Regarded as a major cultural and business center, the largest American city on the US- Canadian border and the second largest city in the Midwest, Detroit, Michigan is known for its contributions to music, art, architecture and design. Synonymous with the American automotive industry, Detroit headquarters the “Big Three” automobile manufacturers, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. Also, the original home of the Motown Sound, Barry Gordy Jr. built an American music empire in Detroit with iconic music acts; such as, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye and a lengthy list of other soul and R&B music groups and individuals. With a prominent port on the Detroit River, located on a strait that connects the Great Lakes to the Saint Lawrence Seaway in addition to one of the busiest airports in the country, Detroit is a major transportation hub. Detroit also has the second largest economy in the Midwest, behind Chicago.
Major corporations are located in Detroit, largely represented by manufacturing, finance, technology and healthcare; as well as three Fortune 500 companies, General Motors, Ally Financial and DTE Energy. Other significant companies that call Detroit home include Quicken Loans, Compuware, Shinola, American Axle, Little Caesars, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Rossetti Architects. Downtown Detroit comprises of one-fifth of the city’s employment base with large brand presences of Comerica, KPMG, Chrysler, Fifth Third Bank, HP Enterprise, Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Ernst & Young. In downtown Detroit, the population of young professionals moving into the area is boosting the retail sector, spawning popular restaurants, bars and stylish retail shops. Many business tax initiatives in the downtown zone are creating recreational spaces, as well, such as, Detroit Riverwalk, Campus Martius Park, Dequindre Cut Greenway and Green Alleys in Midtown. In a city that offers many initiatives for small businesses to grow and revitalized areas to set down your roots, Detroit’s a culturally diverse and happening place to set up shop.