Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs: How to Navigate the Headwinds of Change

By Mark S. Lee and David Girodat Small businesses are a massive source of employment.  The Small Business Administration (SBA) reports that smaller companies employ 47.5 percent of the private U.S. workforce.  According to 2012 U.S. Census figures, there are nearly 62,000 small businesses in Detroit and about 152,000 across Michigan. Entrepreneurship helps build the…

Speakers Announced for 2019 Small Business Workshop

DETROIT, MI – (4/3/19)    May is small business month and the first week of the month is Small Business Week.  And The LEE Group is pleased to announce its Fifth Annual Small Business workshop, presented by Fifth Third Bank, which is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at TechTown, 440 Burroughs, in Detroit….

” Brand Your Business” Presentation & Tips

Comerica invites you to join us on April 17, 5:30 – 8pm, for the “Branding Your Business” presentation from Mark S. Lee, President & CEO, The LEE Group (TLG), MI LLC. This session defines branding while exploring concepts that will help you differentiate your business from the competition while connecting with customers.  Additionally, take a tour of…

Fifth Third & TLG Discuss Small Business Workshop

Regional President of Fifth Third Bank, Eastern Region, David Girodat, joined The LEE Group’s Founder, President & CEO, Mark S. Lee, to discuss the upcoming 2019 Small Business Workshop, presented by Fifth Third Bank, on American Black Journal, hosted by Stephen Henderson.  The workshop is scheduled for May 7, 8am -1pm, at 440 Burroughs Street,…

Entrepreneurship’s Impact on Economic Development

There’s continued momentum in Detroit’s burgeoning entrepreneurial ecosystem and there are many perspectives on what it means to the city’s revitalization efforts, including economic development and job creation.  To this end, I wanted to gain insights from a business executive who has family roots grounded in Detroit’s entrepreneurial community. David Girodat has a long history…

Small Business Workshop – May 7, 2019

Contact:  Mark S. Lee,  Founder, President & CEO, The LEE Group:  mark@leegroupinnovation.com Small Business Workshop Scheduled for May 7, 2019 Event Returns to Detroit for the fifth year during Small Business Week DETROIT, MI – (March 4, 2019)  May is small business month and the first week of the month is Small Business Week.  And…

Merging Science & Creativity

Working a full-time job as an Environmental Scientist and launching a new business is no easy feat. And using STEM, scientific and creative skills as a basis for a business concept focused on celebrating and empowering people of color through designing clothes and jewelry based on skin and hair characteristics is what  Deirdre Roberson  did….

Movie & Discussion – January 20, 2019

As part of Eastern Michigan University’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s week-long celebration of events, Mark S. Lee, Founder, President & CEO, The LEE Group and host, “Small Talk with Mark S. Lee”, will be moderating a discussion focused on the critically-acclaimed movie, “The Hate You Give”.  This event will be held Sunday, January 20,…

Domino’s Assumes Title Sponsorship for “Small Talk with Mark S. Lee”

DETROIT, Nov. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Beginning January 2019, Ann-Arbor-based Domino’s assumes title sponsorship for “Small Talk with Mark S. Lee,” a leading business program focused on small business development and entrepreneurship. Its mission is to provide a forum where entrepreneurs and business leaders share business practices focused on developing and growing sustainable businesses. The broadcast/podcast is hosted by business executive, local entrepreneur,…

Closing the “Detroit Divide” Gap

“The new Detroit is changing the minds of people around the world!” “ I am so proud of ‘The D’ that the vision came to fruition.“ “Was downtown…and it certainly is NOT the Detroit many people image (sic).  Placed (sic) look awesome, and tons of people having a great & SAFE time.” As part of…