Small Business Resources

We are living in unprecedented times where the new normal now includes social distancing, staying and working from home. These headwinds of change are significant and require adjustments to our daily routines. Small businesses are no different. They provide a major source of employment and are economic generators across the overall landscape. To wit, the Small…

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…

CBD Ads Go Mainstream, Propelling Small Business Growth

A rising number of Detroiters may be trying something new this holiday thanks to growing acceptance of CBD among consumers and advertisers alike. And that’s a good thing for the local economy and many small businesses fueling CBD growth. The market for CBD products has exploded in recent years and is expected to exceed $24…

Lee to Share Meeting Mrs. Rosa Parks – January 20, 2020

Mark S. Lee, Founder, President & CEO, The LEE Group and host, “Small Talk with Mark S. Lee”, and “In the Conference Room”, will share his experiences and lead an interactive discussion based on his encounter with the late, Mrs. Rosa Parks, while Student Body President, at Eastern Michigan University (EMU), during the 1981-1982 academic…

Movie & Discussion – January 19, 2020

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” and “In the Conference Room” with Mark S. Lee”, will be moderating a discussion focused on the critically-acclaimed movie, “Harriet”.  This event will…

Is Detroit a Good Place for Business?

According to the 2012 U.S. Census data, the City of Detroit is home to more than 62,000 small businesses.  It seems there’s a new business opening on a regular basis across the region and the momentum appears to be emerging. And as I’ve thought about the entrepreneurial and business ecosystem here, a couple of questions…

Why Not Detroit?

“Go west, young man!” “There’s gold in those hills.” These catch phrases date back to the “gold rush” days and capture reasons for why moved West–to strike it rich. It also captures the recent allure of the tech industry and San Francisco.  Yes, the tech industry and Silicon Valley have attracted many from all over…

Five Businesses vie for $100k on 10/17

The Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest is back!  Which business will win $100k?  Come and find out. Mark S. Lee, Founder, President & CEO, The LEE Group and host, “Small Talk with Mark S. Lee” and “In the Conference Room with Mark S. Lee”, will emcee and host the announcement of the 2019 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest….

Top Ten Finalists for $100k to be Unveiled

Who’s going to win $100,000 as part of the 2019 Comerica Hatch Detroit contest? On Friday, 9/27, Mark S. Lee, President & CEO, The LEE Group, and host, “Small Talk with Mark S. Lee” and “In the Conference Room with Mark S. Lee”, will help unveil this year’s top 10 finalists.  This year’s event will…