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Rivers Realty Cements its Place in Detroit History

Detroit ranks among the top five American cities that host “ the largest number of minority-owned small businesses ,” according to a 2017 Fortune report . The city’s varied redevelopment and investment initiatives have helped ensure that Detroit entrepreneurs maintain stability and have the opportunity to grow and thrive. Rivers Realty Group is one such business that has stood the test of time. Established four decades ago by Ron Rivers, Rivers Realty Group is a family-owned real estate business, located in the heart of Detroit’s historic district. The company helps customers find their new homes, makes investor sales, provides relocation services, and manages properties. Rivers is the president of Rivers Realty and Rivers Investment Management. His daughter, Lauren Rivers, left corporate America to join her father at Rivers Realty in 2014, and is now managing broker. Although the company sprang from modest beginnings, initially operating within the Rivers’ family home, it has been...

Emily Adeyanju

Jan 22, 2020

These Programs are Helping Detroit’s Tech Entrepreneurs Succeed

Finding a dedicated program for entrepreneurs not only helps you grow your business but maintain your sanity in the process. While it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking you can run, manage, and scale a business on your own; a business can’t grow without support. Beyond day-to-day funding support, at some point, you’ll need strategic guidance and direction — especially when you’re ready to scale. What got you here won’t get you there. Feelings of hopelessness and isolation are also prevalent for entrepreneurs. Should I quit or stay in the game? I’ve tried everything, and nothing is working. To help you avoid burnout, find resources and uncover the blind spots preventing you from reaching the next level of success, a diverse professional network is crucial. Even founder of FUBU and “Shark Tank” investor, Daymond John, said: “Mentors are one of the main reasons why people are successful.” If you’re an entrepreneur or aspiring business owner located in or around Detroit, you’re in...

Kandia Johnson

Jan 16, 2020