EVENTS

The best way to get to know us is to meet up in person! Check out our upcoming meetings and other related events.

 
 

2021 SCHEDULE

AFFILIATE MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Listed below is the 2021 meeting schedule for the SEMC and it's connected organizations:

the Gratiot Avenue Chamber of Commerce and the Warren Area Chamber of Commerce.

 

The meetings vary in topic and scope, but attendance is heartily encouraged to any and all events.

These events do not include the monthly luncheons held by the SEMC.

We are monitoring recommendations from the medical community related to COVID-19 and will be proceeding into out 2021 calendar with caution.

 

To learn more about registration or participation for any events on our calendar, please contact:

John Johnson 

Chief Executive Officer

586-214-9116

johnhjohnson1114@gmail.com

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2021

MONTHLY LUNCHEON

ORGANIZER: GRATIOT AVENUE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Location TBD

11:30AM - 1:00PM

THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2021

MONTHLY LUNCHEON

ORGANIZER: WARREN AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Gazebo Banquet Facility

11:30AM - 1:00PM

THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2021

 

MONTHLY LUNCHEON

ORGANIZER: GRATIOT AVENUE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Location TBD

11:30AM - 1:00PM

MAY TBD, 2021

 

MCREST ELIMINATION RAFFLE

American Polish Century Club, Maple Lane, Sterling Heights

6:00PM - 10:00PM

THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2021

MONTHLY LUNCHEON

ORGANIZER: WARREN AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Gazebo Banquet Center, Warren

11:30AM - 1:00PM

SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 2021

 

CRUISIN' 53 & RUN WARREN 5K

ORGANIZER: WARREN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Warren and Center Line, Multiple Locations TBA

www.cruisin53.com

www.runwarren.com

9:00AM - 6:00PM

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, JUNE 4-6, 2021

CENTER LINE INDEPENDENCE FESTIVAL

PARTNER OF: WARREN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Memorial Park, Center Line

THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2021

AWARDS LUNCHEON

ORGANIZER: GRATIOT AVENUE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Location TBD

11:30AM - 1:00PM

THURSDAY, JULY 22, 2021

BOAT OUTING

ORGANIZER: GRATIOT AVENUE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

ORGANIZER: WARREN AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Location and Details TBD

THURSDAY, AUGUST 26, 2021

GOLF OUTING

ORGANIZER: GRATIOT AVENUE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

ORGANIZER: WARREN AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Location and Details TBD

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2021

MONTHLY LUNCHEON

ORGANIZER: WARREN AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Gazebo Banquet Center, Warren

11:30AM - 1:00PM

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2021

NORTH GRATIOT CRUISE & CHESTERFIELD 5K

ORGANIZER: NORTH GRATIOT CRUISE FOUNDATION

Art Van Parking Lot, Chesterfield

www.cruisegratiot.com

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2021

MONTHLY LUNCHEON

ORGANIZER: WARREN AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Location TBD

11:30AM - 1:00PM

OCTOBER TBD, 2021

 

GOOD SAMARITAN AWARDS - MCREST AWARDS DINNER

Location TBD

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2021

MONTHLY LUNCHEON

ORGANIZER: GRATIOT AVENUE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Location TBD

11:30AM - 1:00PM

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2021

HOLIDAY LUNCHEON

ORGANIZER: GRATIOT AVENUE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

ORGANIZER: WARREN AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Location TBD

11:30AM - 1:00PM

DECEMBER TBD, 2021

 

MCREST KIDS CHRISTMAS PARTY

Location TBD

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

 

MONTHLY LUNCHEONS

SEMC members get together for a sponsored lunch each month to meet other members, see old friends and listen to speakers that provide up to the minute insight into what is happening in our local area.  Expect educational and cost savings opportunities, exposure to local and state elected officials and community updates. We focus on booking speakers and topics that matter to our members.

