Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce
Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce 115 West Huron, 3rd Floor Ann Arbor, MI 48104 734.665.4433 www.a2ychamber.org
A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce Interviews:
July 20, 2015: Fall Events – Katie Jones, Chamber Director of Marketing & Events – The chamber has a number of events planned for the upcoming fall season, including the annual IMPACT gathering. This year leaders will be tackling the issue of economic equality.
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July 6, 2015: Eyeglass World – Baise David, Store Manager, Eyeglass World – With thousands of frames from name brand designers, Eyeglass World bills itself as your eyeglass superstore – but how do they do it?
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June 22, 2015: 100 MENtors in 100 Days – Steve Kleiman, Development Specialist, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County; Haley Decker is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County’s Community Engagement Specialist – A campaign to increase the awareness of our community’s need for mentors, especially men, is underway with a goal to connect 200 kids with a caring individual.
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May 25, 2015: Headline Breakfast with U.S. Senator Gary Peters – Andy LaBarre, A2Y Chamber Executive VP & Director of Government Relations – Learn about the upcoming Chamber breakfast with Michigan’s newly-elected United States Senator, Gary Peters.
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May 18, 2015: Data Leaks – Jeff Morris, Owner, Call Your Help Desk – Did you know that most company data leaks happen due to internal problems? There are measures companies can take to ensure their data remains secure.
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May 11, 2015: A2SO Mary Steffek Blaske, Executive Director, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra – The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra has been compared to musical giants such as the Boston Symphony and the Detroit Symphony Orchestras. This past season the A2SO announced its second-largest subscriber base in its 86-year history.
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May 4, 2015: Ypsilanti P.R.I.D.E. Day – Barbara Davenport, Chamber V.P.; Diane Keller, Chamber President – Now in its 20th year, this event to foster community pride and encourage local business growth by creating a clean and welcoming environment began as a project of the 1995 graduating class of Leadership Ypsilanti. More than 1,000 volunteers will gather on May 16, 2015 for Ypsilanti P.R.I.D.E. Day. Visit www.a2ychamber.org/foundation/ypsilanti-p-r-i-d-e-day
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April 20, 2015: Go Like the Wind! – Colette Toquigne, Upper Elementary Teacher; LeeAnn Chamberlain, Preprimary Lead Teacher – This private Ann Arbor school offers a Montessori education in an environment where students become inquisitive, innovative, and self-directed learners. Visit www.GoLikeTheWind.com
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April 13, 2015: Branding with A Bang – Dave Murray, The Big Guy, Mayniax Branding – Learn how to get – and stay – in the minds of current and potential customers. The minds behind Mayniax Branding say branding is the most important thing you can do for your business.
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April 6, 2015: Wedding Season Arrives – Margaret Wilson, Sales & Marketing, and Chef Kieron Hales, Managing Partner, Zingerman Cornman Farms – Whether you plan on eloping or hosting an affair for 400, couples are coming up with novel ways to celebrate their nuptials, even growing their own food for the wedding dinner.
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March 30, 2015: Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Celebrates 85 Years – Cassie Mann, Program Director, Ann Arbor Civic Theater – It is one of the longest-running community theaters in the country. Community members from all walks of life have participated on and behind stage at the Ann Arbor Civic Theater. Actors such as Gilda Radner and current Broadway star Bryn O’Malley have performed with the Civic.
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March 16, 2015: The Leslie Legacy – Karen Rendell, Program & Operations Director, Leslie Science & Nature Center – Emily and Eugene Leslie enjoyed having neighborhood children play on their land. The Leslies wanted to preserve their land for children and decided to deed their property to the City of Ann Arbor with a request that it be used for children. The city established the Leslie Science & Nature Center to give children the opportunity to explore the rich resources around them.
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March 9, 2015: Caregiver Fair 2015 – Pam Kekes, Accredited Home Care; Sheila Doeden, Senior Helpers – Are you helping an aging or disabled parent, neighbor, or friend? The Washtenaw County Consortium on Aging is hosting a free Caregiver Fair, where you will get access to valuable information from experts in the caregiver field and find out about the services available to this growing population. The Caregiver Fair is Saturday, March 21 from 9 AM-2 PM at Ann Arbor’s Kensington Court Hotel.
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February 23, 2015: Level One Bank – Kendra Merriman, Mortgage Sales Manager – A new full-service and commercial bank has arrived in Ann Arbor. Level One Bank was recently chosen as one of Metro Detroit’s 101 Best & Brightest Companies for which to work.
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February 9, 2015: Making Mortgages Work for You – Mike Pietilla, Owner, The Mortgage Beyond Network – The world of mortgages is a complex industry. Mike Pietilla focuses on the research phase of the home loan process, saving time and money for his clients.
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January 26, 2015: Meet the Met’s Manager – Coach Mark Van Ameyde, EMU Baseball Coach – Former EMU shortstop turned manager of the New York Mets is coming back to Ypsilanti to help his alma mater. EMU Hall of Famer Terry Collins is the keynote speaker at the Lead Off Dinner to benefit the EMU Baseball team.
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January 19, 2015: Road Tax – Andy LaBarre, Chamber VP & Director of Government Relations – The Michigan Legislature recently passed a legislative package that supplements road funding with a shift from a flat tax to a tax on fuel at the wholesale level. The legislation would also alleviate the 6-percent sales tax now charged on fuel, which does not fund roads. Another bill in the package would raise the overall sales tax from 6 to 7 percent, with the additional revenue committed to funding for schools and local government.
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January 12, 2015: Kathy Evans, Education Director, Leslie Science & Nature Center – Emily and Eugene Leslie enjoyed having neighborhood children play on their land. The Leslies wanted to preserve their land for children and decided to deed their property to the City of Ann Arbor with a request that it be used for children. The Leslies died within a few months of each other in 1976. Upon their death, the land and buildings were passed on to all of the citizens — especially the children — of Ann Arbor. With this gift, the City established Leslie Science Center in order to provide children with an opportunity to explore the rich natural resources around them.
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December 29, 2014: From Farm to Table: Cornman Farms – Margaret Wilson, Director of Sales & Events; Kieron Hales, Managing Partner – What began as an acre of tomatoes in Chef Alex’s garden has grown in a short time to a premier event destination in Dexter, Michigan. Cornman Farms is now a 42 acre farm growing more than 70 varietals of vegetables and caring for over 150 animals, offering a unique farm-to-table dining experience.
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December 22, 2014: Olive Oil from the Gods – Grigorios Stamatopoulos, Founder, Stamatopoulos & Sons: Extra Virgin Olive Oils & Fine Goods – Stamatopoulos & Sons extra virgin olive oil comes directly from a family-owned farm in southwest Greece. Their olive oil is made in small batches, only with the Koroneiki olive. Olives are harvested by hand and crushed into olive oil within hours. The founder says his olive oil is unlike anything found in stores.
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December 15, 2014: Labor Law – Rob Boonin, Partner, Dykema – Are your employee policies in line with the regulations of the National Labor Relations Board? From overtime pay to pregnancy rights, there are many new enforcement and coverage initiatives by the Federal government. Dykema is Michigan’s largest law firm with offices throughout Michigan as well as in California, Texas, Illinois, Minnesota and Washington, DC, including one of the largest law offices in Washtenaw County.
