Painting Detroit, with a Twist!

Rebuilding Detroit, one business at a time. Detroit is redefining itself and small businesses are playing a critical role in its transformation. Entrepreneurs who are establishing small business roots in the Motor City are not only going full throttle but, want to make a difference. Some have left Detroit to pursue other business opportunities and…

Sound Entrepreneurial Advice to Help Your Business

As a business owner, you’re confronted with needs and challenges each and every day. From running the day-to-day operations, to staffing to growing profitably. But, what does it take to become successful and profitable longer-term? Crystal Arredondo, Chair, National Association of Women’s Business Owners (NAWBO), is a partner with Dallas-based, MPACT Financial Group, in Dallas,…

A Quest for Wellness Uncovers an Entrepreneur

Whether you’re an entrepreneur or working in any job for that matter, imagine working and simply doing your job on a daily basis. Then, you have health issues which no doctor can identify and address–until during a scan, the health issue/scare is finally diagnosed. Within a year and with proper nutrition and a healthy diet,…

Running a Family Business in Detroit

What is it like to be the mother of two NBA sons who have grown up in Detroit and now, are part of a family-run business in Northwest Detroit? Sylvia Crawford, along with her husband Joe, is the mother of three sons who are former collegiate and past and current NBA players. Joe Crawford graduated…

A Resource for Entrepreneurs Needing a SPARK

The Detroit region is a hotspot for small business development and entrepreneurship and Ann Arbor is a major part of it. While primarily known as the home of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor has emerged as a technology center and a regional hub for aspiring entrepreneurs. And a major force behind this emergence is…

Cycling Back into Detroit

Imagine being a high-energy, results-oriented professional working in retail management and client service in New York City and managing high-profile revenue generating locations such as, French Connection, Michael Kors, Juicy Couture and flagship locations such as G-Star and Tommy Hilfiger. And then your hometown beckons you to come back and take part in its revitalization….

An Example of the American Dream

Born in Cuenca, Ecuador, Pablo Ortega has lived in the United States since the age of 9. He has been in the residential construction trade since 2003. At the age of 13, Pablo began learning the construction business by observing and absorbing any and all information passed along by other workers, contractors and homeowners. By…

Teaching Financial Literacy to Our Youth

Many young people are aspiring entrepreneurs. The first critical step in launching a successful business is educating and training our youth. Money management is key to effective planning, ensuring longer-term sustainability and viability. Detroiter Gail Perry-Mason is playing a major role in developing entrepreneurs and in educating youth. She is an entrepreneur, author, speaker and…

The New Energy in Detroit

Recently, I was downtown and walked to two separate meetings in two different locations. As I was enjoying the stroll and the weather, I noticed the constant humming of activity–from construction noise to the number of people walking near Campus Martius. Clearly, there’s an energy and vibe downtown which, to longtime Detroiters, has been lacking….

The Inspiration in my Life

We’ve all been inspired by someone in our life. Whether through a mentoring relationship, colleague or friend, I’m confident there’s at least one person who’s inspired you on to greater things–personally or professionally. Having a role model has different meanings for various people. In my opinion, it’s someone who you truly learn from, aspire to…