Posts Tagged 'Operation: Kid Equip'

Excited to Announce the Website for Real Detroit Test Drive

Real Detroit Test Drive Logo

Real Detroit Test Drive Logo

I needed a cool and interesting way to help sell cars with Click Click Car. I knew there was little chance of me talking about features and benefits of vehicles all day, so I came up with a better way.

Real Detroit Test Drive exists to share the stories of people who are doing great things that have a positive impact on the Detroit area.  We wanted to do this in a way that showcased the city as well. What better way to accomplish both than while riding in cars?

The goal is to launch a new one every week to 10 days. We’ve got 5 of them loaded up for you on Real Detroit Test Drive. They’re easy to find as they’re sitting right there on the home page (although not necessarily in this order).

The first video features Terry Bean driving in a 2014 GMC Terrain through Indian Village (awesome neighborhood in Detroit) explaining what Real Detroit Test Drive is all about.

The next video in the series features John George of Blightbusters. We do a quick tour in a Jeep Cherokee through Brightmoor (an area that needs a lot of clean up that John and his crew have been working on for 26 years) as John explains the improvements that are coming as well as the ones they’ve made.

The third video features Menachem Kniespeck of Operation: Kid Equip and a whole lot of books.  Menachem’s organization provides backpacks full of school supplies to needy children in 3 Southeastern Michigan counties and provides FREE books for children anywhere in the state of Michigan.  You should really check out their website. We did drive in a GMC Acadia there and spent a little time in it as you can see.

The fourth video is about Scott Fader and Suits for Soldiers. Scott and his organization have helped over 100 veterans find jobs, over 10,000 with their resumes and have given away over 5,000 suits since July, 2013. If you know a veteran in need, they should speak with Scott.  Scott and I roll through East Village in a Buick LaCrosse.

The fifth video features Sola Obayan of Pavo and Social Media Association of Michigan. Sola shares her passion for small business and social media. We also discuss how Pavo is in beta phase and looking for early adopters who want to connect their businesses with people who are passionate about it. We tore up the Midtown area in a Jeep Grand Cherokee.

We’ve had a blast making these and are looking forward to continuing to do so. We sure hope you enjoy the ride.

Real Detroit Test Drive 3: Operation: Kid Equip

In this episode of Real Detroit Test Drive I grab Menachem Kniespeck of Operation: Kid Equip and we take a spin in a 2014 GMC Acadia. We also do a tour of their warehouse that is filled with hundreds of thousands of books. Menachem was one of the speakers at the first #313DLove event. Check it out.

Invite to #313DLove event in Detroit on March 13

You are cordially invited to be one of the 313 people who join us live at the inaugural #313DLove event on March 13 at the Charles H. Wright Museum in Detroit. See the invite video HERE
The event will feature thought leaders, community organizers and business professionals who will share why they do what they do to make our world a better place. Shawne Duperon, Rod Hairston, John George, Menachem Kniespeck, Hajj Flemings and Leslie Smith are just a few of the high energy people who will share their stories with you.
You will walk away inspired, refreshed and ready to fall in Love with Detroit all over again.
Tickets are $31.30 and include a walking tour of the museum (before and after the event) the full compliment of speakers and an invite to the “Afterglow” at the museum. A portion of all sponsorship dollars AND ticket sales will be donated to 5 area non-profits.
The agenda looks like this:
11:30-1:00 Tour of Museum
12:30 Registration for Event
1:00-3:00 First Session of Speakers
3:00-3:30 Coffee and Cookie Break with the Special Instruction of Breaking Twitter at 3:13 to get #313DLove to Trend Worldwide Again.
3:30-5:00 Afternoon Speaker Session
5:00-6:00 Tour of Museum
5:30-8:30 Afterglow at the Museum with Cocktails and Hors D’oeuvres (Afterglow cost ONLY cost is $13.13
We are working on setting up a “Live Stream” of the event for those who can’t make it. Details forthcoming.
You can stay up to date with what’s going on at our official website: and on the #313DLove Facebook page:
If you’re interested in learning how to sponsor this event, please reach out to Michele Hirschfield at
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Terry Bean

