Our roundup of the latest news from businesses in the Detroit and Michigan metro area as well as announcements from government agencies, including updates on the COVID-19 pandemic. To share a business or nonprofit story, please message us.
Joyola Mei Hair Salon Brings Eco-Friendly Haircare to Corktown, Detroit
Joyola Mei, an eco-conscious, curl-focused salon for people with wavy, curly, curly, and tight textures, has opened at 1432 Michigan Ave. in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood (east of Trumbull Street).
Joyola Mei received a $25,000 cash grant in Round 18 of the Motor City Match (MCM) program and is one of several black women-owned businesses opening in Detroit in 2022.
After beginning her career in legislative government, owner Joyell Lewis took up hairdressing as a “side job” and has been a licensed cosmetologist since 2011.
“I hope to raise awareness of ecological and clean beauty,” says Lewis. “We created an empathetic and safe space for people of all hair textures while teaching sustainability and clean beauty in the industry.
“A lot of people have never been introduced to the idea that products should be natural and clean, and many salons don’t include the different hair types. Although we’re not specific to curls, we’re focused on on loops. Through Motor City Match, we are able to educate others and provide an inclusive and safe space.
Joyola Mei is one of 135 open physical businesses that have received support from Motor City Match. Over 90% of all MCM businesses are minority-owned, 80% women-owned, and 85% Detroit resident-owned.
For more information, visit joyolamei.com.
SME to Host AM Industry Celebration at RAPID+TCT 2022
SME in Southfield, which is hosting the RAPID+ TCT (AM or 3-D printing) additive manufacturing event May 17-19 at Huntington Place, has added an industry celebration to the agenda at the end of the first day.
“Following President Biden’s remarks last Friday supporting the adoption and investment in AM technologies, we are excited to see new collaborations that continue to drive the implementation of additive manufacturing,” said Bob. Willig, Executive Director and CEO of SME. “We are also delighted to celebrate this and the host of achievements in AM that SME and our industry partners have proudly supported over the past 30 years.”
The AM Industry Celebration is open to all registered event attendees and will serve as an official kick-off reception for peers and colleagues attending RAPID+ TCT to catch up and prepare for the event’s many activities at live.
RAPID+ TCT is North America’s largest and most influential additive manufacturing event and includes speakers, panels and exhibits.
For more information, visit rapid3devent.com.
The Highlands at Harbor Springs Launches New Welcome Experience
Guests visiting the Highlands at Harbor Springs are welcomed in a new way, in a new place with the completion of the renovated Discovery Center.
The center, with a bright, airy and modern atmosphere, now serves as a check-in center for all resort accommodations and provides a gateway for information on resort attractions, activity bookings and events in the area .
The Discovery Center, which previously served exclusively as an office building for real estate and owner services, is one of a series of improvements outlined in the resort’s 2030 transformational journey.
“Our new arrival experience enhances the level of hospitality and personal care our guests receive,” says Mandy Gray, Accommodations Manager at The Highlands. “In a world designed for online experiences, we wanted to reestablish the personal connection with an inviting space, warm smiles, freshly baked pastries and assorted refreshments. Arrival is the first impression, and we want people to feel as special as this place is to us.
The Discovery Center renovation includes an expansive patio with a fire pit and paved parking adjacent to the building. The location, near the resort entrance, also adds convenience for guests staying at the many condos and cottages spread across the grounds.
To visit highlandsharborsprings.com for more information.
Nearly $2 million donated by Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Legacy Funds to the Community Foundation
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation announced nearly $2 million in grants to 80 organizations through the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds. Since the funds were established in 2016, more than 385 grants totaling nearly $9.5 million have been awarded.
“The Community Foundation is honored to partner with The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation on this important work,” said Ric DeVore, President of the Community Foundation. “The Wilson Legacy Funds provide generous support to organizations that have a significant impact on neighborhoods, cities, and communities in Southeast Michigan. Interest continues to grow in design and youth sports access and grants, highlighting the power of public spaces and ensuring our young people are active.
These Community Foundation endowment funds complement the efforts of the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation to create immediate impact within communities in Southeast Michigan and Western New York.
