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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 […]

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How to Get the Biggest Bang for your Buck with Meal-Delivery Kits

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 […]

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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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Unique Workplace Mentoring Program Allows Students and Employees to Share Work and Life Experiences

  Comcast hosts the BBBS Beyond School Walls workplace mentoring program. Twenty-nine Comcast employees are matched with and mentor 29 Southfield McIntyre Elementary students during the school year. The Comcast “Bigs” and student “Littles” meet twice per month at a different Comcast office location.  

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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 […]

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Co-working Space Opens Larger Facilities to Welcome Entrepreneurs of All Sizes

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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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 […]

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Steal This Idea: Refresh Your Post-Holiday Skin with the Hair of the Dog

Many people make New Year resolutions to take better care of their bodies – but how many actually follow up on this idea? Self-care practices are not only important, they actually can help make you more productive. To start the New Year off right, the Detroit Grooming Company Barber Shop in Ferndale is making it […]

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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 […]