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Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. As the voice for business in the 11-county Southeast Michigan region, the Chamber’s mission is carried out through creating a business-friendly climate and value for members, leading a robust economic development strategy, and convening Michigan's most influential audience at the nationally unique Mackinac Policy Conference.
106 Episodes
Tre Hobbs of Neighborhood Essentials shares the path that led him to create a cannabis brand with a focus on social equity, and how his company is acting as an incubator for other start-ups in the industry. Listen to the podcast to hear how Hobbs is making connections and finding success in Detroit and across the country.
Lester Gouvia, owner of Norma G's Detroit, shares how he transitioned his Caribbean cuisine food truck to a brick-and-mortar location in Detroit's Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood, and the small business resources he utilized to make his vision a reality.
Dr. Stanley Samuel Jr., president of Michigan State University, and Dr. Randolph Rasch, dean and professor at the university’s College of Nursing, joined Tammy Carnrike, chief operating officer of the Detroit Regional Chamber, to share medical expertise and insights on the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines currently being administered in Michigan. The two MSU leaders also shared their thoughts on how herd immunity can effectively be achieved.
Quiana “Que” Broden of Cooking with Que has used a variety of digital platforms to bring healthier options to the table as many continue to work and cook from home. Learn how she has expanded her reach by teaching workshops on social media and started a meal prep delivery service with options for vegans and meat-eaters alike.
Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services discusses the state’s plan to administer the COVID-19 vaccination and shares insight on the vaccine’s safety and efficacy.Khaldun also engaged in a one-on-one discussion with Tammy Carnrike, chief operating officer of the Detroit Regional Chamber.
During this session, Executive Director James White and Equity Officer Alfredo Hernandez discuss what employees should do if they encounter discrimination in the workplace and also how employers can create an inclusive, equitable atmosphere. Michigan’s Department of Civil Rights investigates and resolves discrimination complaints and works to prevent discrimination through educational programs that promote voluntary compliance with civil rights laws.White and Hernandez also engage in a discussion with Brad Williams, vice president of government relations and Bernard Parker, director of local government relations of the Detroit Regional Chamber.
Jeffrey Gisstennar of Good Cookies shares how he turned a family tradition into a small business opportunity and how he plans to open a brick-and-mortar location amidst COVID-19.
Asia Hamilton of Norwest Gallery, shares how her experience as an artist led her to create a platform to showcase artists of color and exhibit their work.
David Merritt of Narrow Way Cafe shares how he expanded on his family’s legacy at Straight Gate Church to open Narrow Way Cafe to serve others in the community, how he learned the ropes of serving food and beverage with the help from Zingerman’s, and how COVID-19 has impacted the cafe.
Dr. James Grant, senior vice president and chief medical officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will discuss the COVID-19 vaccine and what you can expect in the coming months. Dr. Grant will share his expertise on how the vaccine was developed, when the vaccine will be available to you, and what it will take to achieve herd immunity.Dr. Grant will engage in a discussion with Tammy Carnrike, chief operating officer for the Detroit Regional Chamber. Participants can submit questions during the discussion.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal government has offered various financial relief programs for businesses. The team at UHY LLP has been monitoring the available programs and making recommendations to businesses to help them survive the economic crisis. Join a discussion with UHY LLP’s Thomas Alongi, partner, and Ali Baydoun, principal, on:Paycheck Protection Program Round I: Tips for forgivenessPaycheck Protection Program Round II: – Application process already underway and tips for forgivenessShuttered Venue Operator GrantsEmployee Retention Credit
Now that a COVID-19 vaccine is a reality, and distribution and administration are underway, many individuals have questions related to the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness. Dr. Arnold Monto, professor of epidemiology and global public health at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health will share his expertise. Dr. Monto also serves as acting chair of the Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee.Dr. Monto also engages in a discussion with Tammy Carnrike, chief operating officer for the Detroit Regional Chamber.
Now that a COVID-19 vaccine is a reality, many employers are contemplating whether they will be able to require employees to take it when it becomes available to the general population. Like with many other questions about COVID-19, the answer is not clear. But what is clear is that employers can start planning now to ensure the health and safety of their employees.Join Dykema’s Elisa J. Lintemuth, member, labor and employment, and Melvin J. Muskovitz, senior counsel, labor and employment, for a discussion on:Whether an employer can mandate employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.Whether employees have a legal basis to object.Whether the rules are different for vaccines approved on an Emergency Authorization (EUA) basis.Potential liability considerationsPractical concerns
Robert Courtney Collins of Robert Courtney LLC speaks to how his small business clients are safely opening their doors or accepting orders, the necessary shift to marketing in an online environment, and how he got started as an entrepreneur.
For many people, the holiday season will look different this year. Often, the last few months of the year are busy with parties and visiting family and friends. But due to COVID-19, many individuals are already experiencing isolation and activities like traveling and gathering in large groups may not be possible. Many individuals may find it difficult to cope with these changes to the holiday season.Join Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Dr. William Beecroft, medical director, behavioral health and Julia Kyle, behavior health strategy and planning director for a discussion that will offer insights on coping with stress, change, and isolation through the holidays and into the winter months. Beecroft and Kyle will engage in a discussion with Tammy Carnrike, chief operating officer for the Detroit Regional Chamber.
Detroit Grit: Persevering Despite The OddsRegina Gaines of House of Pure Vin shares how her shop has safely stayed open for foot traffic amid COVID-19, making the necessary shift t
Michael Forsyth of Detroit City Distillery discusses making the shift to producing hand sanitizer throughout the pandemic, how they adapted to accomodate guests safely over the summer, and previewed new products available for curbside pickup.
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