Entries by Karen Dybis

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 stay together for decades. Together, The Four Tops created […]

Steal This Idea: Hold a Career Open House to Introduce Your Company to Workers

Every office tries to be a “fun” place where there is a good mix of work, great co-workers and a relaxed atmosphere that celebrates teamwork. So if you want a mix ice-cream socials, mentorship for new hires, lifelong learning and cool HR practices like a casual dress code, Stefanini is looking for you. Stefanini, a […]

Four Reasons Why Your Company Should Try Virtual Care

Virtual care, or telemedicine, is rapidly growing in health care because it is convenient, time-efficient and affordable for many businesses. According to the American Telemedicine Association, more than half of all U.S. hospitals currently have a telemedicine program and by 2017, about 70 percent of employer’s plans will offer telemedicine services as an employee benefit. […]

She Retired, but This Former GM Exec Is Committed to Learning

Barbara J. Mahone is an expert on hiring, firing and employee relationships. She has observed the automotive industry rise, fall and rise again. She understands how business works and how people fit into an organization at every level. Those are among the reasons why Mahone was the keynote speaker for Walsh College’s 108th Commencement ceremony […]

Steal This Idea: Employees Control Donations Through Pay It Forward Program

If your company is wondering how to increase employee interest in its community-reach programs, one business has come up with a novel approach to getting donations and higher participation. Last year, Troy-based United Shore donated more than $150,000 to strengthen the Metro Detroit community – and 100 percent of the decisions were made by the […]

Discovering How Their Coffee is Made Inspired These Artists and Business Owners

A business trip sometimes can change the way you look at your job, inspiring you to think about how your products are made and the people who make them. That’s exactly what happened to the owners of Café con Leche Jodi Carbonell and Melissa Fernandez along with Chris Hooten and local artist Lisa Luevanos when […]

High-rise Shinola Hotel to Feature Luxury Food, Retail, Internet

Construction of a massive hotel project between Detroit’s busiest developer and one of its high-end brands officially kicked off, officials said. This week, officials from Bedrock Detroit and Shinola met with the media to outline their combination project, a new downtown hotel. The Detroit location is the first hotel for Bedrock and Shinola. The Shinola […]

How to Get the Biggest Bang for your Buck with Meal-Delivery Kits

From innovative start-up concept to billion-dollar industry, meal-kit delivery services are an increasingly popular option for those looking to reduce the stress of nightly meal preparation. But health-conscious consumers should know what to look for before committing to a program, recommends Shannon Szeles, registered dietitian-nutritionist for Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. “Eating healthy, through one of […]

Accomplished harpist, vocalist and lifelong educator named Kresge Eminent Artist

From the time she could stand in her crib, Patricia Terry-Ross loved to sing, dance and make music. Then, when she was in high school, she met the harp and a lifelong partnership was born. Her prestigious career, musical talents and community spirit were recently recognized by The Kresge Foundation when they named musician and […]

With Virtual Reality Taking Off in Popularity, At Least One Media Pro is Diving In

Ask any of a number of filmmakers and producers nationwide about what they think the “next big thing” in the industry is likely to be and it won’t be long before the term “virtual reality” comes up. Certainly, Hollywood has taken note, as have media companies, including The New York Times, which has dallied with […]

Employee Wellness: Tips to Encourage Your Team to Take Advantage of Their Health Plan

Deductibles. Premiums. Co-pays. These might seems like the basics of health care today, but many employees may not understand the lingo. The question is: Do your employees take advantage of or understand all the benefits your health plan has to offer? According to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey, four in 10 people don’t know basic […]

Co-working Space Opens Larger Facilities to Welcome Entrepreneurs of All Sizes

Sometimes, you want to work where everybody knows your name. If you seek that kind of community, a co-working space might be in your future. Bamboo Detroit, Detroit’s largest homegrown co-working community serving area entrepreneurs, recently moved to its new, larger home. Recently, Bamboo’s Detroit hosted an open house for the public with officials including […]