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…

Starting on a Whim

Imagine growing up in a comfortable environment two hours from the city with a strong sense of community.  Generations stayed put and supported every aspect of your hometown by starting small businesses, supporting manufacturing and volunteering time to support community efforts and infrastructural projects. And then after having success at various levels academically and athletically,…

Awarding Motor City Match Grants

Detroit’s on the rebound. In his final Detroit visit as Vice President, that was the key message delivered by Joe Biden as he spoke Tuesday to small business owners as part of the Motor City Match (MCM) program.  A program which recognized grant winners and was held at the Detroit School for Digital Technology (DSDT),…

A Fresh Start

A New Year is here and like a freshly-fallen snowfall, it’s not been trampled, shoveled or push aside–yet.  Like a blank canvas, this is an opportunity for you to create your own painting with colors and designs unique to you. It’s also the time for endless resolutions, hopes and anticipation for what the next 12…

The Entrepreneurs of Color Fund

Jamie Dimon, Chairman, President & CEO, JP Morgan Chase, recently stopped in Detroit to tout the company’s $100 million investment in the city and, specifically, share insights on the Entrepreneurs of Color (EOC) funding efforts and its impact on Detroit’s entrepreneurial community. It’s been 2 1/2 years since the company announced its investment as part…

Painting With a Twist

It seems there’s a new business opening across Detroit quite frequently these days.  While it’s encouraging to see several number of programs focused on start-ups providing support and resources for those wanting to start a business, there’s always the question of sustainability. According to the SBA, close to 66% of will survive their first two…

Thank You!

As we prepare for Thanksgiving, it’s a time to begin reflecting on this past year while preparing for the future. And it’s a perfect to give thanks to family, friends and associates. While the “hustle and bustle” of the upcoming season is right around the corner, this is an opportunity to simply reflect, slow down…