ECONOMICS AND ENTERPRISE
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The new year is finally here and many people are digging within to find the motivation to become the best versions of themselves in the upcoming year. While social media feeds are inundated with sentiments that the new year will bring forth a different person, a different person is hardly necessary.
Marijuana is big business and it was long before the law passed to legalize it on a recreational basis. On December 6, Michigan became a green state, making it the 10th state in the nation to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use. Even before Michigan’s recreational marijuana law went into effect, grow houses, dispensaries and medical marijuana licenses existed. The law is officially known as the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act
The Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce (CACC) and its non-profit arm, the Chaldean Community Foundation (CCF), added the position of Chief Operating Officer to its leadership team. Paul Jonna will step into the role where he will be responsible for managing operations and staff.
Inside Holy Martyrs church last November both Fr. Manuel Boji and Nohra Hailo offered a sneak peek into the new residence being built next to the church in Sterling Heights. “It is an independent living residence,” explained Fr. Boji. “As long as one family member is 55 years or older, they qualify to rent one of the apartments.”
The holiday season has come to an end, and it’s time to begin your new year with a fresh start focusing on health and wellness. You won’t need to compromise your favorite foods to meet your health goals.
It’s all about portion size.
Martial arts training and culture are alive and well in Southeast Michigan’s Chaldean community thanks to competitor/entrepreneurs like Sam Kas-Mikha, Jalal J. Dallo and David Garmo.
All three are competitive martial arts practitioners in various disciplines who have turned their passion into a profession and dedicated themselves to teaching their art to others.
ECONOMICS AND ENTERPRISE
The Chaldean Community Foundation hosted their first annual awards gala on Thursday, November 1. The inaugural gala was hosted at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township. Honored at the gala were Jason Najor and Marianna Kattula for their ongoing dedication to the Chaldean Community Foundation. Also recognized were Wireless Vision and Level One Bank for their contributions to the CCF Capital Campaign. Through W3R’s generosity, two students were also awarded $5,000 STEM scholarships.
University of Michigan’s Chaldean American Student Association (CASA) chapter hosted their tenth annual Live From Babylon Event on March 9 at BTB Cantina in Ann Arbor. Each year the CASA board chooses a charity as the beneficiary. This year, CASA chose to honor CODE Legal Aid for their work with the deportation crisis. Raising more than $13,000, CASA surpassed their initial goal of $10,000, making this year’s event the most successful to date.