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Late Thursday night, Sept. 14, a historic moment unfolded in American labor relations as the United Auto Workers (UAW) union initiated a strike against Ford, General Motors (GM), and Stellantis. For the first time, the union took simultaneous action against all three major Detroit-based automakers. The action involves approximately 13,000 UAW members in assembly plants across Michigan, Ohio, and Missouri, who walked off their jobs after existing labor contracts expired at 11:59 p.m.

Detroit is on the cusp of rede-

Ifining its identity as a destination for technology and innovation, and Michigan Chronicle’s Pancakes and Politics Forum III will be at the forefront of this conversation. Taking place on May 23, 2024, at 7:50 AM, located at One Campus Martius, this highly anticipated event will explore the city’s vision for cultivating a thriving culture centered on cutting-edge technology and innovation.

n a breathtaking celebration of talent, determination, and the unyielding spirit of Black excellence, the Michigan Chronicle marked its 10th Annual 40 Under 40 event Thursday evening. This year’s soirée, drenched in the theme “All Black Everything with Gold Accents,” transcended expectations and essential ly illuminated the golden gems within the true essence of Black excellence. Hosted by the charismatic duo of Andre Ash and Lynzee Mychael from Michigan Chroni cle’s Finally Friday, the night was a triumph for the city of Detroit and its vibrant community of young Black professionals.

troiters. The symbolism of Black beekeepers revitalizing their city is a powerful testament to the resilience and ingenuity of our community.

Shortly before midnight on Sept. 14, GM released a statement expressing disappointment with the strike action, despite offering what it termed an “unprecedented economic package” that included historic wage increases. Stellantis also expressed disappointment in a statement, saying the company immediately went into contingency mode to protect its operations.

The panel, moderated by the insightful Dennis Archer Jr., will bring together some of Michigan’s most influential leaders to shed light on the challenges and opportunities ahead. Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist will share his perspectives on how the state is positioning itself to attract and retain top-tier tech talent. CEO of Michigan Central Josh Sirefman will provide insight into business attraction and how the region is creating fertile ground for tech companies. Hilary Doe, Chief Growth and Marketing Officer of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, will delve into strategic pro-business public policies, while Johnnie Turnage, CEO and Co-Founder of Black Tech Saturdays, will highlight how grassroots innovation efforts can transform Detroit’s tech landscape.

The evening sparkled with a golden promise as we celebrated remarkable individuals from various walks of life. Among the honorees were the brilliant and visionary co-founders of Detroit Hives, Nicole Lindsey and Timothy Paul Jackson. Their work has not only changed the landscape of beekeeping and urban farming in Detroit but also exemplified the transformative impact Black professionals can have on their communities.

As the night unfolded, we had the privilege of hon oring other outstanding individuals, each carving their own path to success. Clement “Fame” Brown, the creative mind behind Three Thirteen Detroit’s Brand Name, received the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Brown’s commitment to empowering the city through fashion and entrepreneurship has left an indelible mark.

“Entrepreneur of the year – that’s a big deal,” said Brown. “It’s always an honor to be honored and it’s always a blessing to be in a room full of so many talented, accomplished, and popular people that look like me. I’m geeked. I started making and selling clothes as a kid and I always knew that I would have a business, but I never knew it would be Detroit’s brand name business, so I take a lot of pride in the fact that our business represents our city’s pride.”

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Taking home the Corporate Excellence Award was Dannis Mitchell, Director of Community Engagement at Barton Malow.

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“Together we have created a social, environmental, and financial impact through bees,” said Jackson. Lindsey followed that sentiment with, “It is through our local partnerships and collaborative efforts that we exist in over 28 plus locations managing the health of 4.5 million honeybees – humbly speaking our movement has inspired others locally, nationally, and even internationally to take on similar missions.”

ness district that had been the lifeblood of the community.

The UAW has branded the industrial action as the “Stand-Up Strike,” focusing on specific plants within each automaker. UAW President Shawn Fain stated, “This strategy will keep the companies guessing. It will give our national negotiators maximum leverage and flexibility in bargaining. And if we need to go all out, we will. Everything is on the table.” Union leaders have also indicated that additional plants could be targeted in future waves if negotiations remain stalled.

For many Detroiters, Interstate 375, or I-375, has long been just another stretch of urban highway, a concrete artery connecting different parts of the city. To some, it’s a mere convenience; to others, it’s an unremarkable part of their daily commute. However, there’s a deeper, far more troubling story beneath the surface of this seemingly ordinary freeway—a story of pain, displacement, and the lasting impact on Black Detroiters.

Sandy Baruah, President and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, recently announced that the Mackinac Policy Conference later this month will play host to a combined debate between the top three Democrat and Republican candidates for the soon-to-be-vacant U.S. Senate seat in Michigan.

Detroit Hives, a pioneering organization founded by Lindsey and Jackson, harnesses the power of urban beekeeping to revitalize neighborhoods in the Motor City. Their initiative not only addresses critical issues like environmental conservation but also provides valuable education and employment opportunities to Black De-

The panelists will tackle pressing issues such as talent retention and policies that enable businesses to flourish. The audience can expect a thought-provoking and illuminating discussion on the infrastructure, investments, and strategic frameworks necessary to cement Detroit’s place as a beacon of tech innovation.

“It is so important to recognize that there are young leaders across the country, many that are born here in Detroit. I represent our city nationally and I tell people, ‘Yea I’m a D-girl I’m from the west-side of Detroit,’” Mitchell expressed. “But more importantly, I’ve been able to have experiences within an industry that not many of us, specifically women of color, have the opportunity to engage in and I’ve been the youngest person in the room, the only Black person in the room, and the only Sistah in the room, and I really had to articulate the importance of showing up, giving chances when others won’t, and being persistent.” As a trailblazing Black woman thriving in a predominantly male-dominated industry, her unwavering commitment to fortifying the connections between businesses and Detroit’s communities is unde-

It’s a history marred by pain, injustice, and economic devastation. More than 130,000 residents, primarily Black, were forcibly displaced. Families were uprooted, generational wealth was obliterated, and a thriving community was torn asunder. The wounds inflicted by I-375 run deep, transcending the physical barrier of a freeway to penetrate the very soul of Black Detroiters.

termine the candidates that the Chamber invited to take part in the debate. According to the most recent polling numbers by Emerson College Polling from May 1, Slotkin is the leading candidate amongst Democrats, and Rogers is the leading candidate among Republicans. Overall, Slotkin holds a two-percentage-point lead over Rogers in head-to-head polling.

towards mending the wounds inflicted on Black Detroiters and restoring a sense of belonging that was so callously torn away in the past.

A string of shootings in Greektown in mid-April left both visitors and residents of this bustling downtown destination in awe. One of these shootings tragically claimed the life of a popular and beloved security guard following a dispute with a patron. The male suspect allegedly shot the guard before fleeing the scene, while his female companion is accused of concealing the weapon in her bra.

The I-375 Boulevard Project is about more than just correcting historical injustices; it’s about redefining the future. It will connect downtown Detroit to surrounding neighborhoods, bridging the gap that was placed upon the city decades ago.

For those unable to attend in person, the Michigan Chronicle, in collaboration with media partner WDIV, will ensure that the conversation reaches a wider audience through a live broadcast. This partnership ensures that viewers across Detroit and beyond can witness the pivotal dialogue shaping the future of tech and innovation in the region. Tune in at pancakesandpolitics to catch this engaging discussion in real-time and see how these leaders are crafting Detroit’s path to becoming a tech hub.

Homelessness continues to plague urban communities, with families and individuals grappling with the challenges of making ends meet in today’s economic climate. Whether it’s struggling to meet monthly mortgage payments or coping with soaring rental costs in a housing market marked by shockingly high prices, a variety of factors contribute to the growing issue of people becoming unhoused.

Fain clarified the union’s strategy: “I want to give a major shoutout to the thousands of members who are on the picket lines right now fighting for all of us. The Stand-Up Strike is a new approach to striking. Instead of striking all plants at once, select locals will be called on to stand up and walk out on strike. This is our generation’s answer to the movement that built our union – the sit-down strikes of 1937. We told the Big 3 that Sept. 14 was the deadline and we meant it. We gave the companies our economic demands eight weeks ago and it took more than a month to get to the table.” The union is pushing for a comprehensive list of demands. This

The tale begins in what is now Lafayette Park, once known as Black Bottom—a neighborhood rooted in African-American culture and history. Named after its dark, fertile soil, Black Bottom flourished during the mid1900s, nurturing the dreams and aspirations of prominent Detroiters like Coleman Young, Joe Louis, and numerous other Detroit legends. But in the name of urban renewal in the 1950s, this vibrant neighborhood was systematically dismantled, erased from the map, and replaced by a lifeless stretch of asphalt.

Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow announced in January 2023 that she will retire at the end of her term, opening up her seat for this year’s election. She was first elected to the Chamber in 2000 and is a member of Democratic leadership at the national level, but said she will look to hand power to younger lawmakers while she returns to private life.

This painful legacy can be traced back to the nation’s interstate highway program of 1956—a program that aimed to connect the country but often did so at the expense of marginalized communities. In the case of I-375, it meant carving a path through the heart of Black Detroit, reinforcing segregation, and perpetuating inequality.

The debate will be moderated by WDIV anchor Devin Scillian and political reporter Rick Albin of Wood TV8 in Grand Rapids.

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“The format will allow both parties, obviously, to be on the stage at the same time. We think this is a unique format that really pushes candidates to a broad audience as opposed to just speaking to their base folks, so it does create a different dynamic and we’re excited about that.”

We are doing this very similar to how we did the gubernatorial debate in

Invitations went out to Democratic candidates Nasser Beydoun, Hill Harper, and U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, and Republican candidates Former U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, Sandy Pensler, and Former U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers.

While the residential areas bore the brunt of this demolition, the heart of Black Bottom, its thriving business center, remained largely untouched. Restaurants, theaters, clubs, and bars—the very places that brought Detroit’s Black community together—were concentrated around Hastings Street, the epicenter of African-American culture in the city.

“We are doing this very similar to how we did the gubernatorial debate in 2018. We’re going to take the top three polling candidates in each party and that will provide our invite list,” Baruah said.

Housing Resource Helpline in response to the challenges that residents face in navigating the complex system of housing services. The helpline provides a single point of contact for people seeking housing assistance and connects them with the resources they need.

The research and polling firm Glengariff Group conducted a statewide poll to de-

Then, in a cruel twist of fate, Hastings Street, too, was obliterated a few years later, making way for the construction of I-375. This marked the final blow, sealing the fate of Black Bottom and signaling the beginning of the end for Paradise Valley, the Black busi-

Historically, shelters have provided a temporary respite for those in need, often serving as the first or second option after exhausting alternatives like staying with friends or family. Shelters offer a place to rest one’s head and a warm meal, albeit sometimes for extended periods. For others, being unhoused means living in cars or makeshift outdoor settings.

For one to aptly recognize the harm caused by such projects, it is vital to note that some of the planners and politicians behind those projects built them directly through the heart of vibrant, populated communities—oftentimes to reinforce segregation and sometimes as part of a direct effort to replace or eliminate Black neighborhoods.

Support for the helpline comes from the Gilbert Family Foundation, which has pledged $10 million over three years to fund the program. Wayne Metro Community Action Agency manages the helpline, making it accessible to all Detroit residents. This initiative simplifies access to the City’s various housing services, ensuring that residents in need can easily find assistance.

Today, the resurgence of Paradise Valley stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit of Black Detroiters and the enduring legacy of Black excellence. This historic district, once a vibrant hub for Black businesses and culture, is experiencing a renaissance that harkens back to its glory days. The destruction of Black Bottom may have torn apart a thriving community, but the resolute determination of a new generation of entrepreneurs and visionaries is reclaiming that lost legacy.

These incidents unfolded during an unseasonably warm spring, leading to increased pedestrian traffic and heightened tensions in the densely populated downtown area.

The surge in crime and the influx of visitors to Detroit’s downtown core garnered the attention of the Detroit Police Department (DPD), catching them somewhat off guard.

