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CHALDEAN COMMERCE Official Newsletter of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce

absolute member Chamber members’ active involvement pays dividends


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CHALDEAN COMMERCE Official Newsletter of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce SUMMER 2012



11 Greetings


From the Chairman and the President Mission Statement Save the Date

Our Chamber


2012 Committees Staff and Board of Directors



Chamber Members Win Primaries Chaldean Community Foundation Partners with Charity Motors Chaldean Community Foundation Seeks Vehicle Donations Summer Enrichment Program Members in the News



Making the Web Work for You 5 Marketing Tips for Shoestring Budgets



9th Annual Chaldean Community Foundation Golf Outing Seventh Annual Chaldean Festival an Immense Success Quarterly Networking Meeting

Cover Story


Chamber Participation Pays Dividends for Members

Legislative Update


Governor Signs Biggest Tax Overhaul in 17 Years Redrawn Congressional Boundaries: Fight to Follow Board Director Klint Kesto Wins GOP Nomination in State House Race Liquor Licensing Process Changes in Detroit Business to Business Transactions Now Excluded from Unclaimed Property Process  Measure to Impose Stronger Penalties for Failure to File Property Transfer Affidavits



New & Renewed Members

our partners


2012 Corporate Partners




Our Mission The Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce is a partnership of Chaldean businesses and professionals working together to strengthen members’ business, increase job opportunities, encourage expansion and promote Chaldean business and culture. The Chamber seeks to service and represent Aramaic-speaking people, including Assyrians, Chaldeans and Syriacs. SAAD HAJJAR

save the date


from the chairman and president

September 6 Member Orientation & Monthly Member Open House September 13 Industry Outlook October 4 Member Orientation & Monthly Member Open House October 18 Annual Business Luncheon November 1 Member Orientation & Monthly Member Open House November 14 Annual Meeting and Board Election December 6 Member Orientation & Monthly Member Open House December 6 Annual Member Christmas Party


bountiful fall harvest is the result of hard work and successful planning. This principle applies to the Chamber as the summer of 2012 is one for the record books. Two of the Chamber’s signature events – the Chaldean Festival and Annual Golf Outing occurred during the month of June and set records in terms of number of attendees and the amount of money raised for the Chamber’s charitable arm – the Chaldean Community Foundation. These proceeds will help the Foundation provide much needed medical, psychological and social services to assist Iraqi Christians with American acculturation. Further it demonstrates the Chamber’s positive momentum and the passionate spirit of its members. While summer is winding down, the Chamber has a busy fall with many exciting events planned so mark your calendars. Our next Industry Outlook is planned for September 13 and will focus on social media. Our event team is hard at work finalizing the details of the Annual Business Luncheon taking place on Oct. 18. One of the Chamber’s most exciting events, the Annual Meeting and Elections is scheduled for November 14 and will provide an opportunity to network with your fellow Chamber members and get more involved should you decide to run for a position on the Board of Directors. We will continue to keep you up-to-date with all the upcoming events and news from the Foundation through our e-newsletter. In the coming issues, we will introduce you to our many new hires as we assemble a talented staff to provide you the best service possible. As always, thank you for your membership and support of the Chaldean community. Enjoy the rest of what has been one of Michigan’s finest summers.

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Our Chamber

2012 CHAMBER COMMITTEES Business Conference Committee Helps plan and provide support for the chamber’s 6th Annual Business Conference. Co-Chairs: Jeffrey Denha and Sylvester Sandiha.

Detroit Independent Grocers Task force that coordinates the efforts of Detroit grocers with the City of Detroit. Co-Chairs: Michael Romaya and Mark Sarafa.

Dinner Committee Helps plan and provide support for the chamber’s 8th Annual Awards Dinner. Co-Chairs: Jeffrey Denha and Mark Sarafa.

Festival Committee Helps plan the details of the 6th Annual Chaldean Festival and assists at the event. Co-Chairs: Jason Najor and Eric Younan.

Golf Outing Committee Helps plan the details of the 9th Annual Golf Outing and assists on the day of the event. Co-Chairs: Frank Jonna and Michael Romaya.

Membership Committee Recruits and welcomes new members, serves as an ambassador to the Chamber and assists with member retention. Co-Chairs: Salim Gasso and Sylvester Sandiha.

Political Action Committee Assists qualified candidates to elected office and advances Chaldean Chamber membership/community issues. Co-Chairs: Saad Abbo and Klint Kesto.

Public Relations/Publications Committee Helps develop content and direction for the chamber’s quarterly printed newsletter and provides resources for exposing the chamber and its efforts to the greater community. Co-Chairs: Gerard van Grinsven and Eric Younan.

