Need your opinion- Would serve you better as a Business Networking Portal?

This past month, our parent company launched:, as a unique “petworking” portal for animal lovers and pet lovers to share laughs, stories, blog posts, pictures and videos.  The social networking site  is proving to be a very successful.

The site is setup similar to a “facebook” website where members can join groups, post events, post blogs, pictures and videos, while at the same time – they can view and “like” friend’s photos and content or even publicly posted content.

We recently joined the website (as and encourage our members to join also – please let us know what you think.

The question that we have for our followers is:  Would better serve you if it was a more “business networking” website?  Each member would still have their own “business advertisement” page – but they would also be able to create groups, upload images, create blogs etc..

What do you think?  Would it be more useful?  Please respond @michiganbd or on our facebook page: 

Wicked Weather today in Michigan

After two straight months of fabulously “warmer than usual” weather in Michigan, our streak has ended.  The ice and sleet coming down today and into early tomorrow is a cause for concern and a reason to stay off the roads.

Flights are cancelled throughout the state – putting a damper on holiday travel.  Goliath, as the storm is called is running it’s course.

Be safe, stay warm and stay off the roads for the rest of the day.

Government Opens Bidding on 3 Michigan Lighthouses

  • Visit our Michigan Lighthouse page to discover the beauty of lighthouses throughout Michigan.

The lighthouses are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places and are being sold through the U.S. General Services Administration.

Advancements in technology mean the Coast Guard no longer needs the lighthouses for navigation.

The Spectacle Reef Light in the Straits of Mackinac – Current bid: $10,000.

Only the lighthouse – not the property it sits on – is included in the sale. The 86-foot-tall gray conical light tower on a concrete crib sits 11 miles off the eastern end of Bois Blanc Island on the waters of Lake Huron.

The Ile aux Galets Light on Skillagalee Island on Lake Michigan – Current bid: $5000.

This lighthouse was built in 1888 on a remote islet in northeast Lake Michigan, seven miles northeast of Cross Village in Emmet County. The octagonal brick and stone hourglass tower is 58 feet high.

The Gravelly Shoal Light on Lake Huron in Au Gres – Current bid: $5000.

It’s located on Saginaw Bay, approximately 5 miles offshore from Aux Gres Township in Arenac County. The art deco style lighthouse was constructed in 1939 to mark the shoals around Big Charity Island. The 65-foot tower is constructed of reinforced concrete and steel with white markings.

Sounds like a steal to me?  Whoever buys them will be required to follow established standards for the treatment of historic properties.


Michigan Statewide Trail Planned!

Coincidentally coinciding with the launch of new Campground and Trail website, Michigan State officials are partnering with Michigan’s communities to create the Iron Belle trail, a 1,200-mile pathway starting in Detroit and ending way up in the western Upper Peninsula.

The Iron Belle trail – first introduced by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2012 – actually comprises of two trails. It includes a 774 mile biking trail and a 1,200 mile hiking trail.  It will start at Belle Isle Park in Detroit and end in Ironwood.

The Department of Natural Resources created a route based on existing trails in Michigan. About 65 percent of each trail is already in place.

The state’s resource agency and the Department of Transportation are helping communities get the funds and make plans to fill in the gaps.

“Dog Days of Summer Sales” available at a number of Michigan-based Online Stores



It was a sweltering June in Michigan with temperatures topping 90 degrees at least a third of the days.  But June will be no match for July, we hear.  The temperatures soared as we entered the month and 48 hours into July, the warmth continues.

That doesn’t stop the ingenius marketing firms in Michigan – there are alot of products that fly off the shelves when it’s hot and many “dog days of summer sales” are popping up offering sizzling discounts on items you need when the temperature sizzles.  Here are a few of our favorites:

Backyard Style –  The kid’s need a sprinkler, the grass needs a sprinkler and even the dog would appreciate a sprinkler.  But that’s not all – find other innovative items like soak hoses and bird baths that can be a boon to your yard on these hot days.  Oops, almost went on without telling you about the insta coupon: dogday that will give you a discount instantly.

GregRobert Pet Supplies – Fido needs some relief also and keeping him hydrated while he plays frisbee with you outside should be a concern.  Checkout the outdoor pet fountain that is a pet owner favorite, is on sale and you can use coupon: dogday to save 4 bucks more!

