February 16, 2020
The Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce champions the growth of business and community through leadership and collaboration.
Virtual Coffee Connection!
Tuesday, February 23rd @ 9:00am
Frankie Schreibman owns Prism Park Optical Studio, which has a location in Hazel Park (Hazel Park Medical Center) and in Downtown Ferndale (Ferndale Arts Building). Prism Park opened last year and is your happy in-between to buying glasses online and in a traditional optometrist office/chain experience. We work with select vision insurances, welcomes outside prescriptions and in-many cases provide an eyeglass rx refresh (Ferndale only) with your current eyeglass prescription.
Frankie's been in the optical world since 2005, wearing multiple hats during his time in the field (Optician, Biller, District Manager, Lab Guy). Frankie's been apart of the Ferndale Area Chamber in the past and loves the diverse community that is Ferndale. He lives in Hazel Park, with his partner (Tom) and two boston terriers (Regina George & Milo). 
Woodward Moves Business Survey

DEADLINE: Friday, February 19
  • Are your patrons impacted by intersections and crossings on Woodward?​
  • Would your business benefit from vehicles being further away from the sidewalk?​
  • What is your vision for the layout of Woodward Avenue - wider sidewalks, bike lanes, trees, more sidewalk cafés?
Check out the project website at:
Still Have Questions??
-Virtual Staff Open Office Hours-
City staff are hosting virtual open office hours to discuss the Woodward Moves project with businesses. Join us on Feb 18 anytime between 1-3pm. Just drop in!!
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 449 883 6027
Passcode: FERNDALE
Want to learn more? See the full presentation here!
Want to learn more? See the full presentation here!
Want to learn more? See the full presentation here!
HR Basics - 5 Course Virtual Training Program
This HR Basics training program is for those employees who are early in their HR career, have newly assigned HR responsibilities, or are looking for a refresher on core HR concepts. This training program will be delivered virtually in 3-hour courses over 5 weeks. All training is delivered live and includes participant engagement and activities. 
Course 1: FMLA, Workers Comp, ADA
Course 2: Fundamentals of Benefits, Policies, & Employee Engagement
Course 3: Recruiting with a Purpose
Course 4: Performance Management
Course 5: Employee Handbook Policy Structure
Virtual Training Details
Dates: This is a 5-part training
  • Course 1: March 1, 2021, 1:00pm - 4:00pm (EST)
  • Course 2: March 8, 2021, 1:00pm - 4:00pm (EST)
  • Course 3: March 15, 2021, 1:00pm - 4:00pm (EST)
  • Course 4: March 22, 2021, 1:00pm - 4:00pm (EST)
  • Course 5: March 29, 2021, 1:00pm - 4:00pm (EST)
Online Platform: Zoom.us
For Participation You Will Need: A working webcam and internet access
Cost: $750 - Includes live virtual training, digital training manual, and additional resources.THIS TRAINING PROGRAM IS PRE-APPROVED FOR 15 HRCI/SHRM CREDITS!
Participant Takeaways:
  • Easily define, manage, administer, and track FMLA, Workers Compensation, and ADA.
  • Gain practical knowledge & skills in benefits administration, and policies that will support the goals of an organization.
  • Be able to create employee engagement that produces positive results for the strategic goals of the company/organization.
  • Understand talent acquisition, processes and best practices that will attract and support retention of qualified candidates.
  • Better understand the support service function and required skills of HR as it relates to performance management.
  • Learn basic understanding of employment policies, handbook structure and formatting.
Upcoming Training Events
February 18 - February 19
Click below for all that Express Employment Professionals have to offer!
It’s been eleven months since businesses in the U.S. began sending workers home due to the Covid-19 pandemic. People are tired. Many of those fortunate enough to keep their jobs are becoming disengaged as pandemic fatigue sets in. 

To stave off burnout, leaders and companies around the country have some solutions. Orlando-based Mid Florida Material Handling, for instance, holds parking lot picnics. The socially distanced events have helped ease stress and given employees a way of interacting outside of Zoom and Slack. Others have hosted virtual dueling pianos and magic shows. And, of course, a little extra cash never hurts as a way of showing your employees how much you appreciate them.

For more ideas to keep motivation and engagement up, check out our story on what companies are doing to try to combat pandemic fatigue.


Want to improve your company? Don’t say yes to every project. --Inc.

Facebook has a history of copying great ideas. Next up: a Clubhouse clone. --Inc.

Elon Musk says he pitched the Biden administration on a carbon tax--and got shot down. --The Verge

This cheap perk that will please half your workforce. --Inc.

The GameStop saga highlights an important shift in the way people buy and sell stocks. --The Wall Street Journal


If you’re too scared to try these five things, it’s time to think about your leadership. --Inc.
From Detroit’s Woodlawn Cemetery to Eastern Michigan’s campus, and even here in Ferndale at the Drayton Avenue Presbyterian Church, the breathtaking architectural sculptures of the late artist Corrado Parducci have adorned distinguished buildings and local landmarks across Michigan for more than 80 years.
Ferndale Library Hosts Monthly Gardening Presentations
Virtual Meet-Ups & Conversations Hosted via Zoom
Starts Tues., February 23 at 6:30 pm

Ferndale Library Hosts “The More You Grow”: Virtual Gardening Presentations, Starting Feb 23

FERNDALE, Mich. (February 12, 2021)-- Ferndale is home to a population of avid gardeners and gardening enthusiasts, and that’s why the Ferndale Area District Library is excited to announce a series of monthly virtual presentations about growing and cultivating all varieties of plants. Ferndale resident Ross Sandelius will lead these presentation/discussion sessions.
The Ferndale Accessibility & Inclusion Advisory Commission is pleased to announce that it is launching an award for local businesses who make their businesses more accessible to people with disabilities. We’re seeking help from the Ferndale DDA in spreading awareness of our nomination process to local businesses, and raise awareness and answer questions of what accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities can mean to the city of Ferndale. The nominations will be reviewed and awards will be given to businesses in early 2021!