Chaldean American Business Community
Michigan’s Metro Detroit area is home to the largest Chaldean community outside of Iraq with an estimated population of 121,000. Chaldeans are known for their strong work ethic and entrepreneurial skills – a combination that makes many community businesses highly successful.
For years, Chaldeans Americans have used their diligent business skills to build a robust financial network. Despite the economic downturn of 2008-2009, the Chaldean American business community continues healthy growth.
Illustrating their entrepreneurial spirit, 61 percent of Chaldean Americans own at least one business, and 39 percent own two or more. High ownership is reported in convenience stores, rental properties/real estate holdings, supermarkets, gas stations, cell phone stores, hotels, restaurants and insurance companies. In addition, an increasing number of community members are becoming professionals in the medical, legal and educational fields.
Chaldean Business Survey
In 2008, the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce (CACC) surveyed Chaldean Households in Southeast Michigan with the help of Walsh College and United Way. The survey results have been a great resource for the community and its organizations.
In continuing our effort to study the economic impact of Chaldean Americans living in Southeast Michigan, the CACC with the assistance of Walsh College and Data Driven Detroit will conduct a survey to gain information about Chaldean businesses. The survey will be mailed directly to households in early 2011. We hope you will support our efforts by participating in the survey.