How small businesses can position a comeback

How small businesses can position a comeback

It is no secret that small businesses have taken a hit since the first COVID-19 case approximately a year ago. It has been reported that 17 percent of small businesses were shuttered within the first three months of the pandemic hitting. And for Black businesses, the numbers are even more staggering, with nearly 41 percent of […]

Michigan hopes to become land of OZ with launch of its Opportunity Zone website 

Michigan hopes to become land of OZ with launch of its Opportunity Zone website 

While many Michigan’s urban cities’ economic recovery programs have gained momentum, there is concern those efforts may not be moving fast enough or are far enough along. Visibility is often a problem. Investors, entrepreneurs, community leaders, developers, builders and other critical stakeholders need to “see” incentives, in order to “seize” them, according to development experts […]

Business stakeholders stand behind push to extend job training to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated

Business stakeholders stand behind push to extend job training to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated

As a healthcare leader and employer of more than 33,000 employees, many would assume that Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) must actively minimize, if not eliminate, risks whenever possible. Nevertheless, Robert G. Riney, president of healthcare operations and chief operating officer at HFHS, says eliminating the requirement that job applicants state whether they’ve been convicted […]

Investing in Futures

Investing in Futures

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan lauded 41-year-old Brian Jones’ extraordinary record at the ribbon cutting of his east side 102030 clothing store last month. Jones, a paralegal who graduated summa cum laude from Oakland Community College, is well on his way toward achieving a bachelor’s degree at Eastern Michigan University. The typically reserved business owner fought […]

How Detroit-area small businesses can make the best of positive online reviews, mitigate negative ones

How Detroit-area small businesses can make the best of positive online reviews, mitigate negative ones

This summer, small business owners say business is booming, with 59 percent anticipating their revenue to increase over the next 12 months, 67 percent looking to expand and 24 percent planning to hire in the year ahead, according to our spring 2019 Bank of America Small Business Owner Report. The survey, which explores the perspectives, […]

Prom formal wear to be given to be given away today, April 26

Prom formal wear to be given to be given away today, April 26

Detroit Parks & Recreation is giving away formal wear for this prom season today, Friday, April 26 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Butzel Family Center, located at 7737 Kercheval. More than 500 dresses were donated as well as men’s formal wear.  Dresses range in size from 0 – 28.  Shoes and accessories will also be […]

Understanding a shaky condition: Early Parkinson’s Disease treatment helps improve lives

Understanding a shaky condition: Early Parkinson’s Disease treatment helps improve lives

Each year approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disorder affecting the brain’s ability to control movement. My dad Norman Berg, is among the patients. He was healthy well into his 80’s and then suddenly, he was not. Most people are diagnosed with the condition are around age 60, although it does […]

Michigan will have more skilled workers, less unemployment with passage of new legislation

Michigan will have more skilled workers, less unemployment with passage of new legislation

Michigan has plenty of jobs and job seekers. The problem is workers are not getting the skills and training needed to qualify for open posts. And that hurts our economy, according to Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Joined by a bipartisan group of legislators, business, education, and labor leaders to announce their support for House and Senate bills creating the […]

A United Commitment: One organization’s celebrated leadership serves us all

A United Commitment:  One organization’s celebrated leadership serves us all

There’s something all of the most important community organizations in Michigan and around the country have in common: consistency. Some programs are large and well-staffed, while others barely get by on the strength of their volunteers. But known or unknown, their determination to serve our children, families and residents on a continuous basis makes them […]

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