Chamber Member Spotlight
Business Name: Starbucks Toledo & Downriver Detroit Markets
Contact: David Schwartz- District Manager Company Owned Stores
Main Business- “We are in the People Business Serving Coffee”
Secret to success: Our team realizes that we could be the first or even the only interaction our
customer has that day and we want to make sure we make each and every one special. Our society is so plugged in digitally, we really look to be a place for the human connection - meeting friends, studying or working, it doesn't matter. Coffee is just the conduit for us to meet our community.
With that extra attention we hope to become their 3rd Place: 1st place is home, 2nd is work, 3rd
Words of Wisdom for Entrepreneurs: Focus on your own development and those around you. Be authentic. I also train and focus on emotional intelligence. Everyone is unique and handles corresponds to situations differently. You need to understand this as a leader to understand how to inspire others to achieve their goals and your own. EQ is also important if you're an entrepreneur developing a product or service: does this great idea you have actually fill a need and how can you get your target demographic emotionally invested in it so they keep coming back?
How has the Chamber helped you: The Chamber has helped us to build deeper community connections. I love sharing my Latino Heritage with my employees and community.
David is also a proud father of 3 and volunteers at several organizations including: Food For Thought, Vision Kitchens of Toledo, and Habitat for Humanity.
Starbucks was a sponsor of our Latino Fest and he serves as Chair of the Hispanic Inclusion Network with Starbucks.