PAST LUNCHEON SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

Andy Dillion, Speaker of the House
Anthony Forlini, State Representative (24th District)
Anthony Wickersham, Macomb County Sheriff
Antonio Viviano, Macomb County Circuit Court Judge
Barbara Dempsey, Mount Clemens Mayor
Bob Cannon, Clinton Township Supervisor
Candice Miller, Congresswoman (10th Congressional District)
Cindy Berry, Chesterfield Township Clerk
Dan Acciavatti, Chesterfield Township Supervisor

Harold Haugh, State Representative (22nd District)
Goldman Sachs: 10,000 Small Businesses
James Fouts, Warren Mayor
James Thomas, Attorney
Jim Jacobs, Macomb Community College President
John Chirkun, State Representative (22nd District)
Kathy Vosberg, Macomb County Commissioner
Larry Rocca, Macomb County Treasurer
Larry Smith, New Baltimore Mayor
Marilyn Lane, State Representative (31st District)
Mark Hackel, Macomb County Executive
Mark O'Halla, Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center President
Matthew Moron, Owner of Detroit Ambassador Bridge Company
Michigan Works
Mike Bouchard, Oakland Sheriff
Mike Tierney, Flagstar Bank President & CEO
Mitch Albom, Nationally syndicated radio host and best-selling author
Paul Mitchell, Congressman (10th Congressional District)

Peter Lucido, Michigan State Senator (8th District)
Phil Pavlov, Michigan State Senator (25th District)
Rick Snyder, Governor
Richard Notte, Sterling Heights Mayor
Sander Levin, Congressman (9th Congressional District)
SCORE
Ted Wahby, Macomb County Treasurer
Tom Brisse, McLaren Macomb President
Virg Bereno, Lansing Mayor

RECENT FUNDRAISERS HELD:

 

Eastpointe City Councilman Cardi Demonaco

New Baltimore City Councilman David Duffy

Harold Haugh for Macomb County Commissioner

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts

Macomb County Treasurer Larry Rocca

Nate Shannon for State Senate

Paul Wojno for State Senate

Shelby Township Supervisor Richard Stathakis

Warren City Councilman Ron Papandrea

Stanley Grot for Secretary of State

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. 

 

ANNUAL EVENTS

JUNE

CRUISIN' 53

With multitudes of beautiful and unique cars lining Van Dyke/M-53, great food and drink, rockin' live music and more planned, Cruisin' 53 has become a beloved annual party.​ The purpose of the cruise in addition to quality of life for the residents of Warren and Center Line is to raise revenue for local community investment in the two communities. A joint effort between the Warren Community Foundation and the Center Line Independence Festival.

JUNE (PARTNERED EVENT)

CENTER LINE INDEPENDENCE FESTIVAL

Center Line Independence Festival is a celebration of over 80 years of traditional small town lifestyle in the Heart of Metro-Detroit. The three day festival has live bands, a carnival, fireworks, food vendors, and craft vendors. The festival is organized by the City of Center Line and the Warren Community Foundation contributes to the marketing and event programming.

SEPTEMBER

NORTH GRATIOT CRUISE FOUNDATION

The North Gratiot Cruise is a one-day celebration of automobile history that attracts muscle cars, street rods, customs, collector cars, special interest vehicles and the people that love them. Expect to find your dream car, live music, great food vendors, parties and family fun. The Gratiot Avenue Chamber of Commerce has been presenting the North Gratiot Cruise for over a decade and in that time has granted $50,000 to community groups.

JUNE

RUN WARREN 5K FUN-RUN

Run Warren is a community 5K Run, Kids Fun Run, and Senior Walk to promote wellness and raise funds for The Warren Community Foundation to distribute to deserving groups and philanthropic organizations. The Warren Community Foundation was formed for the coordination, marketing, and implementation of various community events designed to promote the welfare of the city.

JUNE

CHAMBER AWARDS LUNCHEON

Each year the SEMC recognizes business leaders in our community who have made an outstanding mark on the betterment of our society.  We present these awards at an all-member luncheon. Awards include Ted Wahby Elected Official of the Year, Jim Binson Business of the Year and Business Volunteers of the Year.

SEPTEMBER

CHESTERFIELD 5K

2021 will mark the first year of the Chesterfield 5K. This running event will be modeled after our Run Warren 5K and will join the slew of successful running events in Macomb County. Chesterfield 5K will be the morning programming for the North Gratiot Cruise and also organized by the Gratiot Avenue Chamber of Commerce. Details are to be announced.

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OCTOBER

MCREST

Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team (MCREST) is an outstanding nonprofit and each year we partner in presenting the Good Samaritan Awards. Aside from a chance to thank the volunteers and churches that form the backbone of MCREST, the gala is the organizations biggest fundraiser of the year. Those funds are used to finance the programs and operational costs in support of MCREST's mission: offering temporary shelter to the homeless individuals and helping them transition to independence.