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Entries for September 2006

Merchant of Vino, Ed Jonna Turns into Plum
By Sam Yousif :: 30 Views :: Article Rating :: Business & Finance

Michgian, USA - "There's over 100 growers within a two-hour drive from here ... we're talking about Michigan blueberries, peaches, apples and honey," he said. "Whenever we're able to support our local farmers, that's what we're going to do," says Mathew Jonna. 

Rebounding from their sale of the Merchant of Vino, the Jonna family has kept a low profile.  According to Matt Jonna, son of Merchant of Vino owner Ed Jonna and a managing partner in the family business, Whole Foods approached the Jonnas with an offer too good to resist: 1.03 million shares of common stock, valued at an excess of $40 million.

Many in the Chaldean community thought the family would embark on community philanthropy.  “It is well known that great business people find ways to help others.  Many thought the Jonna family would do just that, start scholarships, foundations, community centers, or help remove barriers holding other Chaldeans back,” says Jamal Aboud, financial advisor and banker.  “It seems they are not quite done focusing all their efforts on business.  It will be exciting to see what they come up with next.”

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Zaytoon Joins International Enclave
By Guest Reporter :: 25 Views :: Article Rating :: Living & Lifestyle, Business & Finance

Guest reporter Molly Abraham of the Detroit News (Michigan, USA) reports:

Michigan, USA -- Zaytoon -- it means "olive" in Arabic -- is as fresh and appealing as that suggests. It opened this summer in an airy, high-ceilinged space that has housed several previous restaurants.

One of them -- La Fendi -- is a direct antecedent of the bright new Zaytoon. Brothers Tony and Raad Samona were partners in that Mideastern spot, as well as the original La Fendi in Lathrup Village. Both closed in 2003.

And so after another restaurant tried and failed in the West Bloomfield Township space, Tony Samona's son and daughter reclaimed the address in a strip mall that is pretty remarkable for its international array of restaurants.

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Chief Security Officer, Issam Habib Offers International Business Safety Tips
By Sam Yousif :: 13 Views :: Article Rating :: Business & Finance
Chaldeans forced to live in various countries have always turned lemons into lemonades.  The optimistic entrepreneurial minds of Chaldeans paired with their work ethic have brought an impressive level of success. 

Chaldeans living in western countries have seized the entrepreneurial opportunities of international commerce and have begun looking into multinational businesses. 

www.CHALDEAN.org interviews Issam Habib, Chief Security Officer for International Imports and Exports of Los Angeles, California regarding travel safety abroad when conducting business. IIE has a dedicated team of twenty-two global associates traveling around the globe looking for unique and potential profitable new items.  IIE is constantly training associates on travel safety, counterfeit identification, and international business.  Issam offers 12 insightful travel safety pointers. 
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Chaldean Chef Entrepreneur Takes Advantage of Food Processing Center
By Sam Yousif :: 10 Views :: Article Rating :: Business & Finance

Ohio, USA - For years, Randa Shallal has been sweetening up family and friends with a secret-recipe concoction she describes as a "fabulously fudgy cocoa peanut sauce that's great on ice cream, pretzels, cookies, or even just a spoon."

Thanks to a new commercial food-processing facility at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation on State Rt. 582 north of Bowling Green, she's found an economically feasible way to begin bottling and selling her "Panda Potion No. 5" commercially.

Shallal says, "It was by learning of this facility that I had an epiphany that I could do this," she said. "I always knew I couldn't do anything commercially in my own home. ... I was at a [Women's Entrepreneurial Network] meeting in November when a woman stood up and talked about this kitchen, and it came over me like a wave: I can do this."

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Village Food Market Wins Approval for Seasonal Outdoor Displays
By Sam Yousif :: 18 Views :: Article Rating :: Business & Finance, Government & Society

Michigan, USA - Chaldean entrepreneur Mark Garmo has always found ways to meet the needs of his customers. 

Mr. Garmo, professes a passion for customer service and his recent appeal before the Grosse Pointe Farms proves just that.  Village Food Market shoppers can still expect to be greeted by displays of produce and flowers around the store’s Mack entry.

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