Monday, September 19, 2011

Our communities and businesses are ripe for exploration

Check out the 2011 Videos

One of the best things about my job is I get to make new acquaintances nearly every day. The greater Birmingham-Bloomfield community is a dynamic place filled with interesting people and places. And even though I have prowled these towns for more than 20 years, I continue to make new discoveries all the time.

A favorite part of my job is co-hosting Chamber Chat, our monthly show we produce with the great folks at Bloomfield Community Television. Each month, we interview the owner or leader of two of our member businesses, and share their success stories. Taping these segments has given me the opportunity to really get to know the men and women behind our local businesses, as well as rekindle some of my journalistic skills.

We are quickly wrapping up our first full year of production, and I am very grateful for the time and effort my co-host, Kimberly Wyman of ADOPT MORE, our producer Rance Bradley of NetFilms LLC, and Steve Rota and the crew at Bloomfield Community Television have invested to make the show such a success.
We’ve had a lot of fun doing the show, and all of our guests have been outstanding.

We have run the gamut of businesses we have spotlighted, from downtown Birmingham stalwarts Astrein’s Creative Jewelers, Tiffany Florist and OPTIK Birmingham, to exercise emporium Real Ryder Revolution, real estate foreclosure specialists Orlans Associates and local architect Victor Saroki. All of the programs can be accessed through the Chamber Web site at, as well as Bloomfield Community Television’s archive portion of its Web site.

I am looking forward to taping new shows in 2012 and introducing more dynamic businesses to the greater community. And if you are a Chamber member businesses interested in doing a show, feel free to drop me a line. We are ready to tell your story.

Joe Bauman is president of the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber. He welcomes feedback at

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  1. Check out the 2011 Videos at