Dedicated to differences: Building diversity takes time, effort, but it makes good business sense

Crain's Sept. 8, 2014 -- Second Stage -- DiversityHow easy is it to overlook diversity in the heat of raising a growing business?

Shockingly easy, Leon Richardson can tell you.

Richardson spent 15 years building his Southfield-based chemical management company, ChemicoMays LLC, only to realize he had a very homogenous staff.

“Even though we’re a minority-owned business, I didn’t have it on the forefront of my mind,” Richardson said. “I had survival on the forefront of my mind. … Read more at