Macomb County – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Thu, 19 Apr 2018 01:42:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Meetups: Your Networking 5 For The Week Of April 17-24 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:11:55 +0000 Hey there everyone. I hope you all survived Winter Storm Xanto (are we naming everything now? I guess so!) over the weekend. That ice storm was pretty bad, but at least we aren’t like Green Bay. Did you see how much snow they got over there?

Now that I’ve gotten done with talking about the weather, let’s look at the networking events for this week.

Let me tell you, this week is really runs the gamut with events. We’ve got a lot of bases covered that’s for sure.

Detroit Women in Digital

If you are a women who works in the digital landscape you’re going to want to go to this months Detroit Women in Digital meeting.

This months theme is Know Your Worth- Salary Negotiation.

The guest speaker for the event is Debra F. Williams the Chief Employee and Customer Experience Officer at Right Management.

You do need to be a member of Women in Digital to attend this event but it is pretty affordable to join.

When: Wednesday, April 18 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

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

Michigan HR Masterminds

Calling all you HR professionals. This networking event is for you.

This Thursday the Michigan HR Masterminds will be holding a networking event at Andiamo Detroit Riverfront.

Total Health Care is sponsoring the event that will have cocktails, appetizers and free valet.

This event is free to attend.

When: Thursday, April 19 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: Andiamo Detroit Riverfront 400 Renaissance Center #A-03 Detroit, Michigan 48243

Casual Networking for Metro Detroit IT Professionals

For those of you code monkeys out there it is time again for the Casual Networking for Metro Detroit IT Professionals brought to you by IT in the D.

This low key event is for those of you who work in all areas of the IT realm. There is agenda during this event. It’s just a group of people getting together to talk IT over a few beers.

This month it will be held at Falling Down Beer Company, and I hear they have some pretty great pretzels from Germany.

When: Thursday, April 19 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

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

Engineers and Beers

We’ve got an inaugural networking event here! It’s not very often that I get to talk about a brand-new event, but here we are.

If you work in the engineering industry you should totally go check out this event.

There will be complimentary beers and appetizers thanks to Optech.

When: Thursday, April 19 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Where: Black Lotus Brewing Co. 1 East 14 Mile Road Clawson, Michigan 48017

Open City- Getting to Yes

If you have been working to get funding for you business then you should attend this Build Institute event.

During the panel you will learn what options you have and how to prepare for the process of getting funding. You will also learn what can kill your chances of getting funded.

This event is free to attend.

When: Monday, April 23 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Where: Cliff Bell’s 2030 Park Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48226

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Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s leading marketing event returns in 2018 with Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed, May 3 at Greektown Casino-Hotel. Digital marketing leaders from the Detroit region will look at the current digital marketing landscape as it pertains to cutting-edge topics such as the new Facebook algorithm, online reputation management and influencer marketing. Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed is ideal for small business owners and marketing professionals with intermediate knowledge of digital marketing techniques and strategy.

Cost: $55 for Chamber members, $99 for future members. Registration includes breakfast.

When: Friday, May 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Greektown Casino-Hotel 555 E Lafayette Street Detroit, Michigan 48226

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Metro Detroit Has A “Those People” Problem Fri, 13 Apr 2018 16:00:49 +0000 The news out of Rochester Hills is sickening.

If you didn’t know, a 14 year old teenage boy got lost. His mom had taken away his phone, according to Channel 4, and was looking for directions. So Brennan Walker did what any sensible kid would do, and knocked on a door of a home with a neighborhood watch sign for help.

According to Fox 2, this is how Brennan describes what happened:

“Then she [the wife] started yelling at me and she was like, ‘Why are you trying to break into my house?’ I was trying to explain to her that I was trying to get directions to Rochester High. And she kept yelling at me. Then the guy came downstairs, and he grabbed the gun, I saw it and started to run. And that’s when I heard the gunshot.”

Doubly disturbing is that apparently, there’s an unreleased Ring security video that recorded the encounter. In it, you can hear the wife say, ‘Why did these people choose my house?'”

Brennan’s father is doing right, serving our country, deployed in Syria. His mother is doing right, too, holding down a job and taking care of her son while her husband is deployed.

Brennan’s parents are making sure he goes to solid school with a 97 percent graduation rate.

Brennan was raised right. To trust people. To ask the community for help. He was even prudent and thought to ask where there was a “Neighborhood Watch” sticker on the house.

