Kassey Makki, Owner of Kassey Auto Repair Complete Auto Service in Grandmont Rosedale

Kassey Makki has been in business in Grandmont Rosedale for close to 20 years and at his current location, 19200 Schoolcraft, for the last 10 years. Kassey (pronounced “Casey”), has many repeat customers whom he greets always with “How are you, Honey?” Knowing that his customers trust him, Kassey asks even the long-time customers “Are…

Jennifer Russell of Russell Creative Communications Calls the Grand River WorkPlace Home for her Business

Jennifer Russell offers marketing communication support for small businesses and non-profits. Her writing skills, savvy marketing sense, and experience as a strategist for getting the word out about her clients’ events, products, and services make Jennifer a valuable asset for any small business or non-profit. Jennifer has had a great deal of success working with…

Meet Karl Baer of Baer Poultry Farms, a Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market Vendor

Karl Baer of Baer Poultry Farms in Adrian, Michigan is one of our returning vendors at the Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market. Both Karl and his wife Carolyn were raised on farms in Michigan and in fact Karl and Carolyn currently live on Carolyn’s five-generation family farm. They raise free-range, USDA inspected, chemical-free chickens and turkeys.…

Business Growth Manager and WorkPlace Member, Tony Farris

Tony Farris is the Business Growth Manager for the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council, formerly known as the Center for Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED). The nonprofit organization has been around for 31 years. CEED started in Detroit in 1996 as a micro lending firm and alternative financer for small businesses. Today the organization provides…

Chris Ibrahim, Owner of Rosedale Community Pharmacy

Chris Ibrahim, the owner of Rosedale Community Pharmacy at 19220 Grand River, is sincere about the “Community” in his business name. Before opening his own pharmacy 11 years ago, Chris worked for a chain drug store and felt that the personal service that the chain store offered was lacking. As the owner of his own…

Nothin But Blessins’ Owner and WorkPlace Member Tangela Johnson

Nothin But Blessins’ is a non-profit organization that provides mentoring programs for children, men and women from disadvantaged circumstances to overcome challenges and develop positive life skills. Tangela Johnson founded the organization in 2010 in Alabama in hopes of bringing communities together and helping people in need. Through a collaboration with Christian Women of Unity…

Larissa Carr, Grand River WorkPlace Manager

Larissa Carr, GRDC’s Grand River WorkPlace Manager, was recently recognized by University of Detroit Mercy (UDM), as a W.K. Kellogg Master of Community Development Fellow and Spotlight feature. As the Spotlight indicates, Larissa is “leading the economic development initiatives and programs to help the Grand River corridor thrive.” Larissa is indeed busy scheduling programming helpful…