Dot Com marks 15 years
From a start-up business in 2002 to a complete online marketing company with a portfolio of over 800 websites, Linda Francetich is celebrating the 15th anniversary of her web design business, Dot Com Web Productions LLC.
Before starting her business, Francetich did not have any computer experience, other than turning her ancient DOS-based IBM 386-SX on and off to transcribe legal deposition documents. She had spent 15 years as a court reporter until a “disaster” in 1997 when she crashed her computer and inadvertently learned how to fix it herself.
She said that exploration led her to the business she still runs today — a business that many Downriver businesses turn to when they need an online presence. (read more…)
Do you know where this is?
Photo Caption: The business location pictured above can be found some-where within the boundaries of Trenton or Grosse Ile. Do you think you know what it is? If you do, please email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All correct answers will be entered into a random drawing. The winner will receive a $20 TV’s Deli Diner gift card. The entry deadline is 9 a.m., June 15. Last month’s Mystery Location was KDI Kitchen & Bath, 2100 West Road, Trenton. The winner of the TV’s gift card was Chris Jakubek of Grosse Ile.
Yes, I admit it and I embrace the fact that I am a born-and-bred Downriver girl. Some think there is also a connotation that goes along with that. Some may think we are not as sophisticated as those born and bred in other counties of Michigan.
We do not have a Somerset collection in our region or a Trader Joe’s because of those who believe that our collective spending index is too low to warrant such luxuries. But what Downriver does have to offer is real. Real families, real business values and real issues that are being solved through cooperative efforts in Downriver groups that other counties and governments cannot even fathom in comparison.
Before I had children, my business was comprised of clients from Sault St. Marie, Mich., to Toledo Ohio. Looking for a little less drive time once the boys came along, I decided my marketing consulting niche would be the Downriver area. While other business associates wondered how I could survive without expanding to include other areas, I was growing my business and decreasing my mileage by sticking with exclusive marketing for Downriver companies.
Downriver organizations were recently described to me by a Southfield resident attending an event with me at Crystal Gardens as “the most friendly, down-to-Earth people to work with.” And in my perception, this is so true. Downriver has been “very, very good” to me, for my family and my business.
When we started the Trib in 2009, we were told we may be a bit foolish as the newspaper industry was a dying breed, especially in other Michigan counties. But then again, we started this business with the only intention being to bring better communication to people in the area and if we just broke even for a bit, we were willing to make that investment. We have hired and contracted with other Downriver-ites through the years who feel the same way and we have had the good fortune to provide work and commerce within our little niche.
These past few months it seems that either due to lack of local news or perhaps our own home town enthusiasm may have sparked a niche media trend. We see other small town publications are popping up. Of course, this is America and competition is always good to keep you on your toes. So be assured that we will continue to go over and above for our advertisers as well as find the most interesting and relevant, feel good news in our community.
My partner Joe Hoshaw and I have made vast strides to build relationships, create value and make investments in the Downriver area in the last eight years of our publication. We have always believed in going further than what our readers and advertisers expect and it always comes back to us two-fold. Sometimes it comes back so we can pay bills, sometimes it is based in true satisfaction, like when someone is totally thrilled with a story you wrote about them or an ad that brings in a windfall of cash to an advertiser.
This past month we attracted a new advertiser who has never had to or wanted to advertise before. They simply wanted to just support our efforts because they liked what we are doing. Now that type of support and authentication is what I think Downriver is all about.
Kathy Kane is business manager and co-publisher of the Trenton Trib. Contact her at email@example.com or (734) 676-0850. Comments and story ideas also can be emailed to the Trib at firstname.lastname@example.org
BY SHEILA R. McAFEE
A month into the West Road construction project, businesses and motorists are adjusting to life in the slow lane without too much complaint.
The $3.4 million project, expected to last through November, has traffic down to one lane in each direction from Fort Street to Allen Road as Wayne County oversees road resurfacing and the improvement of sidewalk ramps, bridges and guardrails along the three-mile stretch of road.