Held at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island from Tuesday, May 28, to Friday, May 31, 2024, the event will bring nationally recognized speakers and statewide thought leaders to the island to discuss key issues facing the state.

But now, after decades of enduring the scars of I-375, there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon. Plans have been unveiled to transform this once-divisive freeway into a vision that seeks to right the wrongs of the past while heralding a new era of inclusivity and community revitalization.

The 2024 Conference Chair Suzanne Shank, President, CEO, and Co-founder of Siebert Williams Shank & Co., will lead an advisory committee of Michigan-based CEOs and Chamber leadership to ensure the agenda tackles critical issues under the theme of “Bridging the Future Together.”


Fueled by more than $100 million from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and other partners, this ambitious project aims to create jobs, remove barriers to economic growth, and reconnect the neighborhood with the rest of Detroit. It is a step

The causes of homelessness are as diverse and complex as the individuals experiencing it. In response, the City of Detroit has adopted a holistic approach to combat this issue.

“Providing services and high-quality housing to persons at risk of or who are experiencing homelessness is a key priority of the City of Detroit, said Julie Schneider, Director of Detroit’s Housing and Revitalization Department.

“This means focusing on building the pipeline of supportive housing and coordinating with the Continuum of Care on the delivery of critical resources such as emergency shelter, rapid rehousing, and diversion and prevention programs. It also means preserving and expanding affordable housing options for Detroiters of all incomes and improving housing stability though comprehensive service offerings available through the Detroit Housing Resource HelpLine and Detroit Housing Services Division within HRD.”

“The city and its partners offer a lot of great services to help Detroiters with their housing needs, but they don’t mean much if people don’t know how to access them,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “Thanks to the efforts of our partners and the generous support of the Gilbert Family Foundation, we now have a simple process to guide residents to the right housing resource and a growing number of programs to help them.”

James White, Chief of Police for the Detroit Police Department, said: “We were caught somewhat flat-footed right out the gate. By design we went into the spring deployment, which is less than the mid-summer deployment, and saw we say an uptick in violence that first warm weekend.”

We’re going to take the top three polling candidates in each party and that will provide our invite list.

In the heart of Paradise Valley, Blackowned businesses are not just flourishing but thriving, offering diverse services, products, and experiences that pay homage to the past while paving the way for a prosperous future. From jazz clubs to soul food restaurants, the Black Press, and art galleries to fashion boutiques, this revival is breathing life into the very essence of what once made this neighborhood a vibrant cultural epicenter. It’s a resurgence that extends beyond brick and mortar; it represents the resurgence of a spirit that refuses to be subdued.

Chief White attributes the violence in Greektown to a combination of weather conditions and a surge in population.

He explained, “ We saw numbers downtown that we have not seen, ever. People are emerging from COVID and there’s a feeling that we’re in a post-COVID era… and with the venues downtown and the reasons to come down with all the activities that are going on, we saw hundreds of more people and, in particularly, young folks, teenagers that we hadn’t seen.”

Detroit City Councilman Fred Durhal III, representing District 7, where Eastern Market resides, told the Michigan Chronicle, “It’s still very early in the process, MDOT is


Responding swiftly to the surge in violence, DPD adjusted its deployment plans. Rather than waiting for mid-summer, they deployed officers in the spring itself to address the situation.

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From the days of the Great Migration when thousands of Black families flocked to Detroit in search of jobs and a better life, to the pivotal role they played in the city’s cultural and musical heritage, Black Detroiters have left an indelible mark on the city. However, in recent years, Detroit has experienced significant gentrification, which has raised concerns about the displacement of long-standing Black residents. Similar to a setting sun, there’s a rising spirit, and Black Detroiters are reclaiming their place in the city, despite the challenges posed by gentrification.

Since the inception of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1789, few rulings by the highest Court in the land have significantly altered the educational and civil rights landscape of America more than the Brown v. Board of Education decision on May 17, 1954.

The Gilbert Family Foundation’s broader commitment involves pledging $500 million to support projects across Detroit over the next ten years, with housing initiatives being a significant part of their contribution.

In May 2023, the City of Detroit launched the Detroit

The Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling (90) declared that separate educational facilities are inherently unconstitutional and violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. In essence, the milestone decision ended the “separate but equal” doctrine the Supreme Court had ruled on in 1896 in the Plessy v. Ferguson case, which upheld a law that allowed racially segregated public schools in America to operate as long as such learning institutions were deemed equal.

Notably, Detroit has witnessed a consistent decrease in recent years, with the number of unhoused residents steadi ly declining. In 2019, approximately 7,847 people were unhoused and entered the City’s community response system. In 2021, about 5,687 people experienced homelessness.

According to the City of Detroit, since the start of the fiscal year 2019 to 2021, Detroit saw a 28% decrease in the

During the Great Migration, thousands of Black families from the South came to Detroit in search of jobs in the booming automobile industry. Despite facing discrimination and segregation, they built vibrant communities on the city’s east and west sides. Over time, these neighborhoods became centers of Black culture and entrepreneurship. According to Historian Jamon Jordon Black resilience in the city has roots that extend

“The Supreme Court’s historic decision provided a legal basis for the desegregation of schools across the United States,” said retired Wayne County Probate Court Judge June Blackwell-Hatcher, a past president of The Association of Black Judges in Michigan. “It mandated

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she was Black. Although the young girl lived only a few blocks from the school, she was forced, by law, to commute 24 blocks to a Black elementary school.

The case was filed in 1951 and went to the U.S. District Court in Kansas. The Court agreed that public school segregation had a “detrimental effect upon the colored children” and contributed to “a sense of inferiority” but upheld the “separate but equal” doctrine of Plessy v. Ferguson, the segregated law of the land since 1896.

Elected officials are also working to keep Roe v. Wade intact thus holding off Michigan’s 1931 trigger ban. Governor Gretchen Whitmer released a statement saying, in part:

force any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

“The words ‘Roe overturned’ are no longer theoretical. I want every Michigander to know— no matter what happens in D.C., I’m going to fight like hell to protect access to safe, legal abortion in Michigan…”

The NAACP and its Legal Defense Fund (LDF) petitioned the Supreme Court to hear the case in 1954. While the case reached the High Court under the name of the plaintiff, Oliver Brown, it represented a consolidation of lawsuits by African Americans experiencing the same level of segregation and racism in public schools in Kansas, South Carolina, Delaware, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Led by LDF founder and first Director-Counsel Thurgood Marshall and Charles Hamilton Houston, the former Dean of Howard University Law School and first general counsel of the NAACP, the two attorneys amassed a legal team to battle the Supreme Court. Interestingly, 13 years after the landmark case, Marshall became the first Black person to serve as a Supreme Court Justice.

More than legal implications, overturning Roe v. Wade would impact several systems across the spectrum. With the potential to drive both foster and adoption numbers upward, a ban on abortions could leave many women to choose a less safe route restoring ‘back alley’ and illegal abortion practices, including self-abortions. Moreover, African American women and women of color, who already have a long-storied history with access and inclusion in medi-

islature adopts it.

Nevertheless, the Marshall-Houston-led team raised an array of legal issues with the Supreme Court, with the central argument that separate schools for Black children in America were far from equal to White schools. In addition, segregation violated the “equal protection clause” rooted in the 14th Amendment, meaning that “no State shall make or en-

cine and healthcare, may be adversely impacted by the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. “What we are really concerned about is the impact on our patients. Access to abortion is already out of reach for far too many Michiganders, especially Black people and people of color who face additional barriers to care as a result of systemic inequalities and institutional racism. Losing access to legal abortion will impact those communities most, forcing people to become parents or expand their families against their will. Being able to decide and control if, when and how to become a parent is central to building and living a healthy, happy life,” said Vasquez Giroux.

On May 17, 1954, Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren and the eight other Justices agreed. As expected, the High Court’s historic decision didn’t sit well with various populations of White people across America, especially in the South where wicked Jim Crow Laws of segregation had severely suppressed Black people since the 1870s –actually earlier. Diehard White segregationists vehemently objected to being forced to integrate public schools and other facilities, leading to protracted legal battles, political strife, and violence in many instances. Some southern state’s top elected officials were not above the fray as they sought to circumvent the federal Court’s ruling.

Increase school funding: Statutory changes to increase the School Aid Fund revenue by at least $3.6 billion and establish a permanent weighted funding formula based on student and community needs and universal preschool (0-3).

Classic examples of defiance included Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus, who, in September 1957, dispatched the state’s National Guard to block Black students from entering Central High School in Little Rock. President Dwight D. Eisenhower deployed armed federal troops to escort a group of Black students – The Little Rock Nine – into Central High. In 1963, Alabama Governor George Wallace brazenly stood at the front doors of Foster Auditorium on the campus of the University of Alabama to stop two Black students –Vivian J. Malone and James A. Hood - from enrolling at the all-White institution. Wallace’s stance was unsuccessful.

Reject censorship in history instruction: Encouraging Gov. Whitmer to ensure the goal for Michigan schools should be history instruction that is presented by pro-

Brown v. Board of Education served as a catalyst for subsequent legal and social advancements by powering the Civil Rights Movement from 1954 through 1968. The ruling also provided a legal precedent and moral template for the passage of key federal legislation, inclusive of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and other historic Black advancements leading to May 17, 2024.

what the Supreme Court will rule in the upcoming days. Despite the decision, advocates on both sides of the argument are willing to continue their pursuits.

– are driving the increase.”

With the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade in 2022, many think Brown v. Board of Education could be next.

“Overturning Roe v. Wade would be a terrible break with nearly 50 years of judicial precedent and – more importantly – a blow against individual freedom. It is my hope that the majority of justices will reject the findings of this draft. If that is not the case, we need to stand with Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Gov. Whitmer in support of their efforts to preserve the right to reproductive freedom,” said Chair Alisha Bell, on behalf of the Wayne County Commission.

“It has now been 70 years since the NAACP led and won the fight to integrate our schools. Today, we carry the torch by fighting for that history to remain in our nation’s classrooms,” Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP, said in a statement. “The effort to establish equitable access to education continues to be an uphill battle for Black Americans as we witness modern-day attacks on educational rights, such as the erasure of Black history in schools and elimination of affirmative action in higher education. As we continue this fight, we cannot forget the shoulders on which we stand.”

Beyond the scope of pro-choice versus prolife, the fight for reproductive choice is one of freedom. As Michigan officials work to ensure each woman who finds herself in the position to choose has access to care without the threat of legal action, many wonder

Unfortunately, many school districts across America are still grappling with racial issues linked to educating Black students in the same equitable fashion as White pupils. Some civil rights advocates see the hands of time reverting to the racial attitudes, doctrines, and legislation of yesteryear.

The health committee recommends reviewing state licensure policies to address the barriers that Black psychologists face in obtaining licensure in Michigan.

Ensure equitable distribution of state health funds: Ensure all Michigan communities with a significant Black population receive adequate funds to address mental health issues.

Although there were many other attempts to disobey the Supreme Court’s ruling in various parts of the country, they were ultimately unsuccessful. Conversely,

Protecting Black voting rights: Urge state officials to remain vigilant in the

“School segregation levels are not at pre-Brown levels, but they are high and have been rising steadily since the late 1980s,” said Sean Reardon, Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education. “In most large districts, school segregation has increased while residential segregation and racial economic inequality have declined, and our findings indicate that policy choices – not demographic changes

“It’s a concern because you look at what happened with Roe v. Wade,” said Blackwell-Hatcher, an American University Law School alum. “Roe v. Wade was settled law, and Justices Kavanaugh, Coney Barrett, and Gorsuch changed it after saying in Senate Judiciary Committee hearings that they would not overrule settled precedent. So, in this climate across America and with this Supreme Court, which to me is the worst in many decades because it’s so politicized, we are seeing some things that are concerning.”

According to Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law professor at Harvard Law School, the Supreme Court striking down Brown v. Board of Education is possible. However, he believes it would not happen in the same blatant way Roe v. Wade was overturned.

Tribe thinks the Supreme Court would most likely take a piecemeal approach to undermining Brown v. Board of Education.

