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Jingle All the Way

Alan Sussman, a street-smart college dropout from Detroit may be the most successful ad man that ever lived.

Lending at Lite Speed

Think it’s tough to get a business loan? Imagine what a bank must go through to meet Dodd-Frank — onerous background checks on loan officers and applicants (including fingerprinting), stifling regulations, caps on fees, and exhaustive documentation.

Merchant of Somerset

How Sidney Forbes, a native son of Detroit, used on-the-job training to develop one of the nation’s finest collections of luxury shopping malls.

Raising the Stakes

Detroit’s gaming market — the fifth largest in the United States — is facing increased competition as eight more casinos are proposed in Michigan, with another four under development in Ohio.

The Business of College Athletics

College sports are multimillion-dollar operations. How do athletic directors Mark Hollis of MSU and David Brandon of U-M take on the demands of their jobs, and what's next for them and their programs?

Medical Oasis

Hospital groups throughout the region are transforming their business models to create, test, patent, and manufacture the next generation of drugs, therapies, and diagnostic tools. So what’s the side effect? More jobs.

Electric Charge

Recent changes to Michigan’s electrical market, which provided near- monopolistic control to regulated utilities, were designed to help businesses. So why are so many crying foul?

The Lending Tree

At a recent Goldman Sachs conference, Stephen D. Steinour — chairman, president, and CEO of Huntington Bank based in Columbus, Ohio — was asked where he would invest money if he had his pick of any place in the United States. “I said Michigan, and even the guys that were sleeping woke up,” Steinour says.

The Pawn Brokers

Presumably murky characters who fence goods at high interest rates for people in need, pawnshop owners are riding the region's recent wave of misfortune with a measure of respect.

The Great Divide

Like two prizefighters circling inside a ring, the east and west sides of Michigan haven’t always seen eye to eye. Competing economic and political agendas play a role, as do envy and distrust. So what would happen if the two sides joined forces?

Tax Detectives

Nino Licari is a popular figure these days. Like many city assessors in metro Detroit and elsewhere, Licari’s office is being overrun by tax reps — a collection of lawyers, accountants, and tax advisers who are seeking property tax reductions for their clients.

Back to the Future

The advertising industry should fix what ails it — namely, a manic focus on cost-cutting.
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