What Will it Take?

It was recently noted that a major company headquartered in Detroit hired forty-two marketing summer interns, and boasted these hires in a group picture as shared on social media by one of its leaders.  While it’s great that these students will gain real-life experiences in their field of study and interest, there was a blatant…

Making Tough Businesses Choices During COVID-19

While the city and state are entering in Phase 5 of its reopening, it’s not a secret one of the unfortunate side-effects of COVID-19 is the negative impact on the economy – especially small businesses. According to published reports, 100,000 small business permanently closed in the eight weeks beginning in mid-March. Many businesses have been…

Small Business Workshop Virtual Series Announced

Small Business Workshop Becomes Free Online Series Sixth Annual Event Returns to Detroit as a Series June 17th A new study by economists at the University of Illinois, Harvard  Business School, Harvard  University and the University of Chicago projects that more than 100,000 small businesses have permanently closed since the coronavirus pandemic was declared in March, the Washington…

Navigating the Headwinds of Crisis

By Mark S. Lee and David Girodat The COVID-19 crisis has created both health and financial challenges for many families and businesses. Unlike past economic downturns, the tumult occurred abruptly, bringing hardship to many industries simultaneously. For example, recent reports indicate 100,000 small business have permanently closed since the pandemic hit in March while others…

Is Your Business Ready?

Running a business during these unprecedented times can be a daunting task. With uncertainty comes anxiety. However, this too shall pass and when it does, will your business be ready? And what should you be doing now to prepare for it? COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the overall economy and has impacted all businesses in…

Keeping Students Engaged During COVID-19

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the remaining weeks of this school year. As each municipality across Michigan rolls out localized plans for their students, the challenge is maximizing learning opportunities for everyone. And effectively preparing them for the upcoming academic year becomes paramount during these unprecedented times. With emphasis now on online learning, the need is…

Changing the Way Loved Ones Say Goodbye

The rapid spread of Covid-19 is affecting the way funeral homes must operate and how families adjust to new rules restricting the number of family members and friends that can attend services for the deceased. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order limiting all gatherings to no more than 10 people, including clergy and…

Small Business Resources

We are living in unprecedented times where the new normal now includes social distancing, staying and working from home. These headwinds have changed all aspects of our lives, and we are still adjusting to the new normal. Small businesses are no different, and the cataclysmic changes we’re still working through threaten to change their landscape…

Civility in Business & Politics

We are living in unprecedented times where the divide widens, lack of civility threatens relationships and the ability to make thoughtful decisions based on facts is increasing. As evidenced by the recent impeachment proceedings and the State of the State address, the political divide runs deep along partisan lines and threatens the very premise on…

Lee to Co-host “Detroit Has Heart” Gala

Mark S. Lee, host “Small Talk with Mark S. Lee” podcast and “In the Conference Room with Mark S. Lee”, will co-host, with Lauren Sanders, the Detroit Has Heart Annual Fundraising Gala, an event inspired by ex-Detroit Lion and NFL Hall of Famer, the late Charlie Sanders.  It is a celebration of the vital work…