“The decision,” said Tribe, “is likely to get whittled down, just as Brown v. Board of Education itself was to some lesser degree whittled down in a series of Supreme Court cases that followed the 1954 ruling in the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s.”

The NAACP’s top executive is up for the fight to keep and improve Brown v. Board of Education.

“The NAACP has long advocated for educational rights within the Black community,” said Johnson. “We use this momentous occasion (the 70th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education) to reaffirm our commitment to ensuring access to equitable education and uplifting our continued fights across the nation.”

Michigan’s $59 Million Investment Paid for Expansions, Upgrades, and Renovations at 1,100 Childcare Facilities

Thanks to federal dollars from the Facilities Improvement Fund, the Michigan Department of Lifelong Learning, Achievement, and Potential (MiLEAP) disbursed $59 million to help more than 1,100 home- and center-based childcare facilities fund more than 3,500 renovation and upgrade projects. The projects expanded access to safe, quality, and affordable childcare for families across the state.

“Quality, safe, and affordable childcare is essential to the vitality of communities,” said MiLEAP Acting Director Michelle Richard. “Childcare enables parents to remain in the labor force, increasing household income, boosting economic productivity, and benefiting their community.”

Caring for Mi Future is a federally funded Michigan plan to open or expand 1,000 childcare programs by the end of 2024. This goal was met and exceeded one year ahead of schedule, with 1,200 new childcare centers and 2,159 homebased providers expanding to create 36,783 new spots in childcare facilities across Michigan.

“Thanks to our childcare providers and the Caring for Mi Future team, more than 1,100 childcare programs across the state are able to offer higher-quality care to more families. And we’re not done,” Richard added.

providers across Michigan.

The FIF grant has helped home- and center-based childcare providers undertake more than 3,500 projects to renovate and upgrade their facilities. These projects range from replacing furnaces and windows to outdoor playscapes and creating safe play spaces indoors.

“This project has impacted my program in the best way!” says Juanna Edwards, owner of Winnie’s Bright Beginnings Child Care in Sterling Heights. “My old floors were cracked and a tripping hazard. With new flooring, the kitchen area is safe for the children, and I have so much more space to prepare and store food. My basement has been updated so the children have a bigger learning space, a bigger play area, and a bigger place to sleep. I can now enroll more childcare children and hire an assistant to help because the areas have more space and room so that everyone can be comfortable. This grant has been absolutely amazing.”

Work on some of the FIF projects will continue through July 31, when the final funds will be dispersed. IFF, a mission-driven lender, developer, and real estate consultant, is administering the FIF on behalf of MiLEAP.

Celebrating Detroit Public Schools’ Artistic Excellence at the Fox Theatre

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Comerica Bank, 313 Presents, Olympia Development, Ilitch Sports + Entertainment, and the City Office of Arts, Culture, and Entrepreneurship (Detroit ACE) proudly announce the Detroit Public Schools Community District’s (DPSCD) annual An Evening of Fine Arts. This year marks the 55th anniversary of the event, taking place on Wednesday, May 15, at 6 p.m. at the Fox Theatre.

This free public event will showcase performances by DPSCD’s top instrumental music ensembles, vocal music ensembles, and dance companies, alongside theatre excerpts. Additionally, original artworks by the district’s top visual artists will be displayed in the Fox Theatre’s Grand Lobby.

Although admission to An Evening of Fine Arts is free, tickets are required for entry. They are available in advance at participating schools, the DPSCD Office of Fine Arts, and on

“Chancellor Ivery is a true transformational leader and an outstanding CEO, who is more than worthy of the CEO of the Year Award he just received, “ said Prof. James C. Mays, who teaches entrepreneurship and supply chain management at WCCCD’s Corporate College. “In his 27 years at WCCCD, Dr. Ivery has elevated WCCCD to become nationally recognized for excellence and innovation and preparing our students professionally and personally to do great things in the world.”

Dr. Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent of DPSCD, expressed his enthusiasm for the event, stating, “It is impossible not to have goosebumps while watching our students perform at this event. We are grateful for the support we have received as a District to bring back this event to the Fox Theatre. It means so much to our students, their teachers, and their families. If you did not attend the event last year, you need to attend this year. The performances

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match any professional concert!”

BLAC is housed in the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. Members represent many professional backgrounds, including economics, law, public safety, health and wellness, arts and culture and media. They leverage their experiences and expertise to make recommendations to the governor on critical issues affecting the Black community.

The Ilitch Companies and 313 Presents have long supported Detroit Public Schools students, and An Evening of Fine Arts is a natural extension of this partnership, which includes financial and in-kind donations, internships, and educational programs. Chris Ilitch, CEO of Ilitch Companies, remarked, “When you watch these talented students display their excellence and creativity, it is nothing short of inspirational. Their dedication and talent are testaments to their hard work and the support of their teachers, families, and school community. The Evening of Fine Arts is an amazing example of how working together can uplift and engage, and we are grateful that our long-standing partnership with Detroit Public Schools Community District gives us the opportunity to showcase these young people on the stage of the historic Fox Theatre.”

To learn more about BLAC and this upcoming event, visit

Steve Davis, Comerica Bank Michigan Market President, shared similar sentiments, stating, “The extraordinary talent of students throughout the entire Detroit Public Schools Community District is truly impressive and makes the Evening of Fine Arts at the Fox Theatre a special and signature event for the City of Detroit. We look forward to seeing what is in store this year, and we are honored to partner in helping amplify the artistic, performative, and gifted spirit that resonates through the teens of our community.”

Howard Handler, President of 313 Presents, also expressed his excitement. “313 Presents is excited to continue its commitment to Detroit Public Schools Community District’s An Evening of Fine Arts at the Fox Theatre. This occasion not only serves as a platform for students to showcase their remarkable talents on such a prestigious stage but also ignites a collective spirit within the community to rally behind our youth and champion their aspirations. We can’t wait to see the great performances the students have in store for us this year.”

Rochelle Riley, the City of Detroit’s Director of Arts and Culture, emphasized the importance of early celebration of excellence. “It is vital that we not only celebrate excellence but celebrate it early. Our children who want to become part of one of the nation’s most vibrant and accomplished creative workforces need to know that they don’t have to leave Detroit to be great, and they can take great stages before Carnegie Hall. They can be showcased at one of our preeminent venues – the Fox Theatre. They deserve it, and so does the city. I cannot wait to see them shine.”

For more information about An Evening of Fine Arts, visit Detroitk12. org. Follow the district on Facebook at Detroit Public Schools Community District, Twitter at @Detroitk12, and Instagram at @Detroitk12.

“There is still an urgent need for more childcare facilities, the professionals caring for our children need more support, and we are dedicated to making sure every community in Michigan has access to worldclass care for children and families.”

Caring for Mi Future’s Facilities Improvement Fund (FIF)

The FIF is part of Caring for Mi Future and has distributed $59 million to new and expanding childcare

“It’s great to see how much the funds are improving these learning environments. Safe, quality childcare spaces help lay the foundation for positive early childhood experiences,” says Jeff Henze, implementation director at IFF.

“We have also seen these projects inspiring other providers. Whether it is a fixture they hadn’t seen before or a room layout they hadn’t thought of, providers are seeing what they can do, what a difference it makes, and then applying it to their facilities. That will continue well beyond when the final grant project is complete.”

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DETROIT – The winner of the 2024 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest by TechTown has been crowned!

G.L.A.M. Body Scrubs is the winner of the 12th annual Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest, taking home the $100,000 grand prize from Comerica Bank to open the brick-and-mortar business of their dreams.

As the winner of the 2024 Hatch Off, G.L.A.M. Body Scrubs will receive technical assistance from TechTown and its partners, in addition to the $100,000 business grant from Comerica Bank, to kickstart and open a brick-and-mortar business in Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park.

G.L.A.M. Body Scrubs is a certified woman- and minority-owned business based in Detroit, specializing in natural, organic body scrubs. They provide jobs, training and mentorship to underserved individuals, especially women who have been victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, as well as returning citizens.

Owner and founder of G.L.A.M. Body Scrubs, Tiffany Cartwright, launched her business in 2018 after losing her job. As a new mom determined to soothe her daughter’s eczema without harsh products, Cartwright turned to the kitchen to concoct a solution with natural ingredients that would not be harmful to the skin, and G.L.A.M. Body Scrubs was born.

With the $100,000 business grant from Comerica Bank, Cartwright plans to set up shop for her G.L.A.M. Body Scrubs storefront in the Rosedale Park community.

This year, the three runner-up finalists were

also awarded a $10,000 grant to assist with the opening of their storefronts, courtesy of TechTown’s Small Business Support Hub grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “TechTown is incredibly proud of G.L.A.M. Body Scrubs on this remarkable entrepreneurial feat and well-deserved win. We’re thrilled to be

Roots. See HATCH DETROIT CONTEST page A-4 A3 | May 15-21, 2024 COMERICA HOMEFRONT See SMALL BUSINESS WEEK page A-4 Just a few weeks ago, Detroit successfully hosted the NFL Draft where approximately three-quarters of a million people flooded Motown’s downtown streets. According to reports, businesses did see a big boost in sales. Downtown Detroit business owners and heads of business associations shared a common sentiment: The draft was a positive for the city and its reputation. Meghan Storey, Senior Vice President and Michigan Director of Small Business for Comerica Bank, explains that nearly “every small business owner or business owner that I spoke to said that they exceeded their expectations of sales from that week. And that could not be done without all the hard work and effort that has been taken years and years for these entrepreneurs to do.” “Detroit is one of the most entrepreneurial cities in America,” Storey adds, “Almost anyone you can talk to has got some kind of connection to a business owner—whether it’s a family member, whether it’s a close friend, whether it’s a sibling, whether it’s their own child. So, we have this feature of us to be successful and help others succeed. And that is something that we do better that I think any other major metropolitan city in the United States.” Additionally, Detroiters are becoming more apt to seek out small business and spend with them. “I think there has been a complete, resurgence, you know, when you hear about all the things that are happening in and around the city – as well as the true combination of the sweat efforts that small businesses are put into making that connectivity. You just drive in and around the city of Detroit, you’ll see businesses opening with a fire and energy.” She adds, “We’re going into spring, and we’re seeing more people. But they are also spending their hard-earned dollars at local businesses rather than some of the retail stores or the large corporations that they previously had. I mean, you can see it everywhere in the city, you can see smiles on their faces.” These are many reasons why Storey notes that it is important for Comerica Bank to support their small business customers.
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Comerica’s Joe Shepard (left) and Meghan Storey (middle), meet up with Joe Spencer of Louisiana Creole Gumbo to check in during Small Business Week. Louisiana Creole Gumbo first opened in Detroit over 50 years ago.
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G.L.A.M. Body Scrubs claimed the 2024 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest by TechTown’s top prize of $100,000. Pictured (L-R) First Row: Christianne Malone (TechTown Detroit), Meghan Storey (Comerica Bank), Patricia Alexander (Comerica Bank), Tiffany Cartwright (owner, G.L.A.M. Body Scrubs), Aleita Cartwright, Kevin Watkins (Comerica Bank) Yolanda Serra (Comerica Bank). Second Row: Ned Staebler (TechTown Detroit), Steve Davis (Comerica Bank), Lori Mazurek (Comerica Bank), Hassan Melhem (Comerica Bank) and Brittany Price (Comerica Bank). Photo Credit: Julianne Lindsey/TechTown Detroit. Tiffany Cartwright presents during the 2024 Hatch Off event at Wayne State’s Center of Industry Innovation. Cartwright plans to open G.L.A.M. in the Rosedale Park community. The four finalists for the 2024 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest by TechTown have a light-hearted moment prior to the 2024 Hatch Off event. Pictured: Harry Richmond (Harry Rich Clothier), Maryam Khan (Khana), Tiffany Cartwright (G.L.A.M. Body Scrubs) and Keith Walker (Roller Skate Detroit). Photo Credit: Julianne Lindsey/TechTown Detroit. Five judges, along with public voting, determined the winner of this year’s Hatch Detroit contest. Pictured (L-R): Patricia Alexander (Comerica Bank), Lauren Stovall (Hot Sams), Gwen Jimmere (Naturalicious), Lashawna Manigault (Detroit Economic Growth Corporation) and Elias Khalil (La Feria, winner of 2012 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest). Photo Credit: Julianne Lindsey/TechTown Detroit.

