Annual 2014

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State Launches $1.5M Winter Advertising Tourism Campaign

The state this week began airing its $1.5 million Pure Michigan winter advertising campaign highlighting Michigan’s cold-weather recreation opportunities to travelers and visitors throughout the Great Lakes region.

Grand Rapids Firm Helps Launch New Craft TV Network

Grand Rapids-based Craft Retail Group, part of the U.K.-based Ideal Shopping Direct, has launched a new TV network offering an assortment of products and top brands across craft, sewing, quilting, knitting, and the creative arts.

MSU Study: Thanking Customers Can Help a Business’ Bottom Line

Businesses that thank customers for participating in surveys and providing feedback are likely to be rewarded with a boost to the company’s bottom line for such niceties, says a new study from Michigan State University.

National Kidney Foundation of Michigan Among Nation’s Highest-Rated Nonprofits

As the infinite number of year-end donation letters and emails begin to pour in, Charity Navigator has released its ranking of the highest and lowest-rated organizations based on accountability and transparency. This includes the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, which ranks No. 1 in its category of “Diseases, Disorders, and Disciplines.”

Eight & Sand to Kick Off Creative, Business Community Classes in 2015

It’s been a busy season for Hamtramck-based Eight & Sand. Just weeks after the business complex welcomed primary anchor tenant Fowling Warehouse, the 90,000-square-foot venue has announced the impending launch of its first community class offering.

Five Qs: Tim Richey on Detroit PAL’s Plans for the Former Tiger Stadium

Earlier this month, the Detroit Police Athletic League’s executive board approved a plan calling for the organization to build a new headquarters and interactive center in conjunction with a $33 million project to restore the historic Tiger Stadium site. Tim Richey, CEO of the Detroit-based nonprofit, spoke with DBusiness Daily News about the project, which is expected to break ground in March 2016.

Generation Z to Lead Consumer Trends for 2015

Move over, millennials. A new trend report released today by Ford Motor Co. says Generation Z, those born after 1993, will be leading the way to shaping the consumer culture in 2015 — and beyond.

General Dynamics Awarded $100M to Upgrade Tanks for Saudi Arabia

Sterling Heights-based General Dynamics Land Systems has been awarded a nearly $100-million extension contract to upgrade the fleet of tanks for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Business Symposium in Detroit to Focus on Startup Advice

With an eye on the growing number of emerging businesses in southeastern Michigan, the Detroit-based law firm Butzel Long will host a symposium in January committed to giving entrepreneurs legal tools and advice to avoid startup pitfalls and compete in today’s market.

Ford’s Former Chief Economist to Teach at U-M Business School

Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, the former chief economist at Ford Motor Co., has joined the faculty of the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, where she will teach graduate-level courses in economics and contribute to the school’s research initiatives.

WMU Student Develops Device to Aid Speech Impairments

A student at Western Michigan University has secured a design patent for a device that assists those with speech impediments, as well as others seeking to improve their articulation and elocution.

Five Qs: Gabe Hall on New Year’s Eve and 3-D Digital Projections

Gabe Hall, co-founder of NewD Media (with Daniel Land), spoke with DBusiness Daily News about the company’s participation in the Hard Rock Cafe Detroit’s NYE: Rockin’ the D event, which kicks off 8 p.m. Wednesday and runs through 4 a.m. New Year’s Day.
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