Destination 313 Gives Thanks

Happy November D’Vangelists! We’re still a few weeks away from Turkey Day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start giving thanks. Here in Detroit, we’re feeling pretty thankful that so many business owners are coming to our city. After all, opportunity IS made in Detroit. Another thing you can give thanks for? Destination 313! Tune in to WJR-760 AM tonight at 7 p.m. to hear about Detroit’s best and brightest. Join hosts Paul W. Smith (WJR) and Stephen Luigi Piazza (Quicken Loans) for an inspirational hour that shares all the best things in the D. Here’s a quick rundown of tonight’s show!

Another business is moving to Detroit! Don’t miss Stuart Shoen who’ll drop by to talk about U-Haul’s new Detroit location. Shoen is the executive vice president of U-Haul International, and he’s had a key role in bringing more jobs to Detroit. U-Haul has a long history of buying unused properties and turning them into productive businesses that provide jobs; they’ve done it again by buying the Nabisco building in Detroit’s New Center. The company plans to provide basic truck and trailer rental services this winter, and once the revitalization of the building is complete, the facility will offer more than 930 indoor, single-level self-storage rooms. Want to learn more about U-Haul in the Motor City? Check out their Detroit blog.

Our very own Richard Mandell will tell you all about reverse mortgages. Richard is the CEO of One Reverse Mortgage, a member of the Quicken Loans Family of Companies. In case you’re not familiar with reverse mortgages, they’re FHA-approved home loans that allow homeowners 62 years and older to convert some of their home equity into tax-free cash. Basically, if you meet the age requirement and have enough equity, you can pull tax-free cash out of your home to use for just about anything. One Reverse Mortgage, a Detroit-based business, is in the spotlight because they’ve grown from just 16 team members in 2007 to more than 50 today… and counting! If you’d like more information, or if you’re considering a reverse mortgage, check out the industry’s fastest growing lender at OneReverseMortgage.com.

One of our goals is to turn Detroit into a tech hub, and it’s pretty clear that we’re succeeding. Our own Don Ward, a Quicken Loans software engineer, and David McKinnon, a Detroit Labs software developer, will be joining the hosts to talk about the 1DevDay Detroit 2012 Conference. 1DevDay Detroit is a software developer conference focused on providing a day of learning, networking and knowledge sharing for metro-Detroit software developers. This is the fourth annual conference, and it’s coming to Cobo on November 17. Over 450 software developers are expected to attend, and a portion of the profits will be donated to FORCE, a national nonprofit devoted to fighting hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Check out 1DevDayDetroit.com for more information.

Don’t forget to tune in this Friday evening, November 2, at 7 p.m. for all that and more!

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