But he was young, black and male and missed the school bus and almost paid for it with his life. A retired Detroit Firefighter of all people — someone who we’d hope would know better — almost snuffed out his future.

Brennan Walker almost became a hashtag. A Twitter movement. A statistic. Why? Because he was a “They.” A “Those People.” A “Them.”

To his credit, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard is pressing charges against the man who fired the 12 gauge shotgun that, if not for a safety being engaged at first, may very well have killed the teenager whose crime was asking for help.

“Them” and “Those People” takes away the soul

Words have meaning. Something I’ve learned in the last 20 years is that we live in a region where we think diversity is one family of color on the block and we shout down anything that makes us uncomfortable with “you’re being racial!”

I can see the comments now. But buckle up buttercup, because we’re about to get uncomfortable.

When you refer to a fellow person as “Them,” “Those people,” and “They” in this context, you’re taking away a person’s soul. And when you in your mind take away someone’s soul, it’s infinitely easier to justify mistreating them, discriminating them, and even taking their life.

Metro Detroit has a “they” problem. Sometimes I hear it when I hear Sterling Heights being referred by some of its own residents as “Saudi Heights” referring to a growth in the population there from the Middle East. Or when I’m at a restaurant downtown and a homeless person is ushered out, even though someone is paying for their meal. Or if it’s the line of, “I-696 is the new Eight Mile.” Or the countless times I’ve been in mass transit conversations and I see or hear, “if they come they’ll lower my property values.”

It’s been said by quite a few people over the years that race weaves its way into everything in metro Detroit.

It does. It was only in recent history that blacks and other people of color could legally live wherever they want.

I only need remind you of the Ossian Sweet story, when during the 1920s that many people regard as Detroit’s heyday a white mob attacked his Detroit home because he moved into a white neighborhood. This was not a rare occurrence at the time. Or restrictive neighborhood covenants in the city and suburbs that said that homes could not be, “sold or leased to or occupied by any person or persons other than of the Caucasian race.”

There are many, many people still alive in our region who lived through that time in our history. Despite the lie that some like to tell themselves that we’ve “moved past” this, it’s not some far-off concept. Many of our parents and grandparents lived in that world. Many of the covenants, though not legally enforceable, still have that terrible language in them to this day.

Concrete wall, one half mile long, Detroit, Michigan. This wall was erected in August 1941 to separate the Negro section from a new suburban housing development for whites. Photo: Library of Congress/U.S. Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information

We even still have a real wall standing near the Detroit border that was built to divide us.

The first step to moving forward is admitting we have a problem. As Marlowe Stoudamire said on our Daily Detroit Happy Hour podcast recently about reopening wounds from the events of 1968, “Who ever said we closed them?”

This isn’t a partisan issue. Fear is the greatest enemy of any people. In Metro Detroit, and America, we’re gripped by a terrible fear of our fellow Americans and our fellow humans. It’s high time we found our bravery — and together, found a way through it.

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PODCAST: Moroun Wants Trump To Stop The Howe Bridge To Canada, I-696, Detroit Champions Week and Hope Closet Fri, 13 Apr 2018 13:12:00 +0000

Here’s your Daily Detroit News Byte For Thursday, April 12th, 2018.

  • The Moroun family asks Donald Trump to stop the Gordie Howe International Bridge
  • I-696 work to begin Monday, and Warren Mayor Jim Fouts is worred about rats. 
  • Love sports? Celebrate the victories of yesteryear as Detroit Champions Week is almost here
  • And Shianne Nocerini tells us about a special boutique where anyone, no matter how much money they make, can get a prom dress

Like the show? Get back episodes and links to subscribe wherever fine podcasts are found here.

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PODCAST: Interview With Muralist Hubert Massey, JoAnne Purtan, The Best Burger Joint & More Fri, 06 Apr 2018 01:17:52 +0000

Here’s your Daily Detroit News Byte For Thursday, April 5th, 2018.

  • Michigan’s lone unicorn tech company is opening a Detroit office
  • Macomb County has a new plan to band-aid pockmarked roads
  • The Hazel Park Racetrack Has Closed
  • The hit musical Hamilton is coming to Detroit
  • There’s new developments for the Fail Jail
  • JoAnne Purtan returns to the airwaves
  • A vegan restaurant will open in Royal Oak
  • A new supergroup commemorates Detroit’s own MC5
  • A Dearborn burger joint is named one of the best in Nation
  • There’s a new, giant fresco going into Cobo Center. We had a conversation with Muralist Hubert Massey about this new project and more.