Women’s Committee Develops programs and services that promote women businesses and professionals. Co-Chairs: Rita Somo and Silvia Zoma

EXECUTIVE BOARD Chairman: Saad Hajjar CEO, ABCOSAT Corporation Executive Vice-Chairman: Jeffrey Denha President, Brass Aluminum Forging Enterprises Vice-Chairman: Kevin Jappaya Senior Associate, Thomas A. Duke Company Treasurer: Sylvester Sandiha Managing Member, Pinnacle Management Group Secretary: Mark Sarafa National Account Manager, Absopure Water Company Executive Board Member: Saad Abbo President, U.S. Ice Corp

DIRECTORS Iyad Alosachie, MD Physician, Hazel Park Medical Center

CHAMBER AND FOUNDATION STAFF & CONTRACTORS Martin Manna President Lisa Kalou Director, Operations & Events Sharon Hannawa Program Manager, Refugee Acculturation Sustainability and Training Jumhoria Kaskorkis Program Manager, Mental Health Initiative Grant Eric Younan Director of Strategic Initiatives Sana Navarrette Membership Manager Yusra Shamoun Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Rick Farida Store Director, Greenfield Market

Walid Abro Case Manager

Salim Gasso Agent, Creative Real Estate Agency

Kristin Jirjis Bajoka Case Manager

Klint Kesto Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office

Nidhal Hadid Case Manager

Michael Romaya Associate, Varnum Law, LLP Sharona Shapiro Gerard van Grinsven President and CEO, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital

Wisam Jirjis Case Manager Susan Kattula Case Manager Galia Thomas Tri-Lingual Translator/Case Manager

Jay Yasso Partner, Hertz Schram, P.C.

Raad Yousif Case Manager

Immediate Past Chair Frank Jonna CEO, Jonna Companies

Karla Atchoo, Karla Atchoo & Associates Finance

Legal Counsel Ron Acho Partner, Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C.

Mary Sue Sarzynski Finance

Founder Sabah Hermiz (Summa) Summa Engineering


Amanda Alkatib Program Manager, Project Bismutha Jennifer Shamoun Program Manager, Project Bismutha

Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce 29850 Northwestern Highway Suite 250 Southfield, MI 48034 Phone: (248) 996-8340 Fax: (248) 996-8342

To get involved with a chamber committee, contact the chamber at (248) 996-8340 or




Chaldean Community Foundation partners with Charity Motors

Chaldean high school juniors and seniors participated in simulated surgeries at the Surgical Learning Center.

Summer enrichment program gives students glimpse of medical careers Future Chaldean health care professionals received a sneak preview of the medical careers they are diligently working to pursue in late June thanks to an innovative partnership among the Chaldean American Association of Health Professionals (CAAHP – a program funded by the Chaldean Community Foundation), Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and Beaumont Hospital. Eleven high school juniors and seniors were given the opportunity to participate in a week-long summer enrichment program that touched on human anatomy, health sciences, medical careers and a panel discussion. All classes and learning sessions were held at Oakland University where students participated in role playing sessions centered around medical cases, patient care and surgery simulations. Building on the success of its inaugural year, the enrichment program plans to become an annual summer event.

Metro Detroiters can now help the Chaldean Community Foundation (CCF) raise much needed funds by donating their vehicles to Charity Motors and designating the CCF as the beneficiary of the car’s sale. Charity Motors is a vehicle donation program that gives full fair market tax deductions, often with a significantly higher value the owner would net through a trade-in or private sale, to those who donate cars and light trucks. Donors have the ability to designate the proceeds from the sale of the vehicle to any of Charity Motors’ partner organizations, which now includes the CCF. Charity Motors makes the donation process easy by picking up the vehicle free of charge. Cars are fixed up thanks to the generosity of volunteers and sold at a reduced rate to those in need. Charity Motors has given more than $24 million to charities since its inception. To donate a vehicle, visit or call 1-888-908-CARS.

Chaldean Community Foundation seeks vehicle donations The CCF is need of new wheels to help increase its reach and scope of services. Specifically, it is seeking a light duty bus with a minimum capacity of 25 and a car. These vehicles will be used to transport refugees to English a Second Language classes (ESL), doctor appointments and job interviews. Please contact Eric Younan at 248-996-8340 or if you have a vehicle to donate or would like to make a monetary donation toward a purchase.

Chamber members win primaries Several Chamber members have won during the primary elections that took place on Aug. 8 and are moving on to the November elections. They are: Diane D’Agostini

Klint Kesto

Michele EconomouUreste

• Klint Kesto (also a Chamber Board Member) – 39th District State Representative • Diane D’Agostini (wife of Chamber member Lorenzo D’Agostini) – 48th District Court Judge • Michele Economou-Ureste – West Bloomfield Township Supervisor • Teri Weingarden – West Bloomfield Township Treasurer • Catherine Shaughnessy – West Bloomfield Township Clerk • Larry Brown – West Bloomfield Township Trustee

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Catherine Shaughnessy


Larry Brown

Best of luck to all candidates.

members in the news

Spotted! Current and Past Chamber Chairmen Saad Hajjar and Frank Jonna meditate at National Shrine of the Cross in the Woods after heavy political lobbying at the Mackinac Policy Conference.

Plum Market plans to open a store in Chicago in the spring. The Farmington Hills-based grocer, which has three stores in Metro Detroit, has signed a lease for 27,000 square feet of ground floor space in a 16-story luxury apartment building in Old Town, a neighborhood on the city’s north side. Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications CoFounder Matt Friedman was honored with the 2012 “Champion for the Kids” award by Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids at the Foundation’s signature annual fundraising event Champions For The Kids on Sunday, June 3, 2012. Each year, the Foundation selects an individual who has played a vital role in the continuing success and growth of Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids, through steadfast and generous support for Metro Detroit families of kids who have lost a parent. Nash Zaitouna, owner of Churchill’s Bistro/Cigar Bar opened a 3,800 square-foot location in downtown Birmingham at 116 South Old Woodward Avenue. The new space features a 400 square-foot humidor, full kitchen with lunch and dinner menus and liquor and wine to go with your favorite stogie.

