January-February 2010

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Business Features

Made in Detroit

Peter Karmanos Jr. has tapped his blue-collar work ethic and a knack for discovering the next big thing to build Compuware Corp. into a global information-technology power- house — but his latest move could be an industry game-changer.

In Sickness and in Health

Confronted with substantial market losses and uneven public policy — and having identified more than $125 million in savings to date — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan isn’t sitting idly by awaiting Lansing’s prescription for health-care reform.


Gone are the lavish vehicle launches at idyllic resorts. Today, the media must wade through the halls of Congress, hold their own with an auto czar, or read the White House tea leaves to gauge the direction of the domestic auto industry.

Get Your Motor Running

Can a new cable TV show stoke the fortunes of a Ferndale custom-motorcycle shop that’s relying on parts-and-service orders to stay alive?

And the Band Played On

With fewer commercials on tap, music man Dan Yessian hit a high note by branching out into the entertainment world.


Borrowing a page from Economics: 101, an Ann Arbor design firm is drawing plenty of attention on the World Wide Web.

A ‘Ghost’ of a Chance

When 19-year-old Sam Valenti launched a niche record label in 1999, not even he could’ve envisioned the success he’d find.
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From the Magazine

Wheels of Prosperity

With all that’s affecting the automotive industry, it’s easy to forget the depth and reach of what is actually the largest business sector in Michigan.
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