Detroit, Michigan


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Detroit Business Signs

French colonists originally founded the city of Detroit at the beginning of the eighteenth century.  They named the city after the Detroit River, which in term was named ‘le detroit du lac Erie’, which translates into English as ‘the strait of Lake Erie’.  The city was originally a fort, ‘Fort Pnotchartrain du Detroit’, named after the strait and the comte de Pontchartrain, who was Minister of Marine under Louis XIV.  The fort was established by French officer Antoine de La Mothe Cadillac.  Detroit was later incorporated into a city in 1806.

According to a 2013 U.S. Census estimate, Detroit’s urban population is 3,734,090, which makes it the 11th most populous city in the country.  The urban center serves as the business, cultural, financial, and transportation center for the Metro Detroit area, which is home to 5.2 million people.  It is the 14th largest metropolitan area in the United States.

Detroit is known for two things: motorcars and music.  At one time it was even considered the world’s automotive center, and ‘Detroit’ is a metonym for the American automobile industry.  Detroit is home to the big three automakers: General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler.  The city and its surrounding areas also serve as the home base for several automobile manufacturers such as Autoparts Manufacturing Company, Beisel Motorette Company, Belmont Electric Auto Company, Berwick Auto Car Company, Clipper Automobile Company, Griswold Motor Car Company, Hitchcock Motor Car Company, Lincoln Motor Car Company, Menominee Electric Manufacturing Company, Nielson Motor Car Company, Pilgrim Motor Car Company, and Rex Motor Company.

As for music, Detroit has been a major player in the industry for multiple decades.  Artists such as Aretha Franklin, Madonna, Eminem, MC5, The Stooges, Bob Seger, Amboy Dukes featuring Ted Nugent, Rare Earth, Alice Cooper, The White Stripes, The Von Bondies, Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker, and Insane Clown Posse hail from the area.  But perhaps the institution from Detroit that has had the biggest impact upon the American music industry is Motown Records, which was founded by former auto plant worker Berry Gordy Jr. in 1959.  Motown Records rose to prominence in the 60s and 70s with artists such as Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Diana Ross & The Supremes, the Jackson 5, Martha and the Vandellas, The Spinners, Gladys Knight & the Pips, The Marvelettes, The Elgins, The Monitors, The Velvelettes, and Marvin Gaye.  Detroit’s theatre venue circuit is the nation’s largest host of Broadway performances outside New York City.

Detroit and its surrounding metropolitan area also serve as the headquarters for companies such as Quicken Loans, Ally Financial, Compuware, Shinola, American Axle, Meridian Health, Little Caesars, DTE Energy, Low Campbell Ewald, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Rossetti Architects.

The city of Detroit is home to four major professional sports teams.  The NFL’s Detroit Lions play their home games in Ford Field.  The Lions have won four NFL Championships, but all of them came before the Super Bowl era.  The NBA’s Detroit Pistons play in The Palace of Auburn Hills and have won three championships.  The NHL’s Detroit Red Wings play in the Joe Louis Arena and have won eleven Stanley Cups.  MLB’s Detroit Tigers play at Comerica Park, were founded in 1894, and have four World Series titles to their names.

Do you own a small business in the Detroit Metro area?  Are you considering it?  These resources could prove useful:

Apply for a Business License in Detroit

Start or Grow Your Business in Detroit

Detroit Regional Chamber (of Commerce)

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