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Alabama A&M University students won the Ally Financial Moguls in the Making competition, each winning a $10,000 scholarship and an internship at the company. (Photo: Ally Financial)

Several historically Black colleges and universities students walked away with internships and thousands of dollars in scholarships after creating business plans that would solve Detroit-based problems in a competition. 

The second annual HBCU business plan pitch competition, called Moguls in the Making, was hosted Sunday by Ally Financial Inc., which is based in Detroit. Ally Financial partnered with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and Big Sean’s the Sean Anderson Foundation to host the event. 

Excitement was shared virtually Sunday evening as teams from 11 HBCUs had the opportunity to

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Detroit Pistons owner and Platinum Equity Tom Gores stepped down from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Board of Trustees on Thursday night, following pressure from activists over his investment firm’s ownership of a prison telephone company.

In 2017, Platinum Equity acquired Securus — a company that operates private telephone systems in all 50 states for more than a million prisoners. Gores’ involvement in the prison telecom industry has been met with criticism by various activists, and came to a head in September.

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Last month, two Civil Rights non-profit groups, Colors of

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More than 900 small businesses in Detroit will be receiving grants to assist in keeping them afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. 

a sign above a store: The grand opening for the Skin Bar VII on the Livernois Avenue of Fashion in Detroit is on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019.

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The grand opening for the Skin Bar VII on the Livernois Avenue of Fashion in Detroit is on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019.

The businesses will receive grants of up to $20,000, which can be utilized for mortgage payments, utilities, rent, payroll and many other expenses. The funding is available through the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation from a pool of $7.25 million from the Michigan Small Business Restart Grant Program. 


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One of the businesses that received a grant is called Clara’s Place, a banquet hall and catering business on the west side of Detroit on Joy Road.  Before the coronavirus closed the business, it was known for hosting baby showers, funeral repasts, prom send-offs, school events, weddings, birthday parties,

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U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris a California Democrat visits Detroit businesses ahead of the debates.

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Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris plans to visit small businesses in Flint before heading to several Detroit events during her trip to Michigan on Tuesday. 

Harris’ visit underscores the ongoing electoral importance of the state. The California senator’s visit to Michigan comes one week after President Donald Trump hosted a rally outside Saginaw and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden held an event in Warren.

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, a California Democrat and candidate for president visits local businesses in Detroit on July 29, 2019, including the Narrow Way Cafe and Shop and Good Cakes and Bakes on Livernois, before she participates in debates that will be held at the Fox Theater. (Photo: Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press)

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Income tax is no small slice of cities’ revenue, so decisions that states, businesses and employees make here have ramifications for cities’ bottom lines. For those that levy the tax, it averages 34 percent of what they take in annually, according to a Citizens Research Council of Michigan report. Cities including Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids and Ionia that get a substantial chunk more from income taxes than property taxes are likely to experiences those losses more deeply.

It’s possible that some cities may challenge the state’s view in court, arguing that taking work home doesn’t exempt one from taxes. But Michigan collects and administers Detroit’s income taxes, so what the state says goes, Bannasch said.

How much less money cities will collect depends partly on what they’re willing to expend on enforcement, he said. Will they track down companies and employees looking to game the system?

The state says documentation

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DETROIT – Detroit police have arrested 36-year-old Metro Detroit resident Haydar Alhaydari in connection with a chop shop operation on the city’s west side.

Chop shops are illegal garages that buy stolen cars, disassemble them and sell their individual parts for profit.

On Wednesday, Sept 16. at around 2 p.m. members of the Commercial Auto Theft Section assisted Detroit Buildings Safety Engineering and Environmental Department with an inspection of Greenlight Auto Parts, Inc in the 9200 block of Freeland in Detroit.

While inspecting officers determined that two vehicle parts were stolen. A search warrant was immediately executed at the location.

Officials later learned several additional vehicle parts were stolen. A weapon was also recovered.

Alhaydari, the owner of the business was issued several ordinances for multiple violations that range from no state repair facility license, occupancy permit and no major component parts book.

Alhaydari was arraigned on Friday and charged

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Vibrant colors, photographs and abstract art can be seen in Detroit window displays starting Friday evening. 

Artists are installing window displays in Detroit small businesses in an effort to create art that reflects the business, while helping to promote it.

The Detroit Window Design Classic kickoff event for viewing the window displays will start Friday at Norwest Gallery of Art. The Grand River Ave. exhibition will run through Sept. 30. 

William De Muro and his niece Jessica De Muro work on the storefront of Cutz Lounge 1 on September 10, 2020. Business owners are participating in the Detroit Window Design Classic, (Photo: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press)

Asia Hamilton, founder and curator of Norwest Gallery of Art, thought of the idea to put unique window installations in different Detroit storefronts. With the inspiration of the 1987 film “Mannequin,” Hamilton wanted

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Operating a floral design business through the pandemic has been a roller coaster for Kevin Miller.

“The guidelines with gatherings, it’s been a ride for sure,” said Miller, owner of Twigs and Branches Floral in Rochester Hills.

Miller was able to receive assistance from the federal government through loans from the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans program.

“I can say we’re super grateful…,” he said.

Miller was among nearly a dozen small-business owners U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin heard from Friday during a roundtable in Rochester and a walking tour in Rochester Hills.

Joining Slotkin was Robert Scott, regional administrator for the Small Business Administration. Slotkin said that she has been in regular contact with him about concerns from business owners in her district. 

Common questions are if there will be another round of PPP loans and the terms

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The Ford Motor Company Fund is donating about 450,000 face masks to the Detroit Public Schools Community District to protect students and staffers as they prepare to return to school.

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As National Black Business Month wraps up, Black-owned businesses have been hit especially hard with shut downs related to the pandemic. 

Across the country, Black-owned businesses were twice as likely to close during the early months of the health crisis and less likely to receive federal support, according to a report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. 

In Detroit, loan relief, rent assistance and grants from collaborations between public, private, nonprofit and philanthropic groups helped businesses, according to a recent Brookings Institution report by Pamela Lewis, director of the New Economy Initiative, and senior fellow in Brookings’ Metropolitan Policy Program.  

This model can work across the country but the public sector should also offer more support to small businesses, she said. 

“How do you change policies to ensure that under-served communities — businesses owned by under-served individuals and businesses operated in those communities — are getting more

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