council, there are 7.8 million women-owned businesses in the United States. Women-owned firms: Account for 28.7% of all nonfarm businesses across the country and generate $1.2 trillion in…

Starting Your Business While Keeping Your Full-Time Job

Have you ever thought about starting a business while you’re still employed by a company?   When is the right time to make the move?   You may the entrepreneurial bug, but are not sure when or where to start? What will your company think if you start a business while still working? Meet Dennis Lauderback. Dennis…

A Discussion with a Technology Entrepreneur

Last week, I shared a story about a young man who left his corporate job, packed up and moved to San Francisco to start his own company—with the support of his family—on the fly. In other words, he decided to live his dream. I received a number of emails and texts from those who read…

Is It Time for You To Become An Entrepreneur?

Have you thought about starting a business? Now is a good time to start a business. What? Why? Let me explain. I received a call from a friend recently. We caught up regarding family matters, sports and life, in general. Then, he sprang one on me! He mentioned his 24-year son, who was doing very…

Expert’s View: Messaging Detroit

Of course, we know Detroit’s in the national spotlight. I wrote a recent blog focused on why I viewed Detroit as a city of hope stemming from its current predicament and subsequently, several people asked what the message should be to rest of the country as it continues to focus on its future. One of…

Don’t Start Your Business In The Dark

As part of the Jacksonville, Florida’s Chamber of Commerce’s GrowJax StartUp Quest program, I was invited to speak last Tuesday to 100+ aspiring and current entrepreneurs who are interested in starting and/or growing their businesses. Startup Quest is an entrepreneurship training program for underemployed and unemployed, degree holding, professionals. Over a 10-week period, participants are…