From the President’s Desk

By Jackie Lovejoy
Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce

Quote of the month that has inspired me:
“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”
— Albert Einstein

Here at the Chamber I am blessed with a fantastic staff with great ideas and energy. They serve and support our members and the community in a myriad ways, and I thrilled to brag about a few of our programs this month.

We have launched an affordable online education component. The Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with, is happy to announce a new service for our membership and the public. We are now offering a selection of online training courses for purchase directly from the Chamber website. We’ve hand-picked courses covering topics in human resources, compliance, and business management. All courses will be available on-demand, 24/7 for your convenience. These affordable options begin at $19 per course and pricing varies on the depth and length of training. You can even “sneak peek” a course before you purchase. Study at your own speed, or help out your staff while maintaining productivity. These courses are yours for 24 months to review, refresh and utilize.

Congratulations to the inaugural group of students in our Young Entrepreneurs Academy! We are the first chamber in Michigan to offer this prestigious program for future titans of industry, and we are so pleased it is underway. The 30-week curriculum will be taught on the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus, once a week; we started Oct. 22. The program culminates in a trade show this spring. I’m looking forward to shopping that trade show and seeing what the next big thing will be for Dearborn. Many thanks to our mentors, instructors, and supporters. Be sure to check out our Facebook page and Chamber website to meet the students involved.

For the second year, we are hosting Meet the Purchasers. This is a fantastic gateway for small business owners to interact with purchasing officers and buyers in our community. This interactive roundtable format on Nov. 8 is a fast and effective way to learn the ropes of dealing with big business. Be sure to check our calendar regularly, we have exciting events, networking opportunities and our legendary holiday gala fast approaching, Dec. 5. 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. As the holiday season approaches, the Chamber seeks to provide all the tools, to keep our members sharp, connected
and our local businesses growing.