Category: Business - Original Written by Amber Bogins
he Michigan Economic Development Corporation today announced Michigan Strategic Fund approval of a $1 million Michigan Community Revitalization Program incentive for a new community kitchen and renovation of Eastern Market in the City of Detroit.
“The renovation of this beloved Detroit landmark, with its new community kitchen, builds on Detroit’s growing urban agriculture movement and will bring a new vitality to the Eastern Market district,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “This project will support entrepreneurship and small businesses, strengthen the community and create jobs in Detroit.”
Eastern Market has been supplying Detroit-area residents with fresh food since 1891 and currently draws more than 40,000 visitors on a weekly basis. The Eastern Market Corporation has been awarded a $1 million Michigan Community Revitalization Program incentive to renovate Eastern Market’s Shed 5, originally constructed in 1981, and add a new community kitchen that will support new, local food entrepreneurs. The project will include renovation of the functionally obsolete market shed structure and construction of the kitchen within the shed.
The completed project will serve as a regional hub for local food production, processing, distribution and retailing; an incubator for specialty food producers; a provider of culinary and nutritional education; a center for plant and flower sales, and public space for events. The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of approximately $8.2 million and add 36 full-time equivalent jobs.
“The Shed Five community kitchen project is one of our most pivotal projects,” said Eastern Market Corporation President Dan Carmody. “It allows us to accelerate our work of incubating new food processing business and also allows us to increase our programing around health and nutrition to market customers.”
The City of Detroit is supporting the project with bond revenue valued at $1.5 million and a Community Development Block grant valued at $330,000. The project has also received funding commitments from many foundations and a corporate sponsor, including the Ford Foundation, Erb Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, DTE Energy Foundation, and Whole Foods Market.
“This renovation will further promote healthy and fresh food offerings around Detroit as well as serve as a catalyst for additional positive activity in the area,” said MEDC President and CEO Michael A. Finney. “We are pleased to support the efforts of the entire community in making the project a reality.”
The Michigan Community Revitalization Program provides grants, loans, or other economic assistance of up to $10 million to projects that will revitalize regional urban areas, act as a catalyst for additional investment in a community, reuse brownfield and/or historic properties and promote mixed use and sustainable development.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 June 2013 17:38
Category: Business - Original Written by Amber Bogins
The National Association of Women Business Owners – Greater Detroit Chapter (NAWBO-GDC) will induct the organizations new board of directors for the 2013-2014 year as well as recognize outstanding member’s contributions for the 2012-2013 year at their annual meeting and fashion show entitled, “Runway to Success”. The event, sponsored by MACY’s will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at the Somerset Collection, starting at 4:30p.m. Festivities will take place on the second floor of Macy’s at Somerset Collection which is located 2800 West Big Beaver Road in Troy, Mich.
“This evening provides the opportunity for us to hear plans from the incoming president, to meet and welcome our new board members. It’s important for our members to get acquainted in order to carry out our mission of empowering one another”, says, Carol Kirkland, President, And NAWBO Greater Detroit Chapter. We are also excited to have this year’s media partner Corp!
As a part of the affair, representatives from NAWBO corporate sponsor’s General Motors, DTE, Comerica Bank, Sam’s Club, among others, will rip the runway modeling the summers hottest and latest fashion trends. A networking reception will take place from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. followed by the board swearing in ceremony and fashion show from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The new board members for the 2013-2014 year are as follows:
Elinor Ho, President
Mousumi Sarkar, President Elect
Cheryl Hudson, Secretary
Barbara Duran, Treasurer
Carol Kirkland, Past President
Tanya Allen, Director
Beverly Bantom, Director
Marcy Bell, Director
Tina Harmon, Director
Adrienne Lenhoff, Director
Mary Ann Lievois, Director
Michelle McNutt, Director
Lynn Shecter, Director
Tickets for NAWBO-GDC Members are $60 and for non members $85. With the purchase of admission, guest will receive a $25 Macy’s gift card. A private store shopping experience will conclude the evening’s program. Advance registration is required in order to attend this event; you may purchase your tickets by visiting www.nawbogdc.org.
Elinor Ho, president-elect and event co-chairman says "Runway to Success event symbolizes the team spirit of our members, corporate partners and NAWBO board all working towards the same goal - Business Success".
As part of NAWBO-GDC community efforts, for this occasion they have partnered with Alison Vaughn, founder "Jackets for Jobs", an organization that has helped over 14,000 individuals achieve their job seeking goals with proper etiquette and training programs. Members of NAWBO-GDC and their supporters have donated gently used clothing during this year’s past events whereby contributors are also eligible to be entered into a raffle for a gift donated by Macy’s.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 12:25
Category: Business - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle
Everfresh introduces Premier Varietals
Everfresh Juice Company is doing with apple juice what the wine industry has long done with wines — offering a select variety of distinctive fruit flavors. Everfresh Premier Varietals is a 100 percent juice line that showcases the distinct characteristics of five types of apples.
