ABOUT US

We have experience. We know how to foster relationships.

We know how to help your business make meaningful connections.

ABOUT THE CHAMBER

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 8 communities along the corridor: Eastpointe, Roseville, Clinton Township, Mount Clemens, Chesterfield, Lennox, Richmond 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 GACC approach to revitalization and vitality of the Gratiot Corridor is a decidedly different strategy. The GACC has put forth a vision for the corridor where it takes an active leadership role in the genesis, development and support of new community projects that enhance the area, plus any funds raised go back to the communities.

With a record of success along the Gratiot, we were asked to assist in the formation of other Chambers. In early 2017, the Southeast Michigan Chamber of Commerce was formed with affiliated chambers, the Warren Area Chamber of Commerce, the Albanian Chamber of Commerce and the flagship Chamber, the Gratiot Avenue Chamber of Commerce. The SEMC offers the traditional programs and opportunities generally associated with chambers of commerce: networking educational workshops and forums, business to business marketing opportunities, discounted service and products, health insurance and other health and other health related products. However, we are unique in our advocacy work at the local, state and federal level through a proactive lobbying process. The staff of SEMC gets to know each member and help to connect members by arranging working meetings to discuss opportunities to work together. 

The SEMC in its previous iterations, Macomb First Business Alliance and the Gratiot Avenue Business Association as well as its current affiliates were instrumental in organizing and guiding the development of the following organizations:

American Albanian Cultural and Economic Exchange (Co-Founder)

Cruisin' 53 (Co-Founder)
Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team (MCREST) (Primary Charity)
Macomb Health and Fitness Foundation (Co-Founder) 
North Gratiot Cruise Foundation (Co-Founder)
Roseville Heritage Foundation (Co-Founder)
Run Macomb (Co-Founder)
Warren Community Foundation (Co-Founder)

We've expanded over the years to include many communities through the creation of subsequent organizations.

Take a look at how far our reach extends!

OUR CHAMBERS

WARREN AREA

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

 

In June 2017, the City of Warren and the Southeast Michigan Chamber of Commerce created the Warren Area Chamber of Commerce and held the kick off event at Andiamos.  One of the main reasons the charter was establisehd was to promote activities in the City of Warren and to create events for the residents of Warren.  The first event was Run Warren which had 150 runners and gave $7,000 back to the community.

GRATIOT AVENUE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

 

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).

OUR STAFF

John Johnson

Chief Executive Officer

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Donna Weatherby

Director of Marketing & Special Events

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Joie West

Chief Operating Officer

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Eneida Hajiou

Marketing & Special Projects

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ADVISORY BOARD OF DIRECTORS

GOVERNMENT

John Johnson

Chairman

President, Johnson Consulting Group

Bob Binson

Board Member

Mayor, City of Center Line

Thomas Bommarito

Board Member

Director of Community and Economic Development, City of Warren

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Honorable John Chmura

Board Member

Chief Judge, 37th District Court

Ron Trombly

Board Member

Supervisor, Lenox Township

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BUSINESS

Mark Dabish

Board Member

President, MDMS Group

Salam Hani

Board Member

President, American Wellness Center

Kevin Kajy

Board Member

President, Kapp Walled Lake

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Mike Laux

Board Member

Preisdent, Michigan Retirement Group, LLC

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Bo Marasco

Board Member

President, The Protean Corporation

Greg Dandino

Board Member

President, Canopy Control

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Hathem Hannawa

Board Member

President, BD&E Group

Marvin Karana

Board Member

President, Karana Law

Hank Luks

Board Member

President, Controllor Security Systems

Ryan McMullen

Board Member

President, Apex Ultra Worldwide, LLC

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Tim Edwards

Board Member

President, Edwards Marketing

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Nick Jertis

Board Member

President, 8th Street Wellness

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Ammar Kattoula

Board Member

President, Warren Capitol Holdings

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Bradley Malear

Board Member

President, Malear & DePape Accounting

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Leonard Rancillo

Board Member

President, Rancilio & Associates

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Aaron Rasty

Board Member

Founder and CEO, Sozo Health

Gjergl Sinishtaj

Board Member

Founder and CEO, Emerald Business Park

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Gerhard Weber

Board Member

President, Chemical Technology Corporation

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Jason Yonan

Board Member

President, Jaimes Industries

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Peter Thomas

Board Member

President, Cash Exchange

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Scott Zemens

Board Member

Broker/Owner, ReMax First

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