Chesterfield ~ Ira Twp.~ Lenox ~ New pBaltimore ~ New Haven

ABCC BUSINESS CONNECTION
March 2017

The Anchor Bay Chamber of Commerce believes in earning and maintaining a strong image and reputation among all our members, our communities and our elected officials. Our benefits and services will only be as good as our current and prospective members perceive them. For this reason, we will incorporate our values into messages and actions that we sincerely believe in. We will adhere to these values as a means to establish trust and a confidence in our community role.
Note from ABCC  Chairman of The Board

Great Summer days in February leads to a jump in spring fever for March!

People are way ahead of themselves with the great weather in February so now is the time to get in front of your customers and show them what you got! We have started putting together the Anchor Bay Visitors Guild and you need to show your business in it call Catherine at the chamber ASAP. This will be a great way to expand your company. 

Elections are coming calling all members. The board has elections each year to vote in 2 year terms on the board. If you would like to get more involved with the chamber let us know or get a petition with a signature from 5 chamber members in good standing and submit to the chamber office. More info will be coming in March so please stay involved and we welcome your help and participation. 

Time to golf May 18 is our golf outing Sign up today its always a great time, see Randy McCoy or Catherine for more info.

Music By The Bay Sponsorship, come join Advia Credit union our 5 year sponsor plus Village of Easy Harbor and Bill MacDonald Ford. This year we are Celebrating the Golden Oldies with the Teen Angels and much more! Plus Arthur Murray's Dancing By The Bay Contest. so much fun so many people all having a great time for a great cause raising money for Families Against Narcotics. 

Call Catherine today get involved join a committee, Ask about board member opportunity. We would love for you to join our efforts to help bring the community and Business together. 

Thank you 

It's good to be in the Chamber

Mark Miller

Anchor Bay  Chamber of Commerce
Business and Visitors Guide

As a valued chamber member you are uniquely eligible to be a part of our inaugural ABCC Business and Visitors Guide. 

Like you, we work hard everyday to provide value to our members and the community. This comprehensive guide is an opportunity for your business to reach more customers and spread your unique message. Expand your marketing efforts with editorial coverage,a range of full-color print advertising opportunities and a digital companion.

Up Coming Events
APRIL
CHAMBER COFFEE CONNECTION  

Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Hosted by: George & Marty Ullincy 
MGM  Dumpsters
Where: 9571 Marine City Hwy.  Ira 
Time: 8:30 a.m. ~ 9:30 a.m.

MAY
CHAMBER COFFEE CONNECTION  

Date: Wednesday, May, 2017
Hosted by: Amie Horn
The Attic Finds
Where: 8832 Dixie Hwy, Fair Haven
Time: 8:30 a.m. ~ 9:30 a.m.

This monthly networking event is aimed at creating a platform for chamber members to interact with each other,  to explore collaborative opportunities, and to create the kind of synergies needed for us to move forward. 
BAY AREA NETWORKING GROUP
B.A.N.G.
CHAMBER MEMBER ONLY GROUP

Group #1 Meets every Thursday at:
Little Camille's By The Bay
51083 Washington St.
New Baltimore  
from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Group #2 will be starting
Tuesday April 4th.
The Attic Finds
8832 Dixie Hwy, Fair Haven

If you are interested in being part of one of these groups please call the Chamber office at 586-725-5148. Our groups are exclusive and your business must be in good standing with the ABCC!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Networking starts at 6:00 p.m.

Hosted at: Twisted Rooster
45225 Marketplace Blvd, 
Chesterfield Twp., MI 48051
$10.00 Per Chamber Member 
RSVP Monday, March 20, 2017
(Chamber Member Only Event)


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Hosted at: 
Little Camille's By The Bay
51083 Washington St., 
New Baltimore, MI 48047
Wine Provided by:
Washington St. Wine House

$10.00 Per Chamber Member $15.00 per Non-Member

New Members, Membership Renewals
& Membership Info Changes 
Welcome New Members!
February 2017

Guardian Alarm
~Larry Boitel Jr. ~

The Attic Find
~Amie Horn~

Friend of the Chamber
~Anne Nicolazzo~

Friend of the Chamber
~Linda Hartman~

Pilot Property Group, Inc.
~Dan Rubino~

 

Thank you for Renewing
February 2017

Farm Bureau Insurance  ~N.B~
Dudek Insurance
New Baltimore Farmers Market
The UPS Store #5463
Penzien ~ McBride 
MacDonald  Library
Anchor Bay Professional Plaza
Member Spotlight

