Have you done a business assessment lately?

It’s March (Madness) and I’m wondering, have you had your assessment? Not your personal health assessment — although, I encourage you to do so —  but your business assessment? You’re probably asking: What’s he talking about? Let me explain. Just like you’re encouraged to get an annual checkup to ensure your physical and well being…

Detroit must rebrand itself, but do so while retaining its legacy

With the recent announcement by Gov. Rick Snyder that an emergency financial manager (EFM) will be assigned to the city of Detroit, the challenge becomes how does the anchor city of this region brand itself in light of its current financial situation? The issues confronting our region are well documented.  Let’s not hide the fact…

A perspective on Detroit, from a once Detroiter, now Chicagoan

Much has been made about Detroit’s past and its current transformation — a city striving to diversify and redefine itself. Transformation is difficult, particularly when your foundation has been somewhat shaken. Detroit’s core, the automotive industry, has been shaken, but not broken. However, as Detroit continues its transformation, economic development is critical to longer term…