I am pleased to announce that after 62 years of serving the Birmingham Bloomfield area the Chamber is expanding. We have extended our reach and resources to include the Village of Franklin and its business community. Now six communities strong, the Chamber plays a vital role as the lead business advocate in Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township and now Franklin.
As a neighboring community with a growing business district, it was a natural fit to include Franklin as one of the served communities. Our complete range of services help build strong relationships with government, education and community to create a prosperous business climate for all of our communities. For Franklin and its businesses this means additional local awareness and support to further strengthen its events, foot traffic and overall visibility.
Today Franklin is home to more than 40 businesses, including designers, architects, attorneys, medical professionals, unique boutiques, jewelers, a fine restaurant and a gourmet market. The local merchants have a tradition of being welcoming and helpful. Current Chamber members in the Village of Franklin include The Franklin Grill and Tavern, Franklin Village Tea Room, Smile Builders of Franklin, TTX Ingenuity, LLC and the Village of Franklin.
The Village of Franklin possesses an enduring charm. In the 1830s it was a prosperous trading community that serviced the many scattered farms located in Southfield Township. When Birmingham became a railroad stop, Franklin settled back to enjoy a quiet existence as a country crossroad. Over time Franklin became a sought after retreat from the hustle and bustle of the growing Metro Detroit area. Currently, the Village of Franklin provides a sense of country living with all the amenities of city life.
On behalf of the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber Board of Directors, its members and volunteers I want to officially welcome the Village of Franklin and its business community to our Chamber. With more than 30 events per year, numerous business education and exposure opportunities, we invite Franklin's business community to jump in, get involved and reap the benefits of belonging to a larger business organization. We are excited and proud to begin 2010 with our newest partner - the Village of Franklin.
Fun Facts about the Historic Village of Franklin
•Founded in 1825, current size is 2.7 square miles with a population of 2,937.
•Current “Franklinites” are proud to live in “The Town the Time Forgot.”
•Village of Franklin walking tour includes approximately 40 businesses.
•Franklin Cider Mill was built in the 1830s by Peter Van Every.
•There is a strong sense of community with active groups and associations.
The Village of Franklin office is located in the historic Broughton House 32325 Franklin Road in downtown Franklin. Visit www.franklin.mi.us or call (248) 626-9666 for more information.
Carrie Zarotney is president of the Birmingham Blommfield chamber.