Matt Friedman

Nash Zaitouna

Chamber hosts Governor Snyder Michigan Governor Rick Snyder was the guest of honor at a reception hosted by Chamber Board Member Saad Abbo of U.S. Ice. Gov. Snyder has been a big supporter of the Chaldean American community by setting policies that are pro small business and support the resettlement of Iraqi Christian refugees.




Making the Web Work for You

N by Don tanner Partner, Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications

Your website should prominently showcase crosspromotional links to all of your social media avenues.


o matter your profession, chances are pretty good that you promote yourself in some way in order to drive traffic to a physical location, such as a bricks and mortar retail location, or, to a website, perhaps for e-commerce or additional contact information. If the former, one would guess you would have prominent signage outside to attract passersby. But what about for your web presence? What are you doing to ensure people are able to easily find you online? Like your company name, it all starts with your URL. Standing for Uniform Resource Locator, it is essentially your website name – for example, Don’t get too cute here with a clever phrase (i.e. a criminal defense law firm named Hopkins James that takes out a URL such as They would be much better served with the more intuitive Just as important in your URL is the proper extension. Unless you are a governmental entity (utilizing .gov), an educational institution (.edu) or a nonprofit (.org), stick with .com, even if the exact name you wanted for your URL is taken. No one thinks to use a .info when typing a URL into a search engine. Also vital to the searchability of your website are the words you use in editorial content. Does your site adequately describe who you are and what you do with key words and phrases? Are your services listed prominently? How about your name and a bio sketch? And, are you updating site content regularly with news, information and/or insights (such as a blog or bylined articles)? Search engine bots seek out and rank higher websites that present new content on an on-going basis. Those that remain static are passed over if not ignored entirely. Participating in social media platforms (and cross promoting them with your website) are additional effective means by which to drive traffic to and attention for your website. At Tanner Friedman, the majority of our web traffic comes from Facebook and the web blog posts we promote there and on Twitter. If you have not yet dabbled in social media, start with LinkedIn. Fill out the bio materials completely, including a listing for and a link to your website. Similarly, your website should prominently showcase cross-promotional links to all of your social media avenues. Speaking of links, approach other complementary


companies, associations and organizations you would like to be associated with and whose websites you would like to link to. Ask that they do the same for you. A perfect example would be linking to and from the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce site along with showcasing their logo for additional prominence and business credibility, in particular with other Chamber members. And, make sure your website has a Contact Page with full contact information, including phone numbers and email. Today’s spam filters are great at filtering out email spam. Make it easy for people to find you and reach you including getting rid of those contact forms. Nothing turns off a prospective client or customer faster than having to fill out a form and then wait for a reply. Finally, don’t forget to promote your website and

social media platforms through your traditional collateral materials; listing them on your business cards, letterhead, invoices, etc. That’s the low hanging fruit of promotional opportunity. In short, when it comes to the world of the world wide web: Be strategic. Be engaged. And be where existing and potential customers expect you to be. Here, after all, you have to be found in order to be successful. Don Tanner is a founding partner of Tanner Friedman, a strategic communications firm specializing in traditional and emerging media relations, marketing and public relations counsel. Visit:

5 Marketing Tips for Shoestring Budgets


by Lynne Meredith Golodner Owner and chief creative officer, Your People LLC

Marketing is a gradual build that needs constant nurturing. Always look for opportunities to connect with others and do unique things through your business.

ho says marketing has to cost big bucks? There is so much business owners can do without breaking the bank, both online and off. These five tips will surely get you started and help you reach the people you need to reach and grow your business. Tip #1: Do free things. Collect names, emails and phone numbers on a clipboard by the register. Send e-blasts through Mail Chimp (if you keep your list to fewer than 2,000 recipients, you won’t be charged to send it out!). Create an in-store event reception in honor of a friend or special day and send an e-vite, which is free. Create business card-sized promotions to hand out around town –the first so many business cards printed at Vistaprint are free of charge. Tip #2: Work with WHAT you know. Are you an expert in your industry? Do you have a wealth of knowledge in a certain field? Does your expertise help others? If so, offer to speak at your community center, church or chamber, or call the TV or radio station and offer to share what you know on-air. When your information benefits others, it’s always valuable. Be generous by offering information for free, and see what comes back to you. Tip #3: Work with WHOM you know. Don’t abuse friendships or other relationships, but we can rely on our friends to help us out if we’re prepared to help them back. Everyone we know has something special to offer – an expertise, talent or skill that is of benefit to others. Invite friends with notoriety, wisdom or inspiring personalities to give a talk in your place of business, arrange a cocktail hour for people to meet one another and network or find another reason to get people together to meet someone of note. They’ll appreciate it and remember who set it up in the first place. Tip #4: Remember the calendar. Every year, special days, weeks and months provide easy opportunities for marketing specials. Tie discounts, sales or special offers to a holiday or noteworthy time. Honor servicemen and women on Memorial, Labor and Veterans days. Create an offer for romance for Sweetest and Valentine’s Day. If you’re looking for media attention, remember that editors and producers need stories around every holiday and special time – if you have a unique angle to offer, they’re more likely to pay attention to you and your business. Tip #5: Get involved with charity. What goes around, comes around. Find a charity to sponsor

through your business and you’ll raise the profile of who you are and what you do by showing such integrity. Plus, the media respond when you give back. It’s not easy to get in print or on TV or radio just doing what you do – every for-profit business wants a story about what they do! But an alliance with a non-profit or donating a portion of profits or proceeds to a community charity can be newsworthy enough to get you in the media spotlight. These are but the tip of the iceberg of ideas for gain-

ing attention in the public eye and the media without breaking the bank. Remember, marketing is a gradual build that needs constant nurturing. Always look for opportunities to connect with others and do unique things through your business – the result will be winning attention from customers, the public and perhaps even the media. Lynne Meredith Golodner does marketing, public relations and business development through her five-year-old company Your People LLC, which is based in Southfield. Find her at or SUMMER 2012 CHALDEAN COMMERCE



