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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 […]

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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 […]

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Michigan Marketing Lab Launches App to Save Relationships

Download Food Fight Fix on the App Store or Google Play.   Have you ever played the restaurant game? It’s Friday, and your significant other asks you: “Where should we eat?” You spend an hour running through a list of restaurants, only to decide nothing. Royal Oak-based, Alchemy, launched Food Fight Fix to solve this […]


Steal This Idea: Caramel Company Gets Sales Blitz After QVC Appearance

You’ve got to love a company mission statement like the one that Kelly’s Karamels uses: “Create sweet moments for all our patrons, one caramel at a time.” That commitment to its customers is one reason Kelly’s Karamels is a local favorite. But the Troy-based business wanted to grow, and it has done that and then […]

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What a Career: Teacher Becomes Executive Director of Leading Literary Project

What happens when you mix people who are experts in their writing and teaching professions with Detroit schools? Something truly amazing, and now the InsideOut Literary Arts Project has a new leader to continue its success. The InsideOut Literary Arts Project (iO) recently announced that Suma Karaman Rosen has been selected as the organization’s new […]


She Always Will Be a Reporter, but Now She is Her Own Boss as an Entrepreneur

Starting over with a new career – even if the decision to move on from your long-time job was yours – can be challenging to say the least. But, as one local entrepreneur is finding, it also can hold a certain level of excitement. Jennette Smith, most recently the Editor of Crain’s Detroit Business, has […]

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Family Tradition: Detroit Police Officer and Son Join Longtime Catering Business

When Phil Rodriguez approached his uncle about purchasing the family catering business, the conversation focused more on the Golden Rule than advertising or accounting. That’s because founder Chico Rodriguez wanted to know one thing before he agreed to turn over Rose Catering Inc. to the next generation, Phil Rodriguez remembers. Uncle Chico wanted to know: […]

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Steal This Idea: Hold an Office Pre-Thanksgiving Tummy Stretcher and Fundraiser

There’s one thing you cannot have enough of in general – Thanksgiving dinners, good times with co-workers and good causes. Years ago, the staff at Grand Rapids-based law firm Mika Meyers started a tradition where the firm would have a pre-Thanksgiving celebration. Now, this was no ordinary get-together in the office kitchen. It had a […]


SheHive Opens to Serve as Common Ground for Female Entrepreneurs

Ursula Adams and Andrea Clegg Corp like to tell the story of how they met and started their new business, SheHive, as something of a comic scene. “Two blondes walk into a coffee shop…” When they met, they realized just how much they had in common in terms of wanting to motivate people, specifically female entrepreneurs, […]

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Steal This Idea: Employee Visualization Program Helps Engage, Motivate Whole Self

Finding time to set goals – for the short and long term – can be challenging. But studies show having a vision helps you achieve your personal and professional goals. That is where VizBe offers a solution. VizBe is the brainchild of Natalia Petraszczuk, who created, a Web app and social networking platform for […]

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Dolphin Tank Competition Highlights Dynamic Female Entrepreneurs

It could be said that 2016 is the Year of the Woman – our first female Presidential candidate; women topping the Best Sellers list; women gaining new ground in the business world. Maybe that is why the Michigan Women’s Foundation (MWF), a non-profit organization that for 30 years has been working to achieve social and […]

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New School Store Gains Support from Grand Rapids Business Partner

There’s an old adage about giving a man a fish and teaching him to fish. That wisdom can be applied across the board to the kind of education students at Grand Rapids Public School’s Innovation Central. This high school is unique because it is made up of four distinct college/career preparatory academies within one building, […]

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Venerable Art Institution The Scarab Club Names New Executive Director

For the first part of her career, Ashley Hennen worked her magic behind the scenes. But in her new role at one of Detroit’s most venerable art organizations, she is moving to front and center. Hennen, long a fixture around the city’s cultural institutions, recently was named Executive Director of the venerable Scarab Club, Michigan’s […]

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Manufacturing Giant to Honor Veterans Day with Open House, Celebrity Events

One of Ted Stahl’s passions – beyond sports, cars and his long-time manufacturing business – is supporting his fellow U.S. veterans in any way he can. His love for all three are the reason behind Stahls’ Automotive Foundation, a non-profit organization Stahl created with his family, fellow car aficionados and employees. And that has resulted […]

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Teacher Turns Advocate to Create Awareness for Organ Donation

Throughout her life, Audrey Weinberg has been a teacher, an advocate for others and a healthcare crusader. Her mission? To improve the lives of people, regardless of their age, gender or healthcare needs. Weinberg, who has chronic kidney failure herself, is a tireless promoter for The Gift of Life Michigan, which is the state’s only […]