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Opportunity Detroit Radio: July Guest Highlights

July literally came in with fireworks along with some awesome guests on the Opportunity Detroit radio show! Paul W. Smith (WJR) and Stephen Luigi Piazza (Quicken Loans) want you to tune into WJR-760 AM every Friday night to find out about all of the things that make Detroit amazing!

Here are just a few of the guests featured in July:

Are you ready to experience IT in Detroit? Andy Frey, chief technology officer at Marketing Associates, came by to discuss ExperienceIT Detroit, which is an eight-week training program that teaches young adults about information technology. Participants learn about .Net, Java, SQL Server and MySQL, as well as communication and interview skills to land jobs in IT. This year’s program kicked off on June 23 and is being led by Grand Circus. There are 45 participants, although more than 200 applications were received. Learn more at

Learn how old, hazardous tires are being reused locally. The Rev. Faith Fowler, pastor of Cass Community United Methodist Church, is also CEO of Detroit Treads, which uses old tires to create new products. Detroit Treads partners with tire recycling facility Entech Inc. to make sandal soles. Rev. Fowler is passionate about conservation and keeping old tires out of area landfills.

Get the lowdown on a new Midtown restaurant with a rotating dish menu. Marc Djozlija and Dave Kwiatkowski are co-owners of Wright & Co., which recently opened in the historic Wright Kay Building. Wright & Co. offers a contemporary twist on American cuisine with a wide selection of specialty drinks. Djozlija and Kwiatkowski are proud to offer a menu where all items are $20 or less. Visit to check out all the tasty dishes on the menu.

Learn about a local nonprofit connecting businesses, education and community. Arts & Scraps creates products from recycled materials and educates kids about how to protect the environment. The organization was founded by Director Peg Upmeyer and educates more than 275,000 children annually. Arts & Scraps receives more than 28 tons of material a year from nearly 190 businesses in the Detroit area and uses the materials to make various art kits. Learn more at

Don’t forget to tune in for the next show on Friday evening, August 8, at 7:00 p.m. ET for all that and more!

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