Recognizing that Michigan's crumbling economy was fueling a local housing crisis and foreclosure epicenter, LoadMod.com incorporated in Michigan in May of 2006 and set up shop in Dearborn, Michigan, hometown of Henry Ford, near Ford world headquarters. For the first loan modification company in America, Michigan provided the perfect testing ground in perfecting the loan modification process.LoanMod.com stands by its motto "Saving the American Dream". To achieve that vision, LoanMod.com sets out to protect homeowners, communities, and lenders from the disastrous social and economic impact of widespread foreclosures.
A year ago, First Michigan Bank had one branch, an office, and 32 employees. Now, it has 54 branches, a larger office (in Troy), 900 employees and a new name.It's an amazing expansion story: How two long-time friends combined their business and financial acumen in 2007 to operate Michigan's fifth-largest bank, with more than $2 billion in assets.
Movement, Detroit's massive electronic music festival, fires up this weekend at Hart Plaza. Model D's Jon Zemke talks to the man whose promotions and production team has been helping sustain the techno nation since the 1990s.
Gay-friendly community? Check. Locally owned small businesses? Check. An emphasis on walkability? Check. Once a working-class auto industry town, Ferndale is emerging as Metro Detroit's go-to community for new urbanist success. Metromode's Jon Zemke looks into why.
Better than a belly flop but not quite a dive, Ann Arbor businesses are starting to leverage social media as a way to connect with customers. Richard Retyi surveys who's doing what on the Internet and how it's helping their bottom line.
It's not a GLBT-friendly community without the drag queens. Though Ferndale is singled out for its pink and lavender street cred, Royal Oak is home to Five 15, a cafe, gift shop, art gallery, and party venue that unabashedly embraces queer culture. And it's found incredible crossover success with its sold-out-weeks-in-advance Drag Queen Bingo.
Owner Taher Jaber first brought his Middle Eastern cuisine specialties to downtown Detroit in 1993 and he recently opened his new restaurant, Harmonie Garden Cafe, in the midtown area of Wayne State University.Jaber has acquired a large customer base including students, doctors, professors and more looking for healthy food options in the area, and he's known for his falafel.
Day Dream Nails and Spa in West Bloomfield offers high quality services at low cost. The beauty lounge also carries a full line of skin care products and affordable jewelry. In addition to manicures and pedicures, the spa offers Botox, ultrasonic infusion, vein treatments, facial and body waxing, microdermabrasion, intense pulse light for treatment of facial redness and brown spots, laser hair removal, eyelash and eyebrow tinting and various peels including wrinkle lift, anti-aging, acne, pore reducing and age spot reduction, among others.
Along with his three sons Andrew, Norman, and Victor, as well as his nephew Lew and his late brother George, Andrew Ansara, Sr. has created a restaurant business empire in Michigan.What started with an $800 loan for the Ansara brothers in the mid-50's from their milkman has grown into a network of popular franchises including 22 Red Robin and 6 Big Boy restaurants along with signature, original Mediterranean and burger-themed restaurants.Andrew Ansara, Sr. is also a board member of the Arab American and Chaldean Council, a premier non-profit organization that is helping to rebuild Detroit and the lives of Arab and other Americans from the inside-out. Ansara, Sr. considers himself "semi-retired" but still enjoys working each weekday with his family, continuing the strong bond he had with his late brother and business partner and the rest of his family.
In an economy as tough as Michigan's, where job losses have been increasing, the conventional narrative is that it is difficult to do business here because people are struggling to make ends meet.But that is not what one Detroit entrepreneur believes. Hot Sams is a men's clothing store housed at the Compuware building in downtown Detroit.
Dr. Ricardo Seir has proudly been serving the Detroit community for over 16 years at his dental facility at Parskside Dental in Westland. When you choose a cosmetic dentistry procedure in the hands of a caring and understanding dentist such as Dr. Ricardo Seir, you'll be treated as a real person with real concerns, that may have prevented you from considering aesthetic or restorative dentistry previously.
Doctor Alma Nava, co-founder of Drakeshire Dental, was born and raised in Mexico where she studied at the School of Dentistry at UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico), and later at the University of Michigan.
Kwang Jin America is a company manufacturing window regulators, door modules and other components. It has an assembly line in Sterling Heights, Michigan and employs about 100 Detroiters. Kwang Jin America is a well-known company that has created special training programs and takes great care of its employees. Constant communication and strong management skills have overcome cultural and language barriers between Korean managers and American workers. Kwang Jin America's approach is exemplified in its "Human Touch" program toward its employees, part of a tradition from its mother company in Korea, Kwang Jin Korea. The company plays a prominent leadership role for the 70 Korean companies in Michigan.
Sachse Construction headquartered in Birmingham, Michigan, and offers premium commercial construction services nationwide that deliver projects on time and within budget. Established in 1991, Sachse Construction & Development is a $40 million-a-year business that has built millions of square feet of retail, restaurant, airport, education, office, healthcare, industrial, multi-family and hospitality space throughout the United States and Canada.
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