9th Annual Chaldean Community Foundation Golf Outing Sets Record The 9th Annual Chaldean Community Foundation Golf Outing turned out to be a record-setting year for money raised for the foundation. Nearly 140 golfers enjoyed great food, networking, putting contest and nearly 16 holes before the rain came.

Quarterly Networking Meeting Nearly 100 Chamber members got together for a Quarterly Networking Meeting on Aug. 9 at 1-800-LAW-FIRM’s sparkling new offices.



Seventh Annual Chaldean Festival an Immense Success! The Seventh Annual Chaldean Festival—co-hosted by the Chaldean Community Foundation and the City of Southfield—was a huge success! Thousands of people enjoyed live Chaldean music, dancing, a full carnival and perfect weather.



Legislative Update

Board Director Klint Kesto Wins GOP Nomination in State House Race

by Johnny Oram

Those who are seeking a liquor license throughout Michigan will require legislative action at the local level.

Current Chaldean Chamber Board Director Klint Kesto secured the GOP nomination for State RepreOn May 24, Governor Rick Snyder signed into law a bill sentative in Michigan’s 39th district. He ran amongst that would amend the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act a crowded field of five other candidates vying for the by stipulating that the act does not apply to any property nomination to advance to the November 6 general issued, held, due, or owing in any transaction between two election. The 39th district encompasses parts of West or more business associations or other business entities. Bloomfield, Commerce, Wolverine Lake, and Wixom. Currently, the law says that the State of Michigan becomes He outperformed the expectations of many especially the perpetual custodian of abandoned or unclaimed propparty favorites as well as Detroit’s leading newspapers as they had endorsed one of his many opponents. This certainly goes to show that endorsements don’t mount to success, but it is the power and endorsement of the electorate that determines the outcome. Klint Kesto will be the first Chaldean elected to the Michigan Legislature if voters give him the great privilege on November 6. The only Chaldean that has ever been elected to a State Legislature is former Democratic California State Senator Wadie P. Deddeh who Governor Snyder signs legislation into law. represented the South Bay communities of San Diego.  erty until the property owner claims the property (or value of the property), which the owner or heir can do at any time. Under the law, there will be times that many real and intangible properties are going to be held by someone Liquor Licensing Process else and presumed abandoned if they remain unclaimed.  Changes in Detroit  The Michigan Liquor Control Commission has adopted the 2010 Federal Census. Based on the latest census, all local units of government have a population of less than 750,000 people. This now means that those who are seeking a liquor license throughout Michigan will require legislative action at the local level. This has already applied to all cities in Michigan. Now that Detroit has a population of 713,777, which places it below the 750,000 population mark, all business owners are subject to City Council approval. Michigan law MCL 436.1501(2) provides that an application for a license to sell alcoholic liquor for consumption on the premises, except in a city having a population of 750,000 or more, shall be approved by the local unit of government in which the applicant’s place of business is located before the license is granted by the Commission. 


Business to Business Transactions Now Excluded from Unclaimed Property Process


Measure to Impose Stronger Penalties for Failure to File Property Transfer Affidavits A bill was introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives that would impose penalties for individuals who fail to file affidavits upon transfer of ownership of property. The bill, HB 4860 which was introduced by Rep. Jim Stamas (R, Midland) would increase the penalty to maximum of $200 per day up from the current $5 per day. This applies to all property owners and would continue to apply to residential property transfers. The penalty will be collected by the governing entity of a local tax authority. However, the bill’s fate is questionable in the Michigan Senate, where it has yet to be heard by the Senate Finance Committee. 


