2022 Year-In-Review Letter
CEO John Johnson
Chamber members, friends, supporters, and community,
2022 was another challenging year for all of us once again. Who could possibly imagine? Yet for most of us we found a way to navigate through it and survive, or in some cases flourish in spite of all the barriers.
The Chamber continued its steady membership growth in 2022. The year for the Chamber was one of a number of successes in spite of numerous challenges including: COVID and other respiratory epidemics, politics, the economy, the war in Ukraine, inflation, supply chain issues, gas prices and the computer chip shortage. In fact the Chamber led the way with getting back to business by once again hosting its monthly luncheons as well as the Chesterfield Cruise & 5K and the Warren Center Line Cruise & 5K.
MONTHLY LUNCHEONS GUEST SPEAKERS
We had a number of outstanding community leaders speak at our monthly luncheons including:
Congresswoman Lisa McClain
Macomb County Board of Commissioners Chairman Don Brown
State Senator Mike MacDonald
Warren Mayor Jim Fouts
Chesterfield Supervisor Brad Kersten
Gubernatorial Candidate Tudor Dixon
Gubernatorial Candidate Roger Rinke
Chesterfield Clerk Cindy Berry
Center Line Mayor Bob Binson
Macomb Township Supervisor Frank Viviano
Saint Clair County Board Chair Jeff Bohm
CHAMBER PAC SUPPORT 2022 ELECTIONS
The Chamber PAC (political action coalition)* supported a number of successful candidates for public office in 2022. Support came in the form of endorsements, financial, consulting services, campaign management services or a combination of the aforementioned.
State Representative Douglas Wozniak
State Senator Paul Wojno
Chesterfield Township Supervisor Brad Kersten
U.S. Congresswoman Lisa McClain
Macomb County Commissioner Michelle Nard
Macomb County Commissioner Harold Haugh
PLEASE NOTE: The Southeast Michigan Chamber of Commerce Political Action Coalition is not an official body of the chamber.
Chamber members that have an interest in the local political apparatus meet informally to initiate support for highly qualified candidates for public office.
CHAMBER FUNDRAISING EVENTS AND FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS
TOTAL FUNDRAISING 2022
From an events perspective the Warren Center Line Chamber of Commerce once again assisted the Warren Community Foundation with its annual major fundraising events, Cruisin 53 (Center Line Warren Cruise) and the Run Warren & Center Line 5K. Both of which were very successful as community events and as fundraisers. I was especially pleased with the growth of the Cruise geographically up and down the corridor. Finally the WCF & CHAMBER LEADERSHIP GIVING raised and distributed more than $39,000 for numerous local charities and non profits. Please take note of the specific contributions made report attached.
The Gratiot Avenue Chamber of Commerce assisted the North Gratiot Cruise Foundation with its annual Cruise. Again both events were relatively successful considering the weather the day of the event. It poured rain in the morning at almost exactly the time of the start of the 5K and then proceeded to rain pretty much the balance of the morning. Noon came, it cleared up, and the cruisers came out. Finally the NGCF & CHAMBER LEADERSHIP GIVING raised and distributed more than $29,350 for numerous local charities and non profits. Please take note of the specific contributions made report attached.
MACOMB HOMELESS LEADERSHIP
Once again the Chamber lead the way in terms of supporting the Homeless Community in Macomb County. Primarily through the Chambers leadership role with MCREST (Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team) and the Macomb County Warming Center. This past year the Chamber played an integral role in providing safe harbor to as many as 250 individuals in a given night. The Chamber continued to play a critical leadership role in the development of the new MCREST WOMEN AND CHILDREN'S SHELTER in Mount Clemens. The Women and Childrens Shelter opened its doors to full capacity on Palm Sunday with 50 Women and Children being housed. Additionally the Chamber played a leadership role with the MCREST acquisition of the building that will ultimately become the MCREST MEN'S SHELTER. We have begun fundraising for the build out of that facility. Finally, the Chamber along with MCREST played a significant role in the reestablishment of the MACOMB COUNTY WARMING CENTER. We worked with community partners and Macomb County government to both find and establish a permanent location and secure funding to operate. We would like to take this opportunity to thank both County Executive Mark Hackel and Macomb County Board of Commissioners Board Chair Don Brown for their assistance and leadership in regard to this important matter.
Again this year the Chamber assisted with hosting the MCREST Homeless Childrens Christmas Party at Andiamos in Warren. We would like to say a special thank you to Joe Vicari and the Andiamo Team for their commitment and support. We would also like to recognize the Ascension Health team for providing the gifts for all of the children. Thank you Ascension!!!!!
I would like to say a special thanks to Chamber members that are also board members for MCREST: Robert Boccomino, Hank Luks, Macomb County Treasure Larry Rocca, Clinton Township Trustee Tammy Patton, Sue Latour Ostosh and Scott Zemens for their dual leadership roles. Great job!
If you are interested in getting more involved with the Chamber and would like to take a leadership role you might want to participate with one of the following committees. Please give me a call if you have interest in any of the following:
INFORMATIONAL WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY
This year we will be revisiting our former Chamber model of hosting informational workshops prior to the regularly scheduled luncheon meetings. If you would like to present to the Chamber membership, please contact me to discuss further.
