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 […]
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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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 […]
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 […]
With its attendance rising and seeing a need for more exhibition space, the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park today announced it is adding more than 80,000 square feet of new space to the venerable Grand Rapids landmark, the result of a $115-million capital campaign.
If you know who Alexa is and you’ve asked her to turn up the heat or play you some music, then chances are you are already familiar with home-voice assistants. This unique use of technology has grown rapidly, and the market has plenty of room to expand both in term of unit sales and the […]
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 […]
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 […]
Industry recognition for your business is essential to both public perception of your goods and services as well as internal satisfaction of a job well done. That is why Samaritas is celebrating an award given to one of its subsidiaries on behalf of its home-care division. Home Care Assistance of West Michigan, a part of […]
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 […]
You can have the best ideas in the world, but they are no use to you or your company if you can’t express your thoughts clearly and persuasively. For over 15,000 years, humankind has had a close bond with “man’s best friend,” the dog. During this time, dogs have developed an amazing ability to engage […]
Recruiting Millennials takes a mix of style and savvy – employers who know the kind of young people they want on the job are smart to go where they are. And the City Year Career Day event by Comcast is a great example of how to do it. Recently, Comcast recently hosted a Career Day […]
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 […]
It takes one set of skills to open a business – but keeping it going typically requires an entirely new skill base that needs regular maintenance and investment. That’s where the the 2017 Small Business Workshop comes in. Now in its third year, the Small Business Workshop will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 1 […]
So, you’re a smart, imaginative, persuasive Millennial and – contrary to the bad rap your generation usually gets – you’re willing to work hard. You’re just waiting for all those boomers and Xers to get the heck out of the way so you can have your turn at the brass ring. But why wait? That’s […]
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 […]
It was in 2008 that Sam Sisakhti began disrupting the fashion industry with the launch of ustrendy.com, an e-commerce site that calls itself a “curated marketplace” that brings together sellers and consumers from around the world.
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 […]
Having your employees buy into your company culture, workforce development and overall strategy is essential to having a cohesive team. But with so many changes in the landscape – whether it is within human resources itself, the world at large or your business in particular – can make that difficult. That is where Maritz Motivation […]
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 […]
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. […]
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