Dearborn Chamber of Commerce Gives Resolution of Support to its American Arab Chamber neighbors

Dearborn, MI – (Sept. 17, 2001) The Dearborn Chamber of Commerce today offered a resolution of support on behalf of its board of directors to its neighbor, the American Arab Chamber of Commerce.

The resolution was given in a special presentation at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn.

Presenting the resolution on behalf of the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce were Chamber President David Ippel, vice president of Oakwood Healthcare Inc., and President-Elect Joseph Murgalo, general manager of the Hyatt Regency Dearborn. Accepting the resolution on behalf of the American Arab Chamber were its Executive Director Nasser Beydoun and Chairman Ahmad Chebbani, president of Omnex Accounting and Tax Services in Dearborn.

Ippel explained, "In view of the recent intense media attention given to the Arab population worldwide and, subsequently, to American Arabs locally, the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce felt it important to demonstrate support for our neighboring Chamber and for its members who contribute daily to the economic well-being and fabric of this community."

Murgalo added that it is Dearborn’s ethnic diversity that makes the community such a vital contributor to the economic prosperity of southeastern Michigan. He said, "We have an opportunity to serve as a model to the world of how people of different backgrounds work and live together in harmony and peace."

In accepting the resolution, Chebbani said, "We welcome the Dearborn Chamber’s support. Our American Arab members are eager to contribute to the economic prosperity and social harmony of this community."

The American Arab Chamber of Commerce has worked diligently to build economic prosperity for its 1,000 members who represent a large cross-section of southeastern Michigan businesses. It has strongly condemned the recent horrendous terrorist actions against the United States.

The mission of the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce, which has approximately 600 members, is to provide leadership by developing a unified voice for member businesses through promotion, assistance and the development of partnerships.

For more information about the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce, call (313) 584-6100 or visit online at

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Media Contacts:

Richard O’Neill
Dearborn Chamber of Commerce
(313) 584-6100


Margaret Knes
Margaux & Associates, LLC
(313) 336-8774


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