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Fitness Guru Becomes Author to Share His Life Story and Healthy Outlook

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 […]

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Detroit’s Build Institute Celebrates Five Years and 1,000 Graduates

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 […]

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Tech Firm Adds Fundraising Component to Popular March Madness Party

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 […]

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Michigan Celebrates Food and Agriculture Gala brings out the best in the industry

It was the auto industry that imprinted Michigan on the nation’s economic map. The agricultural sector, meanwhile, continues to give the state something else to boast about. Case in point: Earlier this year, National Geographic magazine named Detroit the top unexpected food destination in North America. “Wait, Detroit? Yes,” wrote National Geographic writer Nancy Gupton. […]

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Local Produce and Healthy Recipes Offer a Way to Prep for Spring

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 […]

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Workshop to Give Small-Business Owners a Sharper Skill Set for Growth

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 […]

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DTE’s Superhero

  Since 2011, Todd Turfe, a multicultural specialist at DTE Energy, has been dressing up as favorite superhero characters and volunteering his time to visit kids in hospitals all across the metro Detroit area. On a typical day, Turfe’s superhero persona meets with 15-20 children, who are suffering from ailments ranging from broken bones to pneumonia […]

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

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Longtime Retailer Going Through Huge Renovations, New Store Openings

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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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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Five Must-Try Business Lunch Locations That Focus on Fresh and Healthy

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]