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2016 Champions of the New Economy

For the seventh straight year, Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan, in partnership with DBusiness magazine and News/Talk 760 WJR, selected six regional executives who are driving growth in highly competitive industries.

Fiber Wars

Internet companies are racing to provide ever-faster data speeds, but there’s a much larger economic opportunity — hyper quick connectivity is a proven business-attraction tool.

Lessons Learned

The Great Recession, and resulting private and public sector bankruptcies, served to hasten long-overdue cost-cutting and product rationalization in Michigan. The result is one of the state’s longest economic expansions on record.

The Century Club

From linen services to packaging and construction companies, and from selling furs to machine bearings, DBusiness pays tribute to companies that are 100 years old or more.

Driving Mobility

In an exclusive interview, Mark Fields, president and CEO of Ford Motor Co., peers into the future world of autonomous vehicles, on-demand transportation, and ride-sharing.

Lesson Plan

In a study of perseverance and determination, Bob and Ellen Thompson outlasted labor unions and built up one of the most successful charter school operations in the nation.

30 in Their Thirties 2015

The 2015 class of 30 in Their Thirties offers products and services from Michigan that span the world, from the latest fashions to data enterprises to wholesale mortgage lending to luxury shopping malls.

Next Generation

General Motors and Ford Motor Co. are investing millions of dollars to upgrade their historic technical and research centers in a bid to better compete for talent with Google, Apple, Uber, and others.

Mad Dog

Following 40 years at Compuware Corp., Peter Karmanos Jr. — with a group of 25 technologists — is out to revolutionize the $700-billion commercial automations systems industry.

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

During the last two years of Peter Karmanos Jr.’s tenure as chairman of Compuware Corp., a Shakespearian-type drama unfolded that led the board to fire him and cancel more than $4.1 million in vested stock options.

Hyper Speed

The inside story of how a trio of young entrepreneurs convinced billionaire Dan Gilbert to back high-speed Internet service in Detroit — and beyond.

U-M Opens Radick Farms to Public Play

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