Beverly Smith

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Beverly Smith was born and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana; graduated from Washington High School named for her mother’s family and attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She and her family moved to Detroit Michigan in 1968 and Smith enrolled in business courses at Detroit Business Institute and attended many business seminars and workshops in the Detroit-metro area.

Ms. Smith, her husband and brother in law opened the first African American owned franchise of MAACO Auto Painting & Body Shop in this area in 1975 and Smith was office manager. She worked for Kroger Dairy from 1979 to 1984 where she was an assistant dairy planner. Smith then worked for a national photography company where she was a portrait salesperson and then advanced to company sales representative. Smith opened her first portrait studio in Warren, Michigan from 1987 to 1991, moved the studio to downtown Detroit in 1992 and founded Michigan Photo Service. She then operated several portrait studios in Northland Mall, Shoppers World Department Store from 1993 to 1995 and Livonia Mall from 1995 to 1997.

Ms. Smith has provided photographic services and developed fundraising programs for schools, churches, organizations and businesses for over 20 years.  As a small business owner, Smith has established and maintained relationships throughout the community.  Ms. Smith’s professional photographic services included school portraits, executive portraits, sports photography, event coverage, reprints, enlargements, large format printing, restoration, desktop publishing, aerial photography, digital imaging, custom framing, oil paintings, novelties, promotional items, wholesale t-shirts, custom silk screening, film developing, and much more.

Smith photographed the congregations of many well-known churches and schools in the Detroit-metropolitan area including 2nd Baptist Church, New Calvary Baptist Church, Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church, 12th Street Baptist Church, Springhill Missionary Baptist Church, Greater Grace Academy, Bethany Baptist Educational Center, Bates Academy and Tot Town Day Care, just to name a few.

Businesses and corporations include: Ernst & Young LLC. for over 5 years, S.S.S. (Strategic Staffing Solutions), Deloitte & Touche, Price Waterhouse/Coopers, Miller Brewing Co., Mobil Oil Corporation, Burrell Communications, Lewis & Munday Law Firm, Detroit Water Department, City of Detroit, County of Wayne, 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, Downtown Detroit Marriott Hotel, Pepsi Bottling Group and Greektown Casino. Smith has also provided services for such organizations as the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She photographed nearly 600 members of the United States Border Patrol in Laredo Texas, and both the Livonia and Garden City Police Departments.

Smith used her photographic skills to publish many Church pictorial directories, souvenir books, anniversary books, sorority books and was the official publisher for personalized family history books for Detroit’s Tri-Centennial Celebration in 2001.

In 2006, Smith left the photo business and decided to focus her skills on building community and business relationships by publishing Detroit Black Pages Business Newspaper; now called Detroit Smart Pages Newspaper, a business resource publication promoting and marketing the business community in the Detroit/metropolitan area. It is unlike any other publication because it is exclusively designed to provide business owners, entrepreneurs, corporate professionals and consumers with business information and resources geared toward self-growth, management, career enhancement, relationship building, strategic marketing and increased profitability. She is also President and CEO of Smart Marketing and Consulting, LLC.

Detroit Smart Pages Newspaper is distributed in over 150 locations in the metro area and as far as Lansing, Pontiac, Saginaw, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Flint, and Grand Rapids. It is also the only publication that creates a business to business and business to community networking system providing much needed resources. The publication focuses on three areas; business, politics and community. Smith feels that the publication is the connection we need in our community to provide role models on a continuing basis for our children.

Smith’s community involvement includes: President of the Women’s Informal Network, (WIN), 2010-2016, a 23 year old 501©3 non-profit organization which promotes the growth and development of African American Women in metropolitan Detroit, Communications Director of The Detroit Black Chamber of Commerce for 4 years, member of the Board of Directors of Keep Michigan Beautiful Inc.,(a KAB affiliate), Co-Chair of the Keep Detroit Beautiful Task force for 10 years, and current Board member of Keep Detroit Beautiful, (a KAB affiliate).

Smith kept the Keep Detroit Beautiful Taskforce going long after the passing of Council Member Kay Everett by asking Council Member Alberta Tinsley Talabi to serve as chair and then Council Member Brenda Jones. Smith founded Detroit Beautification Day in 2005, a day of revitalization, rejuvenation and celebration of taking pride in our city by participating in any clean-up or beautification effort. Free flowers are given to registered community organizations, block clubs and churches to plant and beautiful their neighborhoods after clean-up activities, the first Saturday in June of each year.

In 2015, Smith founded and produced the First Annual Detroit “Thank You” Awards Ceremony and Dinner Recognizing Detroit Unsung Neighborhood Small Businesses. Bridging the gap between neighborhood businesses that have remained in the city, stayed the course through all the hard times and seem to have been forgotten while new development and entrepreneurship is going on in Downtown and Midtown.

Smith's community involvement began in the 1970’s when she and her family founded Teen City and L& S Productions that provided a place for teenagers and parents to go for wholesome activities and positive role models.

Smith was recognized as one of WIN’s, (Most Influential African American Women in Metropolitan Detroit) in 2002, honored by Magic Radio, (Woman Making Magic) in 2005, recognized in Who’s Who in Black Detroit from 2007 to 2010, received two Detroit City Council Testimonial Resolutions in 2007 and 2012 and the Spirit of Detroit Award in 1993. She was also a 2012 recipient of the Michigan Chronicle s “Women of Excellence” Award, and the 2012 Door Opener Award from Payne-Pulliam School. Ms. Smith is the mother of two and has nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Her goal is to make a difference in someone’s life no matter how small or large on a continuing basis.  For further information, you may contact Ms. Smith via email at info@detroitsmartpages.com or 313-268-3523. Visit website at www.detroitsmartpages.com.