Online Stories

Mid Michigan’s Second Wave

“Midland company driving sustainability and growing communities with biodiesel,” 8/24/10

“Battery-powered business drives new technology to market, cost savings to consumers,” 7/27/10

“MidMichigan Innovation Center helps ignite region’s economic engine,” 6/22/10

Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce

“Regional Chamber Membership Brings Bottomline Benefits, Growth to Area Businesses,” 2/15/10

“Revitalization of Downtown Flint Gathers Momentum with Rowe Building Completion,” 2/15/10

“Genesee Regional Chamber CEO Appointed to Key State Economic Board,” 2/15/10

“In Your Corner,” 2/15/10

“Companies Trim Employment Costs, Gain Well-Trained Workers Through SYI, TeenQuest,” 1/15/10

“FedEx Facility Expansion Opens Door for More Business, Economic Growth in Region,” 12/15/09

“PTAC Helps Local Industries Secure $6.8 Million Defense Contract,” 11/15/09

“PTAC Has Record Year: $71 Million in Government Contracts,” 11/15/09

“Selling to the Government Helps Companies Diversify, Remain Profitable,” 10/15/09

“Buick City Project: Not Sitting Idle Behind the Scenes,” 9/15/09

“Buick City Takes Center Stage at Brownfield Community Forum,” 9/15/09

“PTAC Program at the Genesee Regional Chamber Continues to Grow, Help Businesses Succeed,” 9/15/09

“Regional Chamber and Community Leaders Unite in Effort to Redevelop Flint’s Buick City Site,” 8/15/09

“Genesee County Water Pipeline Would Boost Economic Development in Region,” 7/15/09

“MMTC Helps Mac Arthur Corporation Streamline Processes, Boost Bottom Line,” 7/15/09

“PTAC Seminar Designed to Put High-Tech Companies on U.S. Military Radar,” 7/15/09

“Recession-Proof Your Business—Learn How to Sell to the Government,” 6/15/09

“PTAC Training Helps Area Businesses Cash in on Opportunities,” 4/15/09

“Even in Economic Downturn, PTAC Brings Success, Needed Dollars to Small Business Owners,” 3/15/09

Daily Dash, WWJ Newsradio 950, Detroit

“Ready, Set, ROWE! Create a Results-Only Work Environment in Your Workplace,” 9/17/08

“The Results-Only Work Environment: Workplace of the Future?” 9/10/08

“Beyond the 9 to 5 Routine: Tips on How to Create a Flexible Workplace,” 9/3/08

“Develop a Plan, Prepare for the Baby Boomer Retirement Surge,” 8/13/08

“E-Discovery: When Legal Trouble Hits, the Delete Button Will Not Protect You,” 6/25/08

“Your Summertime Office Image: Infield at a NASCAR Race or Professional Workplace,” 6/18/08

“Boost Your Productivity by Learning to Manage Your Time,” 5/27/08

“It Really Is Money: Helping Your Employees Manage Time Can Increase Productivity,” 5/28/08

“Hanging on to Top Employees: Two Local Employers Share Their Secrets,” 5/7/08

“Keeping Employees Engaged Can Pay Big Dividends for Businesses,” 4/17/08

“Have You Mentally Checked Out? Re-Energize Your Career by Changing Your Outlook,” 4/16/08

“High Anxiety: HR Pros See More Employees Seeking Help for Financial Distress,” 2/20/08

“Jerk-Proof Your Workplace, Boost Your Company’s Bottom Line,” 1/30/08

“Ho-Ho-Ho HR Horrors: Holidays in the Workplace Ripe for Legal Surprises,” 12/5/07

“Managing Remotely: How to Go Global Without Going Crazy,” 11/19/07

“Leadership Development Is Key: UM’s Tichy Offers Lessons from Crotonville,” 11/12/07

mediabistro.com

“Keep Freelance Dollars Coming in a Recession,” 9/22/08

“Perfecting the Art of the In-Person Pitch,” 3/31/08

“More Flow, Less Ebb: Breaking the Feast-or-Famine Freelance Cycle,” 1/16/08

“Media Layoffs: How To Survive and Thrive,” 5/22/07

Blogging

ProBlogger

“5 Ways Blogging Can Make You a Better Writer,” 1/26/09

TwiTip

“8 Sure-Fire Ways To Tick Off the Twitterverse,” 1/9/09

“8 Ways that Twitter Can Grow Your Freelance Business,” 12/18/08

b5media.com

“Deadly Freelance Assumptions (Or How to Go Out of Business),” 1/7/09

“How To Write LOIs Editors Can’t Refuse,” 12/18/08

“Break the Feast-or-Famine Freelance Cycle,” 12/16/08

“Cool Tools to Use: Organize Your Social (Media) Life,” 11/18/08

Magazines/Trade Publications

“Tough Times Don’t Last, but Tough Business Owners Do: How to Rethink Recession and Make it Work for You,” FOCUS on Small Business, trade publication for the Small Business Association of Michigan, February 2009

