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Cobo Center Celebrates Local, Regional Artists with New Art Installations

Detroit is a city of art, history, muscle and creativity. So to get to know it, you need to invest in these parts of its personality, and you need to explore its artists, their work and their inspirations. That is what the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority (DRCFA) and the DRCFA Art Foundation have done […]

Hatch Detroit Business Competition Reveals Its Top 10 Semi-Finalists to win $50k

The 2017 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest presented by Bedrock has a new crop of sem-finalists competing to open the latest and greatest retail concept in the city. The Top 10, revealed in a special event Thursday, are competing for $50,000 from Comerica Bank and more than $200,000 in pro bono support from Hatch Detroit and […]

Bike-Sharing Programs Moving Into Cities to Ease Commutes, Offer Healthy Travel Options

Maybe you want a two-wheeled commute. Maybe you walked to your meeting and need a faster way back to the office. Maybe you just need a mid-afternoon break. Whatever the reason, more cities are adding bike-sharing programs to their downtowns and neighborhoods to help people find convenient and healthy ways of getting around town. Along […]

Office of a Different Color

When you think of corporate America, tag artists and graffiti don’t usually come to mind, but this company took a different approach. When you walk up to Global Telecom Solutions (GTS), the outside of their building doesn’t prepare you for the masterful artistry of the colorful walls and doors of this telecommunications consulting firm. “It […]

Steal This Idea: Get Help When You Make a Surprising Business Announcement

Media from radio to newspapers to blogs as well as social-media sites exploded with the news: Detroit’s beloved Henry the Hatter had lost its lease for its longtime storefront. People assumed the worst, and many longtime fans were afraid that Henry the Hatter was closing. The news, which came out in early July, has remained at the […]

After 55 Years in Business, The Temptations’ Otis Williams Still Loves Making Music

Otis Williams not only has a top-notch singing voice – he’s the last living original member of Motown icons The Temptations – but he has a mind for business, marketing and storytelling. That is why Williams continues to focus on not only improving himself, but growing the Temptations brand. Looking at one of the music […]

‘Incredibly Grateful’ Shinola Celebrates Fifth Anniversary of Making Watches in Detroit

Detroit is home to many iconic companies, and their names become synonymous with the city, its hard-working mentality and its overall forward-thinking attitude. They range from classics like R.L. Polk to tasty foodies like Better Made Snack Foods to beloved MBAD African Bead Museum. A relatively new addition to the list is Shinola – the […]

Adient’s First Timer Talks Investment, Economic Opportunity at Mackinac Policy Conference

He admits it: Glen Ponczak, Adient’s vice president of communications and investor relations, is a newbie to the Mackinac Policy Conference. It’s his first time attending the event, which takes place on Mackinac Island the end of May. “While I have been with involved with the auto industry for 30 years during my tenure with […]

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 […]

Football Helmet Manufacturer Taps Students to Innovate Football Safety

What happens when a group of creative students is challenged to research, design and, in some cases, redesign football-safety equipment? You get an amazing partnership that changes people’s lives at all levels. Xenith, an innovative Detroit-based football helmet and equipment manufacturer, and the College for Creative Studies (CCS), a private, fully-accredited college, have wrapped up […]

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 […]

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 […]

Comcast Cares Volunteer Efforts Brought Employees, Community Together

There’s power in numbers – especially when it comes to company-wide volunteer programs where thousands of employees and community members come together for a common good. In April, Comcast invited its Michigan employees and their family members, friends and community partners to volunteer with them on more than 25 service projects through the state. Called […]

Architecture and Interior Design Firm Gets Creative with its Office Renovation

One look around Kraemer Design Group’s office, and you quickly realize this isn’t your ordinary company in terms of design and culture. In celebration of 20 years as a leading high-end architecture, interior design and creative firm, Detroit-based Kraemer Design Group refreshed its 9,000-square-foot office space to better reflect the company’s future and the projects […]

Young Storyteller Finds Success with New Role as Digital Correspondent for NatGeo

As a young journalist, Erin Winters has two of the most important qualities needed to be a success in her chosen field – raw talent and unbridled curiosity. Those traits have helped the Detroit resident gain some impressive jobs and opportunities, especially with her work at television station Fox 2 in Detroit. Now, she’s going […]