Comerica Bank, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Launch National Partnership

Comerica Bank announced it is expanding its regional partnership with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) to multiple markets within its geographical footprint. This $100,000 investment will provide entrepreneurship education programming to more than 25,000 middle and high school students in under-resourced communities who participate in NFTE’s Aspiring Entrepreneurs Program in California, Florida, Michigan and Texas.

Comerica also will serve as a World Series of Innovation Challenge sponsor, which introduces young people to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and gives them an opportunity to explore ideas of social and environmental justice while using entrepreneurial skills to develop solutions to the most serious challenges facing humanity.

“By igniting their entrepreneurial mindset, young people who complete NFTE’s program are more likely to engage in learning, achieve their educational and career goals, launch new businesses, have increased lifetime earnings, and feel greater job satisfaction,” said LaToya Rowell, Comerica National Community Affairs Manager. “Our increased support of NFTE is an invaluable investment in our future entrepreneurs, innovators, problem-solvers and leaders.”

NFTE appointed Rowell to its national board earlier in April for her longtime support of the organization as well as the vital role she has played in leading this regional partnership. Since 2023, nearly 200 Comerica colleagues have served as guest speakers, coaches, and judges, logging more than 600 volunteer hours to help guide 11,000 youth participating in NFTE’s programming. In 2022, NFTE named Comerica its South Region Corporate Volunteer of the Year for the bank’s support.

“Comerica Bank’s extended partnership with NFTE is deeply appreciated,” said NFTE president & CEO Dr. J.D. LaRock. “The gen-

erous financial support not only enables us to fuel the futures of even more diverse entrepreneurial leaders around the world, but also underscore’s NFTE’s commitment to connecting learners to valuable coaches, mentors, and networks. We are also delighted to extend a warm welcome to LaToya Rowell, recognizing her exceptional leadership and dedication as she joins the NFTE Board of Directors.”

In honor National of Volunteer Month, NFTE recognized Comerica as one of its top five corporate partners -- the nonprofit’s fourth most-engaged supporter globally this school year.

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) ignites the entrepreneurial mindset with unique learning experiences that empower students to own their futures. A global nonprofit founded in 1987, NFTE provides high-quality entrepreneurship education to middle school, high school and postsecondary students. NFTE brings the power of entrepreneurship to students, regardless of family income, community resources, special needs, gender identity, race, or ethnicity. NFTE has educated more than a million students, delivering our programs in school, out of school, in-person, online, or through hybrid models. Visit to learn more.

The four Comerica Hatch Detroit by TechTown finalists await the opportunity to make their final pitch in front of the live audience at Wayne State. Maryam Khan (owner of Khana, second from left), Keith Walker (owner of Roller Skate Detroit, third for left) and Harry Richmond (owner of Harry Rich Clothier, fourth from left) were awarded a $10,000 grant to assist with the opening of their storefronts, courtesy of TechTown’s Small Business Support Hub grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Tiffany Cartwright (owner G.L.A.M. Body

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part of their continued business journey and have the utmost confidence that each of these Top 4 businesses will add a unique vibrancy to Detroit’s small business landscape,” said Christianne Malone, assistant vice president for economic development at Wayne State University and TechTown Detroit’s chief program officer.

“TechTown’s commitment to nurturing entrepreneurship doesn’t end with the Hatch Off; incubating Detroit’s small businesses is a year-round endeavor supported by our entrepreneurial and technical assistance programs that provide ongoing support to our winning alumni and top finalists.”

After a close race determined by public votes and the judges’ deliberation, G.L.A.M. Body Scrubs was crowned the winner at the Hatch Off event on Thursday, May 9, at the Wayne State University Industry Innovation Center in Detroit.

“Comerica Bank recognizes the dedication and grit of every finalist that advanced to this stage of the competition. It is truly commendable, a testament to the bright future in store for each of these businesses entering Detroit’s small business economy,” said Steve Davis, Comerica Bank Michigan Market President.

Throughout the 2024 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest, public vote determined which businesses advanced in the competition, narrowing 10 semi-finalists down to four finalists. After more than 13,500 votes were cast, the four finalists – G.L.A.M. Body Scrubs, Harry Rich Clothier, Khana and Roller Skate Detroit – were selected by and introduced to the public.

A second round of public voting opened on May 1 and concluded at tonight’s event after all the finalists pitched their business ideas live to a panel of judges and an audience of their community, families and peers.

“With the invaluable support of the TechTown team, the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest continues to serve as an exceptional avenue for fostering success in small businesses by facilitating their access to crucial capital and technical guidance, enabling them to flourish and thrive. Comerica Bank extends its congratulations to G.L.A.M. Body Scrubs, we look forward to witnessing their entrepreneurial journey unfold and the value they will contribute to this hotspot for small businesses.”



With this year’s investment, Comerica Bank and the Comerica Charitable Foundation will have committed more than $1.1 million to Hatch Detroit in direct funding since 2012.

As the winner of the 12th annual Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest by TechTown, G.L.A.M. Body Scrubs joins previous winners La Feria (2012), Sister Pie (2014), Meta Physica Massage (2016), Baobab Fare (2017), 27th Letter Books (2019), Little Liberia (2022) and Bouncing Around the Motor City (2023).

To learn more about G.L.A.M. Body Scrubs, visit

Senior Vice President and Michigan Director of Small Business Meghan Storey speaks on behalf of Comerica Bank. Storey and Comerica’s small business banking team have been integrally involved in providing technical services as part of the bank’s Hatch Detroit partnership with TechTown.

For the fourth consecutive year, Game Changers is recognizing outstanding difference makers in the community who profoundly impact the lives of Michiganders.

As a part of the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings ongoing series, in partnership with Comerica Bank, the program identifies and celebrates highly regarded leaders representing communities across the state of Michigan throughout the year.

During Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Game Changers is recognizing leaders in the community making transformative change in the lives of youth. In addition to being celebrated at a Detroit Tigers game, each honoree receives a $1,000 grant dedicated to the charity of their choice from the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings.

This year’s AAPI Leaders awardees include: Wilmar Suan (Great Lakes Regional Chair; National Federation of Filipino American Associations), Katherine Lee (Vice Chair; Council of Asian Pacific Americans Advisory Board), Rebeka Islam (Executive Director; Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote Michigan) and Brian Gao (President; Detroit Chinese Business Association).

Since the Game Changers program inception in 2021, $84,000 has been contributed to local organizations committed to improving Metro Detroit communities.

For more information on the Game Changers program and other community initiatives for the Tigers and Red Wings, visit and

Another stop made during Small Business Week included Rubin’s Plumbing, which has served Detroit for over 25 years. Owner Kenya Jones (left) now has plans to share his talent with young people who are eager to learn more about his trade. Also pictured is Daviant Palmers, Jones’ son, who is the owner of Dae’s Detail.

During Small Business Week, Storey stopped by Louisiana Creole Gumbo, which was among several businesses that Comerica’s small business banking team checked in on during their “Feet on the Street” initiative.

Margerine and Joe Stafford founded the restaurant that specializes in southern quick-serve cuisine. After many years, the Stafford’s brought on three new faces to take over their mantle, and under their skillful guidance Doug Morison, Joe Spencer and Charles Martin continued to grow the business.

Louisiana Creole Gumbo is nearing the opening of a new, lavish location.

Spencer offered perspectives on how Comerica Bank has been instrumental in their growth and development. “We’ve been a longtime customer of Comerica--and I find that the staff at the bank had been very helpful to me specifically in terms of building my business creditworthiness and securing lines of credit that has helped us in our growth process.”

Spencer commends Comerica Vice President and Small Business Relationship Manager Joseph.

“He’s been very instrumental in talking to me about developing my business credit, credit worthiness, and showed me how to apply and get lines of credit in the bank. And, just very helpful,” said Spencer.

Spencer received funds for his expansion to open a new dine-in experience in the next six months through the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and the Investor Trust Fund and lines of credit from Comerica Bank have been instrumental.

Spencer notes that he is observing that consumers are finding new and different ways to spend their money to feed themselves--including third-party apps. However, he believes that the original concept and food that cannot be recreated at home that will continue to keep this business which has been open for more than 53 years and is still thriving.

Listening is vital for customers to succeed says Storey.

“Listen to your advisers, your bankers, your wealth managers, your lawyers. But also listen to your family and friends, because in the end they will always tell you the truth.”

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Scrubs, far left) would claim top prize. Tiffany Cartwright, owner of G.L.A.M. Body Scrubs, reacts in the moment she is crowned winner of the 2024 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest. Hatch Off was made possible by the collaboration TechTown Detroit and Comerica Cares Photo Credit: Julianne Lindsey/TechTown Detroit. Fox 2 reporter and anchor Liz Lewin served as host for Hatch Off, the final event in the 2024 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest by TechTown Detroit. Photo Credit: Julianne Lindsey/TechTown Detroit. A packed audience at the Wayne State Center of Industry Innovation watches the finalists make their final pitch of the competition. Photo Credit: Julianne Lindsey/TechTown Detroit. Comerica Bank Executive Vice President and Executive Director of Retail Bank Cassandra McKinney (left) with participants and executives from Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.

Five First Steps to Start a Company

Starting a business is a challenging task that requires a certain optimism, imagination and perseverance. If you’re looking to start your own business, here are some important initial steps to consider:

1. Know the business in and out. Whether you want to sell homemade sauces, open a place that serves coffee or offers Artificial Intelligence services, you should know your product or service, the market you have and the competitors. Briefly and simply describe what your business consists of, what need or market it serves and who your potential clients are.

2. Create a Business Plan. A guide or roadmap focused on your business idea, the market and how you plan to reach your objectives, will not only help you open and face the challenges that exist in a business but also maintain it. Additionally, it will allow you to focus on your idea, see the path ahead and communicate it to potential investors. Agile start-ups only need the description of the proposal, what is needed, finances and potential clients.

3. Assess the need for financing and look for it. The business plan you created will help you. Many entrepreneurs initially use their personal credit card to fund a business, but there are actually business credit cards, like Chase’s Ink Business Cash Card, that can help meet your needs while earning rewards like cash back on business purchases. If you’re looking to obtain a business loan, you can work with a bank or through the Small Business Administration. Alternatively, there may be public and foundation subsidies where you can do crowdfunding.

4. Determine the legal structure and register your company. This affects your tax obligations and legal liability. Some options include sole proprietorship, or Unipersonal Company -- one owner is responsible for the debts; partnership -- if there are more than two people; corporation -- to separate personal responsibility from that of the business; LLC -- or Limited Liability (the most common). Seek legal assistance to determine what structure is best for you and your business.

5. Register with the IRS. Consider whether you should have an employer identifier number among other things to keep tax obligations separate.

For more information and tips on how to start and manage a business, visit

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‘Detroit Means Business Summit’ Propels Black Entrepreneurs to New Heights

On May 6th, over 300 small business owners in Detroit bustled through the Cambria Hotel, eagerly participating in the third annual Detroit Means Business Summit (DMB). The summit was a day-long affair packed with numerous networking opportunities, insightful business resources, and robust panel discussions. Mayor Mike Duggan started the morning off with welcoming and opening remarks.

Attendees were treated to inspiring keynote speeches from Jacqueline Baker, a well-known entrepreneur, author, and expert in hosting and entertaining guests, and Johnnie and Alexa Turnage, the founders of Black Tech Saturdays (BTS). BTS is dedicated to fostering innovation and supporting the growth of Black tech in Detroit and beyond.

Baker, a Detroit native, possesses a remarkable gift of bringing people together. She exudes a contagious enthusiasm and is committed to inspiring and enabling others to make meaningful contributions to society, which she did during her keynote speech.

“The real work is when you commit and take action. I don’t stand here for fun; I stand here because I want to provide you with the resources to truly take action,” Baker said. “I want to challenge you to connect with each other consistently. Find a meaningful accountability partner, someone who can check you, whom you give permission to say, “Hey, you said you’re going to do that; have you done it?”

