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…

Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan

There’s been a lot of energy in Detroit around small business development and entrepreneurship.  From incubator and accelerator programs to potential funding opportunities, there are resources abound. There’s also an increased emphasis regarding young people.  Through volunteering, for example, people and businesses are reaching back to help Detroit’s youth by providing enhanced educational opportunities in…

Mike Rosenau, President, Gail & Rice

Farmington Hills-based Gail & Rice (G&R) is an established event management firm dating back to 1931, when it was founded by Max Gail, Sr. and later joined by Al Rice. The firm was located in the famed Penobscot building in downtown Detroit. It is a marketing agency which specializes in corporate events and experiential marketing…

Detroit’s Local Consumer Spending Growth

Recently, I attended an announcement in Detroit’s West Village where JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced a $5 million investment toward the establishment of a $30 million Strategic Neighborhood Fund to drive inclusive economic growth in Detroit’s neighborhoods.  The fund will support the Detroit Strategic Neighborhood Initiatives and is a collaborative partnership between Invest Detroit, the…

Small Business Incubator Support

A lot of factors contribute to a vibrant tech economy. Startups have so many disparate and unique needs and, as a result, a broad range of support is required to nurture and grow the earliest stage businesses. For example, the support for startups in the Ann Arbor-area is second to none. Not only does the…