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 […]
About Karen Dybis
Karen is an editor and writer for Corp! Magazine. She graduated from the University of Michigan and has worked at The Mackinac Island Town Crier, The Kalamazoo Gazette, The (Adrian) Daily Telegram and The Oakland Press. Karen spent five years at The Detroit News as a business writer with stints in retail, workplace issues and personal finance. Dybis also was a blogger on Time magazine's "Assignment: Detroit" project.
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Some names are legendary in retail, and when you hear them you instantly think you know everything about those stores. A good example is Mr. Alan’s, a longtime sneaker and sports-apparel chain. But today’s Mr. Alan’s is a far different place than it used to be when it was founded more than 40 years ago. […]
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 […]
As part of its bid to boost its customer base and services like its Prime delivery option, Amazon.com, Inc. is in the midst of growth through the building of fulfillment centers, in areas that are closest to its customers. Amazon has been on a building binge of late. In 2016, the company said it would build […]
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. […]
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 […]
Soft Surroundings, a St. Louis-based women’s lifestyle brand, is taking its triple threat of apparel, beauty and home goods to new markets in 2017, moving forward in a tough retail landscape with confidence that women of all ages will want to “Live Soft.”
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 […]
Tired of going out and eating the same old stuff with co-workers or potential clients? Then you need to try someplace new to break the routine and spark some fresh ideas. Here are some of Metro Detroit’s most popular and newest eateries that also serve great food. You can eat in these locations or take […]
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 […]
In a move that Bedrock Detroit officials have dreamed of for months if not years, the real-estate firm and Microsoft Corp. officials announced Friday that the technology company will move some of its operations into downtown Detroit.
Some might look at the newly opened Innovation Center that Lear Corp., one of the key national players in the automotive supply chain, as just one building, one renovation, one small space where a supplier set up shop. For CEO and President Matt Simoncini, the Innovation Center at 119 State Street in historic Capitol Park […]
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 […]
If you like a challenge, consider this one: Could you work for 52 years for a single company and never take a sick day? That challenge was established by Mansfield Plumbing employee Ron Kline, who marked 52 years of service with the company – that’s 18,980 days for those of you counting – with a […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Art Van Furniture, the Midwest’s most familiar name when it comes to furniture and accessories, Wednesday reached an agreement to sell the company to Thomas H. Lee Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm. After 58 years, Art Van Elslander, chairman and founder of Warren-based Art Van Furniture, said in a statement that the timing felt […]
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 […]
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 […]
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