Father & Son Pizzeria
586-949-0770
50770 Gratiot Ave., Chesterfield MI 48051
 
My name is Dave Willenberg and I am the owner and founder of Father & Son Pizzeria. I started out as a delivery person in 1973 at the age of 16. I worked for Sam Rappa at Italia Pizzeria in Mount clemens. I began to cook and became the manager from 1975 thru 1978. I took a few years off from pizza and did construction but I always wanted to open my own pizzeria. In the summer of 1983, with a lot of help from God, I was able to rent the space I am in now and opened for business in November of that year. I have always believed that great food and great customer service are the keys to success and after 34 years in the same location, I guess I was right. We started with our traditional hand tossed pizza using fresh sauce and fresh dough made daily. In 1995 we became a licensed "Broaster Chicken" dealer and continue to sell lots of chicken everyday. We do lots of parties with our chicken party packages, especially in the summer with graduation parties. In 2002 we added a great square pizza with it's own dough recipe. In 2008 we added our famous "Double Crust Stuffed" Chicago style pizza. We get many 5 star reviews on this pizza. In fact, we have hundreds of great reviews on Facebook, Yp.com, Trip Advisor, Yelp and many other sites. Our complex was in a bad way when the Kmart closed, but now we have Hobby Lobby, Big Lots, Petco and Planet Fitness. The traffic has increased and so has business. I try to support many of the youth sporting events in the area and we also do a lot with the local churches. The name and the Logo actually refer to the "Father, Son and the Holy Ghost. We have a great customer base and a great reputation in the community. I Live in Chesterfield and my kids all went to the L'anse Creuse schools. I look forward to many more years selling the finest pizza and chicken that I can. We always offer a 100% money back guarantee on all of our food. I like to say that pizzas are cheap but customers are priceless.


Capital Report
February 20, 2017

Michigan Democrats Propose Massive Unemployment Benefit Increase; Chamber Voices Strong Opposition

Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) has come under sharp fire recently over a string of issues, ranging from using a computer system to automatically determine if claimants had committed fraud to a sharp increase in identity theft claims to an internal data breach. House and Senate Democrats are now trying to turn this crisis into opportunity by proposing legislation to not only fully compensate those harmed by false fraud allegations, but also massively increase the unemployment insurance (UI) benefit duration, weekly maximum benefit amount and dependent allowance, and reduce penalties for those found guilty of fraud.

The Democrats’ plan would:

* Increase the maximum duration of benefits from 20 to 26 weeks;
*Increase the weekly maximum benefit amount from $362 per week to $483 and tie weekly benefits to the rate of inflation;
*Increase the dependent allowance from $6 per week per dependent (up to five dependents) to a $120 payment;
Reduce penalties assessed for claimant fraud from a maximum of 400 percent to 100 percent;
*Increase the penalty to employers that are more than 30 days late with unemployment tax payments by 100 percent; and
* Reimburse all costs incurred by victims of false fraud allegations, including lost benefits, fees, penalties, legal fees, late fees and other expenses (e.g., bankruptcies and divorces).

The Democrat’s plan is flat out irresponsible. Michigan’s 100 percent employer-financed UI system is still rebuilding from the last recession. During the last downturn, Michigan’s UI system amassed a nearly $4 billion debt with the federal government to pay benefits. Although the state bonded for this debt, employers continue to pay higher UI taxes to repay the debt services on the bond. This 10-year bond isn’t expected to be repaid in 2021. As a result, Michigan job providers are paying some of the highest UI tax rates in the nation. 

There is no doubt that the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency is facing many challenges and needs to clean up its act. We are not defending its actions on the auto adjudication of claims, its failure to put timely systems in place to better track identity theft, or its most recent data breach. However, these mistakes do not justify fiscally irresponsible benefit increases for claimants as these increases will drain the UI Trust Fund and ultimately lead to significant UI tax hikes on employers.

The Michigan Chamber continues to seek legislative solutions to address the ongoing issues with the UIA and proper oversight by the Legislature. Please contact Wendy Block at wblock@michamber.com if your company is experiencing any issues with the UIA or has any ideas on how to fix the problems outlined in this article or otherwise. 
Anchor Bay Chamber of Commerce  | 586-725-5148 |  51180 Bedford St. New  Baltimore, MI 48047
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