EVENTS

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

2020 SCHEDULE

AFFILIATE MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Listed below is the 2020 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.

 

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

John Johnson 

Chief Executive Officer

586-214-9116

johnjohnson1114@gmail.com

Joie West

Chief Operating Officer

586-291-2188

west.joie@gmail.com

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2020

BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER: WARREN CITY COUNCILMAN, RON PAPANDREA*

ORGANIZER: WARREN AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Jimmy's Tavern, Warren

8:00AM - 9:30AM

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2020

MONTHLY LUNCHEON

ORGANIZER: GRATIOT AVENUE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Macomb County Update

Speakers: Macomb County Clerk Fred Miller

Macomb County Treasurer Larry Rocca

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham

Bravado Banquet Center, Clinton Township

11:30AM - 1:00PM

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2020

BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER: SHELBY TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR, RICHARD STATHAKIS*

ORGANIZER: GRATIOT AVENUE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Pantry Restaurant, Clinton Township

8:00AM - 9:30AM

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020

 

MONTHLY LUNCHEON

ORGANIZER: GRATIOT AVENUE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Clinton Township Marijuana Ballot Initiative 2020 Discussion

Clinton Township Supervisor Robert Cannon

Bravado Banquet Center, Clinton Township

11:30AM - 1:00PM

THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2020

 

MONTHLY LUNCHEON

ORGANIZER: WARREN AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Gazebo Banquet Center, Warren

11:30AM - 1:00PM

THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2020

 

MONTHLY LUNCHEON

ORGANIZER: GRATIOT AVENUE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Chesterfield Township Update

Macomb County Update

Bravado Banquet Center, Clinton Township

11:30AM - 1:00PM

FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2020

 

MCREST ELIMINATION RAFFLE

American Polish Century Club, Maple Lane, Sterling Heights

6:00PM - 10:00PM

THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2020

MONTHLY LUNCHEON

ORGANIZER: WARREN AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

2020 Preview: Cruisin' 53, Run Warren 5K, Center Line Independence Festival

Gazebo Banquet Center, Warren

11:30AM - 1:00PM

SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 2020

 

CRUISIN' 53 & RUN WARREN 5K

ORGANIZER: WARREN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Warren and Center Line, Multiple Locations TBA

9:00AM - 6:00PM

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, JUNE 5-7, 2020

CENTER LINE INDEPENDENCE FESTIVAL

PARTNER OF: WARREN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Memorial Park, Center Line

THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2020

AWARDS LUNCHEON

ORGANIZER: GRATIOT AVENUE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

ORGANIZER: WARREN AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

10th Congressional District Update

Bravado Banquet Center, Clinton Township

11:30AM - 1:00PM

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

MONTHLY LUNCHEON

ORGANIZER: GRATIOT AVENUE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Bravado Banquet Center, Clinton Township

11:30AM - 1:00PM

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020

 

GOOD SAMARITAN AWARDS - MCREST AWARDS DINNER

Mirage Banquet Center, Clinton Township

6:00PM - 10:00PM

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2020

MONTHLY LUNCHEON

ORGANIZER: WARREN AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Gazebo Banquet Center, Warren

12th Congressional District Update

11:30AM - 1:00PM

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2020

MONTHLY LUNCHEON

ORGANIZER: GRATIOT AVENUE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Macomb County Elections Wrap-Up*

Bravado Banquet Center, Clinton Township

11:30AM - 1:00PM

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2020

HOLIDAY LUNCHEON

ORGANIZER: GRATIOT AVENUE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

ORGANIZER: WARREN AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Location TBD

11:30AM - 1:00PM

 

*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 POLITICAL ACTION COALITION FUNDRAISERS:

 

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

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

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.

JUNE

WARREN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

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.

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.

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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.