Subscribe with your favorite podcatcher here and listen to previous episodes.

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JoAnne Purtan Returns To The Air Next To Stephen Clark At WOMC 104.3 Thu, 05 Apr 2018 14:53:23 +0000 Following in the footsteps of her father, JoAnne Purtan is coming to 104.3 WOMC on Monday Morning.

It was probably the worst kept secret in Detroit media. The radio station announced Thursday that Purtan, a longtime on air personality at Channel 7 WXYZ, would be joining another former WXYZ host, Stephen Clark, to be a morning radio duo.

“After 27 years in television news, I’m excited for this new adventure in radio. I listened to my dad on the radio for much of my life, and I’m truly humbled to be at the same station where he spent the last 15 years of his iconic career entertaining people in the morning,” said Purtan. “Stephen and I have always worked so well together, and we’re so excited to team up again. After covering a lot of serious news through the years, we look forward to spending mornings with Detroit’s listeners, sharing good news, great music and some fun.”

“JoAnne and I have worked together for nearly two decades and I’m looking forward to starting this new adventure with her,” said Stephen Clark. “I can’t think of a smarter, more professional, more capable partner.”

When it comes to social media, the reaction has been generally very positive toward Clark and Purtan, and there were thousands of social media comments in dismay when Purtan’s contract wasn’t renewed at WXYZ.

JoAnne Purtan’s father, Dick Purtan, is still a beloved name among many area residents. During his active career Dick Purtan wasn’t just a radio personality with his popular “Purtan’s People” segments, but also very involved in charitable pursuits. One of his signature projects was the creation the idea of the Bed & Bread Club Radiothon in 1988. The event continues to this day and raised more than $1.2 million in 2018 alone for the Salvation Army of Metro Detroit.

Here’s a video of Joanne’s announcement. The show will air weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m. on WOMC FM 104.3.

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PODCAST: Detroit Nonprofit Day, Warren Wants To Create A Downtown, Detroit Councilman Sued & More Sat, 31 Mar 2018 20:19:05 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte podcast for Saturday, March 31, 2018.

-The suburb of Warren is trying to create a downtown

-A Detroit councilman is being sued

-Local furniture maker Floyd is opening up a retail shop in Eastern Market

-The State of Michigan adds 21 more schools to their possible closure list. Three, all charters, are in Detroit.

-The Michigan Science Center is hosting a week long spring break camp

-I talk to Amanda Lewan about Detroit Nonprofit Day

-And since it’s the end of the week, I check in with Sven Gustafson about who he’s chatting with for the Daily Detroit Happy Hour

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Meetups: Your Networking 5 For The Week Of March 27- April 3 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 13:44:40 +0000 Hey there, all you movers and shakers.

It seems hard to believe that we are already almost finished with March. We’ve had a lot of great networking events throughout the month, and this month is no different.

Let’s get to the round up.

Workshop: Building Powerful Connections

The Michigan Association for Female Entrepreneurs will be holding a workshop on building powerful connections on Tuesday, March 27.

The workshop will go over how you can not only communicate but connect with people. Which will help you succeed in business.

This is also a perfect time to network with other entrepreneurs.

Tickets for the event are $20 for members of MAFE or $35 for non-members.

When: Tuesday, March 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Grosse Pointe Park Public Library Ewald Branch 15175 East Jefferson Avenue, Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan 48230

DYP Presents: Development Through Disruption

The Detroit Young Professionals organization will be putting on a seminar on Tuesday night at ASHE Supply Company.

The theme for the night is creating a plan for the goals you want to achieve through the art of personal disruption.

The night will feature Marlowe Stoudamire the owner of Butterfly Effect Detroit. He will be speaking about how he used the principles from the book Disrupt You! by Jay Samit to align with his professional life.

Tickets for the event are $25 and that includes hors d’oeuvres, tea and coffee.

When: Tuesday, March 27 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Where ASHE Supply Company 225 Jos Campau Detroit, Michigan 48207

Design Guide for Neighborhood Business: University District Info Session

If you own a brick and mortar business in Detroit and need help with interior design, website design or brand identity Design Core Detroit is here to help.

Design Core Detroit will be holding a series of Design Guides fro Neighborhood Businesses around Detroit.

This week the info session will be at Detroit Sip near the University District.

The session is free to attend.

When: Tuesday, March 27 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Where: Detroit Sip 7420 West McNichols Road Detroit, Michigan 48221

Grand Circus Bootcamp Info Session

If you are interested in learning how to code, you should check out the next Grand Circus Bootcamp Info Session.

