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Zoe Cafe Refugee Crisis

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Today we learned about the refugee crisis both here and in the Middle East from our special guest Martin F. Manna.

We also discussed some ways in which the African American and Chaldean communities can connect and work together to build up entrepreneurship in Detroit.

Martin Manna is the President of The Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce and the Chaldean Community Foundation. The Chaldean Chamber of Commerce seeks to represent the estimated 15,000 Chaldean owned businesses in Michigan. The Chaldean Community Foundation provides social services to more than 18,000 annually.

Martin is also one of the founders and publishers of The Chaldean News, a monthly magazine distributed to over 10,000 Chaldean households. Martin is involved in several civic and community affairs. Currently he is a Director for New Detroit and Advancing Macomb, one of the organizers and Board member of The Bank of Michigan and a Director for the Nineveh Council of America. Martin completed the Ambassadors Program for Conflict Resolution Training through Wayne State University’s Center for Peace and Conflict Studies.

Martin was awarded the Volunteer Service Award from the Greater West Bloomfield Michigan Week Committee and New Detroit’s Civic/Community Organization award for his work through C.A.R.E. Martin was also named one of The Detroit News 2004 Michiganian’s of the year and one of Crain’s Detroit Businesses 40 Under 40 in 2006. The West Bloomfield Chamber named Martin its business person of the year in 2012 and Voices of the Dream recognized Martin as a 2013 Detroit Innovation and Renewal award recipient. He recently completed a Fellowship through Columbia University through the Next Generation Project on U.S. Global Policy and the Future of International Institutions. Martin Manna received his Masters of Business Administration Degree and Bachelors of Science Degree with a major in Corporate Finance from Wayne State University.

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