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Meet Ahmad Chabbani. He's living The American Dream.

He says, "Focus on one idea at a time."


1:30 | Play now  Ahmad Chebbani's accounting business was already very strong before he tried to launch other companies.

Dearborn, Michigan: We all need to hold a special place and a hope for some of our fellow citizens -- those who have left their Arab homelands in search of freedom, peace and prosperity. These people, especially leaders like Ahmad Chebbani, know the real heart and soul of their new country and they can represent the United States of America as we know it and not as Hollywood and Madison Avenue have portrayed us to these people living in restrictive societies that breed contempt and hostility.

Ahmad Chebbani and his wife, Michelle, began their accounting business in 1987. Today, they are the busiest single tax preparation office in the USA.

Meet the people of Omnex Accounting. This team makes filing of the tax returns for 3,500 individuals and 600 businesses look easy.

Ahmad came to America at the age of 19 from his birth country of Lebanon. With the responsibility of his younger brother, the two arrived in Chicago knowing no English. They worked as busboys and attendants in service stations until they learned their new country's language and her ways. And in the process, they adopted her culture and even her hopes and dreams. While working a full-time job, he did tax work for individuals and small business owners in the evenings and on the weekends.

Today Ahmad is leading the Arab-American community in Dearborn. Since 1994, Ahmad has been the founding chairman of the American-Arab Chamber of Commerce.

The Mayor of Dearborn, Michael Guido, acknowledges the significant role the Arab-American community has played in transforming the city.

Today, Ahmad's team has grown to 16 thoughtful people who help to build the portfolios of many new immigrants to America. Ahmad and Michelle also own and manage a real estate company and they are partners in a Beruit-based digital imaging company that does double digit millions in sales.  More...

He is the founder of Omnex Accounting in Dearborn, Michigan.    More on The American Dream.

Start Someplace

1:47 | Play Now In 1984 Ishmael Ahmed hired Ahmad and paid him $5 an hour. The two laugh about this now that Ahmad is such a success with the idea he incubated in that first job.

Seize Opportunity

1:41 | Play Now | Chaker Aoun owns a beverage distribution company and he is one of Ahmad's clients.  The two men started their businesses from scratch and today Chaker has over 3,000 accounts his team calls on every week.

Do It Differently

2:25 | Play Now Chaker Aoun owns a beverage distribution company.  Ahmad has been his accountant since 1989 and has helped Chaker grow to over $10 million in annual sales.  In addition to doing the compliance work, Ahmad is his business advisor.

Work On Your Entire Ecosystem

3:02 | Play Now Ahmad Chebbani owns property on Warren Avenue and he has organized all of his neighbors and the Arab-American Chamber of Commerce to improve the street with lighting, fresh pavement and plantings. 

Help Your Customers Succeed

2:18 | Play Now Ahmad could be paid in fruit juice or meals but fortunately his client who owns the restaurant where we ate lunch has plenty of cash.  Helping clients prosper is Ahmad's goal.

 

Diversify Carefully

4:12 | Play Now By hiring, training and coaching talented employees, Ahmad had time to start other ventures.

Grow Your Own Team

2:17 | Play Now All of the  Omnex employees are proud to be part of an organization with such an outstanding reputation in the city.  Ahmad demonstrates that employees stay where they are learning and where they are treated like family. 

Be The Person Your Employees Look Up To

3:27 | Play Now     When we taped this story Michael Guido was the Mayor of Dearborn.  He was happy to meet us on the steps of City Hall as he and Ahmad are friends who work hard to make Dearborn a great place to live and work.

Set Goals And Measure Yourself Against Them

1:19 | Play Now Ahmad's wife, Michelle Chebbani, has worked in the business since they opened the doors.  She says that Ahmad's secret to success is to always be striving for new and bigger goals.

Ask Customers What They Think

0:37 | Play Now In the PS of this episode we learn that extraordinary customer service takes work.


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