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Il Volo at Detroit Opera House on October 16

At times, it pays to take one step back to move two steps ahead. When Anthony Rugiero, president of Antonio’s Cucina Italiana and Roman Village first heard Il Volo — arguably the hottest singing sensation in Italy — he had a “middle of the night” dream to produce a special benefit concert to raise money for three charities with strong ties to metro Detroit.

David Farbman's Surprise 40th Birthday Party

Nadine Farbman hosted a Surprise 40th Birthday Party for her husband, David Farbman, CEO of OutdoorHub.com in Bingham Farms, on Sept. 9 at Michigan Aviation at Oakland County International Airport in Waterford Township. More than 200 guests attended the event, including Josh Linkner, chairman of ePrize in Pleasant Ridge, and CEO and managing partner of Detroit Venture Partners in Detroit. To access Josh's blog about the party, please visit: http://joshlinkner.com/2011/keeping-score/. To view the YouTube videos, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65n5_SJ6tWM and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32Ugqcsz1Ds.

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?

Cellars Market

Business deals can be consummated over a fine bottle of wine, but these metro Detroit oenophiles take things to the next level. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a rare peek inside the well-stocked home cellars of some of the region’s most ardent wine enthusiasts.

Nation's first statewide university-business engagement network to be created

A collaboration involving Michigan's six leading research universities creates the first statewide university network in the country to provide such a critical tool for business growth and attraction.

Tiny Cell Technology Wins Engineering Award, Helps Boost Fuel Economy in New Ford Escape

Microscopic cells are helping to save weight, and ultimately fuel in future Ford vehicles, starting with the instrument panel of the all-new Escape.

New Detroit-based Web Company, Doodle Home, to Revolutionize the Interior Design Business for the 21st Century

Doodle Home sets up shop in downtown Detroit’s historic Madison Theatre Building as the latest start-up to join Burgeoning Technology District.

Hob Nobble Gobble Announces Celebrity Line-Up for Parade Company Fundraiser at Ford Field

PVS Chemicals. Inc. presents magical night for Parade Company featuring celebrities Ross Mathews, Doug E. Fresh, Erin Cummings, Cari Cucksey, Louise Roe and entertainment by Kate Voegele.

University of Michigan's Zell Lurie Institute Seeks Promising Ventures for Annual Michigan Business Challenge

The deadline is approaching for student entrepreneurs to enter multi-phase business development competition.

GM Reports Net Income of $1.7 Billion

General Motors Co. announced third quarter net income attributable to common stockholders of $1.7 billion, or $1.03 per fully-diluted share.

Dream Makers Gala 2011

The Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation held its 14th annual Dream Makers Gala on Oct. 27 at DTE Energy Town Square in Detroit. The event raised $120,000 and the keynote speaker was Mike Fezzey, President of Hunington National Bank. Guests enjoyed a strolling dinner and a cash bar.

Noted Michigan Businessman Launches Tequila in Michigan and Colorado

Michigan-based Blue Nectar Spirits Company today announced the official launch of its new super-premium tequila, Blue Nectar™ Tequila (Blue Nectar).

36,046 Highest Fall Participation Total for Detroit Restaurant Week

Detroit Restaurant Week (DRW) had its largest fall participation total ever when 36,046 people dined at the 21 restaurants that took part in the fall 2011 campaign.

BorgWarner Expects $2.5 Billion of Net New Business for 2012 Through 2014

BorgWarner Inc. today announced $2.5 billion of expected net new powertrain business for 2012 through 2014, a 9% increase over its previous three-year net new business.

New Ford Flex Improves Technology and Fuel Economy

The Ford Flex debuts an upgraded model with a new look and more technology.

Walter Knabe Detroit Exhibit Opening

Long-Sharp/Curis Gallery in Detroit held an artist's reception for the opening of internationally acclaimed artist Walter Knabe's "Mythologies" exhibit on Nov. 5. A screenprint demonstration by Knabe followed the reception.

MJR Westland Theater Opening

The new MJR Westland Grand Digital Cinema officially opened to the public Friday, Nov. 4 and features 16 screens. The night before the grand opening the theater invited guests to attend a preview and also hosted a fundraiser.

Troy-based Munro & Associates' CEO Discusses Advancements in Manufacturing at the American Manufacturing Strategies Summit

Sandy Munro, CEO, Munro & Associates, Inc., will present an interactive workshop titled "Yesterday's Productivity Tools are Not Good Enough Today" during the American Manufacturing Strategies Summit on Monday, Nov. 7.