“I think people are dealing with the inconvenience,” said Mayor Kyle Stack. “We haven’t had a lot of complaints from residents because I think they know how much the work had to be done.” (read more…)
Family-run firm adapts with times
David Moxlow, the second-generation owner of Trenton Forging Co., first took an interest in the family business at age 10, initially retrieving parts dropped into spaces too small for the adult workers to fit into.
One could say his role with the company grew from there. Early on he specialized in tying steel re-rod bars together, and then he worked every station in the plant, eventually taking over for his father, company founder George Moxlow, in 1982.
David Moxlow’s wife, Renee, worked at the business for 26 years as the head of human resources until she retired four years ago. His son, Dane, and daughter, Chelsea, have also had experiences at the business. Dane is still involved when he can, as he also created his own business, the Detroit Motion Co., which handcrafts functional art and customized vehicles. Chelsea is the health educator for Livingston County.
The forging industry has been coming out of the “Dark Ages” for some time.
“We are just trying to expedite the process with modern technology and a new mindset of developing our greatest asset – our people,” Moxlow said. “We currently build the robotics components for floor robots at Amazon and we are augmenting our (Faro Scanning) Blue Light Laser Scanning technology with 3D printing technology to use when reverse engineering or creating new products for our customers. We can bring the product to “life” with three-dimensional plastic models made overnight.” (read more…)
Do you know where this is?
The business location pictured above can be found some-where within the boundaries of Trenton or Grosse Ile. Do you think you know what it is? If you do, please email your answer to email@example.com. All correct answers will be entered into a random drawing. The winner will receive a $20 TV’s Deli Diner gift card. The entry deadline is 9 a.m., May 15. Last month’s Mystery Location was Classic Construction, 7780 Macomb St., Grosse Ile. The winner of the TV’s gift card was Grace Nashlen of Grosse Ile.
BY SHEILA R. McAFEE
The owners of Smokies on the Water are ready to welcome back boaters, golfers and swimmers to the Water’s Edge clubhouse.
Business has been steady since October, but quiet enough for Scott McBeath and Tom Mercurio to assess their first year of operations and prepare to meet the desires and demands of the summertime crowds using the township’s golf course, pool and marina. (read more…)
Dan Clancy, a Certified Residential Specialist and Graduate of Realtor Institute, has been in the real estate business for 40 years. He met his wife Gay at Century 21, where he worked for her father, then they started their own company, Southern Wayne Realty, a few years later for 22 years, and then most recently he was an agent at Zanglin Realty in Trenton.
Realizing he wanted to be on his own again, he started Galaxy Real Estate in December 2016. Clancy specializes in commercial/industrial and residential listings. He brings his experience and high level of service expertise to every closing table. His motto is “Always put client interests first.”
Clancy said he finds his best clients through referrals of other clients, “because they know I care. We research for our clients the area comps with a personal touch.”
Clancy is a member of Trenton Business Association, the Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors, Multiple Listing Services and is a volunteer at the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.
For more information call Galaxy at (734) 558-1617. The office is located at 2836 W. Jefferson Ave., inside the Executive Suites of Trenton building near the corner of West Road.
BY SHEILA R. McAFEE
Pulling up to the corner of Sixth and Forest streets in Wyandotte is a step back in time. Within the cozy residential neighborhood, classic neon logos from Camel and Kool cigarettes shine in the windows of Frank’s Café, which has been at the corner since 1933, one of numerous corner taverns and cafes that have since closed, save for Frank’s and the Chene Adele Bar on Orange at Sixth.
Opening the door at the top of the front steps and stepping inside, not much has changed over time, from the décor to the perch fish dinners. The walls are knotty pine, the floor is linoleum and some of the tables were once used for euchre games decades ago. The perch dinner is still generous and delicious. The beer is icy cold. While many patrons order Pabst, craft beers are served, too. (read more…)
Founded in 1917, Ernest W. Smith built a small family business that focused on servicing the community and putting the customer first. In 1930, his son Edgar Smith purchased the agency on 336 Poplar St. in Wyandotte. Edgar remained president until 1967, and the agency expanded to Biddle Ave. before building its current headquarters at 1717 Fort Street in Wyandotte. (read more…)