April 25, 2014

U.S. & Michigan

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The New Economy Initiative has enlisted New Michigan Media and Issue Media Group LLC to highlight the impact that Southeast Michigan's ethnic, minority and immigrant entrepreneurs have on the region's economic revitalization.

New Research on Arab and Chaldean Americans

Bridge of Knowledge Radio: WNZK 690AM show host William Salaita's Arabic language interview With Dr Ron Stockton , a researcher at the university of Michigan, Dearborn and Renee Ahee, president of Ahee communication.

Latino Press President, NMM on WXYZ-TV Detroit 20/20

Latino Press President Elias Gutierrez and New Michigan Media Founding Director Hayg Oshagan will speak with Carolyn Clifford about ethnic media on WXYZ-TV Detroit 20/20, Sept. 8 at 5 pm.
New Economy Initiative Director David Egner and New Michigan Media President Hayg Oshagan announce the partnership with SE Michigan Startup to highlight entrepreneurial success stories in ethnic communities at the Mackinac Policy Conference.

New Michigan Media Roundtable: Inside the News

WXYZ-TV Detroit - From the latest U.S. Census numbers to Michigan’s controversial budget, on Sunday, March 27, Spotlight on the News host Chuck Stokes sat down with four members of the New Michigan Media Group to get their perspective on a wide range of issues.  Guests included: Arthur Horwitz of the Jewish News, Tack-Yong Kim of the Michigan Korean Weekly, Venessa Denha-Garmo of the Chaldean News, and Bankole Thompson of the Michigan Chronicle.

Harmonie Garden back where it belongs at Motor City college

Owner Taher Jaber first brought his Middle Eastern cuisine specialties to downtown Detroit in 1993 and he recently opened his new restaurant, Harmonie Garden Cafe, in the midtown area of Wayne State University.

Jaber has acquired a large customer base including students, doctors, professors and more looking for healthy food options in the area, and he's known for his falafel. 

Jaber recently learned one customer even named her daughter after the original restaurant.

The Ansara dynasty: An immigrant success story

Along with his three sons Andrew, Norman, and Victor, as well as his nephew Lew and his late brother George, Andrew Ansara, Sr. has created a restaurant business empire in Michigan.What started with an $800 loan for the Ansara brothers in the mid-50's from their milkman has grown into a network of popular franchises including 22 Red Robin and 6 Big Boy restaurants along with signature, original Mediterranean and burger-themed restaurants.

Andrew Ansara, Sr. is also a board member of the Arab American and Chaldean Council, a premier non-profit organization that is helping to rebuild Detroit and the lives of Arab and other Americans from the inside-out. Ansara, Sr. considers himself "semi-retired" but still enjoys working each weekday with his family, continuing the strong bond he had with his late brother and business partner and the rest of his family. 

Most immigrant success stories start with a single idea, and, of course, a little bit of money to get it off the ground.

NMM on Michigan Business Beat Radio

NMM Director Hayg Oshagan was interviewed by the Michigan Talk Network.

Muslim bikers take to the streets

DEARBORN — From tattoos to a menacing nickname, MOB has everything you'd expect from a rough and tough biker gang.
But look a little closer and you'll see that the group has little in common with the stereotypical above-the-law biker gangs you see on TV or in movies. The name MOB stands for...

Record turnout among Arab Americans

DEARBORN — Ibtisam Ahmed, 38, voted for the first time on Tuesday. She became a US citizen two years ago, 16 years after coming to the country.
"I felt like I was going to cry. I felt that I could actually do something," Ahmed said after voting Tuesday.
She said she's yearned for the right to vote during past presidential elections, and was overcome with emotion as she filled out her ballot at Woodworth Middle School in Dearborn.
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