During the summit, many small businesses were awarded funding through grants, business assistance, and fellowships. Art Cartwright, known for his highly accomplished entrepreneurship, business mentoring, and coaching skills through Global Empowerment, had all attendees applauding and cheering as he received recognition and was awarded $2,500 from a raffle sponsored by Black Leaders Detroit.

A total of $15,000 in small business grant cash grants were awarded to Detroit entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Larry Crockett, owner and CEO of Lorraine’s Premium BBQ Sauce, was looking forward to the summit, making connections, and supporting his business mentor, Cartwright of Global Empowerment, who he says everyone in the room received the award due to Cartwright’s impact.

“My experience today with the summit was amazing. I was able to connect with more resources and learn things that I didn’t know. It is a learning experience along this journey, and you get the dots connected, which just strengthens what you do as a business owner. You’re not alone; although you may feel like it as an entrepreneur, it’s all about keeping your head up, asking for help, and knowing where to go for help,” Crockett said.

Eric Greer, a business owner and wholesaler of government supplies and retail home goods products, came to support his business mentor Cartwright but left the summit with more than he expected.

“I came to support my mentor. We went to college together, so I’ve known him since I was about 18 or 19,” Greer said. “But the Detroit Means Business Summit also helped me considerably because they gave me the opportunity to run a commercial that I didn’t have the money for. That commercial alone will help take my sales through the roof.”

Dr. Marlo Rencher, President of Detroit Means Business, facilitated tech-related panels that discussed integrating helpful tech tools to support business owners. One panel, ‘Detroit’s Tech Ecosystem,’ included tech-innovating heavy hitters like Monica Wheat, Managing Director of Techstars Detroit and Executive Director and Co-Founder of Venture Catalysts.

“We are excited about what is going on here in the city of Detroit. We’re excited to help you navigate all the challenges and all the opportunities. We talked about how hard it is as a small business but also re-

warding. There are also times like this when we’re just excited about what we’re doing. And understand if you don’t do what you need to do as a business, then other people can’t connect to what they need from you, so your business is needed,” Rencher said. During the summit, DMB unveiled a groundbreaking technology called Buktu. This AI-powered app is designed to give small business owners easy access to resources and information, revolutionizing how entrepreneurs navigate the business’s complexities. With Buktu, small business owners can leverage innovative technology to streamline operations and drive growth. There were in-person panels combined with live streaming, such as ‘Working on Your Business, Not in Your Business,’ which consisted of a powerful conversation between Racheal Allen, CEO of Operations School, and Jerome Brown of Detroit Soul, moderated by Myka Burley about prioritizing one’s business but not allowing it to consume your life and be able to live a full life. Winona Thomas, co-founder of Lorraine Distribution Company, with her daughter as the founder, won one of the 20 $2,500 grants from Black Leaders Detroit. Today, Thomas works double the time running her business while she works her corporate job. She is looking forward to using the funding to expand and, down the road, retire from her corporate job to focus solely on her business.

“We are a product-driven business, and our focus product is mouthwash. We currently have it in neighborhood grocery stores. However, our goal is to branch out into big box stores like Meijer, Walmart, and Target. As a single mother, I wanted to leverage entrepreneurship to reach back and empower other single mothers. My daughter, being the founder, was my way of introducing her to the entrepreneurial space,” Thomas said. “I’m still in shock because more funding is something that we have been looking for. We want to scale our

Detroit Moves to Establish Tenant Rights Commission Amid Rising Concerns

Tuesday, the Detroit City Council unanimously approved the establishment of a tenants’ rights commission designed to advocate for the city’s residential renters. The newly minted nine-member commission will champion policy recommendations aimed at curbing evictions, promoting landlord accountability, and guiding city departments in educating both tenants and landlords on rental housing issues. With over 240,000 housing units in Detroit, half of those are occupied by renters; this decision marks a significant step forward for tenant rights in the city.

The commission, a brainchild of AtLarge Council Member Mary Waters, will include diverse members from the Detroit community, including at least four renters and a small-scale property owner who manages up to 10 city-code-compliant units., all appointed by the council and the mayor. With terms set at two years, these members are expected to bring varied perspectives to the table, representing the elderly, students, and persons with disabilities, among others. Waters emphasized its mission, “The commission aims to foster a more equitable and secure rental landscape for all Detroit residents.”

“A tenant’s rights commission is 20+years overdue. I moved to Detroit in 2004,” Detroit resident Thea Jones shared with the Michigan Chronicle. “I was buying a house on land contract 4345 Courville. $86,000 and $1600 per month. I was too young and goofy to know I was one of the earliest victims of the housing market crash

that would grind the economy to a halt in 2008. When I lost the house I went to court, 36th District Court and my rights were severely violated, I was dog walked in court and I lost a house and a city that I loved. I had to move back to Rochester Hills. Sad, broken and determined to be in a city that seemed not to want me.”

Recent grievances from seniors about hazardous living conditions have intensified the urgency for this commission. Reports of mold, vermin, lack of heating, and insufficient security measures have plagued some of Detroit’s older citizens, prompting advocacy groups and community members to demand immediate action to safeguard these vulnerable residents. Lisa Franklin, a member of Warriors on Wheels, a Detroit-area nonprofit advocating for disabled individuals, made an impassioned plea to the council, “We need to do something now to enforce and support this commission to protect these citizens who are in jeopardy of becoming homeless.”

The commission will provide a crucial platform for tenant voices by collecting complaints, referring potential code violations to city departments, and facilitating voluntary mediation between tenants and landlords. Furthermore, it will draft policy recommendations and deliver an annual report to the City Council and the mayor’s administration.

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Women Business Owners Lead with Passion and Optimism for Success

(StatePoint) Passion, collaboration and community are keys to running a successful business. That’s according to a recent survey of women business leaders as part of PNC’s bi-annual Economic Outlook Survey.

Passion and personal satisfaction for their business or industry is a top factor women business leaders cited for starting and staying in business, with 43% of respondents choosing that over financial success (35%) – the next most common factor. This passion was one key differentiator between women and men business leaders, with only 28% of men reporting personal satisfaction as a primary driver of staying in business.

“For many women business owners, starting and running a business is born out of a personal interest or an opportunity to make a difference in the community,” said Shana Peterson-Sheptak, head of Business Banking at PNC. “That’s not at the expense of profitability, but it shows the power of being passionate or satisfied with what you do.”

Positive Outlook

Respondents noted more than just passion for their businesses, though; they also reported optimism about the next six months, both for the economy and the success of their ventures. Women leaders were more likely than men to expect increases in demand (51% to 49%), sales (51% to 49%), prices of their goods and services (49% to 40%), and profits (52% to 43%) in the coming months. They also were more likely to expect their own compensation and retirement savings to increase – a significant change since PNC’s Fall 2022 survey when women leaders were less likely than men to expect increases in those two metrics.

While both women and men leaders were highly optimistic about their nearterm prospects for their business, women were significantly more likely to express confidence in the national and local economies than men, 64% to 51% and 72% to 60% respectively. Of those who expressed greater optimism for their business prospects than the national economy as a whole,

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website. While the current Rental Compliance Map offers some transparency, a new site would streamline this process.

The stark reality of the widespread non-compliance with tenant rights in Detroit reveals an unsettling truth: too many residents are fighting tooth and nail for what is rightfully theirs—a safe and healthy living space. It’s a fundamental human right, not a privilege, to be earned, especially for those diligently paying their hard-earned money for shelter. No one should endure substandard conditions, rampant evictions, or negligent landlords simply because the systems meant to protect them fall short. The newly established Tenant Rights Commission must be a fierce advocate, ensuring that every Detroiter has a secure and dignified place to call home,

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business, and this funding will help us do more digital marketing and build our customer base.”

‘Black Bottom Billions’ was also introduced during the summit. This revenue-based game is a tribute to the Historic Black Bottom business district of Detroit, celebrating its rich legacy of entrepreneurship and innovation. The game encourages friendly competition amongst entrepreneurs, fostering collaboration and innovation.

In between the panel presentations, at-

nearly 80% of women leaders attributed their optimism to confidence in their own abilities.

“Better than expected economic performance in the first part of 2024 is creating optimism for many business leaders as a whole,” Peterson-Sheptak said. “But women are especially confident that both their businesses will be successful in the coming months and their abilities as leaders will help make them so.”

Providing Support

There are significant differences between men and women in terms of what they feel they need to succeed and how they prefer to receive support, according to the latest survey results. While peers in the field are the most popular form of support for both women and men business leaders (64% to 69%, respectively), women indicate they are more likely to consider support from community, friends and family vital to their business success than men (62% to 41%).

That support extends to banking relationships. PNC survey feedback has shown that women financial decision makers seek out relationships that extend beyond banking products and services to include financial education and community connections.

PNC cultivates relationships with women financial decision makers in many ways, including through the local cross line of business market teams led by PNC’s more than 50 regional presidents coast to coast. Central to this year-round engagement is the company’s network of more than 5,000 PNC-certified Women’s Business Advocates who share a passion for helping women financial decision makers achieve their financial goals.

To learn more about PNC and how it supports women financial decision makers, visit

“Women entrepreneurs are leading with passion for their business, confidence, and optimism for the future,” Peterson-Sheptak said. “We need to make sure we have the resources and people to support their success.”

free from the struggle and uncertainty that have plagued too many lives for too long.

The 2022 report from Detroit Future City revealed that the majority of Detroit landlords own one or two properties, often lacking formal registration within the city’s rental system. The commission will also guide landlords on compliance with the city’s rental ordinance, which mandates registration, inspections, lead clearances, and payment of any outstanding fees or blight violation tickets.

To aid compliance, Detroit has rolled out grants and rebates for small-scale property owners to help them bring their properties up to code. The city has also emphasized lead paint safety, offering training and compliance support.

As Detroit intensifies efforts to create safe and habitable housing, this commission stands poised to be the unified voice for renters and ensure their concerns are finally heard.

tendees had the opportunity to connect with 32 local organizations, such as the Southwest Detroit Business Association (SDBA) and New Economy Initiative, to name a few, to help Black entrepreneurs connect with the resources needed to succeed. Attendees also focused on their health and wellness through chair meditation with Robyn Childress of Welcome Home Yoga and Wellness.

“The applications are open today. It’s not just about the money. There’s also the camaraderie, what you learn, and the mentorship with everything else that ties into your business,” Rencher said.

For more information on how to start your business, meet funders, business pitch opportunities, grant opportunities, and more, visit

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Michigan in the Spotlight: The Biden-Harris Campaign’s Strategic Push and the Quest for the Black Vote

As the campaign season unfolds, the Biden administration is actively engaging on the ground, particularly in Michigan. Recently, Biden-Harris campaign co-chair Cedric Richmond visited West Michigan to mobilize voters and highlight the differences between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump. This visit is part of a broader strategy to connect with voters and delineate the administration’s policies compared to the previous leadership.

The goal is clear: demonstrate that the Biden-Harris administration is in sync with the people. There’s a strong anti-Biden sentiment brewing, especially across social media platforms, centered around questions like “What have you done for me lately?” and critiques about Biden’s age. Faced with these challenges, the administration is deep in damage control mode.

Richmond focused on hard facts, emphasizing, “numbers don’t lie.” He highlighted that during Trump’s tenure, Michigan saw over 200,000 jobs vanish and six auto factories shut down. In contrast, under Biden and Harris, Michigan has seen the creation of 390,000 jobs, 24,000 in manufacturing. This comparison underlines the differing impacts of the two administrations on Michigan’s economy.

“All Trump does is keep throwing stuff out there to try to distract you from looking at what’s important. And if you look at what’s important in our communities, it’s job creation. We’ve created 15 million jobs, Trump lost jobs. And wages are going up,” said Richmond.

Richmond, a former advisor and now campaign co-chair, aims to keep delivering for hardworking American families and create policies that uplift families. “At the end of the day, it’s about community and it’s about empowerment,” Richmond shared with the Michigan Chronicle.

