Chamber provides tools to keep members, students sharp

Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce
David Farbman pumps up packed audience during the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce Business Builder Breakfast Aug. 14 in the Adobo Hotel DeSoto Room in Dearborn. Farbman, chairman and founder of OutdoorHub, ActionHub and AgHub as well as a lifetime hunter and outdoorsman, stressed winning strategies from the hunting field to the boardroom.

By Jackie Lovejoy
Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce

As summer is winding down and the crisp days of fall are just around the corner, back to school is top of mind for all of us. University of Michigan-Dearborn is opening new housing for 500 students, and educators across our community are back in the classroom preparing for the new school year. This fall semester, the Chamber also is about keeping you up-to-date and informed.

We’ve all heard the term Helicopter Parent — a parent who micromanages his or her child to the extent that actual living and learning is hard to accomplish. Did you know that Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s mother was a “Helicopter Parent”? She took an apartment
across the street from West Pointe to keep an eye on her son and his studies in 1899. Maybe he needed a little extra guidance because in 1903, he graduated first in his class of 93 cadets.

As a membership organization, the Chamber seeks to provide all the tools, without the helicopter, to keep our members sharp, connected and our local businesses growing! To that end, we are in the process of finalizing our research and providing online education courses.

Check out our website the in the next month; courses range from human resources basics through Excel training to advanced marketing topics. In addition to networking, advertising and sponsorships, we hope to give all the assistance, without the micromanagement.
Study at your own speed and grow your business skills.

Because we want to create future business leaders out of motivated students, we are pleased to announce the launch of Young Entrepreneurs Academy for students in grades 6 through 12. We are the first chamber in Michigan to offer this prestigious program for future titans of industry. The 30-week curriculum will be taught on the UM-D campus, once a week starting in late October. We have openings for 24 budding business owners and social movement mavens to experience exciting field trips and business building tips from local experts. If you know students seeking experience and seed funds to launch their ideas, connect them to the Chamber website for an application. Applications are due Sept. 30. Parent Information night is Sept. 12 at the Bryant Library.

The Chamber is in the process of booking some exciting programs for the fall. Be sure to check out our calendar of events at for new updates as September gets under way. Be sure to patronize our local retailers for your back to school needs. Stay tuned to our Facebook page and come join the excitement of our next Cash Mob. Dearborn is thriving, utilize our resources and enjoy the changing colors.