Joseph Jeup is a craftsman-turned-designer of heirloom-quality modern residential furnishings. About 90 percent of Joseph Jeup Inc.’s made-to-order pieces are purchased for executive homes (think the wealthiest 1 percent). The rest are for lobbies and VIP suites at upscale hotels such as the Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons. Many of Jeup’s past designs have been for private labels. This year, he’s expanding his own line as a way to stabilize workflow at his manufacturing facility near the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.
It was faith and family that inspired John Loeks, president of Celebration Cinemas, to put his business connections to use for children in the West African nation of Sierra Leone.
For a relatively small company, Founders Bank & Trust does a lot for the community. Every year the bank selects a handful of charities to highlight and offers ways for employees to get involved.
The innovation sector of Michigan’s economy continues to improve from recession levels, according to an index developed by iLabs, the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research.
Working with MOPs for free doesn’t sound like gratifying work. However, what Jesper Dinesen, owner of the web development firm <engine/>, did for Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPs) is a far cry from scrubbing floors.