The real goal is gathering the Black vote. Richmond was clear: “We’re going to keep talking about the historic accomplishments of this president for the black community, whether it’s the increase in wages, lowering the racial wealth disparity gap, record low unemployment in the black community, the 15 million jobs created, and the infrastructure investment done with equity in mind.”

The administration’s message is that they’re working hard for the Black community. But the crucial question remains: Is that enough? Does this array of achievements truly impact the everyday lives of Detroiters, particularly Black Detroiters?

“I think what we have to do is make sure that we answer two questions for the Americans,” said Richmond. “One of which for all Americans, why bother? And then answer the Janet Jackson test, which is, what have you done for me lately? Whether it’s Ketanji Brown Jackson, student debt relief, or other accomplishments. We’re eager to have those conversations and answer those questions.”

Vital points were reached, yet central questions—the ones the public, particularly the Black community, feel haven’t been tangibly answered—still loom large. One must wonder when the Black community will truly see the change, feel valued, and be heard.

The Anatomy of The Act That Made the Atlantic Slave Trade Punishable by Death 204 Years Ago

Two hundred and four years ago – May 15, 1820 – to be exact, the United States Congress amended The Act of 1819 to ban the country’s participation in the wretched Atlantic Slave Trade that transported enslaved Africans to the shores of America beginning around 1619. The ban, which was slow and difficult to enforce, is sometimes called “The 1820 Piracy Law ” or “An Act.”

“The 1820 Piracy Law stipulated that If any person or persons whatsoever shall, on the high seas, commit the crime of piracy, as defined by the law of nations, and such offender or offenders shall afterward be brought into or found in the United States, every such offender or offenders shall, upon conviction thereof…be punished by death.

According to Alfred P. Rubin, an International Law scholar, “The piracy statute of 1819 does not mention the slave trade. However, the renewing statute of May 15, 1820, explicitly makes it ‘piracy’ with a penalty of death for Americans to be engaged in the slave trade abroad or to detain a ‘negro’ or ‘mulatto’ with the intent to enslave, except for the recapture of persons already held in slavery by the operation of the law of a state of the United States.”

Why was the slave trade reference added to The Act of 1820? Some history scholars believe that The Act of 1820 was amended because of the uptick of real pirates commandeering slave ships for various reasons.

“Many of the records of the Royal Africa Company that have remained intact from the 17th and early 18th century attest to the persistent issue of piracy and plunder in the slave trade,” wrote Angela Sutton in her Master of Arts in History thesis at Vanderbilt University over a decade ago. “The allure of barrels of fragrant beeswax packed alongside ivory tusks, planks of exotic hardwoods, ‘human cargo’ and chests of Africa’s gold proved to be a prize commensurate to the coveted Spanish silver galleons; one that few pirates could resist.”

It’s well known that slave traders, slave ship owners and crews, and the White people in the United States who bought Black slaves didn’t consider those captured and transported as human beings; they were only valued as cargo and property to be bought and sold to the highest bidder. Some historians believe that “An Act” was enacted to protect the commerce associated with the business side of slavery by keeping the so-called Black cargo and property safe for White entities and individuals to garner the profits of slavery themselves. Other theories claim that legislation to stop the Atlantic Slave Trade was based on humanitarian reasons of slave owners finally seeing the heinous wrongness of slavery. At the same time, some believe America was only posturing to reinvent its wicked image of a nation built off the blood and sweat of enslaved Black Africans.

Regardless of the reason, for the first time, the United States took a strong and unequivocal stance against the African slave trade. However, even with The Act of 1819 and the subsequent amended 1820 Piracy Law, it was a hard sell to convince slave traders, shipping companies, and plantation owners to back away from the lucrative industry of free labor at the expense of enslaved Africans.

According to the Schomburg Center Research in Black Culture in Harlem, in collaboration with the New York Public Library, following the abolishment of slavery in the state of New York on July 4, 1827, after New York enacted a series of laws between 1799 and 1827 that incrementally freed slaves, the city’s shameful history of discrimination, racism, rigid segregation, and anti-black violence continued. The two research entities concluded, “By the 1850s, New York City was dominating ‘the illegal international slave trade’ to America’s South, Brazil, and Cuba.”

Riveting revelations were also revealed a decade ago on WNYC News Public Radio, which reported that Africans who passed through the Wall Street slave market contributed to the prosperity of some very famous companies, some of which are still around: Aetna, New York Life, and JPMorgan Chase, to name a few. Various units of these and other financial companies bankrolled southern plantations, insured slaves as property, and used slaves as collateral for loans.

While slavery in America was highly profitable and made a lot of people and companies rich off the backs of enslaved Africans, the illegal slave trade manifested itself into an issue that divided the nation, especially the South. There was a great divide following the election of Abraham Lincoln, who took office as president in 1860.

Lincoln moved against the slave trade by permitting the British to search U.S. vessels through the Lyons-Seward Treaty, and the president refused to commute the death sentence for a slaving captain, Nathaniel Gordon, who became the only American executed under The Act of 1820. By 1863, the American slave trade had finally ended, two years after the start of the Civil War.

According to Naval History and Heritage Command’s Nation Museum of the U.S. Navy, Anti-slave trade ships patrolled the Atlantic Ocean off the coasts of America and West Africa from 1848 to 1861.

“The U.S. Navy’s role in the struggle against slavery began in 1820 when warships deployed off West Africa to catch American slave ships,” a museum curator said. “Enforcement of the slave trade ban was sporadic until the Navy deployed a permanent African Squadron in 1842. This deployment was due to the Webster-Ashburton Treaty between the United States and Great Britain to suppress the slave trade. Despite the vigilance of American ships, as well as British and French warships in African waters, ‘the overseas slave trade increased’ in the 1850s.”

Yet, the “last known slave ship” to dock in America was in the summer of 1860 when the Clotilda, with 110 African men, women, and children, sailed under the cover of night into Mobile Bay just north of Mobile, Alabama. The ship, according to historians, was scuttled and burned to conceal any evidence of it transporting enslaved Africans in the face of The Act of 1820.

In 1897, the penalty for violating the 1820 Piracy Law was changed from the death sentence to life in prison with hard labor. In 1909, the penalty was just life in prison, minus the hard labor. Since 1909, the piracy law has not been modified.

Although the Piracy Act of 1820 had a lot of bark, there wasn’t much bite to curb or stop the Atlantic Slave Trade, even if the death sentence was dangling as the endgame. It was too much money to be made by all involved in the slave trade, excluding the enslaved Africans. And it just wasn’t plantation owners across the South that pushed the envelope of the 1820 Piracy Law. | May 15-21, 2024 | Page A-7 PRESENTED BY Michigan Chronicle Platinum Partners Broadcast Presenting Partner Overdrive Presenting Partner Media Partner GARLIN GILCHRIST Lieutenant Governor State of Michigan CEO Michigan Central JOSH SIREFMAN JOHNNIE TURNAGE CEO & Co-Founder Black Tech Saturdays HILARY DOE Chief Growth & Marketing Officer Michigan Economic Development Officer MODERATOR PANELISTS Cultivating Strong Systems of Support for a Thriving Tech and Innovation Culture Forum III The discussion will center around Detroit’s efforts to establish itself as a destination for technology and innovation. The panel will explore topics such as talent retention, business attraction and pro-business public policy. Watch Pancakes & Politics LIVE! May23,2024 @ 7:50 AM Can’t Make It? DENNIS ARCHER, JR. Chairman & CEO sixteen42 ventures

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Prom Dress Drive Serves Metro Detroit Students

Prom season has arrived in the metro Detroit area and the Comerica Bank Prom Dress Drive once again helped dress out students throughout southeast Michigan communities.

The annual drive continues to grow in success and impact with community partner Jackets for Jobs.

Comerica held its sixth annual Prom Dress Drive, March 18-April 12, when individuals and businesses alike dropped off new or gently used dresses, along with accessories to benefit local teens.

Then for the second consecutive year, Comerica supplied donated dresses and accessories to community partner Jackets for Jobs, a Detroit-based nonprofit that focuses on career development and removes barriers by providing high-quality clothing that makes clients look and feel professional to support workplace success.

The bank collected over 2,600 dresses during the four-week drive, which included nine banking centers receiving nearly 2,500 of the total dresses collected. The remaining were donated by employees.

Jackets For Jobs estimated that laying out 2,600 dresses side by side would result in covering the area larger than a professional soccer field.

The overall total prom dresses collected and the amount donated to Comerica’s participating banking centers are the highest tallies in the six years that Comerica has held a prom dress drive in southeast Michigan (2017-19 and 2021-24).

Since partnering with Jackets For Jobs in 2023, new records were set each year for the total dresses donated, including 2,259 in 2023 and 2,615 in 2024. In the two-year partnership, nearly 4,900 dresses (actual count: 4,874) have been collected during Comerica’s Prom Dress Drive.

With this year’s totals Comerica has now surpassed 10,000 prom dresses collected and donated to two local community organizations (Jackets For Jobs, 2023-24; Hope Closet, 2017-19 and 2022).

Prom Dress Boutique Impact

Following the prom dress drive, Jackets For Jobs held a three-day Prom Dress Boutique at the Samaritan Center in Detroit, April 19-21,

where approximately 530 dresses were distributed to students representing approximately 50 different schools in the Metro Detroit area.

Due to the large volume of donations received, approximately 100 dresses and dress suits were designated through the sorting process to directly support Jackets For Jobs daily workforce development initiative to provide professional clothing and essential attire for job seekers.

The surplus of collected dresses ensures that support extends beyond the confines of a single event.

“The surplus of collected dresses serves as a beacon of hope and possibility, demonstrating our collective ability to create lasting change in the lives of those we serve. Through ongoing efforts and community collaboration, we remain steadfast in our commitment to fostering a culture of inclusivity and empowerment,” said Alison Vaughn, Jackets For Jobs Founder and Executive Director.

By maintaining a surplus, Jackets for Jobs can continue to provide access to formal attire for students in need throughout the year, ensuring that no individual is left behind. The surplus dresses will also be used for military balls and homecoming.

“The success of our prom dress giveaway event extends far beyond the numbers. It is a testament to the boundless generosity and compassion of our community, and it us a reminder of the transformative power of collective action,” said Vaughn.

The Jackets For Jobs Prom Dress Boutique would not be possible without the contributions of Comerica Cares volunteers who assisted in the set-up, execution and tear-down of the event.

Over six days, approximately 70 Comerica colleagues volunteered time and supported the dress boutique. Support included dress and shoe sorting, boutique buildout, registration, personal shoppers and boutique tear-down.

To operate the boutique, Comerica Cares volunteers worked enthusiastically alongside five Jackets For Jobs employees during 35 hours of available shifts to make the annual dress giveaway event a success.

Comerica’s Celebrates Día de los Niños (Children’s Day) With Annual Student Enrichments

Building strong and sustainable communities begins with investing in our children. Comerica’s annual Día de los Niños (Children’s Day) celebrations honor the youngest members of our society by recognizing their importance as future leaders and promoting their well-being through financial empowerment, education and culture.

This year, Comerica’s outreach impacted more than 2,000 children and their fam-

ilies during Día del Niño events across the bank’s footprint. In Detroit, Comerica’s Hispanic Michigan Business Resource Group collaborated with the Detroit Institute of Arts, Harms Elementary, and media partner Latino Press newspaper to commemorate El Día del Niño.

Comerica’s team organized a museum field trip where students engaged in interactive displays and explored art collections.

To conclude the day, Comerica colleagues treated the students to lunch and various activities, including a financial youth trivia game, prize giveaways, and piñata breaking. For 175 years, Comerica has built strong relationships with the bank’s local communities and through Día del Niño celebrations that legacy of making a difference in the diverse communities Comerica serves continues.

