Monday, December 19, 2011

2012 promises to be another exciting year for the Chamber

So much for down time.

The Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber completed its event calendar for 2011 when we hosted our annual Holiday Mixer Dec. 7 at Edison’s in downtown Birmingham. Owner Judi Roberts and her team did an awesome job providing a festive atmosphere, sumptuous food and innovative libations for our members and their guests.

With a successful 2011 in the rear view mirror, the Chamber staff already is hard at work planning out the first quarter of 2012 to ensure our member businesses realize even more benefits in return for their investment in the Chamber.

First up is our annual Membership Directory, which is set to go to the printer as I write this column. The directory is distributed to thousands of homes in our six member communities, and is a yearlong resource for area residents. Look for it in early January as a supplement to Birmingham Bloomfield Lifestyle Magazine.

We also are very excited about a new event we are planning for March. The Chamber is partnering with Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital on a health and wellness event. The breakfast program will feature a keynote address from the hospital’s President and CEO, Gerard Van Grinsven, about revolutionary changes that are taking place in the industry, as well as a panel of exports who will discuss the challenges the private sector faces in providing health care benefits to their employees in the face of ever escalating costs.

While the Chamber’s programs and events are the most visible evidence of what we do, the core of our mission is simply working with our member businesses on a daily basis to ensure their success. We receive hundreds of referral requests on a yearly basis, and it is gratifying to be able to recommend one of our members that we know will provide that referral with an outstanding business experience.

Happy holidays, and I hope to see you soon at a Chamber program or event, or simply drop by our offices at 725 S. Adams in the Adams Square shopping center to hear what we have in store for 2012.

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

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