Press Release for #313DLove event on March 13 in Detroit



Friday, February 14, 2014

#313DLove To Share Positive Stories About Detroit March 13

DETROIT – The world is paying attention to Detroit. During the past couple of years they’ve started to actually hear a few good things too. There are many other positive stories that fail to generate much buzz outside the metro area. The event is scheduled for March 13 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

“In 2012 we got the #313Dlove to trend worldwide on Twitter. No easy task,” said Terry Bean, who also founded Motor City Connect, a pioneering business networking group who meet online and in the real world. “We trended again in 2013. The idea was to get people to say what they love about Detroit. And we’ll do it again this year. Instead of just tweeting, we are inviting people to join us for a day filled with inspirational discussions from people making it happen in our area.”

The afternoon will be filled with inspirational stories from local professionals, artists, non-profit execs and thought leaders. The common theme among them is they choose to make a difference and continually make that choice. This is but one of the lessons attendees and viewers will take from this event.

Some others are:

Forming a stronger Identity

Starting in late afternoon and spilling over into the evening, a cocktail reception held in the rotunda of the museum will let attendees connect, reflect and contemplate who should be selected to speak at #313DLove 2015.

“We are thrilled that the inaugural #313Dlove event will take place this year as Detroit celebrates her 313th birthday,” said Bean. “We are even more excited to partner with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to present this outstanding event. And we are blown away by the caliber of doers and makers we have attracted to share their passion and collective wisdom with us.”

The event is co-produced by MITechNews.Com, which publishes a Weekly eNewsletter in partnership with WJR’s Internet Advisor radio show. Also on the leadership team are entrepreneurs Paul S. Funk, an Executive Consultant to Businesses and Non-Profits, and Michele Hirschfield, Opportunity Cost Strategist with Welcoming Results.Com.

“#313DLove equates to surrounding oneself with entrepreneurs who stem from the land of ‘YES’ thus making things happen, period,” Hirschfield said.

Indeed, #313DLove will be an amazing day full of great connections, inspiration and positive energy that will ripple throughout our area. 313 people will be able to embrace the vibe live on-site with us. For those who can’t, we are working on a live stream feed to a computer near you. We will record the speakers and interview some attendees and post those to our web site,, so we can share Detroit’s message with the world.

Said Funk: “It is a privilege to be part of the 313DLove Leadership Team and get to work with so many incredible people; as speakers, sponsors and our awesome volunteer base.

“This inaugural 313DLove event promises to be the launching point for a whole new mindset of “Doers and Makers” coming together in the spirit of Love and Renewal for our Detroit-area. Come join us!”

For sponsorship information, contact Hirschfield at

Author: Mike Brennan 
Source: MITechNews.Com


The 2013 Beanies Awards (my favorite Facebook moments

It’s that time of year again. You know the time…when one year ends and another one seamlessly begins. And just like last year, I’m going to present the Beanies Awards. What are the Beanies you ask? Really? You have to ASK?

Well, they’re my now annual awards that I present for the most impactful Facebook moments or movements of the year. If you’re overly curious (or exceedingly bored) you can check out The 2012 Beanies Here.

So without further Adieu…

Best use of your position to get people to go to the movie with you: And the winner is: Stephen Clark!!! Stephen’s “go see Anchorman 2 with an Anchor Man” was brilliant. I loved it and I certainly hope those who made it enjoyed a cocktail (or 3), the company and of course, the movie!

Best Goading Me Into Something I may or may not want to do: This award goes to Dave Phillips and ALL of his efforts to get me and others to check out the XICW “Best in Detroit” event on January 18. Near as I can tell it’s like the WWE without all of that boring World stuff.

Best Online Relocation:  This guy moved from the lovely city of Detroit to becoming a virtual nomad in India for the next six months (he’s 60 days in). Additionally, he is the first ever 2 time Beanies Winner and it’s Keith Zendler. Way to go Keith. Keep sharing those awesome photos and making a REAL difference!!

Best Leveling Up of a Cause:  It’s little secret that I’ve long been a fan of Menachem Kneispeck and the wonderful work he and his team have been doing at Operation: Kid Equip, but this year they REALLY moved the needle. They did so by taking Michigan Friends of Education to a dream level so that students could get books for FREE (really, families can order books and they have to pay for is Shipping and Handling…check it out and share it). 