The following grants were among those provided by the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Legacy Funds administered by the Community Foundation through an open and competitive application process:
- Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association Inc. ($20,000)
- Bridging Communities Inc. ($25,000)
- Cancer Support Community ($12,500)
- Gilda’s Club-Metro Detroit ($25,000)
- Jewish Professional Service and Community Workshop ($24,237)
- New Day Foundation for Families ($25,000)
- Brilliant Detroit ($50,000)
- Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor ($25,000)
- City of Oak Park ($45,000)
- Friends of Pontiac Parks Association ($25,000)
- Township of Commercial Charter ($45,000)
- Township of Macomb ($50,000)
- Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods Family Center ($20,000)
- Full Circle Foundation ($20,000)
- Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education ($15,000)
- Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra Society ($10,000)
- Grosse Pointe Theater Inc. ($10,000)
Thirty-six additional grants totaling $634,900 were awarded to local youth sports organizations.
For the list of the 80 grants and to learn more about the endowment, visit CFSEM.org/Wilson.
Troy Chamber Hosts HR Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit
The Troy Chamber of Commerce will host a half-day event from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on May 26 to discuss how to create a diverse and equitable workplace, foster an inclusive environment for our employees and the steps to follow to create a business community free of racism and discrimination.
The event will take place at the Embassy Suites by Hilton-Troy (850 Tower Dr. in Troy) and is geared towards human resources, marketing, DEI and hiring professionals.
Summit session presenters include:
- Michelle Crockett, Chief Diversity Officer and Deputy Managing Director and Miller Canfield
- Jenny Brown, co-founder and CEO of Dutton Farm
- Kristina Marshall, Director of DEIJ at Oakland Community College
“We are thrilled to bring this event back for a third year and to have such influential and impactful presenters discuss the importance of being inclusive in the workplace,” said Tara Tomcsik-Husak, President and CEO of the management of the Troy Chamber of Commerce.
To register, go here.
Ahee Jewelers announce the return of Capucin Souper Summer to Comerica Park on June 4th
Ahee Jewelers has announced the return of the Capuchin Soup Summer Celebration to Comerica Park on Saturday, June 4 starting at 7:30 p.m.
Now in its 41st year, this year’s event, themed “Together Again,” will feature a raffle with over $30,000 in jewelry donated by Ahee Jewelers, live music from Your Generation in Concert and DJ Provided with a live percussionist, cooking and fireworks.
Tickets for the raffle featuring brands such as Cartier, David Yurman, Mikimoto, Roberto Coin, Tag Heuer and Meira T are available for purchase over the phone or in person at Ahee Jewelers in Grosse Pointe Woods or Le Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit. Tickets are $5 each. All jewelry and expenses are donated by the Ahee family, allowing 100% of proceeds to go directly to the Capuchin soup kitchen in Detroit.
“We are thrilled to bring the summer Capuchin Soup celebration back to Comerica Park,” said Stefan Ahee, Vice President of Ahee Jewelers. “For over 40 years, this event has been an evening that our family looks forward to every summer. It’s exciting to be together again, to support a great organization in our community.
To learn more about the Capucin Souper Summer XLI raffle or to make a tax-deductible donation to the Edmund T. Ahee Hunger Endowment Fund, visit ahee.com.
John Shippen Golf Tournament launches partnership with Players’ Tribune
The John Shippen and The Players’ Tribune have announced a partnership to encourage greater recognition and greater opportunities for black golfers. Inspired by John Shippen Jr., the first black golfer to play at the US Open and the first American-born golf professional, this partnership is designed to bring like-minded brands into the fold to champion diversity and inclusion in sport.
Established in 2021, the John Shippen National Golf Invitational presented by Rocket Mortgage is an event designed to provide opportunities for black amateur and professional golfers. The John Shippen Sports Business Summit will also return for its second year to address the lack of representation in business and leadership roles in golf and professional sports for people of color.
Since its inception, The Players’ Tribune has been dedicated to giving athletes the platform to share their own stories in their own words. The Players’ Stand is designed for athletes like John Shippen who transcend expectations and challenge the status quo, both on and off the course.
In tribute to The John Shippen this year, The Players’ Tribune will create a series of ‘Letter To…’ articles featuring tournament participants.
Each first-person article will put the power in the hands of the featured golfer, allowing them to share their experiences as a black golfer and the community of supporters around them in a personal, authentic and inspiring way with the audience. The “Letter To…” series is set to debut this summer in conjunction with The John Shippen event.
For up-to-date information on The John Shippen, visit TheJohnShippen.com.