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SMCC CHAMBER REVIEW 2021

Despite the ongoing challenges, 2021 was a very fruitful year for the chamber and its membership. Read a full recap of the year's events and successes from CEO, John Johnson.

SMCC IN NUMBERS:

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Number of Chambers: 3

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Total Participants:

1000+

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Cities Covered:

43

WHO WE ARE

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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.

THE BENEFITS

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PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT

The chamber staff assists in marketing your business and helping to build your base with monthly luncheons with educational programs and a chance to network.

A SENSE OF COMMUNITY

Board leadership activity. 

Community projects. Fundraiser participation.

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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.

2021 FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS

The Southeast Michigan Chamber of Commerce, along with our affiliates the Warren Center Line Chamber of Commerce and the Gratiot Avenue Chamber of Commerce, had another banner year raising money for worthy causes in our community. Through sponsorship of our annual events and member contributions made on behalf of the chamber, we raised a staggering:

$56,500

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$25,250

Heritage Ministries Warren (food pantry)
$4,000

Liberty Church Warren Return to School Backpack Program
$1,000

Interfaith Caregivers
$750

MCREST
$4,000

Warren Woods Tower High School Athletic Program
$1,000

Thrilla at the Villa Sponsor
$2,000
Juvenile Diabetes, Henry Ford Macomb, National Multiple Sclerosis, Vietnam Veterans 154, FAN, Friends of Foster Kids

Homeless to Homeowner
$1,500

Center Line Festival Foundation
$2,000

Warren Police & Fire Benevolent Association
$2,000

Kentucky Rescue Mission
$5,000

VETS Returning Home
$2,000

$750

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New Baltimore Lions
$750

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$11,000

Friends of Chesterfield Police
$2,000

Chesterfield Fire Department
$2,000

Selfridge North Chesterfield Lions
$1,000

Anchor Bay High School Athletic Program
$1,000

Chesterfield Historical Society
$1,000

Chesterfield Senior Citizen Program
$1,000

Chesterfield Library Building Fund
$1,000

Chesterfield Veterans Memorial
$1,000

Benny Freeman Inclusive Playground Project
$1,000

$18,500

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Clinton Township Inclusive Playground
$15,000

New Baltimore Lions
$3,000

New Baltimore Civic Club
$500

$1,000

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$1,000

MEMBER OPPORTUNITIES IN 2022

LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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:

Membership
Speakers Bureau
Events
   Boat Outing
   Golf Outing
   Cruises
   Running Events
   Ambassadors


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.

WARREN CENTER LINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Warren Area Chamber of Commerce will be announcing at the January luncheon its affiliation with the City of Center Line and will be known as the Warren Center Line Chamber of Commerce. Welcome aboard to our good friends in Center Line!

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2021: MACOMB HOMELESS LEADERSHIP

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Once again, the Chamber lead the way in terms of supporting the Homeless Community here in Macomb County, primarily through the Chamber's 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 leadership role in the culmination of the new MCREST Women and Children's Shelter in Mount Clemens. MCREST finally has its Certificate of Occupancy and is in the process of moving its administrative offices to this new facility. We are putting the finishing touches on the building and should be ready to house our Women and Children in the next 30-60 days. I would like to say a special thanks to the Chamber members that are also board members for MCREST: Robert Boccomino, Hank Luks, and Scott Zemens for their dual leadership roles. Great job, guys!

SUCCESS: 2021 POLITICAL ACTION COALITION REPORT

The Chamber PAC (Political Action Coalition)* supported a number of successful candidates for public office in 2021. Support came in the form of endorsements, financial, consulting services, campaign management services or a combination of the aforementioned.

HERE ARE THE SUCCESSFULLY ELECTED CANDIDATES SUPPORTED BY THE CHAMBER:
 

Re-election of New Baltimore City Councilman Dave Duffy

State Representative Doug Wozniak for State Senator

Re-election of Eastpointe City Councilman Cardi DeMonaco

Re-election of City of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan

Re-election of Sterling Heights Mayor Mike Taylor


We remain incredibly proud of the accomplishments of these elected officials and express gratitude on behalf of their constituents for their good works.

*THE SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE POLITICAL ACTION COALITION IS NOT AN OFFICIAL BODY OF THE CHAMBER. CHAMBER MEMBERS THAT HAVE INTEREST IN THE LOCAL POLITICAL APPARATUS MEET INFORMALLY TO INITIATE SUPPORT FOR HIGHLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATES FOR PUBLIC OFFICE. 

