FACC Michigan Chapter logo 2014

Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications, 248.260.8466, barbara@eafocus.com; Stephanie Salvadero, French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter, 313.701.8294; salvaderos.faccmi@gmail.com

Detroit, Mich. — Jan. 13, 2016 — The French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter (FACC Michigan), a not-for-profit business organization committed to the improvement of economic, commercial and financial relations between France and the United States and offering a variety of business, educational and social opportunities to its members, invites prospective members to consider joining the organization in 2016.

Cedric Ballarin, FACC Michigan president and a vice president in the Michigan headquarters of France-based Faurecia, commented on the overall appeal of the Chamber.

“Our Chapter is Michigan’s premiere organization for French-American businesses and professionals, providing members with access to educational corporate events, high-level speakers and exceptional networking opportunities,” Ballarin said. “While business-focused, we also attract individuals from a variety of nationalities who are drawn to the Chamber’s cultural activities and esprit de corps.”

The highlights of 2015 are noted on the FACC Michigan website as a year in review and include an event with the Chief Marketing Officer of Shinola, the FACC Michigan annual meeting, the annual gala and awards ceremony recognizing Olivier Francois, Fiat brand CEO and FCA Chief Marketing Officer, and numerous other networking and social activities held with other affinity groups, such as the Alliance Française de Detroit/French Institute of Michigan and the Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe, which joined forces with FACC Michigan in presenting the Nov. 19 Beaujolais Nouveau event in Birmingham.

The FACC Michigan website is updated regularly, keeping members apprised of French-American business and related community news as well as the many business, social and networking events sponsored by the Chamber. FACC Michigan Executive Director Stephanie Salvadero notes that membership growth in recent years has been swift.

“FACC Michigan now has 200 members, up from 120 in 2012,” Salvadero said. “As the Chamber’s reputation for outstanding programming grows, so does our membership.”

With a 2016 calendar of events currently in the works, FACC Michigan is looking forward to another dynamic year of unique events that continue to offer members access to distinguished speakers, quality business information, and fruitful networking forums, drawing together French and American decision-makers and professionals in the region.

Membership dues are:
• $1,400 – councillor ambassador
• $750 – councillor patron
• $250 –councillor corporate
• $100 – active retail
• $50 – active individual
• $25 – educator
• $25 – student

A complete list of membership benefits can be found here. For questions about FACC Michigan membership, please contact Executive Director Stephanie Salvadero at salvaderos.faccmi@gmail.com or 313.701.8294.

About the French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter
The Michigan Chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC Michigan) is a member of the French-American Chamber of Commerce – the oldest bilateral chamber of commerce in the United States, comprised of 21 chapters in major cities across the nation representing more than 5,000 member organizations. The FACC is a non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to the development of commercial relations between French and American businesses. Learn more at www.faccmi.org.