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Your Small Business Toolbox

Here’s where you’ll find information and tools you can use to accomplish everything from getting a loan to marketing your business to making valuable connections with other businesses.

Leads to Business

The Chamber’s Leads to Business groups bring people together who will learn about each others’ businesses and become advocates for one another. This requires a lot of time and trust as it’s understood that as you are helping generate leads for your fellow group members (whose business mission you’ve spent time getting to know and understand so you can sell its merits/do a quality referral), and trust other Committee members are doing the same for you.

To apply for Leads to Business, please complete the application below and return to Marianne Alabastro at

Leads to Business Member Application

There are currently two Leads to Business groups; both are mostly comprised of representatives from Chambers members with other businesses as their primary customers.

Group 1

Mark Cory – FranNet of Michigan (Franchise placement services)

David Domzal – Williams Acosta, PLLC  (Attorney firm)

Darryl James – SmithGroupJJR (Architectural/Engineering and Planning services)

Chris Karas – Facility Matrix Group (Office furniture distributor)

Erin Behler – Nemeth Law, P.C. (Employment attorney representing employers)

Al-Azhar Pacha – ALPAC, Inc. (Outsourced IT services)

Joe Romeo – Hennessey Capital, LLC (Alternative commercial financing)

Mike Squires – Comcast Business Class (Internet, phone and cable service)

Chris Sutton – Maestro Managed Print Solutions

Wyatt Sweeney – MRPR Group P.C.  (CPA firm)

Cilla Tomas – Detroit Financial Group

Ericka Swayne – JP Morgan Chase

Mary Williams – Insurance Exchange Agency, Inc.

Marianne Droste – Cort


Group 2

Linda Baker – JVS – Jewish Vocational Services  (Job Training and Placement)

Aysha Siddique – Greening of Detroit (Non Profit)

Mike Gallagher – Schooley Mitchell (Telecom Communications)

Jim Musial – 5522Tech (Mobile/Web Development)

Matt Stephens – Gerry Weinberg & Associates (Corporate & Sales Training)

Stan Stevens – CTS Companies (Phone & Data Installations)

Brian Tenerowicz –  Tener Technologies, LLC (IT services and solutions)

Paul Moma – Proactive Screening Solutions (Employment Screening Services)




2011 Guide to starting and operating a small business

Applying for a Small Business Loan

Tech Town Funding Information

Business Plan Layout & Tips

Business Model Canvas Poster

Detroit Personal Financial Statement

EC 5-Steps To Setting Up Your Business

Leads to Business Application

Michigan Small Business Technology Development Center

Small Biz Funding Sources

Speaker Proposal Form


Annual EILEEN FISHER Business Grant Program for Women Entrepreneurs

Detroit SCORE

Edward Lowe Foundation


Michigan Economic Development Corporation Business Start Up Resources

Michigan Inter-governmental Trade Network

Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center

State of Michigan

Training for Entrepreneurs

U.S. Small Business Administration

    • Marianne
    • Alabastro
    • Events and Small Business Programs Manager
    • 313.596.0479

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