Comerica Colleagues Support Greater Lansing Food Bank According to the United States Department of Agriculture, one out of five kids in Michigan live in a food-insecure home. Recently, Comerica colleagues took time away to support the Greater Lansing Food Bank. Comerica volunteers set new group record in being a force for good putting together 180 boxes of food in two hours. Since 1981, GLFB has led mid-Michigan’s fight against hunger since 1981 to ensure families and neighbors access nutritious food needed to support quality health and well-being. GLFB’s seven-county service area encompasses Clare, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Isabella and Shiawassee counties. In 2023, GLFB distributed over 12.5 million pounds of food and approximately 10.5 million meals.
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Comerica Cares volunteers packed 180 boxes of food in two hours at Greater Lansing Food Bank. Harms Elementary students inside the historic Detroit DIA. Harms Elementary students finish off El Dia del Niño by breaking the Comerica Bank piñata. Comerica Cares volunteers pack lunches and supplies for students as part of their field trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts. Comerica Cares volunteers and Harms elementary students check out DIA exhibits.


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Detroit Institute of Arts Seeks Artists for 12th Annual Ofrendas Exhibition:

Celebrating el Día de Muertos

The 12th annual Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos exhibition has been announced by the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) in collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico in Detroit, the Southwest Detroit Business Association, and the Mexicantown Community Development Corporation (CDC). This yearly event allows artists and community members to honor the lives of loved ones, friends, or community members who have passed away, following the rich traditions of Día de Muertos.

“Each year, the Ofrendas exhibition provides a unique platform for personal expression and cultural

connectivity. This is not just an exhibition; it’s a gathering of stories, memories, and artistic expression that honors the past while enriching our present,” Julie McFarland, Executive Director of Public Affairs & Community Engagement, said. Individuals who are part of the community are cordially invited to showcase their artistic skills and propose unique ofrenda altars or offerings that pay homage to the memory and spirit of those who have passed away. The proposals should be thoughtfully created with a clear intention, possess exceptional artistic and creative merit, and reflect the traditional values and beliefs typically associated with celebrating Día de Muertos.

Participants of the Ofrenda exhibition can submit their proposals via the submission form until May 24, 2024. The application and required materials are available in both English and Spanish. Once the proposals have been received, they will be reviewed by a committee of exhibition partners, community leaders, and DIA staff members. The committee will evaluate the proposals based on creativity, cultural relevance, and feasibility.

Selected Ofrenda artists will be notified by early July. They will then be able to showcase their work at the exhibition and share their unique cultural perspectives with the community. Each selected artist or group will receive a $500 stipend.

Unveiling Innovation:

Redford Service Learning Academy Gymnasium

Launches E-Sports and Drone Labs

Redford Township at 6 p.m. A VIP reception will kick off the festivities at 5:30 p.m., along with a special live broadcast by Former NFL All-Pro and Super Bowl XXXVII Champion Lomas Brown, in collaboration with WJR. During the grand opening, guests will have the exclusive opportunity to explore the state-of-the-art e-sports and drone facilities through guided tours.

Elite Management Group Inc. is the parent company of Elite School Management, which has governed the Service Learning School District for over a decade. The District has schools in 3 cities: Detroit, Redford, and Oak Park. Highlights of the Redford Service Learning Academy Gymnasium include: Digital Scoreboards: Equipped with digital scoreboards, the gymnasium offers advertisers and sponsors a prime platform to support the mission of empowering students through sports and technology.

E-Sports Lab: Tailored for students from 4th to 8th grade, the E-Sports Lab provides a dynamic learning environment where students can refine their skills, collaborate with peers, and engage in strategic gameplay under the guidance of experienced E-sports Coaches. Drone Lab: The Drone Lab offers comprehensive classes taught by certified pilots of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Students gain hands-on experience in drone operation, safety protocols, and aerial photography, equipping them with invaluable skills in emerging fields such as drone technology and aviation.

We are thrilled to mark the opening of the Redford Service Learning Academy Gymnasium, a significant milestone in our ongoing commitment to providing students with access to cutting-edge resources and opportunities,” stated Maurice D. Evans, CEO of Elite Management Group. “Through our e-sports and drone facilities, we aspire to inspire and empower the next generation of innovators, athletes, and leaders.”

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Important Dates:

May 24, 2024: Submission deadline.

July 2024: Ofrenda selections are made, and artists are notified.

September 10 – 13, 2024: Installation of ofrendas at the DIA. September 28, 2024: Opening of the exhibition. November 3, 2024: Closing of the exhibition with an artist talk and reception. The exhibition will be on view from September 28 to November 3, 2024, in the Special Exhibitions Galleries located off of the Rivera Court.

For more information and to learn about Ofrendas and how to participate, please visit ofrendas-celebrating-el-dia-de-muertos-2024.

General admission is always free for members and residents of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties.

Opinion: What Would REALLY Help Many Mothers

This Mother’s Day, I’m asking our legislators to give the gift of care to home care workers by passing Senate Bills 790 and 791. Home care workers and the people they care for are our mothers, our aunts, and our wives and daughters. I am a home care worker.

For the last three years, I’ve taken care of my mother. She is 95 years old, and she has taken care of others her entire life.

Most people know my mother because of the work she put into Detroit helping young people get jobs. She’s been recognized many times for her community service. She’s an extremely prideful woman, so I won’t share too many more details about her needs now.

But it’s my turn to take care of her. I had to leave my $65,700 construction job due to COVID-19, and I began being her caregiver. After a twoweek hospital stay, she needed someone to cook for her and to help her get in and out of bed and into her wheelchair. On a typical day, I wake her up in the morning, make sure she’s fed so she can take her medicine, clean up, do the laundry, and get ready for the next meal. (She calls herself an Adult Queen, so every meal must be made fresh — no leftovers allowed. So I eat those).

The care she needs requires much of my time, which makes it hard for me to get other work. However, the $1,000 that I receive each month to provide this care is not enough to survive on.

Family members who become home care workers can and should be respected as part of the workforce who take care of more than 60,000 seniors and people with disabilities who need care in our state.

That’s why I’m asking the state Legislature to have a heart and pass SB 790 and 791. These bills would allow more than 35,000 home care workers to join a union as part of the Home Help program. Every worker, no matter what job they do, should have the right to form a union. They should be able to have a voice in their work. Low pay for home care workers has meant that fewer people are going into this work. Because people can’t afford to do these jobs, there is a shortage of caregivers. Families have trouble finding caregivers when they need it. For these reasons, I support the legislation that is now being considered in Lansing to allow home care workers in Michigan to join a union. I support this so that those of us who provide care for others in their homes can make a living. I am asking everyone to support this legislation. So many families need in-home care for a loved one at some point. Families want well-trained home care workers. Having a union to bargain for a livable wage and to provide training is key to having quality care available. Family caregivers like me need a union just as much as any other worker.

Having more of us able to provide this work to our loved ones and others who need it would easily be one of the best Mother’s Day gifts of all. Valentino Richardson is a Detroiter and home care worker.

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Embracing Natural Hair

For many people with textured hair, the journey to embracing their natural hair can be a transformative one. It’s more than just a hairstyle; it’s about self-love, cultural identity, and defying societal beauty standards. Yet, navigating this journey can be daunting, filled with questions and uncertainties. This article aims to be your guide, offering practical tips and inspiring stories to empower you on your natural hair journey.

As the temperatures rise and the days grow longer, the anticipation for summer reaches its peak. It’s time to embrace the season of sunshine, beach trips, and endless adventures. For many, this means preparing for the iconic “Hot Girl Summer.” But what does it truly mean to be fit for a Hot Girl Summer? It’s not just about hitting the gym; it’s about cultivating a holistic approach to health and wellness that makes you feel confident, empowered, and ready to take on anything. Here’s how you can get fit for your best Hot Girl Summer yet.

1. Set Realistic Goals

The journey to getting fit starts with setting realistic and achievable goals. Instead of focusing solely on physical appearance, consider setting goals that enhance your overall well-being. This could be improving your stamina, increasing your flexibility, or simply committing to a more active lifestyle. Setting these goals gives you a clear direction and a sense of purpose.

2. Find a Workout You Love

Exercise shouldn’t feel like a chore. The key to staying consistent is finding a workout routine that you genuinely enjoy. Whether it’s dancing, yoga, running, or weightlifting, choose activities that make you excited to move. Group classes can also be a great way to stay motivated and meet like-minded individuals. Remember, the best workout is the one that you’ll actually stick to.

3. Mix Up Your Routine

Variety is the spice of life, and the same goes for your fitness routine. Mixing up your workouts not only keeps

Understanding Your Hair Texture: The first step is understanding your hair type. There are four main categories:

• Type 1: Straight hair with minimal texture.

• Type 2: Wavy hair with S-shaped bends.

• Type 3: Curly hair with tight coils (3A-3C).

• Type 4: Coily hair with tight coils and z-shaped patterns (4A-4C).

Within these categories, there are further variations in porosity (how well hair absorbs moisture) and density (how many hairs grow per square inch). Knowing your hair type will help you choose the right products and styling techniques.

Building a Natural Hair Routine:

• Co-washing: Many naturals opt for co-washing (washing with conditioner only) to cleanse without stripping away natural oils. Experiment with different conditioners to find what works for your scalp and hair type.

• Deep Conditioning: Regularly deep condition your hair to replenish moisture and prevent breakage. Look for products rich in emollients like shea butter or coconut oil.

• Moisturizing: Natural hair thrives on moisture. Use leave-in conditioners, creams, or gels to hydrate your hair and prevent dryness.

• Protective Styles: Braids, twists, and bantu knots are excellent ways to protect your ends and promote hair growth.

Styling Your Natural Hair:

The LOC Method: The LOC (Liquid, Oil, Cream) method involves layering different products to define your curls and prevent frizz. Apply a leave-in conditioner, followed by an oil like argan oil, and finish with a cream for hold.

• Diffusing: Using a hair dryer on a low heat setting can help tame frizz and define curls without heat damage.

• Embrace Shrinkage: Natural hair often shrinks after washing. Embrace the volume and learn to style your hair in its shrunken state.

Product Recommendations:

Choosing the right products is vital. Look for natural ingredients, gentle formulations, and products for your specific hair type. Here are some popular options:

• Shampoos: SheaMoisture Coconut Hibiscus Shampoo, As I Am Coconut CoWash

• Conditioners: Mielle Organics Babassu Oil & Mint Deep Conditioner, Camille Rose Naturals Aloe Vera Curl Cream

• Leave-in Conditioners: Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream, Aunt Jackie’s Curl Boss Moisturizer

• Oils: Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

The Power of Community: Social media has become a haven for the natural hair community. Follow bloggers, YouTubers, and hairstylists sharing tips, tutorials, and product recommendations for natural hair. Join online forums or local meetups to connect with others on this journey and share experiences.

Embracing the Journey:

The journey to natural hair is personal and more than just a hairstyle choice – it’s a journey of self-acceptance. It’s about rejecting societal beauty standards and celebrating the beauty of your unique texture. As you learn to care for your natural hair, you also learn to love and appreciate yourself more fully.


• The journey to healthy, flourishing natural hair takes time and patience. Don’t be discouraged by setbacks – keep learning, experimenting, and finding what works for you.

• Celebrate your unique hair texture – a beautiful expression of your heritage and individuality.

• Surround yourself with positive influences – the natural hair community offers endless support and inspiration. So, confidently rock your curls, coils, or kinks and join the vibrant world of natural hair!

tine. These practices help to reduce stress, improve mental clarity, and enhance your overall sense of well-being. Remember, a healthy mind contributes to a healthy body.

7. Stay Consistent and Be Patient Results don’t happen overnight. Stay consistent with your fitness routine, and be patient with yourself. Celebrate small victories along the way and acknowledge your progress, no matter how minor it may seem. Consistency and perseverance are key to achieving lasting results.

