Entries by Karen Dybis

Fitness Guru Becomes Author to Share His Life Story and Healthy Outlook

From scrubbing floors and fitness equipment to managing the day-to-day operations of big-box clubs, Dean Mitchell has held pretty much every job in his career as a health and wellness expert. Now, he’s added a new title: author. The owner of one of Downtown Northville’s successful fitness businesses, Mitchell Fitness Solutions in downtown Northville, recently […]

Steal This Idea: Company Promotes Wellness with Mobile Stress Solutions Truck

Companies of all sizes are focusing on workplace wellness, investing in a variety of approaches to provide a positive, healthy environment for its employees and to encouraging healthy lifestyles among all of their workers. BNP Media recently began working with MeditationWorks — a mobile stress solutions truck — as a way to promote positivity and […]

Detroit’s Build Institute Celebrates Five Years and 1,000 Graduates

When you walk into Detroit’s Build Institute, one of the first faces that greets you is April Boyle, the executive director and all-around cheerleader for the small-business accelerator. For the past five years, Boyle and her capable staff have helped hundreds of people get their start in Detroit. Now, the well-respected idea activator is celebrating […]

California Closets to open manufacturing center in Cascade Township, invest $5.7 million and create 61 new jobs

Building on the strength of the California Closets brand, the California-based company known for its custom-storage solutions will open a new manufacturing facility in Cascade Charter Township on Michigan’s West side. The project will create an estimated 61 jobs and create an investment of more than $5.7 million in the new facility, located at 4930 […]

Tech Firm Adds Fundraising Component to Popular March Madness Party

Bringing your employees together to socialize and bond as a company is a great idea. Adding a way to raise funds for a great cause is even better. For the 12th consecutive year, Grand Rapids-based technology firm Open Systems Technologies commemorated the opening day of NCAA Basketball’s March Madness tournament with a party for 1,000 […]

Why Volunteering is Beneficial to Your Employees’ Health

Volunteering – whether it is tutoring, serving at a soup kitchen or gardening at a community center – is a gratifying experience that can also lead to better health. According to a Harvard Medical School study, people who regularly volunteer are rewarded with better physical and mental health. Another study conducted by Johns Hopkins University […]

Local Produce and Healthy Recipes Offer a Way to Prep for Spring

Finding local produce to suit those healthy 2017 resolutions can be a challenge during Michigan winters. Co-owners Kiki Louya and Rohani Foulkes of The Farmer’s Hand in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood make it easier to find with healthy, all-local, Michigan-focused produce and more. Winter is a difficult time for Michigan farmers, noted Foulkes, many of whom […]

‘The Juice Lady’ Says Mocktails are a Great Treat for Body and Mind

With warmer temperatures on the way, people may be looking to lose weight, try new things and prepare for summer fashion. That is where a refreshing drink option called a mocktail comes in. Mocktails are non- alcoholic cocktails, and they are a favorite of “The Juice Lady,” or Cherie Calbom, MSN. Calbom, a longtime juice […]

Deaf Entrepreneurs are Enjoying the Benefits of a Technological Evolution

Largely enabled by the advances in technology and resources, deaf entrepreneurs interested in taking on the challenge of starting a new company have more options than ever. With technology, deaf entrepreneurs can start their own business, whether it’s an accounting firm, a bakery down the street or even a yoga studio, without few complications, according […]

After All These Years, Four Tops Singer Says He Still Loves His Job

The story of The Four Tops – one of Detroit’s most legendary musical groups – starts when Abdul “Duke” Fakir was eight years old. It is a story of unity, friendship and professionalism that ranks The Four Tops among the rare group of singing superstars that stayed together for decades. Together, The Four Tops created […]