A Detroit retailer that opened its flagship store this summer is attracting big attention and already has plans for expansion in other major cities in the U.S. and abroad. Shinola is already making a name for itself, rating a place in "Departures," American Express's magazine, as one of the 100 "people, places and things around the globe that matter now."
"No good deed goes unpunished," as the saying goes. It probably feels that way for a man who was fired from his job as a greeter at a Gaylord, Michigan, Meijer store. The 62-year-old man left his post in the store last month after a man came in frantically seeking help with a fire in his truck's glove compartment. The greeter gave the vehicle's owner a fire extinguisher, and he quickly extinguished the flames. The employee, who had gone out into the parking lot, then returned to the store.
Successful Detroit business owners know that a company often needs to evolve and grow to remain viable. Business planning is not just something you do at start-up. It is on-going.
A lucrative Michigan contract is up for grabs, and the connection of the head of one of the companies bidding for it to the governor's budget director is causing somewhat of a political firestorm that has state Republicans and Democrats at odds.
A restaurant in Muskegon County, Michigan, is being investigated as the source of recent cases of salmonella in the area. According to public health officials, 23 people in Muskegon and Ottawa counties have become ill. The vast majority are in Muskegon County. Several people have been admitted to the hospital for treatment.
We always like to report good news for Michigan business. Now Backyard Products, a Monroe, Michigan, company that specializes in wooden swingsets, playsets and backyard sheds, has announced that it is purchasing one of its competitors ? Swing-N-Slide. The purchase of Swing-N-Slide, which is primarily known for its play equipment, is headquartered in Janesville, Wisconsin.