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 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 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 Center Line Chamber of Commerce, the Albanian Chamber of Commerce and the flagship Chamber, the Gratiot Avenue Chamber of Commerce. The SMCC 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 SMCC gets to know each member and help to connect members by arranging working meetings to discuss opportunities to work together. 

NOTE: The Southeast Michigan Chamber of Commerce is a DBA of the Tri County Chamber of Commerce, as are its other affiliates, the Warren Center Line Chamber of Commerce and the Gratiot Avenue Chamber of Commerce and are for profit, privately held, business entities that operate as a marketing and networking consortium with a special emphasis on community commitment and service.

The SMCC 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)

Run Warren (Founder)
Warren Community Foundation (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!

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OUR CHAMBERS

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WARREN CENTER LINE

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.

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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

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John Johnson
Chief Executive Officer
CONTACT

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Bradley Malear
Treasurer
CONTACT

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Donna Weatherby
Marketing & Special Projects
CONTACT

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Scott Joy
Joyful Website Design, LLC
Contracted for Website & Graphics

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Fred Wolf

Chamber Connect Program

ADVISORY BOARD OF DIRECTORS

GOVERNMENT

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Bob Binson

Board Member

Mayor, City of Center Line

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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

NONPROFIT

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BUSINESS

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Kevin Abdullah
Board Member
Owner, Juan Miguel's

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Mark Abraham

Board Member

President, Mac Freight

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Mark Aubrey
Board Member
President, Motor City Pawn Brokers

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David Bommarito
Board Member
President, The Benefits Group

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Dennis Bostick
Board Member
President, Universal Mall

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Nick Jerjis
Board Member
President, 8th Street Wellness

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Stephen Kado
Board Member
President, JARS

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Richard Casinelli, CPA
Board Member
Managing Partner, MHC Advisors, PC

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Marvin Karana
Board Member
President, Karana Law

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Marty Lewicki
Board Member
President, Auto Farm

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Ross Lewicki
Board Member
President, Highway Auto Parts

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Hank Luks
Board Member
Preisdent, Controllor Security Systems

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Bo Marasco
Board Member
President, The Protean Corporation

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Lou Peters
Board Member
Sr. Vice President, Superior National Bank

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Jim Sage
Board Member
President, Sajos of Clinton Township

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Kim Sawyer
Board Member
President, Sawyer Services

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Peter Thomas
Board Member
President, Cash Exchange

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Stavros Toma
Board Member
President, M97 Investments

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Scott Zemens

Board Member

Broker/Owner, ReMax First