8. Surround Yourself with Positivity Your environment can significantly impact your fitness journey. Surround yourself with positive influences and supportive people who encourage your goals. Join fitness communities, engage in social media groups, or find a workout buddy who shares your enthusiasm. Positivity and support can make your fitness journey more enjoyable and motivating.

drated is equally important, so make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. 5. Listen to Your Body While it’s important to stay committed to your fitness goals, it’s equally important to listen to your body. Overtraining can lead to injuries and burnout. Pay attention

ical fitness; mental wellness is a crucial component. Incorporate mindfulness practices such as meditation, journaling, or deep breathing exercises into your daily rou-

9. Love Yourself at Every Stage Finally, remember that getting fit for a Hot Girl Summer is about self-love and self-improvement. Embrace your body at every stage of your fitness journey. Confidence comes from within, and the most important thing is to feel good about yourself. Love yourself for who you are now and who you are becoming. Preparing for a Hot Girl Summer is a journey that involves physical, mental, and emotional wellness. By setting realistic goals, finding enjoyable workouts, prioritizing nutrition, listening to your body, and embracing a positive mindset, you can achieve a state of fitness that makes you feel confident and empowered. Remember, a Hot Girl Summer is all about feeling your best and living your best life. So, get out there, embrace the sunshine, and enjoy every moment of this vibrant season. | May 15-21, 2024 | Page B-3
alternating between cardio, strength training,
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Detroit People Mover/Detroit Transportation Corporation 535 Griswold St Ste # 400 Detroit, MI 48226

BID # 07-01-2022 REBID

The Detroit Transportation Corporation Office of Contracting and Procurement requests proposals from qualified firms to provide CCTV and network upgrades. This includes modernization efforts for the CCTV system, Public Address (PA) system, Variable Message Signs (VMS), and Wired Backbone Network system, at the MCF, at each DPM station, and at substations described herein.

All bids must be received by the Detroit Transportation Corporation via Bidnet/MITN on or before 5:00 p.m. (EST) November 7, 2022.

A pre-bid site visit will be determined at a later date, if necessary. Proposals can be accessed on the Bidnet Direct

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Detroit People Mover/Detroit Transportation Corporation 535 Griswold St Ste # 400 Detroit, MI 48226

BID # 08-8-2022 REBID

The Detroit Transportation Corporation Office of Contracting and Procurement requests proposals from qualified Contractor/Firm(s) to provide annual geometry measurements of the LIM rail height, power rail tolerances, running rail height and track gauge.

The initial information and subsequent trending information on the rate of change of the measured parameters of the Detroit People Mover (DPM) track will be reviewed and utilized as part of the existing detailed maintenance plan to ensure long term safety and availability to the riding public.

All bids must be received by the Detroit Transportation Corporation via Bidnet/MITN on or before 5:00 p.m. (EST) November 7, 2022.

A pre-bid site visit is scheduled for Wednesday, October 25, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. (EST). Proposals can be accessed on the Bidnet Direct

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Business Owners Are Optimistic as Economic Conditions Improve

(StatePoint) What a difference a year makes. New research finds that

and mid-sized business owners are increasingly optimistic about economic conditions and the prospects for their own businesses.

According to PNC’s Spring 2024 Economic Outlook Survey, nearly 80% of business owners surveyed feel optimistic about conditions for their business over the next six months -- up from 60% a year ago.

This optimism likely stems from an improving outlook for the economy as a whole as inflation pressures and recession fears appear to be easing. A majority of those surveyed (55%) said they are highly optimistic about the national economy -- a dramatic increase from the 26% who felt that way in the spring of 2023. Even more (63%) said they are highly optimistic about their local economy -- more than double the reading from a year ago.


The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA) has established a goal of 8.20% Enterprises (DBE) Program for fiscal years 2023 through FY 2025. This goal will be attained through neutral participation and 2.89% which reflects the relative availability of DBEs to participate in contracts and procurements projected by the RTA.

The proposed goal and its methodology have been developed in accordance with the Federal Transit Administration’s regulations 49 CFR Part 26.

The uptick in optimism for the economy mirrors PNC’s revised outlook for 2024, which shifts away from a predicted recession to a forecast of slow growth. PNC chief economist Gus Faucher said he expects the Federal Reserve will begin cutting interest rates later this year as inflation continues to ease.

“Business owners continue to feel confident that good days are ahead,” Faucher said. “This time around though, the economy is seen as a supporting factor to that optimism instead of a limitation.”

The goal and the methodology used to develop it are available for inspection from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at RTA’s offices located at 1001 Woodward Avenue, Suite 1400, Detroit, Michigan. These materials will be available for 30 days following the date of this notice.

The RTA will accept comments on the goal for 45 days from the date of this notice. Inquiries may be directed to the following:

Calming Inflation

Easing inflation pressures are among the biggest factors reported in the survey. Last spring, 55% of respondents reported that they expected to raise prices in the ensuing six months -- that dropped to 47% this round. Similarly, 40% expect prices from suppliers to increase over the next six months, that’s down from 47% last spring.

RTA of Southeast Michigan 1001 Woodward Avenue, Suite 1400 Detroit, Michigan 48226 Or e-mail to:

Inflation overall has been gradually easing since a mid-2022 high of 9% -- its highest level since the 1980s. By January 2024, inflation was reported at 3.1%, with continued easing projected in the months ahead. Still, inflation remains above its pre-pandemic pace and Faucher says more progress is needed before the Fed likely cuts rates later in 2024.


“We’ve come a long way from 2022, as supply chain issues driven by the pandemic have largely dissipated,” Faucher said. “But more progress will probably be necessary before we can expect the Fed to start easing rates.”

Labor Challenges Easing

One such challenge has been the tight labor market, which has made hiring difficult for business leaders. Consistent with PNC’s Fall 2023 survey, respondents say the lack of overall applicants remains their primary hiring issue. Respondents cite lack of experience (22%) and high salary/benefit and flexibility requirements (9%) as other barriers.

To the qualified electors of the City of Highland Park, Wayne County, State of Michigan: Notice is hereby given, that a Public Accuracy Test for the electronic equipment that will be used for the General Election being held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at 2:00 p.n. in the City Clerk’s training room (lower level) located: Robert B. Blackwell Municipal Complex 12050 Woodward Ave. Highland Park, MI 48203

The nationwide unemployment rate for January 2024 was 3.7% -- below what is considered “full employment” in the U.S. economy. Faucher said he expects the shortage of available labor to ease as consumer demand softens and the effect of slower job growth across the economy becomes more visible.

The Public Accuracy Test is conducted to demonstrate that the computer program used to tabulate the votes cast at the election meets the requirements of Michigan election law.

Despite the trend across the broader U.S. landscape, few survey respondents anticipate workforce reductions over the next six months. Only 4% report anticipating a reduction, while 74% expect no change to their workforce numbers and 21% project an increase in their workforce over the next half of the year.


“Employers have been under pressure despite the improving conditions because the economy has been at or near full employment for an extended period,” Faucher said. “We expect some slack in the labor market in the coming months, which will likely further ease inflation.”





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How Technology Can Help You Age in Place

(StatePoint) By 2030, almost a

harshness of winter in your area and the age of your home, you may notice certain windows have developed drafts, allowing cold air to enter and heat to escape. Replacing drafty or outdated windows with modern, energy-efficient models is one of the most effective ways to enhance your home’s energy efficiency. Additionally, a vinyl window replacement brings approximately 67.1% ROI.

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of the American population will be over the age of 65, up from 16% in 2020, creating a situation that’s going to drive greater demand and greater pressure on the care industry. In addition to a larger workforce and more financial resources, new technologies also have the potential to help solve the problems created

According to experts, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are already among the key components of new technologies providing improved quality of life for those who want to continue living independently at home.

“While AI and ML have transformed other industries, adaptation has been slow in the care industry, but we’re working to change that,” explains Chia-Lin Simmons, chief executive officer of LogicMark, (NASDAQ: LGMK), which manufactures personal emergency response systems (PERS), health communications devices and remote care and activity monitoring technologies to create a Connected Care Platform, and recently incorporated two-way voice communication technology into its medical alert pendant.

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To help you live safely and comfortably in your home in the years to come, Simmons offers a few strategies for using the newest technology to your advantage: PERS, also known as Medical Emergency Response Systems, allow you to call for help in an emergency by pushing a button. Wearable pendants – along with water-resistant wall-mounted devices and mobile solutions – can keep you protected in every room of your home by helping you instantly connect with loved ones and emergency personnel. Those offered by LogicMark use AI and ML for pattern recognition and fall detection, for an added layer of security. To learn more, visit

In some cases, applying a fresh coat of paint is enough to refresh your home. However, if you’re looking to enhance your home’s curb appeal while making a longterm impact, consider installing new siding or replacing existing siding. Because vinyl siding serves as an additional layer of insulation, improving the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling systems, it offers a 80.2% ROI. Weatherresistant, low-maintenance siding like Celect Cellular Composite Siding, which is now available in on-trend colors including Imperial Red, a robust shade of red; Deep Pewter, a compellingly modern forest green; and Timberland, a rich, natural brown, won’t warp, sag or buckle and is built to withstand even the harshest weather conditions. Its patented interlocking joints provide a seamless look and it’s easy to install in small spaces, like along a knee or pony wall.

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existing deck’s appearance and help protect it, spring is also an ideal time to build a deck if your home doesn’t currently have one. When choosing a decking material, cost and maintenance are two factors to consider. Composite decking offers a 68.2% ROI and is low maintenance as it’s not susceptible to cracking, warping and weather damage. Find more ideas to update your home this spring at
FAMILY FEATURES S pring is nature’s cue to renew and refresh. Whether you’re looking to add value for potential sale or simply create a more comfortable living space, you can make the most of the season and breathe new life into your home with projects that provide a high return on investment (ROI). Consider these top home renovation projects to tackle this spring from the experts at Westlake Royal Building Products – a leader in innovation, design and production of exterior and interior building products including siding, trim, mouldings, roofing, stone, windows, outdoor living and more – based on the 2024 Cost vs. Value Report from “Remodeling Magazine.” Remodel the Kitchen and Bathroom The average seller can expect an 96.1% return on a light touch to the kitchen, according to the report, and 73.7% on a modest bathroom renovation. Because personal preferences can vary widely among buyers, minor upgrades can provide a higher ROI than large, upscale remodels. A few easy ways to refresh your kitchen or bathroom include updating shelving or adding new hardware. Decorative trim and mouldings are also cost-effective ways to add visual interest. Upgrade with Stone Veneer As natural and textured home trends continue, homeowners are gravitating toward stone veneer, or manufactured stone, as it can replicate the look of real stone, adding comfort, character and beauty to homes. An option like Versetta Stone from Westlake Royal Building Products offers the authentic, handcrafted look of stone in a panelized format that’s easy to install with nails and screws. There’s also no need to paint, coat or seal once installed. Ideal for its ability to add texture and dimension throughout both home interior (accent walls and fireplaces) and exterior applications (siding, entryways and walkways), stone veneer –which comes with a 153.2% ROI – can influence mood, emotion and energy levels while serving as a focal point of your home’s design. Install New Windows Depending on the harshness of winter in your area and the age of your home, you may notice certain windows have developed drafts, allowing cold air to enter and heat to escape. Replacing drafty or outdated windows with modern, energy-efficient models is one of the most effective ways to enhance your home’s energy efficiency. Additionally, a vinyl window replacement brings approximately 67.1% ROI.
Siding In some cases, applying a fresh coat of paint is enough to refresh your home. However, if you’re looking to enhance your home’s curb appeal while making a longterm impact, consider installing new siding or replacing existing siding. Because vinyl siding serves as an additional layer of insulation, improving the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling systems, it offers a 80.2% ROI. Weatherresistant, low-maintenance siding like Celect Cellular Composite Siding, which is now available in on-trend colors including Imperial Red, a robust shade of red; Deep Pewter, a compellingly modern forest green; and Timberland, a rich, natural brown, won’t warp, sag or buckle and is built to withstand even the harshest weather conditions. Its patented interlocking joints provide a seamless look and it’s easy to install in small spaces, like along a knee or pony wall.
If you want to entertain guests outside, spring is a perfect time to get your patio or deck ready. While a new coat of stain can update your existing deck’s appearance and help protect it, spring is also an ideal time to build a deck if your home doesn’t currently have one. When choosing a decking material, cost and maintenance are two factors to consider. Composite decking offers a 68.2% ROI and is low maintenance as it’s not susceptible to cracking, warping and weather damage. Find more ideas to update your home this spring at

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