Tuesday, January 22, 2013


For Immediate Release

Sherwin Williams staff at a ribbon-cutting event.

BIRMINGHAM, Mich. January 21, 2013 – The weather may have turned grey, but the season is bright inside the newest Sherwin-Williams. Celebrating the newest location in Michigan by cutting a red ribbon are store manager Sarah Lorne and her design staff who shared the color forecast for the upcoming season with gathered members of the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber.

The store offers Sherwin-Williams latest products, such as Emerald™ Paint, the HGTV® HOME by Sherwin-Williams line, specialty paint products for every situation, as well as a broad selection of wallpaper and painting supplies. Sherwin-Williams in-store, online and iPad app color selection tools provide both homeowners and painting professionals with the latest technology and personal service to find and achieve their perfect colors.

In addition to support for homeowners, the store provides painting professionals with specialty services including job-site delivery, custom color matching, specification assistance and technical advice.


As the nation's largest specialty retailer of paint and painting supplies, Sherwin-Williams is dedicated to supporting both do-it-yourselfers and painting professionals with exceptional products, resources to make confident color selections and expert, personalized service that's focused on unique project needs. Sherwin-Williams products can only be found at its more than 3,400 neighborhood stores across North America. For more information, visit sherwin-williams.com or join the conversation on Facebook at facebook.com/sherwinwilliamsforyourhome, on Twitter at twitter.com/sherwinwilliams or on Pinterest at pinterest.com/SherwinWilliams.

Sherwin-Williams is located at 820 S. Old Woodward Ave. in downtown Birmingham.

Sherwin-Williams is a member of the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber, a membership organization dedicated to promoting the economic development, strengthening the business climate and improving the quality of life in Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township and Franklin, Mich. For more information, visit www.bbcc.com.
Editor's note:

Photo credit: Doug Ashley


Media Contacts:

Danielle Workman
Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber
(248) 644-1700


For Immediate Release

Dailey Method Staff

BIRMINGHAM, Mich. January 21, 2013 – The Dailey Method® Birmingham opened in January 2013. The spa-like studio is located in Birmingham Place and features a large fitness studio, on-site child care, shower facilities, free parking, and a wide variety of athletic and boutique inspired apparel. Owner Carly Goidosik was joined by local officials and members of the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber to inaugurate the studio with a ribbon-cutting.

The Dailey Method is a one-hour class combining ballet barre work, core conditioning, stretching, and orthopedic exercises. The classes effectively strengthen, tone, and lengthen the entire body providing quick physical results.

The Birmingham studio is owned by Carly Goidosik in partnership with founders Jill Dailey and Doug McIntosh. Carly holds a Kinselogy degree from Michigan State and served as Master Teacher Trainer at The Dailey Method La Grange outside Chicago. With her exercise science background, Carly believes The Dailey Method encompasses every fitness component in the most efficient and effective way and loves to witness how it empowers others to be their most vibrant selves. "It is a mind and body transformation."

The Dailey Method is located in Birmingham Place at 34665 Woodward Avenue in Birmingham. Call (248) 723-8901 or visit www.thedaileymethod.com/birmingham.html to schedule or for more information.

The Dailey Method is a member of the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber, a membership organization dedicated to promoting the economic development, strengthening the business climate and improving the quality of life in Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township and Franklin, Mich. For more information, visit www.bbcc.com.

Editor's note:

Photo credit: Doug Ashley

Pictured in front of the ribbon from the left: Mary-Lynn Longsworth, instructor, The Dailey Method; Joslyn Drysdale, instructor, The Dailey Method; Andrea Brown instructor, The Dailey Method;
Behind the ribbon from the left:

Robert Bruner, city manager, City of Birmingham; Jon Kottler, Huntington Bank; Danielle Workman, Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber; Geoff Hancock, Ecotelligent Buildings; Catherine Grace, Birmingham Patch; Carly Goidosik, owner, The Dailey Method; Linda Hatfield, Birmingham Bloomfield Credit Union; Bob Kupfer, Tiffany Florist; Paul Taros, Taros & Associates; Rackeline Hoff, commissioner, City of Birmingham; John Heiney, Birmingham Principal Shopping District


Media Contacts:
Danielle Workman
Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber
(248) 644-1700

Friday, January 18, 2013

Senator Debbie Stabenow to keynote Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber Government Forecast breakfast

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D)

BIRMINGHAM, MICH., January 17, 2013 – U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow will deliver the keynote address at the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber’s Government Forecast Breakfast, scheduled for 8-9:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at The Community House in Birmingham.
The third-term Democrat easily defeated Republican opponent Pete Hoekstra in November. She was first elected to the Senate in 2000.
Stabenow is chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and is focused on growing the Michigan agriculture economy, the second-largest sector of the Michigan economy. She also supported and worked to gain passage of the recent bailout of the automobile industry.
Stabenow is expected to discuss the current political climate in Washington and its impact on the nation’s – and Michigan’s – economy. She also will field questions from the audience.
“We are excited Senator Stabenow accepted our invitation to keynote our Government Forecast breakfast and provide our members and guests an opportunity to interact directly with their representative in Washington,” said Joe Bauman, president of the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber. “It will be interesting to hear her take on all the drama playing out in Congress over spending cuts, raising the debt ceiling, and avoiding a second fiscal cliff.”
Cost of the event is $40 for Chamber members in advance, and $50 for nonmembers and includes a full breakfast. Sponsorships and corporate tables also are available.
For more information and to register for the Government Forecast breakfast, visit the Chamber Web site at www.bbcc.com, or call the chamber offices at (248) 644-1700, ext. 24.
Six communities strong, the 700-plus member Chamber plays a vital role as the lead business advocate in Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township and Franklin.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Local Attorney and Business Owner Celebrates 2000th Referral From Community

Above: Lori Williams 

Birmingham, MICH., January 7, 2013 – The Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber congratulates Member and Ambassador, Lori T. Williams, owner and managing attorney of Your Legal Resource, PLLC as she celebrates her 2000th referral for legal services.