Chamber participation pays dividends for members


hat could a landscaper, insurance agent, automobile sales representative and lawyer have in common? They all earned significant new business as a result of their Chamber membership. Tony Konja, owner of landscape contractor Artistic Outdoor Services, Rocky Husaynu, owner of Professional Insurance Planners, John Edwards, a sales representative with Lafontaine Automotive Group and Shawn Jappaya of Jappaya Law PLC have all seen their client lists grow by being active members in the Chamber. “What you get out of your membership depends on what you put into it,” Konja said “I knew I had to get out there, network and meet as many people possible to get new business.” Since his involvement, Konja estimates his business has grown by at least $250,000 annually. Among the most active Chamber members, Konja has served on the Chamber’s board of directors and has chaired several committees, including the membership committee. Tony Konja in 2005, when he first became involved with the Chamber. Additionally, he boasts nearly perfect attendance at all the Chamber’s events, which Like Konja, Husanyu is a former board acquaintances who may not always rememincludes quarterly networking meetings, member who’s chaired several committees. ber what he does for a living. Industry Outlooks, Business Luncheon, He is a charter member of the Chamber. “People know I sell health insurance, but Christmas Party, Annual Dinner and ChamJohn Edwards, agrees active participation it may not be top of mind and when they see ber Elections. helps increase sales. Edwards sells 18 brands me at events, they remember “People often underestimate Since his of cars but specializes in Cadillac, GMC and and it prompts them to ask me how crucial relationship buildBuick and estimates his Chamber memberabout helping them control their ing is to the sales process,” Koninvolvement, ship helps him move an additional 10-15 health care costs,” Husanyu said. ja said. “Through the Chamber, units a year. Shawn Jappaya has similar I’ve met many new business and Konja estimates “Chaldeans are a large percentage of my experiences as Husanyu when he municipal contacts I wouldn’t his business customer base and my Chamber membership attends networking events as his have otherwise known.” helps me build and strengthen relationships presence is an instant reminder Konja added that he has has grown by at he is an attorney. and while keeping me visible within the met some people through his Chaldean community,” Edwards said. ‘When people see me at involvement with the Chamber least $250,000 events, they tell me they are glad whom he considers among his annually. To get more involved in the Chamber, visit they saw me ask me for help closest friends. to view the calenwith an issue,” Jappaya said. Husaynu, who is an agent dar of events and keep up with the latest news. “The old adage is out of sight, out of mind so for Blue Cross Blue Shield, HAP, Priority Or contact our Membership Manager Sana I try to stay in sight as much as possible.” Health and other carriers echoed Konja’s senNavarrette at 248-996-8340 or snavarrette@ While Jappaya couldn’t quantify the timents, but added that Chamber to discuss how you get exact impact on his bottom line, he said it’s ship has strengthened his existing relationmore involved and visible within the Chamber. “significant.” ships by providing a way to get in front of SUMMER 2012 CHALDEAN COMMERCE



new & renewed members New Corporate Members

trademark polite and courteous customer service. Dollar Castle is the leader of the pack and is peerless in the dollar store industry.

Arab American & Chaldean Yellow Pages Ayser Najeeb, President 1861 Windwood Drive, Suite 102 Rochester Hills, MI 48307 T (248) 395-2221 F (248) 299-2991 As the name implies, the AACYP targets the Arab American and Chaldean community in the State of Michigan. It was born for the sole purpose of helping businesses reach the Arab American and Chaldean community.

New Business Members

Better Made Snack Foods, Inc Mark Winkelman 10148 Gratiot Avenue Detroit, MI 48213 T (313) 925-4774 F (313) 925-6028 mwinkelman@ Better Made Snack Foods manufactures and distributes a variety of flavored potato chips, popcorn, crunchy chips, pretzels, pork rinds, tortilla chips, beef jerky, chocolate covered potato chips & pretzels, salsas and cheese dips.

Renewed Corporate Members

Wireless Vision, L.L.C. Saber Ammori, President 40700 Woodward Avenue, Suite 250 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 T (248) 865-0900 F (248) 228-8456 T-Mobile exclusive retailer.



BankLease Consultants

member spotlight

Capital starts a business and keeps it growing. Equipment lets the business do its job efficiently and competitively. Both assets are precious. The trick is to hold onto both of them and sometimes that’s not easy. As a business owner, you are faced with a choice: you can tie up your earning potential in equipment, or you can put your money to work and get by as best you can with unsatisfactory equipment (or none at all). Or you can do both-keep your capital AND acquire needed equipment-by LEASING. Leasing allows you to acquire an expensive asset for no money down. You pay for its use out of your operating budget, not from your capital reserves. And at the end of the lease term, you can often buy the equipment for a small fraction of its original cost, upgrade to something new or simply walk away. The vast majority of American companies, including the Fortune 100, employ some form of equipment leasing. That number will grow as more businesses discover the advantages of leasing in today’s marketplace. BankLease Consultants has been providing leasing to Michigan businesses since 1989. Al Douglas 385 Tara Drive Troy, MI 48085 (248) 561-3900

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital Mary (Toni) Flowers 44405 Woodward Avenue Pontiac, MI 48341 T (248) 858-3149 F (248) 858-3299 A 443-bed comprehensive, community and teaching hospital and a long-time leader in health care in Oakland County.

Dollar Castle, Inc. Eddie Denha, President 7031 Orchard Lake Road, Suite 201A West Bloomfield, MI 48322 T (248) 539-3100 F (248) 539-1778 Dollar Castle emphasizes quality, name brand products, food, cleaning and party supplies at the best prices around along with

1-800-LAW-FIRM Ari Kresch, Founder, CEO 26700 Lahser Road, Suite 400 Southfield, MI 48033 T (800) 523-9416 A national network of the country’s top legal experts who cover the entire spectrum of legal areas including accidents and injuries, bankruptcy, consumer protection, defective products, pharmaceuticals, employment/ labor law, professional malpractice, veterans’ claims, and whistleblower cases. O’Brien Construction Tim O’Brien, President 966 Livernois Troy, MI 48083 T (248) 334-2470 F (248) 334-0210 50 years of outstanding service with a portfolio that has expanded to include a wide array of projects including new construction, additions, renovations and phased construction. Specializations include affordable housing, senior housing, historic preservation, restoration, commercial, religious, municipal and education. Benston D. Harris, Inc. Benston Harris, Owner/President 13335 15 Mile Road Sterling Heights, MI 48312 T (586) 405-4113 F (248) 987-6352 Heating & Cooling installation and repair. Property management and preventative maintenance. Expedited development of construction design and implementation for disaster repairs or property expansion. Mar-Que General Contracting, Inc. John Jarjosa 22511 Telegraph Road, Suite 204 Southfield, MI 48033 T (248) 961-0077 Provide damage restoration services in the Southeast Michigan and surrounding areas. Whether you need repairs for water damage, flood damage, fire damage, storm damage, or 24-hour emergency restoration services.

