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Opportunity Detroit: November Guest Highlights

November blew in and out with a cool fall breeze. Paul W. Smith (WJR) and Stephen Luigi Piazza (Quicken Loans) invited lots of guests to their radio studio for Thanksgiving dinner. Well, not really, but they did capture some interesting news for their weekly Opportunity Detroit radio show, which airs Friday nights on WJR-760 AM. When you listen, you’re bound to learn something new about the Motor City!

Here are just a few of the topics and guests featured in November:

Find out which bank is moving its offices to downtown Detroit. Recent guest David Girodat is president and CEO of Fifth Third Bank Eastern Michigan. He said the bank is moving 150 full-time employees to One Woodward Avenue. The bank also is investing tens of millions of dollars in Detroit’s revitalization in conjunction with Fifth Third’s move. This includes charitable donations, small business lending and tax credit investments in downtown and Midtown. Fifth Third also is partnering with the city to revamp Hart Plaza to enhance the riverfront!

Meet the man who captures compelling stories of small businesses in Detroit. Greg Dilone is the founder and president of Imagine Detroit. He helps companies with branding by visiting businesses and interviewing the owners to hear their stories. Then, his team produces a video that tells the business’ unique story. The goal is to boost exposure and traffic to the independent businesses. So far, Imagine Detroit has told 55 stories with a goal of completing at least 200 videos. Check out the videos at

Find out which area nonprofit aims to raise $9 million this holiday season. Recent guest Major Mark Anderson works for the Salvation Army, which launched its annual Red Kettle fundraiser on November 21. Salvation Army donations help provide more than 3 million meals and cover costs for thousands of Detroit-area residents in local shelters. Locals can show their support by volunteering as red kettle bell ringers, donating to red kettles in the area or supporting the Salvation Army’s social media campaign. The “Paint the City Red Day” celebration on December 17 marks the end of the campaign with a live performance of holiday music on Campus Martius. Learn more at

Learn about a probate judge who published a love letter to the Motor City! Judge Terrance Keith is the author of “Sunrise on the Detroit River: A Love Letter to Detroit.” He was appointed to Wayne County probate court by former Governor Jennifer Granholm in 2010. Judge Keith’s book, which was published by Detroit-based Ashworth & Keith, Inc., is a collection of photographs that were taken around the Detroit River. The photos highlight the beauty of sunrises and sunsets in the city. The learn more about the book, visit

Don’t forget to tune in for the next show on Friday evening, December 12, at 7:00 p.m. ET for all that and more!

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