Sometimes our environments change us—our thinking, mood, and temperament. The A2Y Chamber team was ready for a move, both physically and mentally, and our new offices at the Atria Business Center at 2010 Hogback Road in Ann Arbor, are worth celebrating. That’s exactly what we did at our Open House on February 9. It wasn’t just an excuse for a party, it was a way for us to practice Conscious Capitalism, an approach to business that inspires as effectively as it profits. By bringing our community together, we applied the second tenet of Conscious Capitalism—stakeholder orientation.
We know our community of stakeholders isn’t just made up of our membership! Local and chamber businesses impact our neighbors, co-workers, associates, and families. With six degrees of separation, business impacts the world.
Our community stakeholder made the evening such a success. From the shuttles provided by the Hampton Inn and Suites, to Forte Belanger who provided the stellar catering, many hands came together to work toward a common goal–supporting our communities through business engagement. Of the 200+ guests, we were especially honored to have representatives from Congresswoman Dingell’s office, County Commissioner Jason Morgan, Ypsilanti Township Supervisor Brenda Stumbo, Ypsilanti Township Clerk Karen Love Joy Roe, and Pittsfield Township Supervisor Mandy Grewal. Of course, this event couldn’t have happened without the generous support of Blue Cross / Blue Shield of Michigan, as well as the help of many other organizations.
The building and offices are warm, open, and inviting especially with special touches by the incredible aerial photographer Dale Fisher and beautiful floral arrangements from English Gardens. With members of the business community mingling and networking, we all felt tremendous pride in the place we now call our A2Y Chamber home.