May-June 2010

Business Features

House of Rock

In 1985, Dan Gilbert invested $5,000 he earned delivering pizzas and created what’s now the nation’s largest online mortgage company. Along the way, he’s invested in more than 20 other companies, including majority ownership of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers. So what’s he doing for an encore?

Champions of the New Economy 2010

Detroit’s inventive spirit gave birth to the global automotive industry more than a century ago. Since then, thousands of other successful businesses have been created, many of them dominant players in their respective sectors.

University, Inc.

Seeking to create a new business model to offset a steady drop in state support while holding the line on annual tuition increases, Wayne State University’s emerging science and technology park, TechTown, has attracted or helped create more than 120 growth-minded companies. And more high-tech businesses are on the way.

Revival of the Fittest

Patiently waiting for an economic recovery, northern Michigan’s resorts aren’t just resting on their laurels.

Disaster and Recovery

When adversity strikes, a Sterling Heights firm uses stress-management techniques to soothe anxiety and mitigate tension.

Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside

A consolidation wave in the residential brokerage industry is paying dividends for a real-estate sales firm in Birmingham.

Brand of Brothers

Returning to the gourmet-market business their father and uncle pioneered in Detroit more than 35 years ago, Peter and Michael Solaka are out to build a loyal following.

From the Magazine

Succeeding Granholm

Michigan’s next governor will face extraordinary — and unprecedented — challenges.

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