About the Club

Where Leaders Meet Leaders 

Founded in 1998 as a non-profit organization, the Washtenaw Economic Club’s speaker history boasts a Who’s Who of business and political leaders, journalists, sports figures and other celebrities.

In 2010, the nonprofit Washtenaw Economic Club disbanded and the new Washtenaw Economic Club became a special program within Washtenaw Community College. Approximately 200 members enjoy the opportunity to network, provide client entertainment, offer employee incentives and learn from fabulous speakers at Washtenaw County’s elite business club.

Mission Statement

The goal of the Washtenaw Economic Club is to be a forum for identifying and discussing economic issues that directly impact the business community and for discussing ways in which economic analysis plays a role in the decision making process for the business community. This includes:

  • A convenient place for fellow professionals in business economics to convene and discuss important issues on the local, state, regional and national scale
  • An avenue for speakers to present in-depth topics of special interest to business leaders in the metro area
  • Opportunities for universities, community organizations and other professional groups to gather and discuss current issues with local business professionals

Next Event

Please join us!
Thursday, May 28

Zingerman’s 12 Natural Laws of Business
The “secrets” behind Zingerman’s (and any organization’s!) success


In 1982, Ari Weinzweig and his partner Paul Saginaw opened a small 25-seat delicatessen.  Today the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses includes nine different businesses in the Ann Arbor area with over 600 employees and $50 million in annual sales. In his keynote address, Ari will share the approach to business that has led to Zingerman’s success, including the natural laws of business as introduced in his book titled, Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading: Part 1, A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Building a Great Business. Ari will explain why operating in violation of these laws has created an energy crisis in the American workplace and how you can counteract that trend in your own organization. Zingerman’s approach is applicable whether you’re running a law office, a library, a restaurant, a record label, a software firm or an organic farm. You’ll learn behind-the-scenes “secrets” that are invaluable in building a special, sustainable business of any kind.

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Be sure to check out the rest of the Washtenaw Economic Club 2015 Lecture and Luncheon Series HERE.