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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 […]

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The Myths and Realities of Family Businesses are Worth Noting (and Celebrating)

Let’s start by defining a family business. The classic definition is a business where a single-family lineage has ownership control, is active in management and involves multiple generations. But some of those boundaries have become blurred. What about blended families? How about publicly traded companies? Would siblings who used “family money” for startup capital fit? […]

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Carnegie’s Wisdom on Mining for Gold

In today’s environment of high-velocity change, a business’s technology, product innovation or unique distribution are only fleeting advantages.  In fact, the only sustainable competitive advantage is an organization’s talent and how reliably they perform. Andrew Carnegie came to America from his native Scotland when he was a small boy, did a variety of odd jobs, […]

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4 Tips for Stress-Free Business Travel

Over the years, I’ve traveled for business a lot — sometimes alone, but often with colleagues. One time, I found myself traveling with a colleague I didn’t know very well. We were both rushed to get work done before the flight, so we gave ourselves very little time to get to the airport. Everything had […]

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How Data Can Help Drive Success of Local Business—With a Little Analytical Help

When doing business with your bank in the traditional sense, most probably think of working with an organization to keep deposits secure, provide money transaction capabilities and make loans. After all, this is the traditional focus of how financial institutions, especially community banks, operate. What you may not know is just how much more your bank […]

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Cutting Through the Noise and Improving Employee Communication

If communication isn’t a priority in your organization, then your company simply isn’t living up to its true potential. A first-class HR department makes it their mission to facilitate communication upward, downward and horizontally. Expectations and objectives need to be delivered and understood, frustrations need to be dealt with and concerns have to be heard. […]

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How Job Satisfaction and the Role of Management Fits Together

Many organizations deal with employees that do not perform to standards. One of the most frustrating things for managers and supervisors is to have employees who continually repeat the infraction. However, when the issues continue managers and supervisors are left to discipline and more likely terminate the individual. One of the critical factors impacting work […]

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Hatch Detroit Business Competition is Back for 2016 and Needs Your Votes

Imagine being a young, hungry entrepreneur again. You’re looking around for help, hoping that someone else sees the potential in your idea like you do. That is one of the many reasons why Hatch Detroit, sponsored by Comerica Bank and Opportunity Detroit, is such an essential competition. The competition, which recently announced its Top 10 […]