Shane’s Tack and Saddlery  – Where there’s heat, there are flys and it’s  important these days to keep those dang flys off your horses, dogs and most importantly – your back.  Check out the fly control sale and yes … use coupon dogday to save your additional 4 dollars.

Remember, keep cool, keep the flies away and make sure your dog and lawn is hydrated.  The rest will follow through.  Happy July and Happy “Dog Days of Summer” from the Michigan Business Directory.

Michigan Resident Petitions Obama Administration to Ban Spice


Ban all synthetic drugs including spice, k2 and related brands currently sold legally in gas stations and head shops.

Synthetic cannabis/marijuana is a growing and rampant problem in this country. In Michigan during the month of May:

  1. a man beat his father to death and put his brother and mother in critical condition while trying to get more money for synthetic cannabis.
  2. A grandmother shot her grandson due to his violent behavior that was a byproduct of synthetic cannabis intoxication.
  3. An 18 year old boy overdosed and was found dead on a beach less than a quarter mile from his home after smoking synthetic cannabis.

The frequencies of problems caused by a multitude of synthetic cannabis products have been increasing rapidly. Drug designers change the molecular structure of it each time a law is passed to ban the previous chemical composition. We must move to outlaw and ban all forms of synthetic cannabis.

Find out more information about the dangers of K2, spice and other synthetic drugs at

To sign the petition, CLICK HERE

To purchase a home test (to test a teenager at home) – CLICK HERE. Announces Additional Free Marketing Opportunities

For Immediate Release (Farmington Hills, MI)
Friday, April 27, 2012

The Michigan Business Directory ( ) announced the release of cutting edge  new features on the website, this morning.

The directory is a free online resource and marketing arm of over 50,000 businesses in the State of Michigan.  The Michigan Business Directory was launched in 2000 and offers businesses the ability to add listings, connect to social networks and market events for free as long as their company is incorporated in Michigan or is an online business that caters to Michigan residents.

With the new features, business owners, customers, representatives, vendors and partners have the capability to comment on any listing in the directory with their Facebook account.

Marketing Director, Mary Joyce stated “The directory chose integration with Facebook because it allows a degree of accountability.  We are assured that real people are giving comments.  It adds a dimension of trust for visitors and business owners alike.”

Listings remain free after a decade in business and is one of the top destinations in Michigan as measured by  Be sure to visit the directory if you own a business in Michigan and add your listing if you have not done so yet.  If you have a current listing, be sure to login with your facebook account and a few kudos for visitors to see.

Contacting your current customers and friends to add comments can only help your online reputation and marketing efforts.



Happy International Women’s Day to All! – March 8th

The 2012 Theme for International Women’s Day is:  “Empower Women – End Hunger and Poverty”

In adopting its resolution on the observance of Women’s Day, the General Assembly cited two reasons: to recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms require the active participation, equality and development of women; and to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security.

International Women’s Day events are held worldwide today. Various women, including political, community, and business leaders, as well as leading educators, inventors, entrepreneurs, and television personalities, are usually invited to speak at various events on the day. Such events may include seminars, conferences, luncheons, dinners or breakfasts. The messages given at these events often focus on various themes such as innovation, the portrayal of women in the media, or the importance of education and career opportunities.

Join Michigan Association for Female Entrepreneurs along with various partner organizations across the state as we celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women in Michigan and around the world.
  • In Southfield Michigan – Join Michigan Association for Female Entrepreneurs along with various partner organizations across the state as they celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women in Michigan and around the world.

Even if you cannot attend a major event today to celebrate International Women’s Day- please take a moment to reflect on the accomplishments of women in Michigan and elsewhere.

Pay if Forward with a Referral

Do you know of a great company in Michigan that deserves a little FREE online marketing?

Pay it forward and tell them about the free services that are offered at

The largest regional directory available online – The Michigan Business Directory offers companies in Michigan the opportunity to list their business and events for free.

Established in the early 2000’s, the directory has grown to over 50,000 member companies.  Not only does the directory offer these businesses this unique and effective online marketing channel, but they also help the businesses connect on facebook and other social media channels.  Businesses can input their facebook page URL to syndicate facebook interactions to their listings, increasing consumer or business interest in their company.

Ratings are available for companies and the directory is easily searchable for visitors to find your company in a particular Michigan city, county, category or by company name.

So … pay it forward and tell a few friends about this opportunity.  Karma is destined to return the favor!