May 1, 2012 – August 15, 2012

La Feast Moe Afify, Manager 91 East Long Lake Road Troy, MI 48085 T (248) 828-4300 Authentic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food favorites and convenient catering services with casual dining atmosphere, friendly and attentive staff members, and fresh, healthy food.

Ishtar Ethnic Food Isaac Savaya 7480 Haggerty Road West Bloomfield, MI 48322 T (248) 661-8000 F (248) 661-8017 Market selling groceries with an emphasis on ingredients for Middle Eastern cuisine that also features aisles of imported foods, including snacks and frozen meals. The market also offers prepared dishes.

Kallabat & Associates P.C. John Kallabat, President 30100 Telegraph Road, Suite 404 Bingham Farms, MI 48025 T (248) 647-6611 F (248) 258-9147 We serve clients throughout Southeast Michigan and have experience handling hundreds of bankruptcy cases, involving debt ranging from several thousand to several million dollars.

Lexi Drew Kevin Kejbou, Owner 74 W. Long Lake Road Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 T (248)646-1711 F (248)646-1766 Retail women’s clothing store.

Divine Diagnostics Sue Alaka, President 4455 Metropolitan Parkway, Suite-A Sterling Heights, MI 48310 T (586) 795-3815 F (586) 933-0077 Offering the following services: dopplers, ultrasounds, echocardiography, nerve conducting studies, mobile CT and MRI and stress echo. Yatooma’s Foundation for the Kids Norman Yatooma 1900 S. Telegraph Road Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 T (888)987-KIDS Bringing tenderness to tragedy and turning tragedy into triumph for families of kids who have lost a parent by providing practical, professional and personal assistance at each stage of the grieving and recovery process. Abin Batota Health & Sport Academy Dhari Batota 1975 Oakcrest Sterling Heights, MI 48310 T (586) 939-7504 F (586) 264-1907 Dr. Batota helps with weight control, rehabilitation and can put a health program for each individual.

Bedrock Real Estate Services member spotlight Detroit-based Bedrock is a totally new kind of commercial real estate organization. It acquires, develops, builds and manages real estate, helping properties reach their full potential. Created by Jim Ketai, veteran real estate entrepreneur, and Dan Gilbert, Chairman of Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans, Bedrock is on a mission. The company’s sole focus is to revitalize Detroit and other promising urban centers, creating jobs, excitement and opportunity. Founded in 2011, Bedrock is currently managing more than $100 million of fast-paced construction, and has grown from just a handful of team members to 75. Bedrock’s unique strengths help its clients smoothly navigate the transition in setting up, relocating or investing in large cities across the country. It is also highly skilled in working with community leaders, government officials and financial resources to best meet specific goals and objectives. Properties managed by Bedrock have happier tenants, achieve greater efficiencies and generate strong bottom-line results. Tamara Knapp 1092 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48226 (888) 300-9833 www. Levine, Benjamin, P.C. Lorenzo D’Agostini 100 Galleria Officentre, Suite 411 Southfield, MI 48034 T (248) 352-5700 F (248) 352-1312 Represents clients throughout Michigan in cases involving Social Security disability, workers compensation and civil personal injury.

Detroit Store Fixture Co. Lisa Larner 7545 W. 8 Mile Road Detroit, MI 48221 T (313) 341-3255 F (313) 341-1703 Helping retailers merchandise their products with top quality store fixtures and displays. Featuring two large showrooms filled with a vast selection of display cases, slat wall/grid wall panels & accessories, garment racks, mannequins, retail shelving and more.

Dalia Rasha Kejbou, P.C. Dalia Kejbou, Attorney 74 W. Long Lake Road, Suite 203 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 T (248)646-1711 F (248)646-1766 Practice many areas of law including immigration, criminal, family, business, real estate law and estate planning and workers compensation. BankLease Consultants Al Douglas, President 385 Tara Drive Troy, MI 48085 T (248)561-3900 Over 25 years of experience fulfilling Southeast Michigan business owners’ equipment leasing needs. Affiliations with Michigan banking institutions makes it possible to finance leases of any size. Cars4You George Sinawi, Owner 90 S. Telegraph Road Waterford, MI 48328 T (248)682-2277 F (248)682-2278 All pre-owned car and truck sales. Buy, sell and trade. Al Raia’a Trading, Inc. Ammar Buny, Manager 42740 Mound Road Sterling Heights, MI 48314 T (586)580-2602 F (586)580-2604 Company for limited general trading: an Iraqi company created and established in 2003 registered and recognized at the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Companies Registration Office. SUMMER 2012 CHALDEAN COMMERCE



new & renewed members Bloomfield Deli Joseph Atto 71 W. Long Lake Road Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 T (248) 645-6879 F (248) 645-0221 Provide an incredible selection of delicatessen style foods; three great locations to serve you.

