2021 YEAR IN REVIEW
Chamber Members, Friends, and Supporters,
2021 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 year for the Chamber was one of numerous successes despite all the impediments. In fact, the Chamber led the way with getting back to business. We facilitated the first major public event in Macomb County in 2021 when we hosted, "Getting prepared to do business in 2021," at our monthly luncheon in March. The Chamber continued its steady growth in 2021 despite COVID and all that came with it.
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, Sterling Heights Mayor Mike Taylor, State Senator Mike MacDonald, Warren Mayor Jim Fouts, Chesterfield Supervisor Brad Kersten, Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon.
CHAMBER PAC SUPPORT 2021 ELECTIONS
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.
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
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 COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS
From an events perspective the Warren Area 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 5K. Both of which were very successful as community events and as fundraisers. I was especially pleased with the Warren 5K as we had the most runners since its inception in 2017, approximately 350. This most certainly was one of the largest running events in the County up until that time and possibly for the whole year. Finally, the WCF raised and distributed $25,250 for various local charities and the Kentucky Relief Fund. Please take note of contributions made report attached.
The Gratiot Avenue Chamber of Commerce assisted with the North Gratiot Cruise Foundation with its annual Cruise. In addition, the Chamber assisted with the establishment of the first Chesterfied 5K. Again, both events were relatively successful considering the weather that day. 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. From a financial perspective it was our most successful year thus far raising some $11,000 for local charities and community causes. Please take note of contributions made report attached.
MACOMB HOMELESS LEADERSHIP
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!
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.
WARREN CENTER LINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
In closing, 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!
John H. Johnson, CEO
Southeast Michigan Chamber of Commerce
Warren Area 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 Fpundation
North Gratiot Cruise Foundation