What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
NoneWho was your first customer and where did you find them?
Local Arab American businesses interested in supporting the Arab Detroit website.Where did you find your first employee?
My daughter was in transit after graduating from the University of Michigan and worked for me initially through a couple of months ago as she is now doing her masters in journalism at Columbia in NYC.Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it?
We have not used interns yet.Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
Capital presently came from me. But future plans are to take the website national and we are developing a business plan and private offering to raise necessary capital.It's often said that Metro Detroit and Michigan need to reinvent their economies to be competitive. Are we making those changes, and if so are we making enough of them or doing it fast enough?
There is change occurring with green technology vis-a-vis the auto industry etc., but it is a slow process and will take many years. We need to create more jobs, but for that to occur we need to attract companies/employers to re-locate to Michigan. When you look at East Dearborn and see the transition of East Warren Aveneue over the last 25 years from ghetto to thriving business district, that success is due to the Arab-American immigrant population. It brings hope to Michigan. What advice would you give to someone who was thinking about opening a business here?
Be careful. Michigan has gone under an incredible transformation with the downsizing of the auto industry and because of jobs lost, and the decrease in population--home values and consumer spending are at all time lows. Having said this, there is opportunity in Michigan--but choose your business wisely.