Nude The Salon Janel Asmer, Hair Stylist/Colorist 5702 Folkstone Troy, MI 48085 T (248)765-2913 Specialize in precision haircutting, hair color and highlights, hair styling, and keratin treatments. Along with, personalizing each look to compliment every individual. All of this done in a modern yet relaxed environment, with exceptional customer service. Great Lakes Data Systems Rick Pringle 20900 W. 8 Mile Road Southfield, MI 48075 T (248) 356-4100 F (248) 356-7917 A leading point-of-sale system provider throughout Michigan - assisting successful grocers, retailers and restaurateurs for 40+ years. Rita Tour Services Rabiha Shamoon, Director 240 Windingbrook Commerce Township, MI 48390 T (248) 722-6968 F (248) 926-8803 Bilingual tour leader speaking English and Arabic. Al Sharnouby & Associates, P.C. Mohad El Sharnoby, President 2110 15 Mile Road Sterling Heights, MI 48310 T (248) 659-7021 Specializes in all cases: civil and criminal, immigration, commercial and real estate contracts, personal injuries and divorce cases. The Esken Group Marvin Dabish, Owner 740 Welch Road Commerce Township, MI 48390 T (248) 429-1116 F (888) 848-7773 Full-service marketing solutions provider company. Sunny Media Group, Inc. Matt Edwards, Operations Director 39209 6 Mile Road Livonia, MI 48152 T (734)855-4728 An enthusiastic team of highlyskilled, experienced and yes - you guessed it - sunny advertising professionals. 16


member spotlight Spa Renaissance & Renaissance Plastic Surgery How old you are is your business but how old you look is Spa Renaissance’s business. Spa Renaissance’s physicians and staff are committed to providing a healthy approach to aging. They believe preventative treatments with healthy skin care management can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, uneven skin tones, and wrinkles. Featuring the highest quality staff, products and procedures, Spa Renaissance & Renaissance Plastic Surgery strives to remain leaders in Michigan’s skin care and plastic surgery communities. Patricia LaFrance 85 East Big Beaver Troy, MI 48083 (248) 498-8100

Renewed Business Members Tri-County Transportation Montana Yousif 6720 Woodside Trail West Bloomfield, MI 48322 T (248) 789-9080 F (248) 538-7083 Trucking-contract hauling company. Vineyard’s Market Place Ron Asmar, Owner 32418 Northwestern Highway Farmington Hills, MI 48334 T (248) 855-9463 F (248) 855-0070 Your one stop shop for all of your everyday needs; from appetizers, entrees and desserts to all of our fine wines and deli items, Vineyard’s Marketplace is the area’s first choice for entertainment supplies.

Mac’s II John Jarjosa 22399 Northline Road Taylor, MI 48180 T (734) 287-8010 F (734) 287-8011 Liquor, beer, wine, grocery, deli, pizza, etc. Hazelcrest Place Apartments Keisha Coleman, Property Manager 100 Hazelcrest Place Hazel Park, MI 48030 T (248) 542-5386 F (248) 542-1351 hazelcrestplacemanager@ Apartment community conveniently located near the I-75 and I-696 expressways; minutes from the Hazel Park senior center, hospital, and shopping. Starlite Food Enterprises, Inc. John Kassid, President 30150 Telegraph Road, Suite 152 Bingham Farms, MI 48025 T (248) 644-5726 Food and dining.

Asker Perlmuter, PLC Paul Asker 32000 Northwestern Highway, Suite 275 Farmington Hills, MI 48334 T (248) 419-5400 F (248) 419-5407 Provides a comprehensive portfolio of business, real estate, and commercial legal services for our clients. Liberty International Wholesale Mike Dikhow 21535 Hoover Road Warren, MI 48089 T (586).755-3629 F (586) 755-3149 A nationally renowned wholesale and distribution company specializing in food products and beverages. Art of Strength Bassam Salman 6775 Daly Road, Suite 100 West Bloomfield, MI 48322 T (248) 932-6500 F (248) 932-6525 Art of Strength includes training methods, equipment and programs that have been proven to work across a wide spectrum of users, including elite athletes, fitness enthusiasts, first responders, adolescents, and anyone looking to get more out of life. ASTI Environmental Doug Brown PO Box 2160 Brighton, MI 48116 T (810) 599-8131 F (810) 225-3800 ASTI Environmental performs environmental investigations, remediation, compliance, restoration projects and site selection. We have provided environmental consulting and engineering to the Great Lakes region since 1985.

May 1, 2012 – August 15, 2012

Orchard Lake Automotive Center, Inc. Peter Mona, Owner 28799 Orchard Lake Road Farmington Hills, MI 48334 T (248) 553-3302 F (248) 553-9128 This repair shop performs computer diagnostics, engine repair, tune ups, fuel injections, transmission services, brake services, front end alignments, wheel balancing and auto glass repair. Also sells tires and batteries. Atisha Construction, Inc. Basim Atisha 29429 Somerset Drive Southfield, MI 48076 T (248) 552-9322 F (248) 552-0022 Residential construction offering architectural services. Marathon of Walled Lake Robert Manna 1101 N. Pontiac Trail Walled Lake, MI 48390 T (248) 624-3000 A fuel station offering propane, ATM, food, beer, wine, liquor and pay at pump. Community Choice Credit Union Beth Spadafore, Business Development Officer 31155 Northwestern Highway Farmington Hills, MI 48334 T (248) 785-5063 F (248) 785-5103 Financial institution founded in 1935, investing in our Southeast Michigan communities through banking services. Victor Saroki & Associates Architects PC Victor Saroki, Owner 430 N. Old Woodward Birmingham, MI 48009 T (248) 258-5707 F (248) 258-5515 One of the most creative architectural firms in Birmingham, is dedicated to the belief that excellent architecture can be achieved at every level, from interior details to city spaces. New York Life Insurance Company Gabriel Sinawi 4000 Town Center, Suite 1300 Southfield, MI 48075 T (248) 357-8971 F (248) 352-8971 Offers both term and permanent life insurance policies to help protect what matters most, at a price that works within your budget.

