Business – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:49:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Your Networking 5 For The Week Of January 16-22 Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:34:24 +0000 Hey there all you go getters!

This week is bustling with events and there are plenty of options for you to choose from.

Detroit Women in Digital 

Women in Digital will be holding a Detroit meet up at Bamboo Detroit this Wednesday, January 17.

The event is for women who work in digital, marketing, advertising or communication. Unlike past events this meeting is for members only. You can join Women in Digital for $25 a month or $250 for a yearly membership.

This month the special guest will be Susan Emerick. She is the Senior Manager of Global Marketing for IBM.

Just a note, this event is for women or for those who identify as women.

This event is free and you can register for it here.

When: Wednesday, January 17 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Where: Bamboo Detroit 1420 Washington Blvd #301 Detroit, Michigan 48226

Casual Networking for Metro Detroit IT Professionals

You know the deal with the IT in the D Casual Networking socials. There are no agendas, no speeches, and no cover charge. Just head out and get to know some other people who work in your field.

Be sure to stop by and say hi to Bob and Dave.

When: Thursday, January 18 from 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Where: Falling Down Beer Company 2270 E. 10 Mile Road Warren, Michigan 48091

Cocktails & Communication: The Press Effect

If you have a business but are having a hard time getting the attention from media professionals this is the event for you.

Come get advice and cultivate relationship from PR and media professionals at this networking and panel event.

This event is $18 for students and $25 for general admission. You can purchase your tickets here.

When: Thursday, January 18 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Where: Grand Circus Detroit 1570 Woodward Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48226

JMJ Phillip and Turning Point at Business and Brews

On Thursday, January 18 JMJ Phillip and Turning Point will be hosting their annual NeckTie Drive. The event will be at Granite City Food and Brewery in Troy.

Come network with other professionals from all industries while enjoying a cocktail and appetizers.

If you have a bunch of ties taking up space in your closet, they will be collecting new and gently used neckties. The ties will be re-purposed into rose pins, tote bags, purses, and aprons.

The event is free, but you will need to RSVP here.

When: Thursday, January 18 from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Where: Granite City Food & Brewery 699 West Big Beaver Road Troy, Michigan 48084

Ask the Recruiter

Ladies, get the inside scoop about what recruiters look for at Ask the Recruiter workshop this week at SheHive.

If you’re looking to make a career change this is a don’t miss event.

Join Martha Janssen, CEO of Amplify Talent Solutions to learn all of the ins and outs of getting hired.

Tickets for the event are currently $35 but the price will be going up to $40 on January, 19. You can purchase them here.

When: Saturday, January 20 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Where: SheHive 2505 Hilton Road Unit 107 Ferndale, Michigan 48220

And thanks to our sponsor that makes the Networking 5 possible, the Detroit Regional Chamber:

Mackinac Sneak Peek

Network with regional business professionals and learn about the ins and outs of the Mackinac Policy Conference at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Detroit on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Mackinac Sneak Peek will allow attendees to discover everything the 2018 Conference has to offer with major programming, events, and best practices for networking on the island. Find out more information here.

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Book Gives Tips On How Not To Be A Dumb Criminal Sun, 14 Jan 2018 02:57:43 +0000 Krystal Banks got into the bail bonds business eighteen years ago, right out of high school.

Since then, she’s learned how the courts work in Southeastern Michigan, and began giving her clients tips on how to protect their rights and better deal with the system.

Banks said, “I found that, oh, just giving them a little bit of knowledge changed their outcomes. It was really helping them.”

Now Banks is an author with Don’t Be a Dumb Criminal.

The book breaks down the workings of the police and courts with simple, straight-talking language Banks said is easy for even a fifth grader to comprehend.

“I found out that people don’t understand, and they don’t know their rights. They don’t know how to hire an attorney, they don’t know how to look for the right attorney, they don’t know how to fire an attorney.”

Banks said if you need an attorney, you should shop for one like you’re buying a house – don’t buy the first one you see.

She suggests contacting at least five lawyers before making a decision.

Banks stressed that people need to know their Miranda rights—to remain silent because microphones are listening.

When you are arrested, it’s being recorded,” Banks said. “When you go to jail it’s recorded; when you’re in the cell with an inmate, a lot of times it’s being recorded, or they can use that inmate as a witness. When you’re calling your family members and talking about it, it’s all recorded, and they’re going to use it against you.”

