Opportunity Detroit: Nourishing Future Entrepreneurs - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Good things are happening every day in the Motor City – and Paul W. Smith (WJR) and Stephen Luigi Piazza (Quicken Loans) want to share it all with you. They’ll be coming to you tonight from Cobo Hall with an inspirational show. From the people who are working hard to help future Detroit entrepreneurs, to the people who have already made a place for themselves in the Motor City, the D has a lot to be excited about. Tune into WJR-760 AM tonight for all that and more. Here’s a quick rundown of tonight’s show!

You’ll hear from people who are shaping future Detroit entrepreneurs. Mike Fezzey is the president of Huntington Bank, and he’s excited to tell you about their latest and greatest sponsorship, Lemonade Day Detroit. On June 8, Huntington Bank will sponsor Lemonade Day, a program that aims to give youth the tools to be successful entrepreneurs. They’ll spend the day walking children and adults through every step of starting a business. Lemonade Day benefits more than just the kids who are participating; their motto is “spend a little, save a little and share a little,” and in 2012, the participants donated nearly a quarter million dollars to local charities. Learn more about this program tonight, and get more information by visiting Detroit.LemonadeDay.org.

You’ll hear about an amazing event that’s coming to Detroit…tomorrow! Amber Conville is a Detroit Labs team member, and she plays an instrumental role in the success of MobiDevDay, an annual conference that offers software developers a place to learn, network and interact in the local community. She’ll be telling us about MobiDevDay Detroit 2013, which will be at Cobo tomorrow, May 4. Participants will hear from more than 40 presenters, including legendary product engineer and app developer Mike Lee. The good news is that you can still grab tickets for this all-day event, so check out MobiDevDayDetroit.com for more information, and don’t forget to listen to tonight’s show!

You’ll hear a real-life story about relocating to downtown Detroit. Kevin Metheny is the new Program Director for WJR News Radio 760. Originally from Ohio, Kevin had only a few weeks to find a place to live in Detroit. After a bit of searching, he found a great space in the famed Kales Building in Grand Circus Park. The Kales Building was originally constructed as the world headquarters of the S.S. Kresge Company (you might know them better as K-Mart) and was hailed as one of Detroit’s most revered early skyscrapers, with enormous windows wrapping around the façade. Kevin is going to tell you his story because it’s a shining example of urban renewal at its finest. In fact, according to a survey by D:hive and the Downtown Detroit Partnership, rental occupancy rates in the immediate downtown area hit 97% last fall – a wonderful sign for the city of Detroit! And it’s irrefutable proof that the Motor City is on its way back to greatness.

Don’t forget to tune in this Friday evening, May 3, at 7:00 p.m. ET for all that and more!

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