Board of Directors

Scott Saionz - President
Adam Jones - Vice President
Hassan Bazzi - Treasurer
Gary LaPointe - Director - Communications
Laverne Wainwright - Director - Artspace

October 10, 2018


Entrepreneurs! Do you have a brilliant business idea? Want to see it come to fruition. Think about pitching your business idea on November 14 at the Dearborn Entrepreneur Pitch Competition. There is more good news - we're matching entrepreneurs to business coaches and professional mentors who'll help you polish your pitch, business plan, and get you ready to win! 

Mentor Lineup: 

Monica Casarez, Blue Order LLC, Business Coach & Consultant

Timothy Davis, Director, UM-Dearborn iLabs, Lecturer, College of Business

Dan Grant, former BCG consultant & Harvard Business / West Point grad

Lorne Greenwood, SCORE Detroit

Marcus Harris, DBA Candidate & Entrepreneurship & Strategy Lecturer,

UM-Dearborn College of Business

Jim Jernigan, Dearborn Attorney

Patrick Keyes, Lecturer, UM-Dearborn College of Business

Jen Romanowski, Grind Business Creative & Sunlight Consulting

Zee Shami, Entrepreneur, Owner & Founder of Zee the Cook

We're also offering two Pitch Competition Q&A sessions/business plan workshops on October 17 and October 24, 5 PM - 8 PM at the Dearborn Centennial Library, 2nd Floor Conference Room. To get matched up with a mentor or attend a Q&A session/business plan workshop, fill out this 2-minute application:

If you are a budding entrepreneur looking for a bricks-n-mortar location, then don't miss your chance to pitch your Dearborn business idea in the Dearborn Entrepreneurial Pitch Competition.

Contestants will deliver their pitches to a panel of judges in front of a live audience to win four months of a 12 month lease, rent-free in one of three spaces in Downtown Dearborn to test their idea in the marketplace and grow their business. Register Now

Have questions? Click to check out our Q&A document

For additional details, contact Downtown Dearborn and the Offices of the EDDDA/WDDDA Executive Director Cristina Sheppard-Decius, CMSM, at:


The City of Dearborn is in the midst of a multi-modal plan that will combine many facets of connectivity to make transportation easier for citizens, employees, and visitors with a goal to craft a plan that reflects the community's values and offers multiple viable options for people to get from one place to another.

At first, the plan focused just on greenways and biking, but it has since evolved into an all-encompassing proposal to define current and future needs and desires for people who walk, ride and drive. Proposed improvements to walkways, roads, and trails are incorporated.

But... to make this a successful plan we need your input!


Come learn about the preliminary plan at two upcoming meetings. Open to all community members, each meeting will start with a short presentation followed by opportunities to provide input on the plan. 


  • Oct. 10: 4-6 p.m. at City Hall Artspace Building (3615 Michigan Ave.)
  • Oct. 17: 6-8 p.m. at John D. Dingell Transit Center (21201 Michigan Ave.)


For more information, please visit



The first ever Dearborn Sculpture Fest, a two-week competition pitting teams of artists against each other as they sculpt up to 500 pounds of recycled brass, copper and steel into artistic sculptures, kicked off with a material collection day on September 15. 

Next, artists dropped off their sculptures at the Fairlane Town Center on September 28 where the works were put on display for a public vote.

Concluding the festival, a VIP preview party will be held  this Friday, October 12, at Bar Louie on Michigan Ave. from 5 - 7:30 p.m.

The next day, a live auction with accompanying vendors and children's programming will start at 4 p.m. Attendance is FREE and the art is amazing! The auction serves as a fundraiser for the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds from the event will be split 50/50 between the Chamber and the artists.

Dearborn has always been an extremely art-friendly town, says Jackie Lovejoy, President of the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce.

"I challenge anyone to go 30 days without art," Lovejoy says, listing everything from a song on the radio to a child's sidewalk chalk drawing.