Banks says that thousands of copies of Don’t Be a Dumb Criminal and her other version of the book with a racier title called Don’t Be a Dumb*** Criminal are now circulating since it came out last summer.

Church groups, youth groups and even the state prison systems’ re-entry program use it to help former prisoners.

LUCK, Inc., an agency in Detroit that works with parolees and returning citizens has been using the book.

LUCK, Inc. director Mario Bueno said, “She understands our clientele.”

Bueno recalls reading Chess for Dummies when he took up the game and likens it to Banks’ book, “It’s kind of like ‘Law for Dummies’ you know?”

“This is material everybody should know, let alone someone who’s caught up in the criminal justice system,” Bueno said, “The layperson doesn’t know a lot of this stuff. I know this without a shadow of a doubt.”

Krystal Bank in class courtesy Randy Holloway Entertainment.jpgKrystal Banks in class.© Randy Holloway EntertainmentAlong with the book, Banks created a workbook to go with it.

She showed it to Tracy Jones, a college transition advisor at Detroit’s Martin Luther King Jr. High School.

Initially, Jones had concerns the workbook might be seen as a guide on how to be a better criminal.

Once he looked it over, Jones said, “I really took away things that can get you into trouble and you don’t even know it, and here are your rights.”

Jones said students take basic law and civics classes, but the workbook presented a different way to teach important information, so she had Banks present it in class.

“The students were very receptive to it,” Jones said. “In a predominantly African American community, it’s important for them to be aware of what rights they do have when they’re coming in contact with law enforcement and the criminal justice system.”

Banks presented scenarios for the students to consider, like how using a Bridge card the wrong way could get them in trouble.

“They’re like, ‘you mean to tell me my mom sends me to the corner store to buy some food even those Bridge cards are for me, it’s illegal?’” Yes, Banks said. “That’s welfare fraud.”

While criminal behavior can be glorified in some media, Banks said young people need to get smart about what they post online.

“On Facebook, social media, you got drugs in your pictures, you got money in your pictures, but you don’t have a job?” Banks said, “Guess what, there’s a task force that watches this.”

“You have to realize—these police officers, judges, prosecutors and attorneys, they go to regular meetings to be updated with the law. We don’t have this information. We don’t know this,” Banks said, “I want to get everybody on the same level so they have a fair shake.”

For more about the Don’t Be A Dumb Criminal,  learn more at

This content shared with the permission of One Detroit, a service of WTVS/Public Television.
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Your Networking 5 For The Week Of January 8-15 Mon, 08 Jan 2018 20:47:54 +0000 It’s time again for your weekly Networking 5.

There are plenty of great networking events happening this week.

Luckily it seems like we are over that cold snap for the time being.

Tour Tuesday and New Years Brunch at Bamboo Detroit 

It’s no secret that we love our friends at Bamboo. They have done an excellent job creating a community.

If you have been kicking around the idea of signing up for a membership but have yet to check out the space I suggest heading over there for Tour Tuesday this week.

Not only will you get a chance to check out both floors of Bamboo but you will also get some food and coffee.

Tour Tuesdays are also a great way to get to know the other members.

This event is free, but you will need to register.

When: Tuesday, January 9 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: Bamboo Detroit is located at 1420 Washington Boulevard Detroit, Michigan 48226.

2018 Southwest Detroit: SWOT City Bilingual Open Office Hours 

Are you an entrepreneur with an idea for a business or already have a brick and mortar business in Detroit? If you are need of some advice from an expert on an idea then you should sign up for SWOT City Open Office Hours to get your questions answered.

SWOT City is a support program for independent brick and mortar small businesses in Detroit neighborhoods.

This week the SWOT Open Office will be in Southwest Detroit at the Ford Research and Engagement Center at the Mexicantown Mercado.

You will need to RSVP for the office hours. There is still space available.

When: Tuesday, January 9 from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Where: The Ford Research and Engagement Center at the Mexicantown Mercado 2826 Bagley Street Detroit, Michigan 48216

DXT Launch Detroit 2018 Info Session

Launch Detroit will be holding an info session on Wednesday, January 10 for the upcoming 10 week summer accelerator.

This entrepreneurial accelerator is designed for current college students and recent grads.

Come for the information and stay for the pizza.