“Networking is one of the Chamber’s core tenants, and we’re thrilled that Lori has received so much support from our local community through referrals to her business,” says Joe Bauman, president of the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber. “We’ve also enjoyed having Lori serve on the Ambassador Committee the last several years.”

Williams founded Your Legal Resource in 2004, after practicing family law for 14 years prior. It started as a legal referral service connecting the right client with the right legal professional and then grew to include consulting for local attorneys and other professionals to help them grow their practice. “Most of my clients are referred by their family members, friends, and their trusted advisors such as financial advisors, bankers, CPA’s, and counselors. That’s why the Chamber and other organizations have been so vital to me in growing my business. By being involved in the community, I’ve developed long term relationships and they have been referring to me for years.”

One such example is Vikki Brown, who is the owner of Fresh & Clean Dry Cleaners in Beverly Hills. “I met Lori when we both attended a Chamber Ribbon Cutting for What Crepe? in Birmingham. We got to talking and I took her card in case I ever needed an attorney. A few months later I was expanding my business and needed some employment contracts drawn up and turned to Lori for a referral. I was very pleased with her services and the attorneys she referred me to. They knew exactly what I needed and took care of it right away.”

“I have much to be thankful for,” says Williams. If it weren’t for the support of those who refer me clients in need of legal services, and the great service rendered by my team of attorneys, Your Legal Resource could not exist. I look forward to helping the next 2,000 clients.” Your Legal Resource provides referrals to experienced and qualified attorneys throughout Metro Detroit. Williams knows the personalities, practice expertise, experience level, and affordability of her team of attorneys. “Most of the attorneys I refer to have been in their practice area for 10-30 years and I’ve known them for 5-20 years, in most cases.”

Williams also serves as Membership Co-Chair for the Women’s Bar Association, which is the Oakland Region of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan. She is also an active member of and Ambassador to The Collaborative Group, based in Birmingham, is a blogger for Birmingham Patch, is active at the Birmingham Campus of Kensington Community Church where she serves as a Stephen Minister, and is the mother of two sons: Daniel who attends Groves High School and Andrew who attends MSU as a James Madison student.

Your Legal Resource, PLLC is a member of the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber, a membership organization dedicated to promoting economic development, strengthening the business climate and improving the quality of life in Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township and Franklin. For more information, visit www.bbcc.com and www.bestlegalresource.com.

Media Contact:
Lori T. Williams, Esq.
Owner and Managing Attorney
(248) 594-4470

Market analysis full of good news for downtown Birmingham

Above: Horse and carriage ride at the Birmingham Principal Shopping District

January is my least favorite month. The holidays are over, there are no work breaks, and it typically is the longest, darkest, coldest, most depressing month of the year.

Dark, dreary, winter weather also presents a challenge for downtown shopping districts like Birmingham, whose merchants need to compete with stores tucked inside, warm, cozy malls. It is tough to get excited about a shopping experience when the cold is nipping at your nose and you are trying not to step in snow and slush.

Both the city of Birmingham and the Principle Shopping District have been working hard to improve the overall shopping experience in town, and there is clear evidence their efforts are paying off. There is near universal agreement that the downtown shopping district looked absolutely terrific during the just completed holiday season, and there is cautious optimism that even better days are ahead.

Further evidence was received at the PSD meeting on Thursday, when board members and other city officials reviewed results of a major marketing survey that was conducted over several dates in August and September.

The marketing analysis, conducted by Sylvan Lake-based The Strategic Edge, was chock full of affirmation the city’s efforts to improve the physical appearance of the downtown and ease parking concerns are being recognized – and appreciated – by shoppers and guests. And individual merchants also deserve credit for keeping their storefronts clean, bright and welcoming, and working together to support special events and programs that draw people to the downtown.

The marketing survey was done on the streets of downtown both during daytime and evening hours, and was a completely random sampling of shoppers, dining, and walkers who agreed to spend a few minutes talking about what they liked, and disliked, about downtown Birmingham. More than 500 people in all were included in the survey findings.

Asked what they liked about the downtown, about 44 percent said they enjoyed the overall atmosphere and appearance of the central business district, which represented a huge jump from the 30 percent who gave the same response the last time a market study was conducted in 2006. Clearly, residents, shoppers and guests have responded to the city and PSD’s sustained efforts to beautify the central business district through the expansion of Shain Park, the flower program, holiday lights and overall maintenance and upkeep of sidewalks and other public areas.

Shoppers also are responding to the city’s aggressive marketing of the five shopping decks serving the downtown, and the “two-hours-free” incentive. About 60 percent of those interviewed said they used the parking decks when coming downtown, another considerable increase from past surveys. Moreover, more adjacent residents are finding reasons to visit their downtown, as evidenced by the fact that nearly 15 percent of those polled said they walked to their downtown location.

No one likes to pay taxes, and I am sure that given a choice, many shopkeepers and landlords located in the PSD boundaries would pass on paying the special assessment that funds all of these efforts. And one needs to look no further than the market survey to see the city is providing an outstanding return on the investment to keep the central business district a safe, clean, attractive and thriving area for business to do business and residents to have a wonderful shopping, dining and entertainment experience.

Joe Bauman is president of the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber. He welcomes feedback at joeb@bbcc.com