During the info session you will learn about the different types of programs Grand Circus offers, the difference between full and part time programs, and the bootcamp training model.

The info session is free to attend.

When: Wednesday, March 28 from 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Where: Grand Circus 1570 Woodward Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48226

Free Shelby Township Networking Event 

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.

When: Tuesday, April 3 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

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

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Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s leading marketing event returns in 2018 with Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed, May 3 at Greektown Casino-Hotel. Digital marketing leaders from the Detroit region will look at the current digital marketing landscape as it pertains to cutting-edge topics such as the new Facebook algorithm, online reputation management and influencer marketing. Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed is ideal for small business owners and marketing professionals with intermediate knowledge of digital marketing techniques and strategy.

Cost: $55 for Chamber members, $99 for future members. Registration includes breakfast.

When: Friday, May 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Greektown Casino-Hotel  555 E Lafayette Street Detroit, Michigan 48226

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Michigan’s Schools Are In Deep Trouble But There Is Hope To Fix Them With Ron French, Bridge Magazine Fri, 23 Mar 2018 01:53:13 +0000

Michigan’s schools are in trouble. Although many parents believe their school and their teacher are fine, compared to the rest of the nation the state ranks very poorly.

It wasn’t always this way. Over the years, other states like Tennessee and Florida have surpassed Michigan. Fighting between factions has locked progress in Michigan’s schools in place.

The status quo – for instance, Michigan is one of only five states in which reading skills declined between 2003 and 2015 – isn’t going to cut it when it comes to attracting businesses and outside talent.

But there are possibilities. Our guest on this episode is Ron French, Senior Reporter at Bridge Magazine. He recently penned a piece where he went through 12 different reports and shared a bunch of things he learned from them that he shared on their website here. There are common threads among the reports.

French joins Sven Gustafson to talk about the state of education in light of these reports. It’s a very informative conversation that should sober you, but leave you with a sense that something can be done.. if we’re willing to find common ground.

Don’t miss another episode. Subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you download your favorite shows.

Also, thanks to the Podcast Detroit studios where we recorded today’s episode.

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LISTEN: New Life For The Old Train Station? Eastern Market Micro-Grants, Dan Carmody, Macomb’s Terrible Roads & More Wed, 21 Mar 2018 02:50:49 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte For Tuesday, March 20th, 2018.

  • Ford may breathe new life into the long-empty Michigan central station
  • Michigan gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer locks up a big union endorsement
  • Macomb County’s road situation is in dire straits
  • Eastern market is offering micro-grants to boost local businesses
  • Three of Detroit’s Golf Courses won’t close after all
  • Baseball will be played at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull again
  • You’ll be able to bring your dog to not just one, but two Tigers games this year
  • A Hatch Detroit contest winner is opening in Corktown
  • Antiques Roadshow is coming to metro Detroit

And we caught up with the head of Detroit’s Eastern Market, Dan Carmody, to talk about what’s ahead for the historic and popular neighborhood.

Thanks to our sponsors, Milo Digital and Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed. 

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PODCAST: Will A New Metro Detroit Regional Transit Plan Even Leave The Stop? Sat, 17 Mar 2018 23:59:56 +0000

On this week’s Daily Detroit Happy Hour with Sven Gustafson, we talk mass transit. A new plan called “Connect Southeast Michigan” has been put forth by Wayne County Executive Warren Evans (more here)… but does it even have a chance? Does any plan have a chance?

The Daily Detroit team walked through some of the speech Evans gave to a Regional Transit Authority Board meeting, a couple of comments, what the plan is and what it could mean.. and had straight talk and openly wondered if there is any plan that would actually be acceptable to suburban leaders as the target for what a good plan is, if you look back at the history of this process, keeps moving.

One of the conversation threads was the “alternative fact” that transit wasn’t a reason Detroit made the cut for Amazon, even though we have plenty of evidence that it was, especially in light of a previous show where we went to Indianapolis and were told clearly that without a viable mass transit plan Indianapolis wouldn’t have made the list. Or our panel of experts on the subject, some who were part of the bid process.

We also talked about the lack of vision when it comes to leaders in Macomb and Oakland County as they basically have their positions for life and don’t have to fight off challengers, and the reality that although it may have been politically necessary and it looked good on County Executive Evans for putting the plan forward, there are a lot of headwinds.

As always, be sure to subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts or wherever fine shows are found:

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