MyFord Touch Upgrade Provides New and Existing Customers Enhancements and New Features

Ford customers said MyFord Touch® could be faster and feature simpler graphics that are easier to use and that's exactly what Ford plans to deliver with a broad set of performance upgrades to the system.

54 Michigan businesses selected to receive support through pilot program

Fifty-four small and midsize companies from around Michigan have been selected to receive business development support through the Pure Michigan Business Connect Economic Gardening Pilot Program.

New national business incubation study identifies best practices for success

The University of Michigan's Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy has released a new study, "Incubating Success: Incubation Best Practices that Lead to Successful New Ventures."

TechTown's Randal Charlton Wins $100,000 Purpose Prize: One of five in the nation recognized for extraordinary impact in an encore career

Civic Ventures, a think tank on boomers, work and social purpose, announced today that Detroit's Randal Charlton is one of five winners of its 2011 Purpose Prize.

Polk Reports Significant Growth in New Commercial Vehicle Registrations

Commercial Vehicle Market Led by Class 3 Vehicle Growth; Diesel Continues to Dominate

Bold Reforms Pay Off as Michigan Ranks 2nd in Bloomberg Study of States’ Economic Health

Michigan’s economic health is second-best in the nation, according to a prominent national ranking released today that validates the state’s bold reforms.

Grede Completes Acquisition of Industrial Foundry

Grede Holdings LLC acquires an industrial foundry and machining facility in Omaha, Nebraska strengthening Grede’s position in the heavy truck and industrial markets.

Innovation Institute at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit

On October 10, Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit held a VIP reception to unveil its Innovation Institute. The Albert Kahn-designed facility will create businesses, patents, and jobs in the medical field. Partners include Wayne State University and the College for Creative Studies.

Beyond Basics at Park West

Beyond Basics, a local organization embracing literacy and the children of Detroit Public Schools, hosted an event on Oct. 26 at Park West Gallery in Southfield where guests enjoyed an evening of cocktails, strolling appetizers and beautiful artwork.

2011 Cattle Baron's Ball Raises More Than $1.4M For American Cancer Society

This year’s event also included a top notch live auction which generated more than $300,000 alone and included items such as a one of a kind custom Camaro designed by West Coast Customs, an opportunity to guest DJ at a Red Wings home game, a chance to hit the GM Proving Grounds, MTV Movie Awards tickets and more.

Ann Arbor-based Everist Genomics Announces Acquisition of Angiologix, Inc.

New Diagnostic Assesses Endothelial Function to Detect Early-Stage Atherosclerosis and Cardiovascular Disease in Asymptomatic Patients

New 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth to Debut at the L.A. Auto Show

Building on the excitement of the new 2012 Fiat 500 (Cinquecento), the new Fiat 500 Abarth is designed for track-day enthusiasts and driving-purists

Detroit-based Ally Financial Launches Innovative Vehicle Financing Product

Ally Buyer's Choice product to debut initially in five U.S. markets

A Degree of Speed

Improved productivity and technological advances have accelerated demand for higher education, but not everyone wants to spend four or more years in college before they earn a degree.

DMC Harper University Hospital is the First in Michigan to Utilize New Device for Brain Tumor Removal

One of a kind device gives hope to patients with hard to reach tumors

Henry Ford Museum's Racing In America Collection Featured in Ford Display At 2011 SEMA Show

Four race cars in Henry Ford Museum’s Racing in America collection will trek west for a rare appearance during the week-long automotive aftermarket business show

1965 Mustang Convertible Returns with All-New Ford-Approved Body Shell

The body shell for the original Mustang convertible, now in production and available for restorers as a Ford-licensed restoration part, gives classic car enthusiasts a new option in putting their classic dream Mustang ragtop back on the road.

It's a Wonderful Life! Gala Raises $200,000 For Seniors

The Presbyterian Villages of Michigan Foundation raised nearly $200,000 at their eighth annual It’s a Wonderful Life! Gala fundraiser to benefit more than 3,500 seniors.

Chrysler Group Reports Third Quarter 2011 Net Income of $212 Million

Chrysler Group Modified Operating Profit More Than Doubled From Prior Year On 19 Percent Increase In Quarterly Net Revenue

MEDC seeks business incubator proposals for start-up support

The total amount of available funding is $6 million. This funding may be used to support up to three years of services for each incubator or accelerator award made by the MSF. The maximum request allowable under this RFP is $2 million.

