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…

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,…