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DiChiera: To Inspire Creativity in Yourself and Others You Have to Make the Time

David DiChiera understands the work-life balance more so than the average American. After all, this is a man who started an opera company in Detroit, built a successful entertainment venue and composed beloved operas including “Cyrano.” This month, his Michigan Opera Theatre will conclude its 2016-17 season with “Cyrano,” the masterwork of MOT Founder and Artistic […]

Hot Dog! Detroit’s Iconic American Coney Island Marks Century Milestone

You’ve heard of anniversary celebrations for friends and family. But how does a famous coney restaurant celebrate its 100th anniversary? With coney dogs, of course. To mark the momentous milestone, American Coney Island will host several community givebacks and giveaways in the week leading up to its official anniversary on Thurs., May 18th. They include […]

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Ann Arbor’s economy keeps zipping along — with no small thanks to the numerous “gazelle” companies that stand out from the herd by racking up impressive records of growth. To recognize gazelle companies that have earned their moniker by consistently achieving 20 percent annual growth, Ann Arbor SPARK — the community’s engine for economic development […]

FastTrack Awards Recognize ‘Gazelle’ Companies in Ann Arbor Area

Ann Arbor’s economy keeps zipping along — with no small thanks to the numerous “gazelle” companies that stand out from the herd by racking up impressive records of growth. To recognize gazelle companies that have earned their moniker by consistently achieving 20 percent annual growth, Ann Arbor SPARK — the community’s engine for economic development […]

Higher Hopes! Distributing 140,000 Pounds of Food Through Unique Meal-Kit Program

Giving people an education is a great way to give them a head start. But if they don’t have the food they need to give them the energy to go to school, to study and to excel, then those educational opportunities may be missed. That’s something that Bill Birndorf wanted to prevent. Birndorf, who founded […]

SSAB Opens New Office with Swedish Influences to Serve Local Auto Market

When you walk into the new offices of Swedish steel manufacturer SSAB, you’ll find a red horse there ready to greet you. That traditional wood-carved dala house is a symbol of SSAB’s home country, and it is a touch that makes this office unique. As part of SSAB’s commitment to expanding its business in the […]

Think You Could Create a New Ice-Cream Flavor? Here’s Your Chance

What would you put in an ice cream flavored to represent the great city of Detroit? If you have some tasty ideas, Hudsonville Ice Cream wants to hear from you. Hudsonville Ice Cream, a family-owned, Holland, Mich.-based company, is calling on metro Detroiters to help create the next flavor of its artisan-crafted ice cream through […]

Celebrating Our Economic Success, One Leader at a Time

Corp! magazine is always ready to celebrate Michigan’s economic successes. With our Most Valuable Professionals/Most Valuable Millennials/Most Valuable Entrepreneurs Awards, we recognize a group of individuals who have contributed to our state’s economic well-being in myriad ways. The roster of winners ranges from architects to attorneys to nonprofit organization leaders. These professionals are making business […]

Green Becomes Gold as Cobo Center Sets a New Mark for Eco Excellence

Going green and focusing on sustainability is critical for any business, but it is especially important when you have 2.4 million square feet of space. Cobo Center, Detroit’s main convention and exhibition venue, has put a variety of environmentally friendly initiatives in place recently, and convention organizers have taken notice. Not only has the Center’s […]

Business Consultant Takes Her Talents Online to Help Other Entrepreneurs

Jennyfer Crawford is a self-starter. And her goal as the owner of Ask Jennyfer, Crawford wants to help others start something great – their own business. Crawford, an established business consultant who knows what it takes to help small business owners succeed, is bringing the popular local business-focused trade show and food truck rally to […]

Walsh College to Launch New Master of Arts in Business Degree Program

Imagine this: You graduated from the College for Creative Studies with an art degree, but you’re now working for one of the automotive manufacturers as a designer or clay sculptor. You’re moving up in the ranks – yet you feel like you don’t know the ropes of running a business. That’s where a new kind […]

Local Writer Watches Teens, Understanding Blossom with Nonprofit

When Lynne Golodner started One Earth Writing, a nonprofit that connects teens across racial, religious and socioeconomic divides through writing, she had no idea what this new adventure would bring her. It has brought her joy, surprise and so much more. But it also needs support to keep it going. That is why One Earth […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]