Michigan Firms Partner on New Venture Focused on Commercializing Emerging Technologies

Initiated by a $25 million commitment from Quantum, ClearTech will operate as a closely-held technology commercialization firm that invests in disruptive emerging technologies. Specifically, ClearTech will focus on technologies across the defense, security, energy and advanced outdoors markets.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says revitalized infrastructure is road to success

Modern roads, clean water, and broadband access are among the building blocks of Michigan’s prosperity, Snyder said.

Detroit Motor City Casino Workers Ratify New Agreement

The valets, front desk staff, phone operators, warehouse, grounds and general workers are represented by Teamsters Local 372 in Detroit, a member of the Detroit Casino Council.

Ford Earns $1.6 Billion Net Income in Third Quarter 2011

Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) today reported third quarter 2011 net income of $1.6 billion, or 41 cents per share, a decrease of $38 million, or 2 cents per share, versus third quarter 2010

Detroit Uncorked

The seventh annual Detroit Uncorked, one of the region's largest wine tasting events, was held at the Ford Conference and Event Center on Sept. 30. The event featured hundreds of wines from around the world and benefited The Children's Center and Detroit Wine Organization.

Detroit Pizza War Heats Up

Domino’s artisan pizzas hope to take larger slice from metro Detroit's competitors.

Pay Anywhere in Troy Enhances Mobile Payment System for Apple and Android Users

Latest Version of the Apple/Android App to include Cash Transactions, Discounts, Store and Forward, and More

Michigan Business Leaders Tout Economic Benefits of Early Learning Investments

Early care and education programs generate $1.2 billion in economic activity for Michigan, employ over 27,000 workers and improve future workforce

U-M Ford School poll: Most local leaders in Michigan report ongoing financial woes

Nearly half of Michigan's local governments say they are somewhat or significantly less able to meet their financial needs in 2011, though some negative trends eased this year, a new University of Michigan survey reports

UAW-Ford National Labor Agreement Ratified By Members

Ford is adding 12,000 hourly jobs in its U.S. manufacturing facilities through the four-year term of the contract, including in-sourcing work from Mexico, China and Japan.

Chrysler Group LLC to Invest $165 Million to Add Body Shop to Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

New body shop adds more than one million square-feet to current footprint

Wheels Up

During a recent visit to the East Coast, the level of appreciation people had for Detroit and Michigan was refreshing.

Ford to Demonstrate Smart Electrification Technology That Can Adapt with Green Cities Trend

Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford will be a keynote speaker and talk about his vision for the future of transportation

MEGA approves incentives for $29.3 million in new investments

Michigan’s economic gardening strategy offers wide-ranging help to growing companies in order to generate new job opportunities.

Plante Moran’s Succession Transition: A Roadmap for Seamless Transitions

New Book Offers Strategies to Create Sustainable Organizations through Leadership Development

IL Volo Returns to the Detroit Opera House

With a sold-out VIP reception at the Detroit Opera House on October 15, followed by a concert at the Fox Theatre, IL Volo, the young operatic trio from Italy, is returning to the Detroit Opera House on October 27 for a national concert taping to be shared with audiences of PBS. Tickets are available at www.michiganopera.org.

Automakers to Work With Governments on Standards to Help Bring Connected Cars to Market Quicker

Globally harmonized standards will enable the automakers and other stakeholders to bring connected vehicle technologies to market more quickly and at a reduced cost for the consumer.

Continental to Supply Fuel-Efficient Turbochargers for Ford's New Engine Family

For a natural aspirated engine, for example, the combination with turbocharger and direct injection allows for a consumption reduction of about 20%.

ESD Announces Fall Job Fair: 45 Companies; 3,100 Available Jobs

The Engineering Society of Detroit Fall Job Fair will be held from 2 until 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

Wine and Dine in the D

Wine and Dine in the D, an event benefiting the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, was held in the Music Box at Orchestra Hall in Detroit. Guests enjoyed fare from more than 10 of Michigan's best restaurants paired with the finest wines from Michigan, California and Europe.

“Fair Winds and Following Seas” Ahead for Detroit

Officials gathered Oct. 21 at the Detroit Port Authority to celebrate the naming of USS Detroit, a new combat ship and the sixth Navy ship to bear the city's name.

Is Perception Reality

By examining the companies that make up the S&P 500, there is an interesting alternative to the perceived reality that the financial media seems to want us to believe.

Concours d'Elegance of America Announces 2012 Classes

Classes are announced for the 2012 Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s in Plymouth, where over 300 cars will be on the show field, making it the one of the largest displays of historically important automobiles in the world.

Kienbaum Opperwall Hardy & Pelton Member Elizabeth Hardy Named to the State Bar of Michigan Judicial Qualifications Committee

Kienbaum Opperwall Hardy & Pelton member Elizabeth Hardy was appointed as a member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Judicial Qualifications Committee.