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December 8, 2014: 3rd Annual Holiday Shopping Event – Chelsie Whitehead, Marketing & Events Coordinator, Ann Arbor/ Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce – Happy Hilton Holidays, sponsored by the A2Y Chamber, is a FREE family friendly event! Join Chamber members for an evening of fun activities for you and your family. Afterwards, enjoy some discounts at the Briarwood Mall. Guest appearances from Santa Claus and Frozen’s Elsa! Thursday, December 11, 4-7 PM at Hilton Garden Inn. Visit: http://business.a2ychamber.org/events/details/happy-hilton-holidays-5745
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December 1, 2014: Battling Fat and Getting Fit – Angela & Chad Hugo, Managers, Anytime Fitness Ann Arbor-Maple Rd. – Coming off the big holiday feast weekend is the perfect time to consider getting in shape. This husband and wife duo are experts in the field of health and fitness who know how to help their clients achieve success.
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November 24, 2014: A New Salon Experience – Kevin Lent, President, Sola Salon Studios – A new concept in beauty care has arrived in Ann Arbor, as Sola Salon Studios prepares to open in the Arbor Hills shopping center off Washtenaw Avenue. It’s a way for salon professionals to open and operate their own salon without the hassles of running an entire business.
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November 17, 2014: Curves Ann Arbor – Mary Barber & Jeri Shumate , Owners, Curves Ann Arbor – Here’s how you can get a total body workout in just 30 minutes. Curves International, Inc. is the largest chain of fitness centers for women in the world, famous for its 30-minute Circuit that works every major muscle group with strength training, cardio and stretching and always has a coach to help members with proper form, answer questions and offer encouragement. But it’s how the owners acquired the business that is truly remarkable.
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November 10, 2014: Michigan Works! – Peg Windsor, Business Services Specialist, Washtenaw County Michigan Works! Business Services – Washtenaw County Michigan Works! Business Services team utilizes the Pure Michigan Talent Connect, a web based, state-wide job posting system to link employers to job seekers quickly and easily. They can save employers time and money by registering a business with the Talent Connect so that they can post openings, search resumes of candidates and find local talent, all free to the employer.
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November 3, 2014: Planning Your Financial Future – DFCU Financial’s Steve Schulmann, Regional VP, and Craig Shipman, Financial Consultant – With assets of more than $3.5 billion, DFCU Financial is the largest credit union in Michigan. They offer an open membership, as well as help with financial planning and investments. DFCU just broke ground on a new branch in Plymouth Township and is moving its Ypsilanti location to Carpenter near Packard, which will include a drive-through. Connect with DFCU’s Financial Consultant Craig Shipman at 888.337.7770, ext. 5822.
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October 20, 2014: Senior Helpers – Faye Molitor, Co-Owner, Director of Operations – Having cared for both of her parents through end of life, Faye Molitor understands the importance of the services that Senior Helpers provides and is passionate about helping others. Faye manages both the Ann Arbor and Adrian offices, assesses clients, and works with caregivers. In addition Faye is involved with the Washtenaw County Elder Abuse coalition to raise awareness. Learn more about Senior Helpers by calling 734.927.3111 in Ann Arbor and 517.264.2273 in Adrian. Click & Listen:
October 13, 2014: Teddy Bear Day Care & Learning Center – Leslie Promenchenkel, Co-Director – Started 24 years ago, this day care center is now operated by the very child who inspired its creation. This nationally accredited school is licensed for more than 160 and serves children from birth to 12 years of age. Click & Listen:
October 6, 2014: CaerusNet – Steven Zyskowski, President – CaerusNet (pronounced “Sear-us-net”) is a business referral and networking organization that forms and leads teams of local community business owners through a process of building and expanding their businesses by word-of-mouth referrals. Click & Listen:
The Road to Home – Rhonda Weathers, Executive Director, SOS Community Services – Founded in 1970 by students at Eastern Michigan University, SOS has evolved from its origins as a peer-counseling program into an agency that connects families to vital resources in Washtenaw County. Click & Listen:
September 22, 2014: Jan Davies McDermott, Owner, Davies House Inn Georgetown Bed & Breakfast – This longtime owner of a popular Ann Arbor B&B reveals what it takes to operate one and shares what led to her success. Click & Listen:
September 2, 2014: Joey Blaszczyk, Chamber Membership & Sales Coordinator – How does one become a strong leader and a responsible citizen? You can gain the skills to develop your leadership strengths, to have direct access to local movers and shakers, and to define your role as a true steward of the community through this unique program of the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Chamber. Click & Listen:
August 25, 2014: Sue Dvorak, Ozone House Communications Coordinator; Susan Allison, Harvest of Hope, Event Chair – Ozone House Youth and Family Services will celebrate its 45 year anniversary with a Harvest of Hope benefit dinner presented by Domino’s on Saturday, September 13th at 6:30 p.m. at the Polo Fields Golf & Country Club in Ypsilanti. Ozone House was founded in 1969 by a group of friends who witnessed the growing number of runaways coming to Ann Arbor. Click & Listen:
August 18, 2014: Tiffany Fitzpatrick, Unit Serving Executive, Southern Shores Field Service Council; Dr. Eric Fretz, Asst. Troop Leader, Huron Trails/District Membership Chair – The Boy Scouts of America is one of the largest youth organizations in the U.S., with 2.7 million youth members and more than 1 million adult volunteers. Their goal is to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance. Click & Listen:
August 11, 2014: Glacier Hills‘ Katy Kurili, Director of Residential Services and Lindsay Boeve, Memory Care House Manager – In the past few years Ann Arbor’s Glacier Hills has undergone construction and expanded its facility, making it one of the premier senior living communities in the region. Click & Listen:
August 4, 2014: Ashish Joshi, Managing Partner, Lorandos Joshi Trial Lawyers – Lorandos Joshi is an Ann Arbor law firm with global capabilities. Its diverse client base spans national and international boundaries, including India and China. From commercial litigation to child custody battles and white collar crime, this firm takes cases with one goal in mind: to win for the client. Click & Listen:
July 28, 2014: Katie Jones, Events & Marketing Director, A2Y Chamber; Tanya Andrews, Development & Marketing Associate, Growing Hope – Enjoy the best locally grown food and beverages Ypsilanti has to offer at this upcoming event. The YpsiTasty grub crawl is Tuesday, July 29 from 5-9 PM. Begin your crawl at the Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers’ Market for registration. Click & Listen:
July 21, 2014: Joe DeKoub, Owner of RE/MAX Platinum and Chet Hill, Manager of the Ann Arbor location for RE/MAX Platinum – With the housing market in the greater Ann Arbor starting to pick-up, the stock of available homes for sale is increasing as well. Click & Listen:
July 14, 2014: Chelsie Whitehead, Chamber Marketing & Events Coordinator – A locally-grown grub crawl sponsored by the A2Y Chamber will feature the food and drink of the Ypsilanti area. YpsiTasty is a celebration to support the mission of the A2Y Chamber and Growing Hope, which helps people improve their lives and communities through gardening and healthy food access. The YpsiTasty Grub Crawl is July 29 from 5-9 PM. Golden Limousine will provide a trolley between venues. Visit http://business.a2ychamber.org/Events/details/ypsitasty-4487 for more details. Click & Listen:
July 7, 2014: Joanna LaFleur, Owner, Dementia Specialists Homecare – After she got her Bachelors of Science with a specialty in Recreational Therapy, Joanna LaFleur spent 6 years working in various nursing homes as a Recreational Therapy Director. During that time she saw firsthand the difference therapeutic activities could make in someone with memory loss. Click & Listen:
