Farmington Hills biz group honors long-time entrepreneur

The Farmington Hills Economic Development Corporation (EDC) on November 20 presented its first-ever Small Business Retention Award to longtime Farmington Hills business owner Ronnie Jamil.

Small Business Retention Award
From left, Wafaa and Ronnie Jamil receive the Small Business Retention Award from EDC Board Member Scott Elliott. (City of Farmington Hills)

Jamil and his wife, Wafaa, received the award during an EDC Board meeting held at City Hall. The Jamils are property owners, business owners, and residents who have lived in the city for over 20 years.

In 1998, Ronnie Jamil and his brother, Nathan, opened Bella Vino Fine Wine & Spirits, in a 5,000-square-foot building they purchased. In 2016, Ronnie bought the 20,000-square-foot plaza where Bella Vino is located. He expanded and renovated the plaza to attract new tenants and renamed it “Nathan’s Plaza” in honor of his brother, who passed away in 2017.

“Farmington Hills is a wonderful location for both my home and family and also my business,” said Ronnie Jamil. “After the untimely passing of my brother and business partner Nathan, my customers and the staff at the City were tremendously supportive. Farmington Hills is truly a family-oriented place to live and work, I am proud to call this city home.”

Established in 1979, the EDC supports new companies, works to retain existing companies, and creates an environment conducive to the growth of industry, while maintaining the interests of the community as a whole.

The Small Business Retention Award shows appreciation for a business owner who has enhanced the City of Farmington Hills and invested in the future of the community.