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Powerlink Construction Featured by dbusiness
Powerlink's announcement of a new construction division was showcased in dbuiness, which highlighted the company's growth in the City of Detroit and continued hiring of top-level local talent to manage and execute construction projects. Visit dbusiness.com to read the full story.
Powerlink Construction Division
Powerlink, a Detroit-based staffing and facilities management company, has expanded its service offering to include a construction division. The company recently opened a satellite office in Warren, Mich., as several initial; projects get underway.
Demand for construction facilities management continues to grow in metro Detroit. With expertise in conducting facilities management for schools and hospitals, producing clean, efficient environments for patients, students and employees, construction emerged as a natural evolution of the company’s services.
Kevin Ryan will lead the new division as the senior vice president for construction. He brings more than 30 years of experience managing projects nationwide.
Over the past two years, the company has doubled its revenue to $23.5 million and added more than 200 employees.
Powerlink, COO Scott Rice featured in Crain's for Inner City Growth
Powerlink's recent growth spurt was recognized in Crain's Detroit Business as part of its spotlight on the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC)--a program that connects urban entrepreneurs and businesses with sources of capital. Successfully doubling the company in size over the past several years certainly has led to challenges for Scott and his team, but, with ICIC's help, the financial side of the equation was not a significant obstacle:
Powerlink worked on securing growth financing and understanding how to prepare for rapid growth. As a result, Rice and Powerlink CEO Link Howard have doubled the company's growth since participating. In 2010, Powerlink generated $11.8 million in revenue; it closed out 2012 with $23.5 million.
"That would have been challenging from a cash perspective, but we were able to do it because we were prepared and we'd worked with our finance partner," Rice said. "Because of that, it was fairly easy. That's not something that would have been said before the program."
Powerlink-Supported Winning Futures Wins Crain's "Best-Managed Nonprofit"
For several years, Powerlink has been a significant supporter of Winning Futures, a Warren-based mentoring non-profit that has doubled its outreach to local youth over the past four years. Powerlink COO Scott Rice currently serves as the organization's board chair and company employees are encouraged to become mentors for Winning Futures' teens. Read the full story about Winning Futures' success at Crain's Detroit »
Howard Shares Job-seeking Advice for Veterans
As part of FOX 2 Detroit's Veterans Day special--Tribute to Our Troops--Powerlink President & CEO Link Howard sat down with Murray Feldman to share his advice for translating military knowledge and skills to the civilian job market. In addition to his experience hiring hundreds of Powerlink team members, Howard carries his insights from more than 30 years in the military.
(Link's advice can be found between 14:40-16:40 of the 28 minute show.)
Powerlink Makes Inc. magazine's 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies
A testament to its recent growth and expansion, Powerlink has been featured as one of the 5000 fastest-growing companies in the U.S. by Inc. magazine. With $23.6 million in revenue for 2012, showing more than 147% growth, and the addition of nearly 200 jobs since 2009, Powerlink ranked #23 for fastest-growing environmental services companies nationally and #36 overall in metro Detroit. Read more »
Howard Elected Membership Chair of EO Detroit
Link Howard has joined the board of directors for Southfield-based Entrepreneurs' Organization (Detroit chapter), taking on the role of membership chair for 2013-2014. EO Detroit is a collection of more than 100 area entrepreneurs with $5+ billion in sales and 5,800 employees.
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Powerlink Moves Up 2013 BE 100 List
After joining the top 100 list of the largest black-owned industrial and service companies in the country in 2012, Powerlink moved up to #94 for 2013. The company saw revenue rise to more than $23.5 million in 2012 and grew to nearly 450 employees with expansion in the health care and education fields.
New Center's Powerlink Adds 75 New Hires
Powerlink's recent 75-person hiring spree led Model D to write a quick profile on their ongoing growth in Detroit, particularly in the health care and education industries. The article spoke to the company's growth over the short term as well as over the past several years, which CEO Link Howard attributes to his team's expertise in hiring and training the best candidates for every position. Read more »
Powerlink's Link Howard Gives "Job Shop" Advice to Veterans on FOX 2
With more than 25 years of military service before founding Powerlink, Link Howard knows what it takes to turn the experience into civilian success. As part of this "Job Shop" segment, Howard encouraged veterans to translate their knowledge into the language of business and emphasize their ability to emphasize, adapt and overcome obstacles. Watch it here »
Powerlink recognized for hiring in Detroit
Dbusiness featured Powerlink's recent growth in the City of Detroit, highlighting the company's organic growth with existing clients in health care and education. Working with leading local organizations such as Henry Ford Health Systems and the Detroit Public Schools, it means that Powerlink's expansion is good news for the city and the region. Read more »
Crain's Detroit Business Showcases Powerlink's Growth
Powerlink's recent growth in health care and education, including the addition of 75 new team members, was featured by Crain's Detroit Business. Henry Ford Health System's Vice President of Facilities Services and Real Estate, Marco Capicchioni, spoke to the positive impact Powerlink has had on customer service as well as their bottom line. Read more »
Link Howard Named Membership Chair of EO Detroit
Powerlink President & CEO Link Howard is the newest member of the Detroit chapter of the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) board of directors. Both Howard and COO Scott Rice are active participants in the organization, which connects entrepreneurs locally and globally to share knowledge and experiences. Read more »
Rice Says Strong Benefits Make a Strong Team
The Craig Fahle Show on WDET (101.9 FM Detroit) spoke with Powerlink's Scott Rice about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on local employers. Rice Shared the importance of maintaining a comprehensive benefits package while he and his team are dealing with the uncertainty of health care costs and regulations. Listen to it here.