Learn more about the Dearborn Sculpture Fest and its associated events online.


Start, manage and grow your business by learning how to use Reference USA, the premier online research and reference tool for area business professionals, sales reps, marketers, government agencies, job seekers and students, during a free program at the Henry Ford Centennial Library's auditorium on Tues., Oct. 16, from 9-10 a.m.

Reference USA is provided for free by the Dearborn Public Library and can be accessed from home or work by all Dearborn full-service card holders. It is also available from inside the libraries on the public computers. 

With light refreshments provided, come on out to the Library and network with fellow Dearborn professionals while learning how to find sales leads, conduct market research, locate and research future potential employers, build a business plan and more within the program!

Advanced registration is not needed.

The Dearborn Public Library is located at 16301 Michigan Ave.


Join Downtown Dearborn for a pumpkin carving event on Saturday, October 20 from 1 - 3 p.m. at City Hall Park. Community members of all ages will be provided a pumpkin on a first-come, first-served basis. Once your pumpkin is complete, your festive decoration will help "spookify" City Hall Park! 

Participants are encouraged to claim their pumpkin following the Trick-Or-Treat event on October 27.  

For more information, please visit the event page.


There are a variety of opportunities to celebrate the season in Downtown Dearborn: 

  • Comique ConSaturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Arab American National Museum: Celebrating Women in Comics, Comique Con is a one-day festival honoring the contributions of female comic creators. Event features an Exhibitor Hall, panels, creative display and family fun.
  • The Quilted Tree Quilt Show and So Much More, Friday, Oct. 19 (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) & Saturday Oct. 20 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.), First Presbyterian Church of Dearborn at 600 N. Brady: Join the General Henry Dearborn Quilting Society at this year's new venue! Enjoy 125 quilts, a boutique, vendors, demonstrations, door prizes, raffles and quilt and book sales. 
  • Doggone Dearborn Pet Parade, Saturday, Oct. 27, 1 - 3 p.m., West Village Commons Plaza: Pet parents can show off their beloved furry or feathered family members. Enjoy the pet parade and perhaps find a new friend to take home from a variety of pet adoption organizations on site. 
  • Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Dearborn, Saturday, Oct. 27, West Downtown: 3 - 5 p.m., East Downtown: 5 - 7 p.m.: Children are encouraged to dress in costumes and trick-or-treat throughout East & West Downtown Dearborn and enjoy this fun family activity. Pets too!
  • Spooky Park & Storytelling, Saturday, Oct. 27, City Hall Artspace Lofts Haunted Hallways: 4 - 7 p.m., Storytelling: 7 - 8 p.m. in City Hall Park: Residents of City Hall Artspace Lofts will transform the Hallways and City Hall Park into a Spooky Park featuring an eerie tunnel, a trail of jack o' lanterns and activities for kids. Story time will kick off at 7 p.m. 
  • Lecture: History of U.S. Currency, Wednesday, Nov. 7, McFadden-Ross House at 915 Brady, 7 p.m.: Join the Dearborn Historical Society for this FREE lecture to learn about "America's Greatest Notes".


Love the autumn air and changing colors? 

Love getting out into your community?

Join the Downtown Dearborn Fall Events Street Team! 

It's short, simple, and social! Help us get the word out about Dearborn's fall line up of events, including Doggone Dearborn, Trick or Treat, and Shop Small.

This Friday, Oct. 12, from 10 - 11:30 a.m., you and your fellow street team members will meet-up to bundle and package the print materials. Then, over the next couple of days, as your schedule allows, you distribute those materials to your assigned area by the deadline - even easier when you and a friend or two sign up with you!

The same applies for Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 10 - 11:30 a.m., when the Street Team reconvenes to help distribute materials for our upcoming Dearborn branding initiative. 

Leading these efforts is Downtown Dearborn's Events Manager, Jean Smith, who will be at the meet-up to answer questions and coordinate the project.

Sign up HERE!

One City, Two Great Downtowns!


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