Best Freshman Floor Mate Making a Difference:  I was listening to morning radio and they were doing their “breaking and entering” thing for Christmas. The story was so touching about a young girl whose parents were told by the Dr.s that there was nothing more that could be done to save her. She had but one wish…to meet Selena Gomez. The “radio station” pulled it off and the young lady did. Later that day I learned that it was Steve York and the Charity, Angels of Hope who actually made the magic happen. Well done good people!

Best New Startup in the Shameless Self Promotion Category: Shockingly, I’m voting for the company that we have been so busy launching. We keep getting closer. It’s going to be super fun. In related news, if you know anyone who will be leasing a Chrysler or GM vehicle in January or February, they should talk to me. Click Click Car will be doing a soft launch and I will be doing A LOT of user experience testing. 

Best Looking Blushing Bride: I am way biased, of course, but just look at this picture. Look at it. Look at it!!! I believe the saying is “Bean out kicked his coverage on this one”. Smoking hot wife I got here 😉


Best former mentor who will be a future mentor: Frank Agin taught me how to run a network way back in the 90’s when I still lived in Columbus. Since that time he’s really grown his business AND written a bunch of good books. I’m gonna be more like Frank in 2014!

Best use of Facebook for keeping up with #little Babies:  This one is a bit obvious. It was so cool to watch Nikki Little and her husband’s pregnancy, delivery and growing of their #Little Babies (see what she did there) as they had twins this year. It really was one of my favorite Facebook trends. Congrats you two (or should I say four)?

Alright, that’s it. What did I forget?

What were some of your favorite Facebook moments?

Be sure to submit early for the 2014 Beanies 😉


Digital New You #DNY Be of Service to Others- the non-profit edition


Did you ever read the book “The Way of the Peaceful Warrior” by Dan Millman? Without giving it all away I can tell you that a “Guru” comes into Dan’s life and helps him change his ways to a more profound and meaningful existence. Dan met the Guru who was working at a gas station of all places. Dan asks him if you’re so great and knowledgeable, then why do you work at a gas station. The man replied, it’s a service station. And the most important thing in this life is to be of service to others.

There was this pretty hip cat who lived around 2,000 years ago who shared the same philosophy. Too bad so many continually miss the point.

And maybe it’s not about missing the point. Maybe people just aren’t sure how to help?? I have heard this before. People want to get engaged…they just don’t know how, when or where. Let me break it down for you.

Find a CAUSE (not a business, or other opportunity) about which you are passionate. Maybe it’s school supplies for children (help our friends at Operation: Kid Equip). Maybe you like tearing down blighted houses (check out Blightbusters) or maybe you’re into animals. So many shelters have way too many potential pets. If you can’t work at one, maybe you can foster? And there’s so many “green” opportunities for you environmentally friendly types…

It doesn’t matter what you’re into. Pick something and then figure out how to become a part of it.

You have three things you can give:

  • Time- Volunteer. Give some of your time. Join your organization in their quest to make the world better.
  • Money- Help them fund their initiatives. I haven’t met a non-profit yet who said “We have too much money”.
  • Connections- Introduce your cause to your network. The more the merrier.

Most every organization out there will be glad to take any or all of those three from you. All you have to do is reach out to them and let them know you wish to help. They have volunteer coordinators for those who give time just like they have financial coordinators for those who wish to give money.

And please don’t kid yourself by thinking “I’m just one person. What difference can I make”. Like the movie “The Lorax” said: “Unless someone like you cares an awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not”. You can be the difference maker IF and when you CHOOSE to be.

I will write an entire piece on the value you will receive by being of service at another time. In the meantime, suffice it to say that those who give, receive. There are universal laws that work on your behalf to assure this is true. Additionally, really good people serve non-profits so you’re likely to meet some new folks you like.

Is there a non-profit you support that you wish to share here?

How did you pick that one?

What’s your favorite way to give back?


Operation: #FloodOKE with drop off locations for 7/17

We are doing a “replenish” the school supplies Operation: Kid Equip lost in a flood on July 10 and we need your help.

This link has a list of locations where we will be accepting donations on Wednesday, July 17:

If you know people who have children on free/reduced lunch programs in and around Detroit this is very important.

Please show your support!

Thank you!!