FOX 2 Shares Link Howard's Advice for Job Seekers
As part of their Dec. 2012 Jobs Special, FOX 2 Detroit's Murray Feldman interviewed Powerlink Facilities Management Services President & CEO Link Howard about the company's recent hiring and the ways they "test" applicants' enthusiasm and attitude. Powerlink values its diverse, passionate and innovative team members and the impact they make with each of its clients, everyday. Click here to watch the video
Powerlink's Scott Rice Shares Tips for Adopting a Checklist Approach
Cleaning & Maintenance Management magazine recently featured a bylined article by Powerlink COO Scott Rice, outlining the value of a checklist mentality for facilities management. He showcased the importance of this approach, particularly for medical facilities, to help prevent infection and reinforce the value of each task for every employee. Read more »
Link Howard's Advice for Job Seekers Featured on WWJ's The Feldman Report
WWJ's Murray Feldman recently featured Link Howard's advice for job seekers on his "Feldman Report." Howard and his team put potential employees through a rigorous application process to ensure they have the skills, the desire, the commitment and the attitude to meet the company's high standards. Listen here »
Link Howard Tells FOX 2 What Makes Powerlink Employees Great
FOX 2 Detroit’s Murray Feldman hosted Powerlink President & CEO Link Howard on the Job Shop to share advice that helps job candidates stand out from the crowd. Powerlink has hired hundreds of employees in metro Detroit this year and Howard shared how the company finds exceptionally passionate and talented people to join their team. He also outlined the importance of presentation, flexibility and following directions as part of each candidate’s evaluation. Providing exceptional customer service for Powerlink’s diverse clients drives the company to seek out employees who exemplify these values every day. Click here to watch the video
Crain’s Detroit, dbusiness honor Scott Rice as Local Business Leader
Two recent awards showcased the leadership of Powerlink’s CFO and COO, Scott Rice. Crain’s Detroit Business’s 40 Under 40 and dbusiness’s 30 in Their 30s both recognized Rice as an emerging leader in the southeast Michigan business community. In addition to his accomplishments at Powerlink, Rice chairs the board of Winning Futures, which provides mentoring and life-skills programs for youth in metro Detroit. Read more »
Powerlink, Link Howard Recognized by Black Enterprise, Michigan Chronicle
As a growing, successful minority-owned business, Powerlink has recently received recognition from multiple publications including Black Enterprise Magazine’s BE 100s: The Nation’s Largest Black Businesses and as part of the Michigan Chronicle’s 100 Black Presidents & CEOs list. “It’s an honor for me and for Powerlink to be featured on the same pages as the top black presidents and CEOs in Michigan as well as business leaders from across the country.” says Powerlink President & CEO Link Howard. Read more »
The Ties That Bind
Powerlink's Link Howard, III and Scott Rice were featured in a recent Crain's Detroit Business Second Stage feature, "The Ties That Bind," which focused on the challenges with employees as a business grows. To download a PDF click here.
dbusiness magazine recently highlighted Powerlink's success at diversifying its client base in an interview with Link Howard entitled, "March On."
How a Business Coach Can Help Your Company Grow
Link Howard recently spoke with Alan Hughes of Black Enterprise magazine on the value of a business coach. Link detailed his positive experience working with the UEP (Urban Entrepreneur Partnership), a program of the Kauffman Foundation, in the article, "How A Business Coach Can Help Your Company Grow." Photo: Pay it forward: CEO Link Howard with one of his interns.
Powerlink Featured in Recent Detroit Free Press Giving Back Section
The Detroit Free Press's Giving Back section published a feature story on the basketball and mentoring camp for Detroit Public School students that is sponsored by Powerlink and Sodexo. Read more »
Fox2 News and WXYZ-TV Feature Greg Kelser/Winning Futures Camp Sponsored By Powerlink
The summer camp for eighth graders sponsored by Powerlink and Sodexo was featured on Fox2 News in Detroit and posted on the station's website. Winning Futures is one of several educational organizations Powerlink supports with donations and volunteer time. Read more at this link: Pistons Broadcaster Greg Kelser Helping Detroit Kids Transition to High School. Watch the WXYZ-TV video story at this link.
Powerlink is Part of Chase's $12 Billion Commitment to Small Businesses in 2011
Chase has announced that it has committed to lending $12 billion to U.S. small businesses in 2011, which represents a 20% increase over 2010. Powerlink has received some of its financing from Chase, and Powerlink's president and CEO, Link Howard III was quoted in the news release about the commitment. Read more »
Six Detroit companies picked for Bank of America private-equity program
Six Detroit businesses could soon obtain injections of capital through a program run by the Boston-based Initiative for a Competitive Inner City and sponsored by Bank of America. Read more »