In 2003 Warren Buffet said Detroit has "huge potential" and might even be a place for Berkshire Hathaway to invest if he finds a suitable company. Today, Berkshire Hathaway announced The Loft Warehouse joins their HomeServices Real Estate Brokerage Network, their first investment in the City of Detroit.
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month which gives us a chance to celebrate companies that employ people with disabilities and embrace diversity and inclusion practices, and raise awareness for those companies that don’t. Services to Enhance Potential (STEP) and other Community Rehabilitation Organizations, are preparing individuals with developmental disabilities for these opportunities. Every day these organizations work with thousands of individuals with disabilities helping prepare them for work opportunities. Additionally, efforts are taken to work with the potential employer to assure the individual’s transition to the work place is a smooth one and the employer needs continue to be met.
Independent Sector, the Michigan Nonprofit Association, and the Council of Michigan Foundations will host more than 1,000 changemakers at Our Common Future in Detroit this October 25-27.
Equifax and the SEC are today’s current cyber-disturbance. But what about our food supply. Congress, in 2010, enacted the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The law drastically updates how our food is regulated. It creates guidelines for food manufacturers and processors to follow in the processing, producing and handling of food, from harvesting to processing, warehousing and distribution. The federal government however, is still trying to figure out how to enforce the FSMA. The most recent rules focus on preventing the intentional adulteration of food in the supply chain.
We just created the agency of the future. We are an agency of independents. Call us what you want – freelancers, contractors, temps, 1099’s or solo-preneurs, we are flexible and nimble enough to build an agency around our clients and not afraid to give you our advice in moving your business forward. We don’t employ people, we work with a select team of experienced professionals and specific disciplines who sit as equal partners. With each client, we start from scratch and find the right team to fit that specific job.
Businesses struggle today in how to deal with the millennial workforce and yet, millennials are forcing the hands of companies to speak up and speak out on high profile environmental issues and on perceived social injustices.Where government fails to act, millennials are demanding their employer or the company's they do business with, step up to the plate to make an impact beyond their bottom line.
The short answer is yes! Many association leaders struggle with the issue of advocacy. Would the organization loose its non-profit status if it took a position for or against something in the legislature.
In the past, the chief executives of America's largest companies hid behind associations to advocate for or against issues to avoid retribution from their employees or customers, Today, however is a different day and our employees and customer are asking our CEO's to speak up and speak out. And investor's are starting to notice.
Social media continues to evolve, but it has become a vital tool to advance the association's mission and agenda bygiving us the ability to start the conversation.
Today an attack could come from anywhere with the push of a button. We are vulnerable and at risk. But we can prepare and plan to help avoid harm, injury and any damage to our reputation.
To be effective in its' advocacy efforts, whether it is before Congress or the governor, associations need to be relevant to the conversation and have something meaningful to contribute.
Why are relationships important? Not just between a legislator and an association, but between an association and its members?
Associations need its' members to become more engaged on advocating for or against an issue. Without member support, the association's lobbyist has little standing to advance or oppose an issue.
When the government fails the business community must step in to fill the gap and fund a tourism campaign promoting the state and its natural wonders. If the West Virginia Legislature fails to properly fund travel and talent promotions
Today we cut a ribbon officially opening the Little Caesars Arena, the new home to the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons and the hub of Detroit's new entertainment district -- District Detroit. But today's ribbon cutting is more than just a chance to bring together the city leaders who helped bring this project together, it is our chance to celebrate Detroit.
It is not a matter if you will be hacked it is a matter of when and am I prepared.In preparing for a crisis around cyber terrorism? know the law and which laws dictate how your company responds and to whom. Know what you want to say and how quickly you will respond after a reach. Know the influencers and key stakeholders to make sure you to not ignore key people in responding to an attack
Companies and CEOs today have the power to influence the public's agenda. Whether it is banning together to advance an agenda as part of a trade association or speaking up and speaking out on their own, employees and customers today are demanding the companies they work for or do business with share their corporate values, become more aware of current events and become more vocal on societal issues.
If speaking up results in public backlash, the business leader should be prepared to deal with the issue and work with their PR and legal team to get in front of it. Whether it is holding a news conference, publishing an op ed or posting a Tweet. Words do matter and they should be communicated carefully.
When the community benefits we all all benefit. That is one of the reasons why voters in the City of Detroit passed a community benefit agreement (CBAs) for projects receiving government funds or tax breaks. partner with a local consultant who is familiar with the people, places, personalities and politics of the region.
There are steps we can take to protect our information and the information people give to us in trust. If that trust is breached there are also steps you can take to minimize any damage to your reputation.