“Michigan Chamber Celebrates 50th Anniversary,” Michigan Forward magazine, trade publication for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, January/February 2009

“Michigan Chamber PAC Packs a Powerful Punch,” Michigan Forward magazine, trade publication for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, September/October 2008

“A Design for Living: 85-year-old Herman Miller’s Aeron Chairs Have Become a Symbol of Corporate America Treating Employees Well. But How Does the Company Motivate Its Own?” Incentive magazine, October 2008

“The Golden Rule Works for Plante & Moran,” Incentive magazine, July 2008

Press Releases

Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce

“Area Business Leaders Celebrate Downtown Flint Redevelopment Milestone,” 1/26/10

“Strong Partnerships Make Magna Electronics Project a Reality,” 12/17/09

“MEGA Board Announces Tax Credit to International Auto Supplier’s Grand Blanc Twp. Operations,” 12/15/09

“JPMorgan Chase Grants $75,000 for Genesee Regional Chamber Initiatives,” 12/14/09

“$6.8 Million Defense Contract Awarded to Adaptive Manufacturing Solutions and Burton Industries,” 10/15/09

“Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce and Key Community Stakeholders to Hold Forum on Brownfield Properties,” 7/30/09

“Genesee Regional Chamber’s CEO Named to Top State Economic Development Board,” 5/29/09

“Genesee County Forms New Economic Development Alliance,” 5/5/09

Ghostwriting

Howard Finster: The Early Years, Thelma Finster Bradshaw

Newspapers

“Last Rites for the Ritz,” The Anniston Star (Alabama Associated Press, 1995 First Place, News Features)

There’s nothing ritzy about the Ritz. No red carpet, no chandeliers, no concierge. Nothing about it lives up to the placard on the front side of the century-old hotel.

But the west Anniston boarding house is home to the 16 people who live there. And at $45 a week, it beats the streets. There’s heat, cable TV, lights, two telephones for local calls and a house cat named Priscilla.

“Limousine brings questions about CAA,” The Anniston Star (story launched state and federal investigations)

The black 1988 Lincoln Towncar limousine parked behind the Calhoun County Administration building looks out of place among the vans and the vehicles of the staff members who work inside.

To some, however, it stands out even more because of who owns it. The $11,841 limo was purchased in March by the Community Action Agency.

What is a poverty-fighting agency doing with a stretch limo?

“Questions of accountability—Poverty-fighting agency mired in battle over bookkeeping: Attorney general, district attorney probing finances,” The Anniston Star

For years, the Community Action Agency has operated in relative obscurity. Even the agency’s own board members appear to have paid little attention to how the CAA was spending the millions of dollars it receives each year to fight poverty in Calhoun, Cleburne and Cherokee counties.

That is, until the agency purchased a stretch limousine about two years ago to rent out and bring more money into its transportation program.

Now the anti-poverty agency finds itself embattled on several fronts.

Local, state and federal officials are combing through the CAA’s books and raising a lot of questions that could force the agency to repay thousands of dollars at a time when a shortfall of money has already forced it to make cutbacks.

“Mountain of debt: Creditors, FBI search through toppled empire,” The Anniston Star

Joe Williamson built the tallest building in downtown Anniston in 1987. Now, he’s building one of the largest files in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, drawing the ire of at least 426 creditors and the interest of FBI agents.

Two years after Williamson, the owner of J.H. Williamson Oil Co. and a string of car washes across the Southeast, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, he and his creditors still can’t agree on a plan for him to repay about $13 million in debts.

“Serena Sheets: A study in courage and strength,” The Anniston Star

Seven months ago, Serena Sheets was lying in a Birmingham hospital bed with a broken neck and a broken back, drifting in a cloud of morphine. When the painkillers wore off, reality crashed into her mind like a semi truck on the wrong side of the road: She was paralyzed from the waist down.

Halloween night, she was thrown from a car on the way to “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” in Birmingham. That night, Serena learned that horror sometimes gets played on the screen of your own life, that it sometimes hits you with squealing tires, shattered glass, broken bones and broken dreams.

The doctors told her she’d never walk again.

“Woman’s death raises concerns about system,” The Anniston Star

Debra Key told her friends and family she’d eventually die at the hands of ex-husband, Gary Key.

They didn’t want to believe her, but they listened to her fears and opened their doors to the 42-year-old Oxford woman. Away from her trailer, Mrs. Key could leave behind the dark prediction that seemed to haunt her at every turn.

Mrs. Key and her 13-year-old daughter, Brandy, hoped that someday they’d be able to sleep in their own beds without a gun by their side.