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Ya Michigan

Goals - Biography - Personal Statement

 

Welcome to Ya Michigan of Bizmagazine.org:

Ya Michigan of Bizmagazine.org is an online business magazine, serving the Middle Eastern community in Southeast Michigan. Ya Michigan is the fastest growing digital network in the community, focusing on smartphones and tablets for information delivery.

 

Mission Statement:

Strength in Diversity, Success in Knowledge.

 

Goals:

  • Providing you great exposure to increase your sales and revenue.
  • Focusing on Mobile Marketing to give you a competitive advantage.
  • Keeping you informed about economic trends, new laws and regulations.
  • Offering you leads on loans, grants and professional development.
  • Creating the largest online network of entrepreneurs, professionals and customers.
  • Creating an instant information delivery system via mobile technology.

 

From the Executive Editor:

Thank you for your interest in Bizmagazine, a trusted source of business news and information, empowering Arab-American entrepreneurs.


Whom do we serve?

 

Immigrants are entrepreneurs by nature, and Arab Americans are no exception. They have made tremendous strides, turning dilapidated buildings into successful business districts, rebuilding neighborhoods and contributing to the local, state and national economy.

Why do we serve?

Regardless of their success, immigrant entrepreneurs continue to face challenges, accessing information in their own language about lending, professional development and changes in laws and regulations. We fill that gap by providing the necessary information in Arabic and English.

Also we are strong believers in Community By Design, where immigrants are afforded the opportunity to create successful communities by merging their native cultures with their adopted ones, fostering a unique successful American experience. For immigrants to succeed, they need to have strong businesses to support other facets of the community. Bizmagazine's efforts to educate, promote and support businesses augments that success.

But it is going to take all of us, working together to succeed. We ask you kindly to support us with a modest subscription and we promise to work very hard to provide you the information you need to succeed.


We, at Ya Michigan of BIZmagazine.org value innovation and aim to provide you ideas, strategies and information to keep you ahead of the competition.

Thank you for time and consideration

We look forward to working with you.  Contact us at 313-757-7787, info@bizmagazine.org

 

Biography: Khalil E. Hachem

Khalil E. Hachem is the founder and executive editor of Bizmagazine.org, a rapidly growing digital network, linking businesses and customers through mobile technology in Southeast Michigan. The Bizmagazine.org team provides ethnic marketing and diversity training to companies that want to sell to Arab- and Muslim-American customers.

 

Khalil is a graduate of the University of South Florida, with studies in political science, political theory, international relations, world geography, American elections, government and foreign policy. He has a master’s degree in Diplomacy and conflict resolution from Norwich University in Vermont, with studies in Islam and Democracy, Islam and the United States Constitution, the economics of zakat and economic sanctions. He is a graduate of the Dale Carnegie leadership school and is certified by the state of Michigan to administer elections.

 

Thorough and effective communicator, Khalil has more than 17 years of journalism and public relations experience.

 

He began reporting for the St. Petersburg Times in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1994, capturing unusual stories from Syria and Southern Lebanon that humanized the Middle Eastern conflict for American audience. He covered courts, local government and economic development for the Beaumont Enterprise in Beaumont, Texas and joined the Ann Arbor News in 1999, effectively communicating unfamiliar information and insight to a broad audience of readers, including the Iraqi war and the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

 

In 2010 and after the Ann Arbor News closed, he became the communications director at the American Arab Chamber of Commerce, the largest Arab-American business organization in the country. He helped the chamber triple its media coverage, capturing a large audience through web, print and social media posts.

 

As the Arab- and Muslim-American communities continue to grow rapidly in number and economic strength, fostering an impressive buying power, Khalil realized the need to help American businesses to sell their products in the Middle Eastern communities. He drew on his journalistic and communications experiences and created a cultural diversity program in 2013 to acquaint businesses with cultural norms, habits and diet of Arab and Muslim Americans. The program is an effective method to increase sales and reduce liability. It also includes healthcare and law enforcement diversity training to enhance the safety of law enforcement individuals and the community and help healthcare practitioners relate effectively to their Arab- and Muslim-American clients.

 

While immigrants are entrepreneurs by nature, they often face linguistic challenges, finding business information in their own language or perception to help grow their business or establish successful operations. Immigrants also have the advantage of creating communities by design through blending imported norms with adopted habits to form effective societies if they are afforded the opportunity and the information.

