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Stephen M. Ross

The Ross Effect

How a friendship forged at the University of Michigan between a budding billionaire and a star student set the stage for a $60-billion real estate portfolio built on a foundation of diversity and inclusion.
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EV Alliances

Fleet operators and small businesses that make deliveries are racing ahead in adopting electric vehicles, even as a lack of charging stations has hampered a consumer rollout of emission-free cars and trucks.
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The Daily Beat

From tearsheets to broadsheets to tabloids, Detroit’s early newspapers covered daily life, business, politics, sports, and, over time, national and global news. But now, as print gives way to digital, how will the papers thrive?
Calvin Johnson

Hard Count

The Detroit Lions are valued at $2.1 billion, but if the team could find success on the field — and, dare we say, win a Super Bowl — its net worth would skyrocket.
Flint River

The Flint Settlement

The legal challenges in the water crisis in flint near an end as a federal court reviews a $641.3-million resolution that could be the largest such disposition in Michigan.
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A Dam Shame

Two large earthen dams breached by heavy rains in mid-May wiped out hundreds of businesses and homes in and near Midland. Damages, estimated at $200 million, have property owners seeking relief through the courts while questioning the role state leaders played in the disaster.
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Fore Play

A bright spot in the region’s economy has been the outdoor recreational sector, especially among private clubs, as the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic that began in March encouraged more people to golf, swim, sail, boat, play tennis, race cars, and dine on patios and in courtyards.
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COVID-19 Workout

The coronavirus outbreak in March roiled the national and global economies, caused millions of job losses, and depressed financial markets. Some industries were hurt more than others. As the world awaits a vaccine, DBusiness proposes a workout plan for 10 affected business sectors and considers the opportunities that have come to the forefront for prospective investors.
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Tech Track

The development of the first dedicated digital roadway for connected vehicles is underway along Michigan Avenue from Detroit to Ann Arbor — powered by a team of local, national, and international designers, innovators, disruptors, and technologists.
Bobby Nahra in kitchen

Inside the Kitchen

How one chef balanced interests in a restaurant, a banquet center, and a catering operation, and launched food and beverage services at the Hotel St. Regis — all while constrained by a pandemic.
Mat Ishbia

Shore Up

Mat Ishbia transformed United Wholesale Mortgage from a local player in metro Detroit to the nation's second-largest mortgage lender. Then the COVID-19 crisis hit.

BUSINESS COMMENTARY

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Spring Fling

As warmer weather moves in, enjoy the great outdoors sporting these latest fashions and accessories.
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January – February 2021 Commentary

By the time we reach 2030, advances like 5G, artificial intelligence, and machine learning will boost green energy sources, bring greater efficiency to transportation, and expand access to locally sourced food, health care, and consumer goods. The evolution, already underway, has gathered added steam since the outbreak of COVID-19 highlighted our dependence on foreign-made products.
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November – December 2020 Commentary

Online shopping, which reported steady growth in recent years, has skyrocketed since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March. Amazon, Walmart, Target, and other e-commerce retailers have been hiring thousands of workers to keep pace with demand, and there don’t appear to be any signs the surge will plateau, let alone dip.
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September – October 2020 Commentary

Energy – Hydrogen Economy As the world’s developed countries seek to limit carbon emissions from burning...
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Fashion Forward

Fall and winter ensembles to help close any business deal.
Pandemic Pitfalls

Special Report: 2021 Michigan Economic Forecast – Pandemic Pitfalls

The 2021 economy will be influenced by the coronavirus pandemic, the approval (or not) of a vaccine, more federal stimulus, and who wins the presidential and congressional elections.
Toasted Oak

2020 Top Business Restaurants in Metro Detroit

All restaurants are reviewed anonymously, all expenses are paid by Hour Media, and the listings have no relationship to advertising in the magazine.
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July – August 2020 Commentary

In summer 2021, Macomb County will embark on a $217-million project to reconstruct a nine-mile stretch of Mound Road, from I-696 to M-59, which runs through the cities of Warren and Sterling Heights. While funding for such large-scale projects is challenging — the county secured a vital federal grant in 2018 — the fact is it’s also crucial to have the vigilance to identify mistakes before they occur.
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May – June 2020 Commentary

A major concern regarding COVID-19? Michigan had the fourth-highest death rate in the country at 19 per 100,000 people (as of April 16 according to a database from The New York Times). The fatality rate trailed Connecticut and Louisiana, both at 24, New Jersey (36), and New York (59). Washington State, which was impacted early on, was at 8, while California was at 2 deaths per 100,000 people.
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2020 Auto Dealership Consumer Guide

For 259 auto dealerships in the Detroit metropolitan area, sales and leases of new...
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March – April 2020 Commentary

Service providers like Google, Facebook, and Amazon have the ability to listen in on customers’ meetings and conversations, and track buying patterns and travel schedules.

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