Marygrove College and Midnight Golf Debut Practice Facility

On October 3, Marygrove College and The Midnight Golf Program, both based in Detroit, held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Golf Practice Facility. Designed by world renowned golf course architect Tom Doak, the facility features a large practice putting green, a large sand bunker, two practice tee areas (26 hitting bays), and a 4-hole short course. Photos by Patrick Gloria.

Shore Financial Services in Birmingham Continues to Strengthen Leadership

CEO Kirkpatrick: Three New Hires Provide “Significant Competitive Advantage”

Detroit Law Firm Dykema Elects Peter Kellett CEO

Litigation Department Director Brings Years of Leadership Experience; Impressive Array of Talents in and out of the Courtroom; and Commitment to Future of Leading National Law Firm

Clays For Kids

The Oakwood Healthcare Foundation hosted its Clays for Kids sporting clays event at the Detroit Gun Club in Walled Lake. The Farbman Group and Toni and Randy Kowalski were title sponsors for the event and proceeds benefited Oakwood's Center for Exceptional Families, which is the only place in Michigan to offer fully integrated, comprehensive, family-centered care for children with special needs.

Distinguished Grand Jester’s Reception

The Parade Company’s Distinguished Clown Corps held its Distinguished Grand Jester’s Reception on Sept. 27 at The Reserve at Big Rock Chophouse in Birmingham. Guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. On Thanksgiving morning, this distinguished group trade in their business suits for clown suits and march down Woodward Avenue in Detroit.

Daniel J. Loepp, President and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan named Executive Committee Chair of the Downtown Detroit Partnership

Blue Cross advances its commitment to core cities by elevating role in collaborative partnership among Detroit’s business leaders.

New Labor Agreement Enables GM's Continued Progress

Agreement maintains GM's low break-even level, gives all employees a direct stake in the company's performance and protects its fortress balance sheet

MWW Automotive Begins Production for Ford F-150 Components

MWW Automotive Group announced today that it has begun production of interior parts for the Ford F-150 series line of trucks.

Valassis Earns Multiple Awards for Workplace, Technology and Printing

Valassis announced today that it has recently received a number of awards, totaling 17 to date this year.

Greektown Casino-Hotel Kicks Off Renovations with Super Pit Table Game Area and THE FRINGE Bar

Greektown Casino-Hotel unveiled its newly redesigned third floor.

GM Names James A. Davlin Vice President Finance and Treasurer

General Motors has named James A. Davlin GM vice president finance and treasurer, effective Oct. 3.

New Statewide Poll Shows Voters Strongly Oppose NITC Bridge

65% of Michigan Residents Oppose Government Financed Canada to Detroit Bridge.

CREW Detroit Announces 10th Annual IMPACT Award Winners

Prestigious Awards Celebrate SE Michigan’s Commercial Real Estate Successes.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Announces Lowest Statewide Average Rate Increases In Six Years For Small Employers

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan brings more cost-effective products to the market.

DTE Energy to Issue Request for Proposals for Michigan Energy Efficiency Implementation Contractors

DTE Energy plans to issue Requests for Proposals (RFP) to add energy efficient programs to its electric profile.

Amerigon Heated and Cooled Dual Cup Holder Available for 2011 Chrysler 300

Second vehicle to offer cup holder.

1st Source Servall Purchases Appliance Parts Company of Louisiana

Michigan-based company acquisition includes all eight locations and continues national expansion.

New TrueCertify Technology Enables Electronic Delivery of Certified Documents

Ottawa County, MI is first to adopt new technology that will improve delivery of certified documents.

Aerospace Design Conference

A special Sept. 23 conference will explore opportunities to repurpose Detroit’s industrial automotive base toward innovations in aerospace technology.

Beyond Basics

Gordon and Maureen Rains hosted an appreciation dinner on Sept. 20 in Bloomfield Hills for the volunteers and staff at Beyond Basics, an organization that brings reading, writing, and other literacy programs to students in grades pre-K through 12 in the Detroit Public School system.

30 In Their Thirties 2011

We asked our readers to nominate regional business professionals in their 30s who are advancing their companies, industries, and communities. From savvy entrepreneurs to enterprising executives, these overachievers believe opportunity and growth are not only achievable, but expected given the success of multiple generations of business leaders in the region and state.