 

Building on those two facts, Khalil launched Bizmgazine.org to create a digital hub of business news and information, linking businesses and customers through mobile technology. After all, nearly 80 percent of people today receive information via smartphones and tablets. The Bizmagazine network allows businesses to attract new customers and retain exiting ones, helps customers find deals and coupons and provides entrepreneurs instant access to valuable tools and business information for personal and business development.

 

The magazine, launched in December of 2012, has received more than three  million online hits, and our E-newsletter has grown from 250 emails to about 5,000. Our online business directory includes more than 700 businesses. Interest in our Facebook page and Twitter account are growing, and we work diligently to give businesses the best online, social media and mobile visibility you deserve.

 

We are also offer a job portal, local help and resources and a coupon and ad placement section. Khalil is a firm believer in community empowerment, and the wealth of a community that is measured by the success and the quality of its members and the preparation of its youth to become future leaders. So, we added a leadership segment to Bizmgazine.org to allow us to celebrate the achievement of our community members and inspire young leaders and entrepreneurs.

 

Over the years, Khalil has emerged as a dynamic and sought-after speaker about diversity, Islam, food and international relations. He has participated in numerous seminars and conferences, lectured at various universities and churches and is a popular mater of ceremony for various occasions in the community. He employs multi-media presentation and thought provoking style. His speaking engagements are handled through the Nancy Vogl Speakers Bureau of Traverse City, Michigan. He is currently working on a book to be completed by next year.

 

Personal Statement

 

My life and life’s work have been about communications. Learning to speak English, becoming an American journalist, earning an advanced degree in diplomacy and working in public relations are all about communications.

 

When I was 14 years old, I started a newspaper in my hometown in southern Lebanon, writing stories on notebook papers and circulating copies to my friends and schoolmates. My father rejected the idea and steered me toward mathematics and physics to ensure a profitable future career in engineering.

 

Fleeing the seething civil war in Lebanon, I immigrated to the United States in 1983 to attend college and major in engineering. I did not speak a word of English when I set foot at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg Florida, but soon I fell in love with the English language, and with America's freedom of speech, and decided to become an American journalist, a plan that my college adviser considered “crazy.”

 

I refused to relent. I began working in the production department of the the St. Petersburg Times. Eight years later, the Times published my first story. I mailed a copy to my college adviser, who keeps it framed, on the wall of his office to this day.

 

My tenacity stems from lessons my grandfather taught me when I was a boy. We lived on a farm near my grandfather’s home. He trekked a dirt road on foot every night to visit us, but one night he fell and hurt his forehead on an embedded large rock in the middle of the road. That night he promised to destroy the rock, and we all dismissed him as a crazy old man. But he took me there several months later, and showed where the rock was no more. He had placed a hammer near the rock, and every night when he visited, he chipped off another piece.

 

“Persistence pays,” he told me, and his advice continues to inspire me today. Even when I made embarrassing mistakes when I first began to speak English, I turned my embarrassment into lessons, and continued to learn. Today, I measure success not by what I don’t know or haven’t done, but by how much I grow and learn, and advance.

 

I reported for the St. Petersburg Times in Florida, the Beaumont Enterprise in Texas and came to The Ann Arbor News in 1999, covering municipalities and business development in Eastern Washtenaw County.

 

After The Ann Arbor News closed in 2009, I began working at the American Arab Chamber of Commerce as a communications director while completing my master’s degree in diplomacy and conflict resolution at Norwich University in Vermont.

 

I have always cherished my experience at the chamber, working directly with businesses and helping them grow and prosperous, but the journalism fever continued seething inside me. I also realized the great demand for ethnic marketing and the dire need for immigrant entrepreneurs to access information in their own language about lending, laws and regulations and the changing economic trends. I embarked on Bizmagazine.org in December of 2012 to create a mobile link to connect business and customers and reach immigrant entrepreneurs with the information they need through mobile technology. Bizmagazine is a monthly digital magazine, with a weekly e-newsletter and a mobile app, all of which are dedicated to serving the immigrant business community in Michigan and hopefully beyond.

 

I am a strong believer in diversity and the power of knowledge, both of which help empower local businesses, boost the entrepreneurial spirit and create stronger communities.

 

I am honored to have the opportunity to work with you and look forward to serving the business community.

 

Best Regards

Khalil Hachem

Executive Director

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