History Lives

As we prepare to celebrate the life and legacy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 15th, I have found myself reflecting on his life along with Mrs. Rosa Parks.  We are certainly living in unique times and I about the impact of these two icons had on our country–even in 2018. As a senior…

Recognizing the ’84 Detroit Tigers

In my lifetime, the Detroit Tigers have been to four World Series—‘68, ‘84, ‘06 and ‘12– and I have been fortunate to attend three of them. The only one I missed was ’84. I was living and working in another city and therefore, was unable to attend. Yet, a week after the Tigers beat San…

Starting a “Mature” Business

Historically, Detroit has had its own unique sense of fashion style.  And like the Motor City over the years, it has evolved and continues to make its own statement, locally and nationally. And entrepreneurs have taken notice and continue to tap into the fashion industry as part of the city’s resurgence and re-emerging status as…

NBA Legend Providing an “Assist” to Young People

Former Detroit mayor, NBA Hall-of-Famer and Detroit Piston legend, Dave Bing, continues to make a difference. While he was the master of dishing out assists during his storied twelve-year NBA career (including ten with the Pistons), Bing continues to help young people from across the city of Detroit and beyond. And as Detroit’s mayor from…

Using Technology to Tackle Water Issue

Metro Detroit native Abess Makki, founder and CEO of Detroit-based CityInsight is devoted to helping municipal utilities provide residents with better tools to manage their water usage and costs. CityInsight is a civic-tech company that provides mobile applications to municipalities.  It was founded by Wayne State University alumn Makki in 2014 and was in direct…

Celebrating 30 Years in Business

Under normal circumstances, business longevity and sustainability are challenges.  Now, consider starting a business in one of Detroit’s most economically-challenged neighborhoods, twenty years and exactly one mile removed from where the civil disturbances started in 1967.  Thirty years later, your business has grown and is still striving and expanding.   Meet Jesse R. Brown, N.D,…

The “Detroit Vs Everybody” Brand – What’s Next?

One of the hottest brands was launched right here in Detroit five years ago.  It succinctly captured Detroit’s attitude and seemed you couldn’t go anywhere around town and beyond without seeing the “Detroit Vs Everybody” brand. Well, it’s still around.  It continues to grow, expand and is going stronger than ever. “Detroit Vs Everybody” was…

The Power of Diversity in the Workplace

I was at a restaurant recently where someone flatly stated, “It’s time for us to consider moving because this town is changing…”   While attending a meeting in New York recently focused on Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), John Quiñones, from ABC News, shared a heartfelt journey beginning with his early days in Texas radio to…

Getting a Fresh Start

After a 2 1/2 year stint as the president of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC), Rodrick Miller, recently launched an economic development consulting firm, Ascendant Global. The firm offers a range of economic development services with a mission to support cities and regions around the country and globe in being stronger and more sustainable. …

Attracting Venture Capital to Unlock Growth

Looking for investment capital to help your business achieve financial stability?  What does it take to unlock growth?  Are you prepared and what are investors looking for?   As part of Crain’s Detroit Homecoming, these questions were discussed Friday morning at a session focused on unlocking growth and attracting capital among high-growth investors and minority…