When: Wednesday, January 10 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Where: TechTown Detroit 440 Burroughs Detroit, Michigan 48202

January Business Owners Round Table 

Looking for help to continue growing your business in the new year?

The Alternative Board will be holding a Business Owners Round Table this week in Farmington Hills.

This is a free round table and there is no-obligation to join. You can RSVP here.

When: Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 9:00 a.m.– 11:00 a.m

Where: AccessPoint 28800 Orchard Lake Road Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334

Shelby Township Networking Event Powered By Rockstar Connect

Hey all you Macomb County residents this networking event is for you.

On Thursday evening Rockstar Connect will be hosting a networking event at Boston’s on Hall Road.

Bring your business cards and get ready to meet and mingle.

This event is free and there will be complementary appetizers. There will be a cash bar.

You can register for the event here.

When: Thursday, January 11 2018 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Where: Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar 15133 Hall Road Shelby Charter Township, Michigan 48315

And thanks to our sponsor that makes the Networking 5 possible, the Detroit Regional Chamber:

Detroit Regional Chamber Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s leading marketing event returns in 2018 with Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed on March 22. Focusing on advanced digital marketing strategy, this event will provide a glimpse into the industry’s future as well as tips on hiring and managing digital marketing talent.

Find out more information here.

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Could Buddy’s Pizza Go National? Company Takes Investment Cash To Expand Wed, 03 Jan 2018 17:32:03 +0000 Could Detroit-style pizza from blue steel pans be a hit across the nation?

The Michigan-based local chain with 12 locations in southeastern Michigan just announced that they’ve taken an undisclosed investment from CapitalSpring to recapitalize the company.

The express goal was to “accelerate new store growth across the Midwest and beyond.”

CapitalSpring is a private investment firm based out of New York that focuses on the restaurant industry. They firm manages assets of more than a $1.3 billion and has worked with brands like Taco Bell, Hardee’s and Denny’s.

“We are thrilled to support the Buddy’s team and look forward to working together to grow the brand over the coming years,” said Erik Herrmann, Managing Director at CapitalSpring. “It’s rare to find a restaurant concept with such signature food, deep-rooted brand equity, and passionate customers, and we are honored to be their partner in accelerating the business.”

The exact terms of the financial deal were undisclosed.

“This partnership is a significant opportunity for us to introduce Buddy’s iconic pizza, rich culture and community roots to new customers in Detroit and beyond,” said Robert Jacobs, CEO of Buddy’s.  “We are extremely excited for this new chapter and to have found a partner that can not only maintain our commitment to quality food and an exceptional guest experience, but also offer substantial restaurant expertise.”

Buddy’s was founding in 1946 in Detroit and they’re preparing to open their 13th location at the Detroit Zoo this spring.

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Airbnb Earns Michiganders $48 Million in 2017, $5.21 Million In City Of Detroit Alone Wed, 20 Dec 2017 16:28:06 +0000 The sharing economy is more and more of a thing, even though the local conversation in Detroit rarely talks about it.

In fact, it’s making a pretty large direct economic impact for Detroiters and Michiganders.

New numbers are out from Airbnb, a service that helps people rent out a spare bedroom or a spare apartment to travelers. According to their data, their host community earned a combined $48 million in supplemental income in Michigan while welcoming approximately 364,000 guest arrivals to the state in 2017.

They’re growing quickly, too. 364,000 stays were booked with Airbnb in 2017, representing 90% year-over-year growth.

There are now just under 6,000 Michigan hosts who share their homes for via Airbnb, typically earning about $6,300 annually in supplemental income.

In the city of Detroit specifically, there were 47,000 guest arrivals and hosts – mostly all individuals and Detroit residents – made a total of $5.21 million in revenue.

This correlates with huge growth in Detroit hotels, who have tended to prove that if you build quality stock people will come. The average daily rate to stay at Detroit hotels has skyrocketed more than 21 percent, and occupancy is up 14.1%.

The state of Michigan also has been benefitting, according to Airbnb data. In the first three months of an agreement that was inked in June, $1 million in taxes were paid to the state.

So how does it break down across the state? Well, Below are the top ten markets.

City Total 2017 Guest Arrivals Total 2017 Host Income
Detroit 47,000 $5.21 million
Traverse City 29,300 $4.38 million
Ann Arbor 26,700 $4.56 million
Grand Rapids 17,000 $1.58 million
Holland 11,600 $1.39 million
South Haven 8,100 $1.34 million
Marquette 7,900 $819,900
New Buffalo 7,450 $1.1 million
Saugatuck 7,000 $1.25 million
Bellaire 5,200 $536,200

We had a couple of popular Airbnb hosts on our Daily Detroit Happy Hour podcast over the summer. Take a listen here.

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Decades Of Greatness Ahead For Detroit: An Interview With Todd Sachse, CEO & Founder Of Sachse Construction Tue, 19 Dec 2017 18:39:44 +0000

One of the people at the center of Detroit’s building boomlet is Todd Sachse, the CEO and Founder of Sachse Construction.

You probably have seen their banners on various projects around town, but today on the Daily Detroit Happy Hour, Sven Gustafson dives in with Todd on some very interesting topics around Detroit’s comeback.

  • Detroit’s construction “boom” still lags other cities around activity – our “boom” is much less than the “normal” activity of other cities — and the opportunity in that
  • How we’re out of buildings to even keep the pace of development we have now
  • Each hotel room built creates 2.5 permanent jobs
  • How Detroit will develop in a “T” as well as some “pods” around town
  • The importance of sticking by employees in a recession so that when you come out of it, you’re ready as a company

He’s someone who’s running one of the companies at the center of it all, so if you’re interested in Detroit’s turnaround, have a listen.

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And of course, thanks to our network, Podcast Detroit:

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Your Networking 5 For The Week Of December 11-18 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:54:10 +0000 Hello everyone!

I don’t know about you, but the closer we get to the holidays the crazier my schedule is.

But that doesn’t mean that I slack on networking. You never know who you might meet while you’re out and about.

Have a good week!

The After Work: Network Women in Business

In the past few months I have learned about all sorts of co-working places around metro Detroit. One of them is the Coop Exchange in Oak Park.

There is a networking event for women every Tuesday evening.

The purpose of these events is to empower women in business through networking and building relationships with other women.

There is no admission, however a donation is welcome. You can register here.

When: Tuesday, December 12 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Where: Coop Exchange 25900 Greenfield Road Ste. 326 Oak Park, Michigan 48237

Your Holiday Social Media Plan with Social Media Association of Michigan 

Come out to TechTown this Wednesday for the final Lunch & Learn series of the year.

This session will focus on how to draw clients and customers to your social media during the holiday season. There will be tips and tricks on how to help you through this crazy holiday season.

The speaker for this event is Graves De Armond who has worked in both the private and public sectors.

Bring your own lunch or pick up something at TechTown.

There is a $10 admission for all non-members and members are free. You can register for the event here.

When: Wednesday, December 13 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Where: TechTown Detroit 440 Burroughs Street Detroit, Michigan 48202

Detroit Startup Drinks Hosted by Damion Ellis

Looking for a laid back opportunity to network? Check out Detroit Startup Drinks at The BLOCK this Wednesday. This event is bi-monthly, so pencil it into your calendar.

The guest host for the evening is Damion Ellis, the President of Social Scene.

When: Wednesday, December 13 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: The BLOCK 3919 Woodward Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48201

Drop In Co-Working at SheHive 

Ladies, if you are looking for a co-working space around Ferndale on Friday check out SheHive.

SheHive will be partnering with ellell & co. to bring this co-working session. They will be serving lunch at 1:00 p.m.

There is no admission, however SheHive does ask for a donation.

When: Friday, December 15 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Where: SheHive 2505 Hilton Road #107 Ferndale, MI 48220

Bootcamp Demo Day 

They’re training developers at Grand Circus in downtown Detroit, and on Friday there’s a demo day for the students. If your company is looking for developers or coders, or you’re looking to learn more about becoming one, this event is for you. More info here.

When: Friday, December 15 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Where: Grand Circus, 1570 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226

–Shameless commerce of a sponsored listing below. Thank them for helping keep the lights on!–

2018 Detroit Policy Conference

The Detroit Policy Conference will focus on creating a culture of civility in Detroit, exploring what it means to be “civil” and the role that communities play in influencing individual behavior.

Programming will also examine role models of civility, Detroiters that have put their differences aside and are working together to put Detroit first to solve issues and create opportunities for all.

Cost: $159.00 for Chamber members; $235.00 for future members

When: March 1, 2018 from 7:30 a.m-4:00 p.m.

Location: Motor City Casino 2901 Grand River Avenue Detroit, MI 48201

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Here’s A 17 Photo Construction Tour Of Wayne State’s New Mike Ilitch School Of Business Fri, 01 Dec 2017 17:01:02 +0000 Wayne State’s Mike llitch School of Business is at the halfway point of construction, and the progress is impressive.

Come next year, more than 3,500 students will be served by the 120,000 square foot building that’s across the street from the new Little Caesars Arena on Woodward Avenue.

On Thursday we went on a construction tour of the $59 million project that we’ve been following since steel started going in back in April.

$40 million of the funding came through a gift from Mike and Marian Ilitch. The gift was made in 2014, before the death of magnate Mike Ilitch.

All the floors have been poured, and you can start to see the general shape of things to come as the interior framing and drywall has begun.

They’re working from the top down, so up on the fourth floor there’s more complete than downstairs.

We took a peek into the future Dean’s office, as well as the view he’s going to have out on what promises to be a great terrace.

The terrace will have louvered skylights that can be opened or closed depending on the weather.

Exterior stone and glass has arrived and is being installed, and you can start to see the modern look of the structure.

The view down Woodward from the fourth floor is pretty solid.

Heat was starting to be pumped into the top floors when we were on site, and within the next week, the building will be fully enclosed.

There’s also a “vegetated terrace” going in.

Downstairs, there will be an LED stock ticker visible from Woodward and Temple to go along with their Bloomberg terminals.

Check out the common area on the ground floor.

Outside of that glass wall (will be able to open up into the courtyard) we’re told they’ll be able to tent the space outside for special events.

And then, there’s the Lear Auditorium that will hold more than 250 people. Lear sponsored the auditorium that, of course, has a car lift.

Christman-Brinker is the Construction Manager. Ideal Steel and the Ironworkers Local 25 is working on the steel structure. Smith Group JJR did the design, all Detroit-based companies.

Classes will begin in the new facility in the spring 2018 semester.

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City Of Ferndale And Detroit’s BUILD Institute Team Up To Launch Open City Ferndale Wed, 29 Nov 2017 17:54:14 +0000

The BUILD Institute has been helping people take an idea and turn it into a business since the spring of 2012.

Over the years they have helped numerous people start businesses by giving them the tools they need to open and run a business. Additionally, Open City Detroit has been a popular concept over the last few years that now the BUILD Institute runs.

While the BUILD Institute has been based in Detroit, it is now expanding to Ferndale thanks to a year-long partnership with the City of Ferndale. This partnership will provide classes, training and resources for Ferndale businesses.

Open City Ferndale will take place at The Rust Belt Market and it will be the kick off event for for this partnership between BUILD and the City of Ferndale.

The event will feature a panel discussion, resource fair and a networking event for all Ferndale business owners and perspective business owners.

The panel will be moderated by the Founder of She Hive Ursula Adams. The panelists will be; Jessie James, Co-Founder of Drought Juice, Julianna Perry, Vice President of Business Development for With Third Bank, and Greg Doyle, Manager of Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center.

The launch is on December 6 and is free to anyone who are interested in starting a business or maintaining their current business.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the panel discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Rust Belt Market is located at 22801 Woodward Avenue Ferndale, Michigan 48220

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Household Incomes In City Of Detroit Are Up 8.2% In Just One Year, More Than Double National Pace Tue, 28 Nov 2017 17:58:32 +0000 Here’s some good economic news. As a whole, median household incomes in the city of Detroit are rising among the fastest in the nation.

According to U.S. Census Data put together and ranked by SmartAsset, median household incomes in the city of Detroit rose from $25,980 in 2015 to $28,099 in 2016.

“Since total U.S. median income rose 3.2% in the past year, this shows a couple of things about Detroit. First, the mix of higher incomes is rising as young professionals, and overall better-paying jobs, come back into the city. It also may indicate that the salary base in Detroit is improving to where increases in individual salaries are rising faster than the U.S. total,” said Scott Grissom, Founder of Guided by Coffee, a locally based financial navigator. “Detroit has way to go to meet the U.S. median of $59,039, but it is very encouraging to see overall income in the city rising at nearly three times the national average.”

That 8.2% rise is the 16th-fastest growing household income level in the nation. The fastest in the nation was Miami, Florida. The full list is here.

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