LUNCHEON SPONSOR WITH SPEAKING OPPORTUNITY
If you would like the opportunity to address the Chamber attendees at one of the monthly luncheons, you may do so as a result of your sponsorship of that particular location. You will have the opportunity to distribute your information to the attendees as well as having 5-10 minutes to tell your story prior to the introduction of that month's guest speaker. If you have interest, please contact me to discuss further.
CHAMBER WELCOME PROGRAM
We have begun a WELCOME PROGRAM for new businesses in both the City of Warren and the City of Center Line. If you would like to participate with this program please let me know.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NEW MEMBERS & CORPORATE SPONSORS 2022
THE ORCHARDS OF MICHIGAN
HOUSE OF LENDING
HOME PRIDE REALTY
JDOG JUNK REMOVAL
GREAT LAKES FUNDING
NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS
OUT DOOR EQUIPMENT
John H. Johnson, CEO
Southeast Michigan Chamber of Commerce
Warren Center Line Chamber of Commerce
Gratiot Avenue Chamber of Commerce
President Board of Directors
MCREST, Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Warren Community Foundation
North Gratiot Cruise Foundation
WHO WE ARE
Approximately ten years ago, the Gratiot Avenue Business Association was formed and worked closely with the Macomb First Business Alliance. In 2015, they combined and became the Gratiot Avenue Chamber of Commerce (GACC), serving all 9 communities along the corridor: Eastpointe, Roseville, Clinton Township, Mount Clemens, Chesterfield, Lennox, Richmond, the Village of New Haven and Macomb Township. These communities total more than 350,000 residents. The vitality of the Corridor has significant implications not only for the businesses located on or in near proximity, but also for the communities within which they are located, as well as Macomb County at large.
GET ACCESS TO BUSINESSES IN 11 COMMUNITIES
GRATIOT AVENUE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Supports 10 communities. Approximately 10 years ago, the Gratiot Avenue Business Association was formed and worked closely with the Macomb First Business Alliance. In 2015, they combined and became the Gratiot Avenue Chamber of Commerce (GACC).
WARREN CENTER LINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Third largest city in the state with a large business base. The Warren Center Line Chamber is part of the overseeing body to the Warren Community Foundation which hosts events such as: Run Warren and Cruisin' 53.
OUR CORPORATE MEMBERS
Priority Waste was formed by a group of individuals that have spent a lifetime in the Waste and Recycling Industry. Their staff and management have over 75 years combined experience servicing customers throughout Michigan and much of North America. Priority Waste is the official sponsor of the Detroit Grand Prix. Based in Clinton Township, Priority Waste serves over 64 cities in Michigan.
MADISON HEIGHTS CAMPUS
27351 Dequindre Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071
Ascension offers compassionate, personalized care within a wide range of specialties and programs to serve their communities. St. John Macomb Hospital and St. John Oakland Hospital merged in 2007, and today Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital has two campuses, one in Warren and one in Madison Heights.
11800 Twelve Mile Rd
Warren, MI 48093
Stellantis N.V. is a multinational automotive manufacturer headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands, which was formed by the 2021 merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the PSA Group on the basis of a 50-50 cross-border merger agreement. The principal activity of Stellantis is the design, development, manufacture and sale of motorcycles and vehicles bearing the Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Citroën, Dodge, DS, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep, Lancia, Maserati, Mopar, Opel, Peugeot, Ram and Vauxhall brands.
Partners in Architecture, PLC is a full-service Michigan architectural firm. Driven by a passionate pursuit of excellence, they work closely with their clients to achieve project goals and objectives by providing responsive solutions set apart by aesthetic appeal, functionality and value.
Constructeam is an insurance restoration & repair company. They provide full-service water, mold, fire and storm damage restoration and repair. Customer service is their number one priority. Constructeam help you navigate what can be a confusing process and help minimize delays by working directly with your insurance provider.
The Orchards–Roseville’s sprawling nursing and rehabilitation facility encourages an environment of creativity while supporting healing and restoration through its therapeutic programming. In addition to state of the art rehabilitation equipment and services, the Roseville team works closely with area doctors and practitioners to care for the most complex needs.
The TLC brand is built on the same principles from our basement beginnings. We work hard every day to make sure our customers feel healthier and more energized, our employees feel inspired, and our Life Changers feel supported and excited. Our brand’s foundation lies in our belief in each of our seven core values. While operating by these seven core values, and changing lives around the world, we are accomplishing our purpose: Providing products and a community that you’ll feel!
NEXT MONTHLY LUNCHEON
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2023
11:30AM - 1:00PM
WARREN CENTER LINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Southeast Michigan Chamber of Commerce, along with the Warren Center Line Chamber of Commerce, invites you to join us for an exciting opportunity to engage with Michigan's newest U.S. Representative and hear the latest news from the chamber.
7096 14 Mile Rd, Warren, MI 48092
Due to limited seating, please R.S.V.P. to John Johnson by Tuesday, February 21 to ensure seating.
586-214-9116 // firstname.lastname@example.org
FEBRUARY LUNCHEON SPEAKER
REPRESENTATIVE JOHN JAMES
UNITED STATES 10TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT