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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Main Street Bank acquires mortgage division of Paramount Bank

Main Street Bank acquires mortgage division of Paramount Bank

Main Street Bank, formerly known as Nstar Community Bank, last month closed on its purchase of the Home Lending Division of Farmington Hills-based Paramount Bank.
Joel Dorfman, Main Street Bank co-founder and chairman of the board, said the acquisition has enabled the Bingham Farms-based bank to provide economies of scale in the mortgage sector.
According to Dorfman, all of the Paramount employees working in its mortgage division were offered positions with Main Street Bank.
The bank serves small- to- medium sized business and individual accounts with an emphasis on personalized service, a broad spectrum of products, and operating standards that emphasize and support the region. It is at 31780 Telegraph Road, north of 13 Mile, in Bingham Farms.

Grant Thornton named to Working Mother 100 Best

The Working Mother 100 Best Companies initiative has selected Grant Thornton LLP, the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd., one of the six global audit, tax and advisory organizations, as one of the nation’s top companies for family-friendly benefits. This is the fifth consecutive year that Grant Thornton has made the list.

Senior Helpers expands service area

Senior Helpers, a national provider of in-home care for seniors, now offers help to families across Macomb and St. Clair counties, with the opening of the new Senior Helpers office at 69289 Main St., Richmond.
Senior Helpers offers noncontractual care for as little as an hour per day for seniors, providing nonmedical services such as meal preparation, transportation to the doctor’s office, running errands, light housekeeping or being a companion. For more information, visit

Forte Belanger launches new event design division

Forte Belanger, a special event design and catering firm, announces the launch of a new design division to expand its services and add value to its off-premises catered events. New services include floral centerpieces, room design, customized themes, and tailored service and food delivery methods.
Lead designer Natalie Matovski will be in charge of the new design division, and recently added two staff members to her team due to immediate client demand. For more information, visit

New medical building contract awarded

Schonsheck Inc. of Lenox Township was awarded a design/build contract for a new medical office building in Lenox Township.
Preliminary plans call for a state-of-the-art, 20,000-square-foot building which will house a family practice and include areas for physical therapy, diagnostics, laboratories and a pharmacy. Construction is slated to begin in the spring of 2011.

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