The 2nd Annual Shimmer on the River

The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy hosted its largest fundraising event of the year, Shimmer on the River, on Sept. 8 at the GM Plaza and Promenade. Guests enjoyed a strolling dinner, dancing on the Detroit RiverWalk, and live entertainment. Proceeds from the event benefited the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy and its continued development of the Detroit Riverfront.

Detroit Jazz Festival VIP Party

The 32nd Annual Detroit Jazz Festival "brought the world to Detroit" over Labor Day weekend at Hart Plaza with jazz influenced music from artists all over the world. VIP members, who support the Detroit Jazz Festival and help keep the event free, enjoyed a night of world-class entertainment, food, and fun.

Crystal Rose Gala

Hospice of Michigan hosted its 26th Annual Crystal Rose Gala on Sept. 16 at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit. The gala was attended by 360 people and raised more than $150,000 for HOM’s programs.

An Autumn Themed Dinner by Wine Brokers

On a crisp late summer eve, Milford-based Wine Brokers and Michael and Ranay Ogurek hosted an autumn-themed dinner at their residence in Oakland County for 26 guests. Held on September 10, 2011, the evening included passed a variety of white and red wines, passed hors d' oeuvres, a sit-down dinner, and live entertainment.

Advice to Banks on Troubled Loans

To help curtail commercial loan workouts, businesses and financial institutions need to better communicate potential problems.

2011 Saks Blast Fashion Show

Saks Fifth Avenue hosted its Saks Blast 2011 Fall Fashion Show on Aug. 26 at the Somerset Collection in Troy. The event benefited Transition to Betterness of Windsor and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute of Detroit.

Midnight Rider

As Chevrolet Division of General Motors turns 100, the genius of its namesake, a Swiss-French immigrant, share in a celebration.

Modern Ruin

Bloomfield Park promised to be the next Birmingham, but the $2 billion project was abandoned in mid-construction due to the 2008 global economic meltdown — at least that’s the popular version of what transpired. Here, for the first time, is the untold story of how municipal arrogance jeopardized millions of dollars in future tax revenue and left taxpayers to pick up the tab for a controversial legal showdown.

Plant & Produce

In the early morning hours, when time seems suspended, metro Detroit’s produce industry works overtime to meet the region’s insatiable demand for all things exotic.

Next Steps

An Ann Arbor consultant works exclusively with Stage 2 companies.

Common Ground

United yet divided; it’s not easy getting 30 regional chambers on the same page.

PDA Q&A: Anne Doyle

Principal, Anne Doyle Strategies, Auburn Hills

Bumper Crop

An unusual shop in Livonia performs "dentless," low-cost vehicle repairs.

HireMe.com

A Bloomfield Hills technology firm takes a bite out of employee turnover rates.

Small Loans, Big Results

Smaller banks are extending more loans, but they can't do it alone.

Speed to Market

The Lipari family built up one of the Midwest's largest food distributorships one customer at a time.
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30 In Their Thirties 2011

We asked our readers to nominate regional business professionals in their 30s who are advancing their companies, industries, and communities. From savvy entrepreneurs to enterprising executives, these overachievers believe opportunity and growth are not only achievable, but expected given the success of multiple generations of business leaders in the region and state.

Modern Ruin

Bloomfield Park promised to be the next Birmingham, but the $2 billion project was abandoned in mid-construction due to the 2008 global economic meltdown — at least that’s the popular version of what transpired. Here, for the first time, is the untold story of how municipal arrogance jeopardized millions of dollars in future tax revenue and left taxpayers to pick up the tab for a controversial legal showdown.

Plant & Produce

In the early morning hours, when time seems suspended, metro Detroit’s produce industry works overtime to meet the region’s insatiable demand for all things exotic.

Next Steps

An Ann Arbor consultant works exclusively with Stage 2 companies.

Common Ground

United yet divided; it’s not easy getting 30 regional chambers on the same page.

Bumper Crop

An unusual shop in Livonia performs "dentless," low-cost vehicle repairs.

HireMe.com

A Bloomfield Hills technology firm takes a bite out of employee turnover rates.

Small Loans, Big Results

Smaller banks are extending more loans, but they can't do it alone.

Speed to Market

The Lipari family built up one of the Midwest's largest food distributorships one customer at a time.
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A Degree of Speed

Improved productivity and technological advances have accelerated demand for higher education, but not everyone wants to spend four or more years in college before they earn a degree.

Wheels Up

During a recent visit to the East Coast, the level of appreciation people had for Detroit and Michigan was refreshing.

Midnight Rider

As Chevrolet Division of General Motors turns 100, the genius of its namesake, a Swiss-French immigrant, share in a celebration.
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