The Fiscal Concierge LLC member spotlight Are payroll and bill paying duties keeping you from growing your business? If so, The Fiscal Concierge may be able to cost effectively help free up your time enabling you focus on operations. Utilizing “RUN Powered by ADP Payroll for Accountants®, The Fiscal Concierge provides world class payroll services at a competitive price. Additionally, they can help you will all your accounts payables. The Fiscal Concierge can make your payments on a variety of accounts, such as credit cards, utilities and insurance. The Fiscal Concierge can improve your credit rating while giving you the peace of mind that your bills are paid. Debbie Stroup 248-227-0347 Rox Gatia, PharmD Rox Gatia - Drug Information Specialist 44405 Woodward Avenue Department of Pharmacy St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Pontiac, MI 48341 T (248) 858-3055 F (248) 858-3010 Pharmacy service provider. UHY LLP Patrick Gregory, Managing Director 27725 Stansbury Street, Suite 200 Farmington Hills, MI 48334 T (248) 355-1040 F (248) 355-1084 Accounting firm for public companies, middle-market, and privately owned businesses. As a full service public accounting firm, UHY LLP offers a full range of audit services. Omni Investment Development Group, LLC Nicholas Faranso, President 14417 Michigan Avenue Dearborn, MI 48126 T (313) 584-3600 F (313) 584-3601 An investment & development firm specializing in real estate, hotels and other hospitality-related ventures.

George Enterprises, LLC Rodney George, CEO 30777 Northwestern Highway, Suite 300 Farmington Hills, MI 48334 T (248) 851-6990 F (248) 851-9551 Research and investment company, former owner and operator of the largest independently owned dairy distributor in Michigan. MEP Engineers, LLC Steve Metti, Principal 30903 W 10 Mile Road, Suite B Farmington Hills, MI 48336 T (248) 488-9822 F (248) 488-9811 Offers the latest in engineering and technical services for the mechanical, electrical and plumbing disciplines including major mechanical systems, HVAC design and construction support services.

ABCOSAT Saad Hajjar, President 6775 Daly Road, Suite 101 West Bloomfield, MI 48322 T (248) 538-7300 x201 F (248) 538-1662 Founded to support the United States in the safe keeping, rebuilding and rehabilitation of Iraq, Afghanistan and other Middle Eastern countries with a focus on connecting individuals, organizations and businesses in and around Iraq and Afghanistan to the rest of the world. Toma & Associates CPA, P.C. Peter Toma, President 28552 Orchard Lake Road, Suite 110 Farmington Hills, MI 48334 T (248) 254-3500 F (248) 254-3501 A full service accounting firm. Chaldean Federation of America Dave Nona 29850 Northwestern Highway, Suite 250 Southfield, MI 48034 T (248) 851-3023 F (248) 851-9551 A non-profit advocacy and humanitarian service organization established to coordinate and strengthen the work of affiliated Chaldean Community organizations that share the mission and values of the CFA.

New Individual Members Sharona Shapiro Jamil Frank- Rafi Sarmed Sinawi, MD Naseem Shayota Renae Hottle Father Jeff Day

Renewed Individual Members Faisal Arabo Ed Babbie Kevin Jappaya Al Jonna Simon Jonna Lava Francis Sarmad Khemmoro Lou Peters Larry Brown Layth Barash



Our Partners

2012 Corporate Partners Comcast Comcast Corporation is one of the world’s leading media, entertainment and communications companies. Comcast is principally involved in the operation of cable systems through Comcast Cable and in the development, production and distribution of entertainment, news, sports and other content for global audiences through NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential and business customers. Visit

Comerica Bank Comerica has had a continuous presence in Detroit since 1849 – longer than any other bank – and offers more than 230 Michigan locations. In the late 1990s, Comerica recognized the increasing diversity of its customers and formed the bank’s Arab and Chaldean-American initiative. Visit

Country Fresh Country Fresh has been the favorite dairy brand in Michigan and nearby for generations because families know that when they choose Country Fresh, they’re taking home the dairy best. Visit

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan offers health care solutions tailored to fit your lifestyle and your specific health goals. It also provides impactful community initiatives and leadership in improving health care. Visit

DTE Energy One of the nation’s largest diversified energy companies, Detriot-based DTE is involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Visit

Ford Motor Company Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, manufactures and distributes automobiles across six continents. With approximately 201,000 employees and 90 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Volvo. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.

U.S. Ice Serving Southeast Michigan since 1984, U.S. Ice is the tri-county’s largest family-owned independent ice manufacturer and supplier with the newest fleet of trucks in the industry and the capacity to make 800,000 pounds of ice per day. Also provides coolers and helps with event planning. Visit

St. John Providence Health System St. John Providence Health System is comprised of five hospitals and more than 125 medical facilities in southeast Michigan. St. John Providence Health System touches thousands of lives each year in southeast Michigan through services such as heart, cancer, obstetrics, neurosciences, orthopedics, physical rehabilitation, behavioral medicine, surgery, emergency and urgent care. Visit 18


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