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November 2011 eNewsletter  

In This Issue
Michigan Emerging 2011
Message From the President
Look Who's New
November Networking
Business News
Consumer News
Gold Community Sponsors
Silver Community Sponsors
Bronze Community Sponsors
BBB Business Services


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Michigan Emerging 2011

Michigan is emerging. Our state is reinventing itself and its workforce - just as we have before. We are on the cusp of greatness. Our workforce is pushing for this, our business sector is pushing for this and our public servants are pushing for this. Michigan Emerging has brought together the resources to highlight and facilitate that change. Read how


A Message from the President
The Future's so Bright You Gotta... 
Mel's Headshot Newsletter

Melanie Duquesnel


Though the title of my letter shows my age, know this, the future of our marketplace is getting brighter everyday. How do I know? Well, BBB membership is up year to date and higher than it was two years ago. Consumers are visiting our local website more than ever with over two million visits this year (not to mention our national website, , receives nearly four million users each month). The media is constantly reporting that the public is looking for ways to protect their identities and for assistance to make sound buying decisions which is exactly what your BBB does. So where does your BBB go from here? Read on

BBB Welcomes New Accredited Businesses
The BBB Serving Eastern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula welcomed 118 New Accredited Businesses in September. Click to view: New Accredited Businesses

Interested in Accrediting your business? Click here
Upcoming Events
November Business Card Exchange
Jill Jordan
Jill Jordan
Do you ever wonder why it is that certain people achieve great success while others with the same characteristics and competencies don't? The answer may be the lack of an effective personal brand. Join Jill Jordan, Wednesday November 9th, as she shares why you need a unique and powerful personal brand to be successful.
Click here for more information and how to register!
Business News

See Yourself on TV, Hear Yourself on Radio! 

SWT SnapshotYou can be a TV or radio star! Our NEW BBB "Start With Trust" Marketing Program was created especially for Accredited Businesses to reinforce your commitment to ethics in the marketplace. Your BBB has brought TV, radio, print and internet marketing resources to you, saving you time and money!  Production begins soon. So read the brochure and call us today!  Watch Demo TV Spot!

Is Your Business Ready for the Holidays?
Even if you're not yet in the holiday mood, it's time to start planning for the shopping rush, writes Susan Payton. Review last year's performance to judge how much inventory you'll need, she writes. Also, make sure you have a large enough sales team and remember that the surge of sales can also lead to increased payment-processing fees. Small Business Trends

Consumer News 

Support Local Small BusinessShop Snalles

Small Business Saturday is the perfect way to support your local small businesses. On November 26th, make sure you shop your favorite local stores in your community and help fuel the economy. When we all shop small, it will be huge!


Click here for more about how you can participate. 

Holiday Tips to Keep You and Yours Safe



Tis' the Season for Holiday Scams


Give Wisely this Holiday Season


Top Ten Cyber Monday Tips


Research "Dear Santa" Websites


More Holiday Tips can be found here


Community Sponsors

Gold Community Sponsors 
Asset Acceptance Capital Corp         Blue Cross Blue Sheild of Michigan
Detroit Media Partnership    Ford Motor Company


 Ikea         WeatherGard

 Silver Community Sponsors


 Dick McNeilly 2     Thav Gross

Bronze Community Sponsors
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