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SUCCESS: 2020 POLITICAL ACTION COALITION REPORT

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The Southeast Michigan Chamber of Commerce (SMCC) Political Action Coalition (PAC) had another highly successful election season. County wide seventeen candidates: Congressional, City Council, Township Trustees (7), Township Clerks (2), Township Treasurers (2), Township Supervisor, County Treasurer, County Commissioner and a Judgeship. Representing eight communities: City of Eastpointe, City of Utica, Chesterfield Township, Clinton Township, Macomb Township, Shelby Township, Washington Township and Macomb County were supported by endorsement, financial support, consulting services, campaign management services or a combination of the aformentioned.

ALL SUPPORTED CANDIDATES WERE SUCCESSFUL EXCEPT ONE.

In addition to its winning record, the PAC had a number of particularly proud accomplishments including:

  • Kathleen Galen to the Judgeship in the Eastpointe 38th District Court

  • Tammy Patton to Trustee in Clinton Township

    • Tammy was the first African American elected to the Clinton Township Board of Trustees.


The PAC also helped a great deal with the re-election campaign of our good friend Macomb County Treasurer Larry Rocca.

*THE SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE POLITICAL ACTION COALITION IS NOT AN OFFICIAL BODY OF THE CHAMBER. CHAMBER MEMBERS THAT HAVE INTEREST IN THE LOCAL POLITICAL APPARATUS MEET INFORMALLY TO INITIATE SUPPORT FOR HIGHLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATES FOR PUBLIC OFFICE. 

SMCC CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON VIDEO

The Southeast Michigan Chamber of Commerce held its Christmas luncheon on Thursday. Checks were presented to various charitable organizations, including $15,000 from Priority Waste to AnnMarie Ottoy, Chair of the Clinton Township Inclusive Playground Committee. The Inclusive Playground Committee’s goal is to expand recreational opportunities for all persons in Clinton Township, including persons with disabilities and their families and the entire community with recreational and social growth opportunities. Priority Waste is Michigan's premiere waste management and dumpster rental company.

JOB OPPORTUNITY FROM PENSKE LOGISTICS

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Weekly Hiring Event - Warehouse Worker - Order Selector - $19/HR - $1,500. Sign-On Bonus!

(Job Number: 2121121 )

Penske Logistics is looking for Warehouse Associates (Order Selectors) to become part of our growing team. Penske Logistics Warehouse Operations are an essential business and continue to serve our local communities. Come be part of an exciting team supporting one of the nation's largest grocery store chain. This is a great opportunity for individuals who are safety conscious and have an outgoing attitude who want to excel in a warehouse environment.

Why is Penske Logistics for you?

We take pride in offering a competitive wage and great benefits including:

  • $18 Base Rate

  • Plus, $1.00 Guaranteed Performance Incentive

  • Plus, $1.00 per hour for working on the weekend = $20/Hour

  • $1,500 sign-on bonus

FEATURED MEMBER

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ElectRx is on a mission to be the preferred provider of quality prescription drug products at true lowest net cost for Employer Groups across the United States. By applying the right strategy to just 1-2% of your claims, ElectRx can reduce your drug spending by 15-55%. They create meaningful, sustainable, transparent, and accountable partnerships with Employer Sponsor Groups to lower the cost of prescription drug benefit programs without conflict of interest.

FEATURED MEMBER

The Benefits Group is your source for Michigan group health insurance. Based in Rochester Hills, TBG is an employee benefits broker dedicated to assisting client partners in creating a healthier workplace. We provide technology and services that are focused on providing quality benefits while engaging creative cost containment strategies. Available plans include life insurance, group health insurance, employee benefits programs (HR 360), travel medical insurancr, group and individual dental and vision insurance. Discount programs are also available through Telemedicine.

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248.299.7000

FEATURED MEMBER

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If you're looking for a reliable Certified Public Accounting firm, look no further than MHC Advisors, P.C. MHC plays a major role in helping clients establish operational efficiency and become profitable and dynamic businesses in their industry. They provide their clients the best available service while meeting the standards of the accounting profession. The firm's management expertise, analytical experience, capabilities and technical backgrounds, combined with organizational flexibility, makes them uniquely suited to serve small of mid-size companies.

OUR CORPORATE MEMBERS

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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.

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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.

WARREN CAMPUS

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.

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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.

OUR WEBSITE SPONSOR

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Highway Auto Parts specializes in locating prime condition OEM new and used auto parts for their customers. They know it can be a trying experience to find quality parts for your car or truck. Their state of the art automotive recycling center guarantees you are ahead of the game when it comes to locating and purchasing the highest quality OEM new, aftermarket and salvage auto parts available to make crucial replacements or modifications to your vehicle.

MEMBER TESTIMONIALS

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OUR SUPPORTERS

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