A year ago, nearly to the day, I sat in an exam room at the doctor’s office during an annual physical and heard words I didn’t expect. “Your blood pressure is high.” Just as the doctor started to talk about how he was surprised, given I had shown no signs of it before and how … Continued
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Over the past dozen or so years, newspaper job cuts have become like a sad version of Hanukkah. You know they’re going to probably happen in December, even if you don’t know exactly when. The latest comes from Crain’s Business Reporter Bill Shea, who reports that Detroit’s two legacy newspapers have once again this season … Continued
To all of the cities around North America that failed to land Amazon’s “HQ2,” we feel you. After virtually every metropolitan area tried to woo Amazon’s “second headquarters,” buried under the Midterm Election news is word the company is just going to expand its major bases of operations in New York City and suburban Washington, … Continued
It’s the first day of the fourth quarter. For many businesses, particularly in professional services, that means it’s time to face the reality that has emerged since The Great Recession. You work in a seasonal business and now is crunch time. We do too. When I tell fellow business people I know that the roughly … Continued
A journalist for a local newspaper told me recently that everyone in the newsroom should thank the sports department “for keeping us in business.” At many of them, sports drives web traffic and as news organizations have had to cut deeply to endure the transition from the dollars that classified and print advertising brought in … Continued
Over the past five years the Metro Detroit business community has grown at a degree not seen in literally decades, led in large part by a resurgent city center downtown where, with a nod to Dan Gilbert’s Quicken, more and more people are coming to live, work and play. Yet, is it sustainable? On Wednesday … Continued