Everfresh Premier Varietals feature unique and delectable apple flavors:
■ Granny Smith
■ Honey Crisp
■ Golden Delicious
“About a year ago, our senior management team was strategizing about how we could create a product line extension of our Everfresh brands. The next day, I was grocery shopping and noticed all the different varieties of apples, and it got me thinking about apple juice and its taste,” said Alan Domzalski, chief operating officer and vice president of finance. “It occurred to me that wines come in different varieties because different types of grapes are used. Why couldn’t we do the same thing with apple juice using different varieties of apples?”
“The result is Everfresh Premier Varietals, a refined line of all natural apple juices from a wide variety of apples that are each true to the taste of that specific variety of apple. We’re proud to have created a distinctive line that is leading the field, something no one else has done before with apple juice,” Domzalski said.
Everfresh Premier Varietals in 12-ounce glass bottles join more than 50 other juices in the Everfresh lineup. The five varietals are available in the produce section of select retailers throughout Michigan.
Everfresh “picked” the most popular and delicious varieties of apples for Premier Varietals:
Granny Smith – Discovered in Australia in the 1860s; the most instantly recognized of all apples; light green in color, with a tough skin; high level of antioxidants.
McIntosh – Discovered in Ontario in the early 19th century; crisp, red apple with refreshing sweet flavor; commonly used in apple sauce, cider and pies.
Honey Crisp – Developed at the University of Minnesota in the early 1960s; crisp and predominately sweet.
Golden Delicious – Discovered by a West Virginia farmer at the end of the 19th century; favorite apple for salads, apple sauce and apple butter.
Fuji – Developed in Japan in the 1940s; cross between Red Delicious and Ralls Janet; crisp, sweet flavor.
About Everfresh Juice Company:
Everfresh Juice’s never-ending goal is to create wholesome and functional beverages without sacrificing delicious flavor. When it comes to juice, we “pour it on”!
Everfresh is a product of the Sundance Beverage Company. Sundance refreshes consumers with such popular brands as Everfresh and Mr. Pure juices; Rip It energy fuel; LaCroix sparkling waters and MegaSport sports drinks. Sundance Beverage Company is part of the national beverage family of iconic brands, including Michigan’s very own Faygo Beverages.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 June 2013 01:15
Category: Business - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Just a reminder that Metro Detroit Restaurant, Beans & Cornbread is up for a national award for Best Soul Food Place. Today is the day to vote at http://2013.neighborhoodawards.com/vote/ Voting closes at 6 p.m.
Southfield restaurant Beans & Cornbread is nominated for Best Soul Food Place in the nation by the Neighborhood Awards. Beans & Cornbread is the only Michigan restaurant nominated. The other three nominees are in Georgia (one restaurant) and D.C. (two restaurants).
We'd appreciate your support in raising awareness about the nomination and encouraging your social media following to cast their vote for Beans & Cornbread as Best Soul Food Place.
Recognizing voting is solely TODAY, June 10 from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m., we would like to create as much awareness possible. I have also attached photos and the Beans & Cornbread logo for your use.
FREE COMMUNITY BARBEQUE:
Beans & Cornbread will host a neighborhood barbeque at their Southfield restaurant located at 29508 Northwestern Hwy. TODAY June 10 from 3 – 6 p.m. to celebrate their nomination as Best Soul Food in the nation by the Neighborhood Awards. Attendees will enjoy a sampling of the nominated soul food with complimentary wings and rib tips.
We invite your readers to cast their vote for Beans & Cornbread as Best Soul Food Place on Monday, June 10 from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. by going online at http://2013.neighborhoodawards.com/vote/ .
Southfield-based Beans & Cornbread has been nominated for the third consecutive year as the Best Soul Food Place in the nation by the Neighborhood Awards. The Neighborhood Awards is a national competition, which features 12 non-traditional awards to exceptional businesses and individuals in various neighborhoods across the country. Beans & Cornbread is celebrating 16 years of serving the heart and soul of Southern cooking. The restaurant offers a unique first class dining experience centered around soul food. Its award-winning menu fuses southern roots with an epicurean influence, featuring soul food favorites and low country cuisine.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 June 2013 12:17
Category: Business - Original Written by Amber Bogins
Bob Johnson, the man who pioneered the founding of Black Entertainment Television (BET) and current founder and chairman of RLJ Companies keynotes the 2013 Mackinac Policy.
Photo Credit: Andre Smith
Last Updated on Friday, 31 May 2013 20:42
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