Dearborn, Heights chambers talk merger

By J. PATRICK PEPPER
Times-Herald Newspapers

The Dearborn and Dearborn Heights chambers of commerce are in discussions about a potential merger.

The two groups currently are analyzing what the merger would mean financially, operationally, and in terms of brand identity, according to a May 19 letter from Dearborn Chamber President Jennifer Giering to chamber members.

The merger would serve to eliminate duplicative services, programs and events while also availing members of both chambers to some services they currently aren’t getting, all while providing greater networking possibilities, Giering said.

For Dearborn members it would include having the small-business expertise of Dearborn Heights Chamber Executive Director Wendy Fichter, who could not be reached for comment by press time. The Dearborn Heights Chamber has roughly 140 members, most of which are small businesses.

For Heights members it would mean entree to a much larger pool of businesses and greater economies of scale. The 500-member Dearborn chamber also offers a more diverse business mix with both small businesses and large corporations.

Giering said the two sides hope to reach an agreement on whether or not to move forward by July 1.

“We are excited about the possibilities this could mean for members from both chambers,” Giering said, “but our foremost concern is their opinions, and that will be the most important factor as we move forward.”