Week of 4.24.17

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JVS Trade Secrets

“And life goes on,” said Connie Holzer, honorary chair and keynote speaker at the JVS Trade Secrets fundraising dinner. (It attracted record attendance - 560 @ $150 and up – to the Troy Marriott.) Holzer’s unique business experience did not even begin until her car dealer husband of 52 years died when she was 70 years old. Although the economy was in the dumps, she mortgaged the home where she had raised six children, got concessions from their 130 employees, and rebuilt the Tom Holzer Ford dealership into the 4th ranked regionally and 10th ranked nationally. “You are never too old to begin a new life,” she concluded. Women to Work recipient Kimberly Baker, whose fairytale life crashed when her husband went to jail for tax fraud, praised Judy Richmond and the JVS computer program. She attended it on a scholarship. “And now..because of people in this room... I can feed my kids,” Baker said, apologizing for her tears. The venue provided ample space to display the event’s traditional pick-your-own-prize raffle of 62 items, the main cocktail hour diversion.
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oakland confidential

May 2017

MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO NOWHERE: A budget proposal by the Trump administration may be the final blow to plans for a regional mass transit system for southeast Michigan. A proposed Regional Transit Authority (RTA) millage failed in November 2016, when voters in Oakland and Macomb counties rejected the four-county millage, while passing in Wayne and Washtenaw counties. Deal was, it had to win in three of ...more»
Help support Xpress magazine

Downtown Publications is now working on the possible launch of a new monthly newsmagazine for the LGBT community in southeast Michigan, called Xpress.

This will be the second monthly newsmagazine produced by Downtown Publications from our offices in Birmingham.

The editorial focus of Xpress will be to celebrate the accomplishments of the LGBT community through feature stories and personality profiles, combined with in-depth features exploring the issues facing the LGBT community.

The impetus for Xpress was a number of requests from members of the LGBT community to have Publisher David Hohendorf focus his publishing skills on a publication for the LGBT community.

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Hohendorf has been networking with members of the community over the last 18 months and conducted several focus group meetings with a variety of gay and lesbian citizens to gauge reaction to his concept for a magazine like Xpress.

Downtown Publications is currently raising funds on kickstarter.com to help defray the costs of launching Xpress magazine. If you visit our project online, you will be able to get more details about this publication and how you can support our effort for as little as a $1 donation.

We look forward to bringing Xpress to the market in June and appreciate any support you can give to our publishing effort on behalf of the LGBT community.

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