Detroit: The City of Hope

In an editorial, the USA Today opined, “The bankruptcy of a city as important to American history as Detroit is a sad and telling event. For much of the 20th century, the city’s name was interchangeable with a vibrant auto industry…” The initial day of reckoning has come and gone. Now, the question is what’s…

Do you wonder, sometimes, how other entrepreneurs view Detroit?

“Small Talk” recently interviewed Kevin Smith, a Chicago resident and entrepreneur, who was in Detroit recently for a weekend event called Another Detroit. It was a program designed to show all sides of Detroit—not just the negative. Smith is the chair for the International Youth Board for Habitat for Humanity and an executive board member…

Q & A With Kevin McCormick: Making the Transition from Corporate to Entrepreneur

Alchemedia Creative is a communications company that focuses on helping customers effectively communicate to their customers and stakeholders. The company creates content for clients and also creates its own content–specifically, print materials, websites, or video production to help their clients tell their story, their way. Kevin McCormick, Executive Partner, launched the business in December, 2008….

The Role of Entrepreneurs in Detroit’s Comeback – A Mayoral Candidate’s Perspective

Detroit Mayoral candidate, Lisa Howze shared with me her thoughts on the role of entrepreneurship in the city’s redevelopment efforts. Howze, is a CPA who attended U-M. She was an entrepreneur at 19 and states it taught her self motivation and the value of understanding business tax deductions for investment, growth and sustainability. However, when…

Running Detroit like a business. What a novel idea!

Clearly, for years and decades, Detroit has not. Unless you’ve been totally disconnected, it’s no secret Detroit’s been down a path of financial disaster for decades. With population and job losses, shift in the manufacturing base and continued borrowing of money to offset revenue declines, Detroit’s experiencing a financial calamity of historic proportions. Step in,…

What’s driving entrepreneurs? Dreams and corporate downsizing, for starters

A recent study pointed out that one-fifth of graduates from Michigan’s major universities are going into entrepreneurship and businesses unrelated to their fields of study. I think this is a fascinating study. To wit, when I was growing up, the path was pretty straightforward in you were from Detroit: get your high school and college…

Yes, mayoral candidates, we need infrastructure and services, but what about jobs?

Although I was traveling during the recent Detroit mayoral debate at the Mackinac Policy Conference, I was following the candidates via various social media sites. Quite frankly, I was taken aback by some of the responses of the candidates when asked what the most pressing issues were and are for Detroit as we enter into a…

The positives to being your own boss

I had lunch last week with a small-business owner who’s now a successful entrepreneur.  She was sharing with me topics which might be of interest to her as she’s focusing on growing her business. So, of course, we discussed her background and how she became a business owner.  Additionally, we reviewed the “usual” topics of…

Now is the time to prove the critics wrong about Detroit

“How’s Detroit doing?” “Is it ever going to come back?” “It’s a shame what’s happened to it?” I travel frequently and these are the types of questions and/comments I hear frequently – particularly when people find out I’m from Detroit. The three quotes referenced were shared with me over the last 10 days. It’s almost…

Q&A with EMU’s Michael Tidwell: Entrepreneurship, small business and education

Many entrepreneurs don’t realize the many resources focused on small business development—at their fingertips. Metro Detroit has many local colleges and universities which provide resources for you as you think about starting or growing a business. Michael Tidwell, dean of the College of Business, Eastern Michigan University, is relatively new to EMU. He’s been at EMU…