June 23, 2014: Jeff Morris, President, Call Your Help Desk – CallYourHelpDesk.com is a great way for your company to have its own IT department without the expense. Click & Listen:
June 16, 2014: Christi Rankin, CEO, Martopia – Martopia Public Relations Group (MPRG) is a Michigan-based public relations practice with offices in the Ann Arbor, Charlotte, Chicago, and Denver areas. The firm helps clients build awareness for their companies, products, services, people, culture and causes. It also works with clients to transform crises, build reputational equity, and tell their unique stories in a way that is authentic, engages their stakeholders and influences outcomes. Click & Listen:
June 9, 2014: Dr. Daniel Bingham, owner, Cypress Counseling Center– Cypress Counseling Center offers counseling and assessment services in Ann Arbor, Michigan tailored to your individual or family’s needs. Cypress offers exceptional care and compassionate support so you can feel safe and find solutions. Click & Listen:
June 2, 2014: Kathy Aznavorian, President and Owner – This family-owned and operated business offers 63 holes of public golf coupled with a vast state-of-the-art year round Learning Center and three distinct venues and outdoor ceremony sites to host weddings and special events. Click & Listen:
May 19, 2014: Andy LaBarre, Chamber Executive VP & Director of Government Relations – Transit millage, roads, and other ballot initiatives for Washtenaw County voters to consider. Click & Listen:
May 12, 2014: Jayne Tharp, Realtor, Motion Realty – With 25 years in human resources, marketing, and public relations, this real estate expert is well-poised to work the housing market. Click & Listen:
May 5, 2014: Tyler Weston, Howard Hanna Realtor / Ypsi PRIDE Day Member – Ypsilanti P.R.I.D.E. Day is a community-wide event intended to foster community pride and encourage local business growth by creating a clean and welcoming environment. It began as a class project by the 1995 graduating class of Leadership Ypsilanti, an experiential learning program sponsored by the Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Regional Chamber, and is now sponsored by the A2Y Chamber Foundation. Click & Listen:
April 28, 2014: Chelsie Whitehead, Marketing & Events Coordinator – Ypsi Pride Day, Grub Crawl, and a member reception are all events being planned by the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce Click & Listen:
April 21, 2014: Terrence Quinn, Attorney & Counselor at Law, TGQ Law Firm – Estate planning helps you answer two important questions. What would happen to your assets if you died, and if you could no longer make your own decisions who would? Click & Listen:
April 14, 2014: Chelsie Whitehead – Explore some of Ann Arbor’s great restaurants and network with new and old colleagues. A trolley will take you along the route of the Grub Crawl. Click & Listen:
April 7, 2014: Brian Cronan, Marketing & Public Relations, Clarion Hotel & Conference Center – With events like Michigan Football, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, and other Ann Arbor draws, the hotel business is now expanding. Click & Listen:
March 31, 2014: Katie Jones, Chamber Director of Marketing & Events – This upcoming fashion show coordinated by A2YConverge, the A2Y Chamber’s Young Professionals Organization, is designed to help support local retailers. Click & Listen:
March 24, 2014: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: Paint & Sip – Letitia Tenner, Owner, Painting with a Twist – Ann Arbor – It’s fun art, not fine art! Painting with a Twist provides step-by-step instruction from local artists. You bring your favorite bottle of wine to sip and you leave with a one-of-a-kind creation Click & Listen:
March 17, 2014: Kim Thompson, Vice President of Operations, Glacier Hills Senior Living Community – In the past few yearsAnn Arbor’s Glacier Hills has undergone construction and expanded its facility, making it one of the premier senior living communities in the region. Click & Listen:
March 10, 2014: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: Company Payroll – Chris Ingoglia, President/Founder, Comprehensive Payroll Company – Tax changes, technology, and automation are all having an impact on a company’s payroll process. Here’s what you need to know. Click & Listen:
March 3, 2014: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: Fashion Forward – Chelsie Whitehead, Chamber Marketing & Events Coordinator – A2Y Converge, the young professionals arm of the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce, is hosting a Spring Fashion Show to help support local retailers. The show is April 4, 2014 from 8:00-10:00 PM at the Ann Arbor City Club. Click & Listen:
February 24, 2014: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: Beautiful Changes Laser and Medspa – Carrie Scott and Jennifer Hossen – Beautiful Changes is the only Med Spa in Ann Arbor to feature LightSheer Duet Laser Hair Removal and i-Lipo Body Contouring Treatments. Find out how they work. Click & Listen:
February 17, 2014: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: How to Spot a Lie – Janette Giombetti, Founder/CEO, Accurate Body Language – Learn how to analyze what people are really communicating through body language and verbal or written statements. From head to toes, the body always shows. Click & Listen:
February 10, 2014: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: SafeHouse Center – Barbara Niess-May, Executive Director, SafeHouse Center – The only agency dedicated solely to supporting survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence in Washtenaw County serves almost 5,000 women, children, and men every year. Click & Listen:
February 3, 2014: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: A Career in Criminal Justice – Concordia University’s Suzy Siegle, Dean of Business, Haab School of Business Administration; and Dan Chlebos, Division Chair, Criminal Justice Program – Concordia University’s Criminal Justice Program, which is part of Concordia’s School of Business, is designed for Justice and Public Policy leaders and is grounded in a business foundation that equips students for real world needs. Click & Listen:
January 27, 2014: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: Home Inspections – Jeff Fletcher, President, Fletcher Inspections – If you are having a home inspection, there are certain things you will want to do and not do during the process. Click & Listen:
January 20, 2014: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: Securing Your Business – Francis Ralabate, eos Business Surveillance Solutions – Recognizing faces, searching for specific objects, and crystal clear pictures are all part of the new breed of security cameras. Click & Listen:
January 13, 2014: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: A New Year, A New You – Tristin Resinger, Owner/Massage Therapist/Licensed Esthetician, Akua Esthetics & Bodywork – If you’ve been considering a new look and a new attitude for the New Year, this Ann Arbor business may be the answer. Click & Listen:
January 6, 2014: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Area Chamber of Commerce: Saving Money on Your Energy Bills – Irene Dimitry, DTE VP of Marketing & Renewables – DTE Energy offers businesses many ways to save money on energy bills and reduce their energy usage. A good case study illustrating this is the partnership DTE Energy has with Ann Arbor’s Zingerman’s Delicatessen. DTE Energy is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Click & Listen:
December 16, 2013: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: Defending DUI Charges – What You Need To Know: Stacey Washington, Attorney & Counselor – This former prosecutor of DUI cases for the City of Ann Arbor is now in her own practice focusing on DUI/Drunk Driving defense. Click & Listen:
December 9, 2013: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: Providing Role Models from Cradel to College – Sharon Ragland- Keys, Owner/Managing Director, College Nannies & Tutors – This Ann Arbor business offers full-service childcare services including nanny placement, on-call nannies and professional babysitting. It also offers customized tutoring for college bound students including homework help, study skills, college prep, ACT and SAT test prep services. Click & Listen:
November 25, 2013: Sharon Ragland- Keys, Owner/Managing Director, College Nannies & Tutors – This Ann Arbor business offers full-service childcare services including nanny placement, on-call nannies and professional babysitting. It also offers customized tutoring for college bound students including homework help, study skills, college prep, ACT and SAT test prep services. Click & Listen:
November 18, 2013: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: The Best of Aging – John “Nord” Nordlinger– Home, health, travel, and life over 50 is the focus of this glossy magazine designed to celebrate an ageless attitude for seniors. Click & Listen:
November 4, 2013: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: The Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor – November 4, 2013: Dr. Darren Schmidt – With healthcare – – and how to pay for it – – seemingly on the minds of all Americans, you may want to consider a different way to approach staying well. The staff at The Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor say they do healthcare the way mother nature intended. Click & Listen:
October 28, 2013: Gretchen Waters, Executive Director, Washtenaw Contractors Association – Young people have the opportunity to explore careers in architecture, engineering, and construction at this week’s Just Build It! Career Expo sponsored by the Washtenaw Contractors Association. The expo features live demonstrations and hands-on activities presented by engineers, architects, and the skilled trade apprenticeship programs. Just Build It! Is designed for grades 8-12, as well as young adults. It’s Wednesday, October 30 from 9 AM-2 PM at the EMU Convocation Center. Click & Listen:
October 21, 2013: Gary Guo, Owner, New Century Technologies – A new mobile app called SmartBars is provides barcode scans and price comparison with the consumer in mind. It’s designed with open architecture that lets you find ore products and prices than other apps. Click & Listen:
September 23, 2013: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: 40th Anniversary of Briarwood Mall – Denise Murray, Director of Marketing & Business Development, Briarwood Mall – Briarwood became Ann Arbor’s second mall when it was built in 1973 in a field at Eisenhower and State. The last renovation took place in 2003, but a decade later the mall has been undergoing a major renovation once again. Click & Listen:
September 16, 2013: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: Redevelopment of Historic Ypsilanti Building Waits City Approval – Stewart Beal, President, Beal Properties – We could know later this week whether the Thompson Block project in Ypsilanti will move forward. The Ypsilanti Planning Commission could vote Wednesday on site plans and a proposed rezoning of the property. The building was once used as a Civil War army barracks. A 2009 fire gutted the building, but developer Stewart Beal has been intent on salvaging what remains for his redevelopment at the corner of Cross and River Streets in Depot Town. Click & Listen:
September 9, 2013: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: The Gilbert Residence – Derek McGill, CEO, The Gilbert Residence – The aging baby boomer population is creating new opportunities for senior care facilities. The Gilbert Residence in Ypsilanti recently unveiled a new $7.2 million memory wing to provide the latest innovations in dementia care. Click & Listen:
August 26, 2013: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: Empty Bowls – Chelsea Brown, Development Director, SOS Community Services – For most of us, when our bowl is empty it’s easy to fill. For the 4,700 people SOS serves annually, they’re counting on us to help fill their bowls and give them hope for the future. Click & Listen:
August 19, 2013: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: Property Restoration – John Rybski, General Manager, BELFOR Property Restoration – Whether it is a fire, water damage, wind, or other perils of life, a property restoration company can restore your home – and life – to normal. Click & Listen:
August 12, 2013: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: Optimizing Your Social Security – Matt Moses, Certified Financial Planner, StanCorp Investment Advisers, Inc. – Understanding how social security works could make a difference in your lifetime income and retirement. Click & Listen:
July 29, 2013: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: Online Gifting Solutions – Andy Bass, Co-Founder/Chief Technology Officer, Conpoto – There’s a new way to recognize your employees, customers, neighbors, and friends. It’s called Conpoto (Latin for Drinking Together) and it allows you to buy a drink from your favorite cafe or dinner from a hot spot in town and send it electronically to anyone. Click & Listen:
July 22, 2013: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: Spring Arbor University – Greg Bentle, Adjunct Faculty / Coordinator, Graduate Recruiting-MBA and MAC – Spring Arbor University is ranked in U.S. News and World report as a top-tier, liberal arts, Christian university, with more than 4,000 enrolled students. Located about 45 minutes west of Ann Arbor, Spring Arbor can help busy working adults complete their college degree, as well as acquire a graduate degree. Click & Listen:
July 15, 2013: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: Issues Facing Caregivers – Breanne Stuart, Owner/Director, Homewatch CareGivers of Ann Arbor – From medication and discharge management to potential safety issues, caregivers face a myriad of concerns when caring for their charges. Click & Listen:
July 8, 2013: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: Jazzercise – Joy Bucher, Owner/Instructor, Jazzercize Center of Ann Arbor & Saline – Can a workout be effective and fun? Judi Sheppard Missett, who turned her love of jazz dance into a worldwide dance exercise phenomenon, founded the Jazzercise dance fitness program in 1969. The workout program, which offers a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing movements, is followed by millions of people worldwide. Benefits include increased cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility, as well as an overall “feel good” factor. The international franchise business hosts a network of 7,800 instructors teaching more than 32,000 classes weekly in 32 countries. Click & Listen:
June 24, 2013: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: OfferzNow – Brad Brief, Co-Founder, OfferzNow / Enlighten, Director of Social Marketing – There’s a new platform for businesses to take advantage of social and mobile marketing. It takes the traditional coupon clipper magazines into a whole new sphere – – the world of online. Click & Listen:
June 17, 2013: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: Reflexology – Jackie Stoliker, Owner, oh so relaxing – A gentle style of foot message called reflexology can induce deep relaxation, which is why Jackie Stoliker named her business oh so relaxing. She says our feet provide access to our body’s “circuit board” with more than 7,000 nerve endings in each foot. Click & Listen:
June 10, 2013: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: MacNirvana – Rob Lewis, Owner/Trainer – The recently launched MacNirvana offers training and technical support for people and their Apple products in their home and/or business. Owner Rob Lewis says technology is a tool; it might help in solving a problem but you still need a plan to get to the solution. Click & Listen:
June 3, 2013: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: Pittsfield Township Update – Mandy Grewal, Pittsfield Township Supervisor – We get an update on township activities, including a new farmers market, a grant for the fire department, and a roundabout coming around. Click & Listen:
May 20, 2013: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: Kimberly Mills, MHSC Energy Management – States are deregulating both Electricity and Natural Gas in an effort to introduce competition into marketplaces. MHSC Energy Management Inc. is an independent energy management and consulting firm offering objective electric procurement and energy analysis services to commercial, residential, industrial and government entities. Clients have saved an average of 15% on their electricity bill through their services. Click & Listen:
May 13, 2013: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: Annual Clean-Up Day Shows Community Pride – Katie Jones, Chamber Director of Marketing & Events – Ypsilanti P.R.I.D.E. was founded by the 1995 graduating class of “Leadership Ypsilanti”, an experiential learning program sponsored by the former Ypsilanti Area Chamber of Commerce. The event is now part of the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti (A2Y) Regional Chamber. The project began as a result of the class looking at various ways to be leaders in the community and from analyzing a list of the strengths and weaknesses of the greater Ypsilanti area. Ypsilanti Pride is Saturday, May 18 from 9 AM-12 PM. Visit www.a2ychamber.org for info. Picture: Katie Jones and daughter Faith. Click & Listen:
May 6, 2013: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: Hiring an Event Planner – Michelle Yurcak, Owner, Premium Event Services – Premium Event Services has been a leading corporate event production and destination management company since 2002. Whether it’s a party in your home or thousands of people at Cobo Hall, throwing a spectacular event is all about the attention to detail and the delivery of service. Click & Listen:
April 29, 2013: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: How to Network – Greg Peters, The Relunctant Networker – If attending networking events sets you into a panic, turn to The Reluctant Networker. You’ll learn the common mistakes people make at a networking event and which events are actually the best to attend. Click & Listen:
April 15, 2013: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: Getting Washtenaw Youth Ready for the Future – JT Sangsland, Program Director, Washtenaw Alliance for Children and Youth (WACY) – This collaboration of youth-serving agencies dedicated to improving services, quality of life and success for youth people in our community. Their goal is to ensure that all Washtenaw County youth are ready for college, work, and life by age 21. Click & Listen:
April 8, 2013: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: Portable Power – Neal Anderson, Manager, Interstate All Battery Center of Ann Arbor: With more than 17,000 different part numbers in their system, Interstate All Battery Center in Ann Arbor is able to hunt down even the oddest battery sizes for just about any battery-powered item you can imagine. It is part of the largest closed loop recycling system in the world, recycling 25 million automotive batteries every year, and it will accept any batteries you have for free recycling as well. Click & Listen:
April 1, 2013: Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: Grub Crawl – Katie Jones, A2Y Chamber Marketing & Events Director – All aboard the Grub Crawl trolley! Here’s your chance to enjoy samples from Ypsilanti restaurants, including Red Rock, Haab’s, and The Wurst Bar. A special Grub Crawl t-shirt will serve as your ticket at each of the restaurants and Golden Limousine International will provide a Trolley along the route of the Grub Crawl. Click & Listen:
March 25, 2013: Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: The Serial Entrepreneur – Paul Jenkins, Owner, What Crepe? – Paul Jenkins, Jr. has been called a “serial entrepreneur.” His latest venture is in Ann Arbor, the third location for his What Crepe? restaurant. It all started years before though, when Jenkins, Jr. began an entertainment marketing firm called Group 411. He and his team created a number of special events and marketing campaigns for A-list clients such as Missy Elliot, John Legend, Alicia Keys, P. Diddy, and MTV Making the Band. Click & Listen:
March 18, 2013: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: Movers for Moms – Jeffrey Scott, Sales & Marketing Manager, Two Men & A Truck – When most of us move, it’s a well-planned event. When women and children move to a women’s shelter, it’s usually a last minute escape. That’s why Two Men & A Truck has launched Movers for Moms to collect household items to donate to shelters. Click & Listen:
March 11, 2013: Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: How to Develop Rapport with Your Customers – Tina Walther, Owner, Rapport Innovative Marketing; Middy Matthews, 360 PhotO – When it comes to marketing your business, many owners realize that advertising, public relations, and technologies like social media are imperative. In addition, one marketing expert is challenging you to investigate an old tool that will create a sales force you never knew you had. Click & Listen:
March 4, 2013: Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: Golden Mystery Tours – Sean Duval, CEO, Golden Limosine International – Are you an adventurer at heart? Do you miss the excitement of searching for something different? Do you want to relax and let someone guide you for awhile? Then this mystery excursion is just for you! Also, Sean comments on concerns over safety issues surrounding taxis masquerading as limo services. Click & Listen:
February 25, 2013: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Chamber of Commerce: Macular Degeneration – Dr. Surendar Purohit, M.D., TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers – Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 50 in the U.S. Learn about the types of macular degeneration, their treatment, and what can be done to reduce the risk of vision loss. Click & Listen:
February 18, 2013: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: A Better Way to Build – Gary Kade, Building Consultant, Meadowlark Builders – Can building a Green Home really make a difference? Licensed builder Gary Kade says it does, both for homeowners and the planet. He shows us what you can do to make your home efficient right now, and how Meadowlark Builders is leading the way in building sustainable homes. You are invited to attend Meadowlark Builders’ Healthy Green Living Seminar, Saturday, March 9 from 9 AM-12 PM. Call 734.332.1500 or email Gary@MeadowlarkBuilders.com to register. The event will be held at Meadowlark Builders’ renovated 1874 School House on West Liberty Road in Ann Arbor. Click & Listen:
February 4, 2013: Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: New Barbeque Restaurant Takes Over Spot at Packard & State – R.U.B. BBQ – Omar Mitchell, Regional Director – Rub it. Smoke it. Eat it. That’s the motto of Ann Arbor’s newest barbeque place, which has its origins in Detroit. Meats are smoked on the premises daily, and they mix their own rubs and sauces from scratch using more than 20 different herbs and spices. Click & Listen:
January 28, 2013: Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: The Benefits of All Natural Pet Food – Wright Brand Pet Supplies’ Kendra Spears, Manager, Lynette Wright, Sr., Owner – Many of the generic pet foods have by-products, wheat, corn, and soy that may not be healthy for your animals. This Ypsilanti-based pet food store specializes in all natural pet food and treats. Click & Listen:
January 21, 2013: Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: How to Find the Perfect Web Designer – Bruce Spiher, Spiher Communications; Tarun Gehani, Freshtight Designs – Two local businessmen, Tarun Gehani and Bruce Spiher, have created a valuable guide to help business owners find qualified web designers. The 21-page document, 7 Insider Secrets For Selecting the Perfect Web Designer for Your Next Project, is available for free on their websites. Click here to download a copy, and listen to our interview at the link below. Click & Listen:
January 14, 2013: Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: AAA Michigan Opens New Ann Arbor Branch – Mickey Maniaci, Field Services Manager, AAA Michigan Ann Arbor Office – AAA Michigan’s new state-of –the-art Ann Arbor branch will open for business on Monday, January 28th at its new location on S. Main Street. The building, which is all on one floor, incorporates sustainable building practices including a vehicle charging station, white roofing, and lower operating and maintenance costs. Click & Listen:
December 10, 2012: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Area Regional Chamber of Commerce: Evening of Holiday Shopping Katie Jones, A2Y Chamber Director of Marketing & Events – Find out how to get an exclusive A2Y Chamber shopping pass which will allow you to receive special deals and discounts at participating stores at Briarwood Click & Listen:
December 3, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce: Marketing Your Business – Rachelle Smith, Principal, Positive Creative Infusion Consulting – Rachelle Smith shows business owners how to market and sell themselves and their companies with consistency, clarity, and confidence. Click & Listen:
November 12, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce: College Education Options for High Schoolers – Dave Dugger, Director, Educational Options for WISD (Washtenaw Intermediate School District) – There are innovative secondary options, such as Early College Alliance and Wi Hi, available to students throughout the county. These educational opportunities give high school students a post-secondary learning environment and the ability to earn college credits at no charge. Click & Listen:
November 5, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce: Google Business Photos – Middy Matthews, Google Trusted Independent Photographer: Bring your business to life with Street View technology: create a 360-degree, interactive tour. Showcase all the details that your customers love. With Business Photos, your customers can walk around, explore, and interact with your business like never before. Not only will these images appear on Google searches, Google Maps, and Google+ Local, but you can easily embed Street View on your own website, social media pages, and other online locations. To inquire about Google Business Photos for your business, call Middy at 734.239.3796 or visit her website at www.360phot0.com. Click & Listen:
October 22, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce: Drunk Driving & The Law – Stacey Washington, Attorney and Counselor: If you are stopped for drunk driving, do you know your rights under the law? Learn the process of what happens after you are charged with a DUI or DWI and what to expect from the police and a court of law. Click & Listen:
October 15, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce: Discover Southeast Michigan Tours: Tina Walther, Director of Marketing; Maya Adrine, Sales & Events Manager, Golden Limousine International: From a Greektown Casino Night to a Michigan Winery Tour, Golden Limousine’s Discover Southeast Michigan Tours can take you and your group on a customized adventure. Click & Listen:
October 8, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce: The T-Shirt Trade – Josh Fales, Owner, CreateMyTee.com: Josh Fales has been an entrepreneur since he was 17. He sold his first t-shirt in 2005, while attending Albion College. That same year, he sold over $25,000 worth of custom-printed t-shirts on campus, which ultimately jump-started the birth of CreateMyTee.com. His company just hit seven figures this past year. Click & Listen:
October 1, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce: Marketing Stars in the Making – Martin Smith, VP Marketing, A-Side Worldwide – The new retro soul sound of Ann Arbor’s Mayer Hawthorne has fast-become a hit since landing in LA just a few years ago. A-Side Worldwide began managing Hawthorne before a song was released or a single show played. The Ann Arbor marketing and management company uses innovative marketing to propel clients like Mayer Hawthorne to stardom. Click & Listen:
September 24, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce: New Leader for the United Way – Pam Smith, President/CEO, United Way of Washtenaw County – She has been called a force for positive change in our community. Pam Smith is the former executive director of the Child Care Network and former director of public affairs and marketing for the Hands-On Museum, and has been involved with numerous non-profit organizations and leaders here. She recently accepted the position of President for the United Way of Washtenaw County, following the retirement of Sandy Rupp. Click & Listen:
September 17, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce: The Mobile Workforce – Edward J. Feaster, Managing Partner, Kaone Technologies – Kaone Technologies’ support & training services are designed to help your team get the most out of their Mac, iPad, & iPhone while minimizing downtime. They help you choose the right products, setup new systems within 24-hours, and train your staff, at your office or home. Click & Listen:
September 10, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce: College Financial Planning – Tim Parros, Parros Financial Group & Parros College Planning – Higher education is a major investment. Learn the best way to create a plan to pay for college. Tim Parros takes s beyond the financial aid process and shows us how to make college more affordable for people at all income and asset levels. Click & Listen:
September 3, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce: Michigan Sustainable Business Symposium – Daniel Jacobs, Founding Principal/Director of Sustainable Design, A3C Collaborative Architecture and Past-President of the Southeastern Michigan Sustainable Business Forum – Learn how being a sustainable business can create profitability for your business at the upcoming Michigan Sustainable Business Symposium sponsored by the Southeastern Michigan Sustainable Business Forum. Speakers include Bill Birchard, author of the book Merchants of Virtue, the story of noted office furniture maker Herman Miller’s journey to becoming a sustainable business power house. The event is Friday, September 14 at UM’s Rackham Graduate School. Register at www.smsbf.org. Click & Listen:
August 27, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce: Supply Chain Integration – Kurt Cuncannan, VP Sales & Marketing, Bay Logistics: Bay Logistics is a comprehensive provider of supply chain management services including warehousing, transportation, logistics, repacking, sequencing, quality inspections, light assembly, packaging, and more. They recently completed renovation of their Distribution Center located near Ypsilanti’s Depot Town area. A new member of the A2Y Chamber, Bay Logistics is a company investing in its future and our community. Click & Listen:
August 6, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce – Business Sponsorship of the Great Lakes Zoological Society: Eric Tobin, Executive Director, GLZS - Each year it costs the Great Lakes Zoological Society (GLZS) over $50,000 out of a $350,000 operating budget to provide direct care for the animals at the World of Discovery. The World of Discovery is on track to have over 30,000 visitors this year and expects that number to increase in the future, giving businesses an opportunity to reach those patrons as well. Click & Listen:
July 30, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce – Auto Pension Buyouts & Other Finance News: Chris Rueger, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones – General Motors has announced employees who had to make a decision considering the pension buyout now have until August 23 to reconsider. Chris updates us on that and also gives us a general sense of making sense of investing. Click & Listen:
July 23, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce: Michigan Eye-Bank – Alison Wright, Community Engagement Manager: Celebrating its 55th anniversary this year, the Michigan Eye-Bank is located in Ann Arbor and services the entire state. Since 1977, 77,000 people have received a second chance at sight. Click & Listen:
July 16, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce: Dr. Jonathon Lazar, Lazar Spinal Care, PC – The author of Live Life Well: Unlocking the Secrets to Living Your Best Life, Dr. Lazar provides us with a different way to approach our health. Click & Listen:
July 9, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce: Chamber’s Ypsilanti office moves into SPARK East – Diane Keller, Chamber President – The Chamber’s Ypsilanti office opens today in the SPARK East offices on Michigan Avenue. Chamber President Diane Keller explains what’s behind the move and talks about plans to further engage the Ypsilanti community in Chamber activities. Click & Listen:
July 2, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce – Social Security Disability Cases: Louis Weir, Social Security Disability Lawyer, The Law Offices of D. Louis Weir PC – Qualifying for and receiving Social Security Disability benefits can be a complicated process. Attorney Louis Weir says most first time SSD applicants are turned down. He explains how the process works and what’s at stake for employees impacted by a disability. Click & Listen:
June 25, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce – March of Dimes – Enna Whitted, Division Director; Hilary Simmet, Community Director: President Franklin Roosevelt’s personal struggle with polio led him to create the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis at a time when polio was on the rise. Better known as the March of Dimes, its mission today is to prevent birth defects and infant deaths. Click & Listen:
June 18, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce – The use of the McKenzie Method in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Orthopedic & Sports Injuries: David Oliver, Clinic Director, Physical Therapy in Motion – Pioneered by New Zealand physical therapist Robin McKenzie, the McKenzie Method is a system fo diagnosis and treatment that some say is one of the most effective approaches in managing back and neck pain. Physical Therapy in Motion in Ann Arbor and Saline are the only two certified McKenzie clinics in southeast Michigan. Click & Listen:
June 11, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce – Diane Keller, Chamber Executive Director – We catch up with the leader of the A2Y Chamber at Barton Hills Country Club where the annual Chamber Golf Outing is underway. She gives us a great insight on our local economy and also weighs in on how Detroit can succeed. Click & Listen:
May 21, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce – Beth Goodman, Group & Association Specialist & Business Development, Accident Fund Insurance Company of Michigan – Founded in 1912 and headquartered in Lansing, Michigan, Accident Fund Insurance Company of America provides workers compensation insurance. Licensed to provide coverage in 48 states and the District of Columbia, their goal is to help their customers keep workers safe and costs down. The Accident Fund also has a unique relationship with the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce. Click & Listen:
May 14, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce – Lindsey Smith, Licensing Intake Specialist, Judson Center Washtenaw County – Founded in 1924, the Judson Center has evolved into a comprehensive, multi-faceted, community-based human service center providing more than 400,000 personalized support services each year. These services include Autism, Behavioral Health, Child Welfare, and Disability Services. Click & Listen:
May 7, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce – Christi Rankin, CEO, Martopia Public Relations Group : Positioning Your Company for Success – Why public relations is an important component for successful companies and how you can incorporate best practices of public relations into your own company. But before you even get started, Martopia CEO Christi Rankin assesses whether you’re even ready. Click & Listen:
April 23, 2012: Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: Eric Lynch & Ian Wilson, Co-Owners, build/create studios – build/create studios, is a web strategy, design, and branding studio with clients such as Good Time Charley’s, Al Dente Pasta, and Deal Savant. Eric and Ian show us how they’ve parlayed their passion and talent for creativity into a company that helps their clients do the same. Click & Listen:
April 16, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce – Evan Pratt, Senior Project Manager, Spicer Group, Inc./Democratic Candidate for Water Resources Commissioner – After 24 years as Washtenaw County’s Drain Commissioner, Janis Bobrin is not running for re-election but she has endorsed a candidate. He is Evan Pratt, who has worked on water resources projects throughout southeast Michigan. A graduate of MIT’s Civil and Environmental Engineering program, Evan is a member of the board of directors for the Huron River Watershed Council, serves on the Ann Arbor Planning Commission, and many other boards. He tells us about his work with the Spicer Group in Belleville. Click & Listen:
April 9, 2012: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: Kei Constantinov, Proprietor, Vitosha Guest Haus & Pinocchio Theatre – Dating back to the early 1900s, this historic property on Washtenaw in Ann Arbor has been a private residence, a church, and most recently an inn. Now the owner has added a theater space to the mix, adding to Ann Arbor’s rich cultural heritage. Click & Listen:
April 2, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce – Bruce McCully, Owner, Dynamic Edge – Bruce could program before he could write. He started his company while a student at the University of Michigan, and today Dynamic Edge provides cost effective solutions to pressing technology problems. He shares iPad tips with us, as well as tricks to mastering Outlook. Click & Listen:
March 26, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce – Shawn Hall, Regional Manager, Volunteer Energy Services – Volunteer Energy is a Midwestern based natural gas and electricity supplier with tens of thousands of Michigan customers. The company says it offers straight forward low pricing, and is able to save people money on their gas bills by buying local Michigan natural gas at competitive prices, keeping the overhead low, and passing the savings on to customers. Click & Listen:
March 19, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce – Dexter Area Tornado Relief Fund: Deb Bratkovich, Director of Development, United Way of Washtenaw County – The United Way of Washtenaw County has established the Dexter Area Tornado Relief Fund to assist those affected by last week’s tornado. 100% of the funds collected will go directly to help with the long term recovery efforts. Deb updates us on the response from area residents and how the victims of the storm are doing. Click & Listen:
March 12, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce: Dr. Maurice Snyder, Spes Development – Increasing Your Sales with Exports: In 2010, U.S. exports amounted to $1.3 trillion and imports weighed in at $1.9 trillion. The trade deficit was $634.9 billion. Dr. Snyder shows us how exports are a great way to grow your company. He says successful companies have between 40%-70% of their sales outside the U.S. Click & Listen:
March 5, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce – Freddy Rosenthal, Freddy Rosenthal Agency, Michigan Farm Bureau Insurance – Insurance concerns for business owners, their businesses, and their families. Click & Listen:
February 20, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce – Robert P. McDivitt, Director of the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System – Since 1953, the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System has provided state-of-the-art health care services to the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. Nearly 57,000 Veterans living in a 15-county area of Michigan and northwest Ohio utilized the VAAAHS this past year. The Ann Arbor medical facility also serves as a referral center for specialty care. Click & Listen:
February 13, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce: Kerry Barnett, President, FOURSIGHT Creative Group – This Plymouth-based advertising agency at one time counted Borders as one of its biggest clients. Kerry Barnett tells us that by strategic positioning his company was able to survive the demise of Borders. They use those same principles today to provide integrated marketed and strategic placement for their clients. Click & Listen:
February 6, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce – Jill Gafner, Director of Midwest Memorial Group – Washtenong Memorial Park: Families should never walk into a cemetery uninformed on what could be one of the worst days of their lives. Jill tells us what we need to know. Click & Listen:
January 30, 2012: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: Dr. Stacey Weinrick and Dr. Gretchen Hui, Owners of City Pets Vet Clinic – This full service clinic, which opened last year on Ann Arbor’s northside, treats dogs, cats, and other small and exotic animals (including birds, ferrets, hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, sugar gliders, reptiles, and more). Services include wellness exams, vaccinations, heartworm tests, lab work, surgeries, x-rays, dental cleanings, international health certificates, and much much more. Click & Listen:
January 23, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce – Mateen & Nabeela Jaffer, Owners of Jafferson Computers: Starting as a computer repair business in 2003, Jafferson Computers now provides software mobile app development services, as well. Click & Listen:
January 16, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce – Kirsten Labelle, Achatz Handmade Pie Company – Business has grown nearly 50% in the last year for Achatz Handmade Pie Company, with its 8th store now on Ann Arbor’s north side. Click & Listen:
January 9, 2012: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce – TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers: Dr. Anthony Sensoli; Sue DeMott, Executive VP – The latest technology available to cataract patients is Custom Refractive Cataract Laser, designed for a safe and precise result. Click & Listen:
December 12, 2011: A2Y Chamber Report – Rebecca Johnston, Ann Arbor Insurance Center: The new Auto/Home Owners Insurance Program at the A2Y Chamber of Commerce offers up to a 14% discount to chamber members. Rebecca Johnston details how it works. Click & Listen:
December 5, 2011: A2Y Chamber Report – Hantz Bank: President David Lamb; Chairman of the Board/CEO John Hantz – Michigan-based Hantz Bank has opened a branch at a former credit union in Ann Arbor. It’s being billed as a “one-stop shop” for businesses and individuals to apply for loans, open a checking account, get retirement advice and do their taxes. Click & Listen:
November 28, 2011: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: The Performance Network – Chelsea Sadler, Marketing Director; Ryan Lewis, Musical Director – The Performance Network’s production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ features the musical adaptations of Ryan Lewis, who has performed in Off-Broadway and many other venues and also teaches at EMU. Click & Listen:
November 21, 2011: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce Report: Carlos Lozano, Founding Member of the Washtenaw United Way’s Young Leaders Society; James Corey, Washtenaw United Way Campaign Manager/Young Leaders Society – The Young Leaders Society is a unique and dynamic group that inspires philanthropy and volunteerism in the rising leaders of Washtenaw County. Click & Listen:
November 14, 2011: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce: David Stern, Regional Director with MassMutual & Certified Long Term Care Specialist – It’s estimated that 70% of people over the age of 65 will need long term care at some point in their older years. How will they pay for it? The A2Y Chamber has teamed up with Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company to provide chamber members with discounted long term care insurance. The program is administered locally through Barbara Tucker of Insight Financial Group on Jackson Road in Ann Arbor. Click & Listen:
November 7, 2011: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: Patrick Dunn, A.V. Club A2 City Editor/The Onion Ann Arbor – The free print edition of the Ann Arbor version of the satirical publication The Onion made its debut here a few months back. A partnership with Chicago-based Bopper Media Inc., founded by UM alum Bobby Mitchell, helped propel the tongue-in-check paper to Ann Arbor. The Onion began as a student newspaper out of University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Onion’s, A.V. Club A2 also covers local entertainment/city life news and features daily.Visit online at www.annarbor.avclub.com. Click & Listen:
October 19, 2011: Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce: Andy LaBarre, VP of Government Relations, A2Y Chamber – An update on last week’s Impact event featuring elected officials from throughout Washtenaw County, and a preview of next week’s Leaders Reception where Ann Arbor’s newest leaders (among them, City Administrator Steve Powers, SPARK CEO Paul Krutko, Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Patricia Green and Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Dr. Scott Menzel) will be introduced. Click & Listen:
October 5, 2011: Andy LaBarre, VP Government Relations, A2Y Chamber – Impact 2011 Speakers Selected: – The A2Y Chamber’s annual public policy forum is Friday, October 14, and the Chamber has selected nine dynamic state-level policy makers to speak. Click & Listen:
October 3, 2011: David Chinsky, Leadership Fit – Clarity, confidence, effectiveness, and vitality are the key components to this integrated model of leadership development. Click & Listen:
September 28, 2011: Katie Jones, A2Y Chamber Events Manager: Ypsilanti Grub Crawl Click & Listen:
September 26, 2011: Martin Carter, ComForcare Home Care: ComForcare is a premier provider of non-medical, private duty home care services for people of all ages. Caregivers can assist people with the activities of daily living in any setting they call home, whether it be a private residence, nursing facility or an independent or an assisted living community. Click & Listen:
September 14, 2011: Tom Hoatlin, Director of Development; & Stephanie Stiles, Career Services & Development, Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living – Celebrating 35 years of Service: Founded in 1976, the AACIL was the fourth Center for Independent Living in the nation. There are now 600 CILs across the nation throughout the world. Through individualized counseling, advocacy efforts, skill-building classes, recreation and arts programming, and more, they help individuals with disabilities to build their skills, advocate for what they need, find friends, and feel at home. Click & Listen:
September 5, 2011: Jeffrey Scott, Sales & Marketing Manager for Two Men & A Truck – Founded in the early 1980s by Mary Ellen Sheets and her two sons, Two Men & A Truck is now the largest franchised moving company in the United States. Their motto is “Movers who care.” Click & Listen:
August 31, 2011: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce Report: Major John Williams, Salvation Army of Washtenaw County – For more than 100 years The Salvation Army has been serving Washtenaw County through a multitude of services that include a food pantry, soup kitchen, clothing, a family shelter, transitional housing and counseling for veterans, character building for youth, camp programs, emergency and disaster relief, utility assistance, and eviction prevention. Major John Williams says it couldn’t happen without donors and volunteers. Click & Listen:
August 29, 2011: Jeremy Little, Strategic Human Resources Partner, Superior HR Solutions, LLC, and a DRIVE A2Y Volunteer – A2Y DRIVE: Delivering Revenue Income and Valuable Exposure is a theme the A2Y Chamber is successfully using to garner new business, and it’s using Chamber members to help deliver the message. Click & Listen:
August 24, 2011: Edmund & Bonnie Gomula, Anna Belle Salon – When the economy tanked and it looked like the company Ed Gomula was working for might be laying off employees, Ed got busy remaking himself. Together with his hair stylist wife, Bonnie, they have now opened Anna Belle Salon in Ann Arbor’s Colonnade Shopping Center and started a whole new life together. Listen to their business success story on today’s A2Y Chamber update. Click & Listen:
August 22, 2011: Ken Fischer, President, University Musical Society: Single Ticket Sales for UMS Productions Go On Sale This Week – All tickets will go on sale online on Monday, August 22 at 10 am at www.ums.org. Phone and in-person sales begin Wednesday, August 24 at 10 am at the Michigan League Ticket OfficeClick & Listen:
August 17, 2011: Bilal Saeed, Managing Partner, Pakmode Media + Marketing; Rebecca Woodward, Chamber Marketing Coordinator; & Rich Austin, Client Development Coach, Sandler Training: A2Y Converge – A2Y Converge is the Chamber’s young professionals group, which is designed to engage the Chamber’s younger members. It offers a variety of networking, community engagement and professional development opportunities geared toward an under-forty audience. Click & Listen:
August 10, 2011: Stephanie Holland, Campaign Manager, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Besides funding a number of grants at the University of Michigan to fight Leukemia and other blood cancers, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society gives direct funds to families in need. The upcoming walk in downtown Ann Arbor raises money for these endeavors. Web: www.lightthenight.org/mi Click & Listen:
August 8, 2011: Trish Reilly, VP Marketing/New Program Development, A2Y Chamber: A2YChamber’s Corporate Duck Race & Trap Shooting Events – Looking for a unique way to market your company? Imagine designing a mallard to represent your business in the Corporate Duck Race, hosted by the A2Y Chamber at the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival! The Chamber is also sponsoring a Trap Shoot Challenge at the Tri-County Sportsmen’s League. Trish tells us about these fun events that help bring the business community together. Click & Listen:
August 3, 2011: Mike Wynn, Sandler Training – DRIVE A2Y Program: The Chamber’s new DRIVE A2Y (Delivering Revenue Income and Valuable Exposure) is a year round incentive program with a concentrated effort that kicks-off September 15th at Networks! Developed by a task force made up of Chamber Staff, Board Members, and Volunteer Members, it is intended to engage the Chamber’s core group of volunteers to sell memberships, advertising, and sponsorships year round. The group’s goal is to raise $50,000 in new money by utilizing their own contacts. Additionally these volunteers will be assisting in the recruitment of new team members. Click & Listen:
August 1, 2011: Andy LaBarre, Vice President of A2Y Chamber Government Affairs & Administration – With the Federal debt-reduction compromise now hammered out, states like Michigan wait to see what impact any reductions in Federal money might have on them. Andy LaBarre, who use to be an aide to Congressman John Dingell, weighs in. Click & Listen: