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Michigan Retailers Report Dec. Sales Rise Over Nov.

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December retail sales index up year-over-year

Michigan Retailers Association today reports that December 2023 sales rose for the first time since September, landing at 47.1 on the 100-point Retail Index.

Michigan Retailers Reports Retail Sales Fall Again

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Retailers report second consecutive month of sales decrease

Michigan Retailers Association today reports that November 2023 sales fell for the second consecutive month, landing at 41.0 on the 100-point Retail Index.

MRA to Award 13 Retailers Foundation Scholarships in 2024

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MRA’s annual scholarship competition will launch on Jan. 1 for the 2024-25 academic year. The Foundation will award 13 scholarships, each worth $3,500. Contributions to the MRA Foundation come from MRA members,

How to Attract New Business in Winter Months

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By: Andrea Bitely, Vice President Communications and Marketing

After the holiday decorations are stored away, the excitement of gift shopping wanes, and Michigan returns to its slate gray skies and dreary late January weather,

Youth Boxing Program Transforms Young Lives in Detroit

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By: Shandra Martinez

In Detroit, Khali Sweeney’s Downtown Boxing Gym (DBG) is making a profound impact on the city’s children, providing them with opportunities and support he wished he had when he was growing up on the city’s East Side.

Legally Speaking: Avoiding Regrettable Hiring Decisions

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With workforce participation lagging well below available job openings and a working environment that is more skill-set specific, hiring in today’s market can be a tall order. This pressure on the job market is only heightened during the busy holiday season.

Creative Counsel: Finding the Right Hues

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The colors that are part of your company’s brand are integral to your marketing – and can influence people’s perceptions, emotions, and feelings about your brand. 

Here are several ways in which color impacts marketing materials:

Brand Identity: Colors are often a crucial component of a brand’s identity and logo.