Macomb Chamber e-Connect

August 31, 2017

Chamber News
Do you contract with the Department of Defense?

Macomb County Chamber of Commerce is proud to be part of a local effort to provide you with information you need to know so that you won't be barred from contracting with the DoD next year.

DFARS regulations require that all Department of Defense (DoD) suppliers implement NIST Special Publication 800-171 controls by December 31, 2017.   The Chamber, Macomb Community College, MEDC, Macomb County, Michigan Manufacturers Technology Center and PTAC are hosting a  FREE event which will feature guest speakers who will explain the requirements, the consequences of not complying, and the steps necessary to determine and achieve compliance.  

October 18
7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Wayne State University Advanced Technology Education Center 
14601 E. 12 Mile Rd. 
Warren, Mich.

If your organization hasn't already started, further delays will impact your ability to think carefully about what you need and how to do it. 
Member News
Hackel selects new director of Human Resources/Labor Relations

County Executive Mark A. Hackel announced today that Karen Lynn Bathanti has been appointed to serve as Director of the Macomb County Department of Human Resources & Labor Relations (HRLR).  Bathanti replaces longtime director Eric Herppich who retired from county government in July.

First State Bank marks centennial anniversary

This year, in celebration of its 100th anniversary, First State Bank is expanding its outreach by donating $5,000 each month through October to a different local nonprofit. Honorees are nominated by bank employees and evaluated according to community impact. Recipients to date are the Macomb Charitable Foundation (support for homeless youth), Friends of Foster Kids, KnowResolve (youth suicide prevention), Care House of Macomb County (sexually and physically abused children), A Beautiful Me (self-worth for women of all ages) and Feeding the Need (community kitchen).  Also as part of its centennial observance, the bank is giving employees $100 to donate to a charity of their choice, plus a day off to volunteer in the community.

Join TestaBarra for their wine event!

Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime experience with Italian owners & winemakers Giovanni Folonari and Roberto Pighin on 
Tuesday, September 12 for a strolling Italian wine dinner. Over a dozen wines will be on display during this strolling wine event.   Call 586-434-0100 to make your reservation or reserve online at


Upcoming Events
State of Harrison Township Friday, Sept. 15
8 - 10 a.m.
Bumpers Landing, Harrison Twp

Join Harrison Township Supervisor Ken Verkest as he delivers the State of the Township Address.  Breakfast at 8:30.  
Thursday, Sept. 21
5:30 - 9 p.m.
Villa Penna

Presented by the Macomb Foundation, enjoy an evening celebrating this year's Hall of Fame Inductees!   The 2017 Honorees are:
  • Andy Appleby - President & CEO, General Sports & Entertainment, LLC
  • Christine Johns, Ed.D. - Superintendent, Utica Community Schools
  • Charlie Langton - Langton Law, Fox 2 and WWJ Legal Analyst
  • The Randazzo Family - Randazzo Fresh Markets
  • Brig. Gen. John Slocum - 127th Wing, Selfridge ANG Base
  • Viviano Family - Viviano Law, Judges and Viviano Flowers
Event sponsors are First State Bank, Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals, McLaren Macomb, UHY LLP, IBEW-NECA, Axalta Coating Systems, Consumers Energy, DTE Energy Foundation and Macomb Community College.   Sponsorship opportunities and program booklet advertising available. Contact the Chamber (586)493-7600.
5th Annual Business Preparedness Conference
Wednesday, Sept. 27
8:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Macomb Community College, Lorenzo Cultural Center
FREE! Includes breakfast & lunch.

Presented with Leadership Macomb and the Macomb County Emergency Management Office, this conference serves small businesses by preparing them for disasters of all kinds. 

Political Hot Topics
Friday, Oct. 6
8-10 a.m.
Avante Banquet Center, Clinton Twp
$25 members
$35 non-members
Hot breakfast included    

Meet candidly with your elected officials and see how they weigh in on the topics that are important to you and your business. This event will be moderated by Nancy Derringer, Bridge Magazine writer and editor. 


Annual Survey Time - 
Please take the time to help us help you!

A survey link is available below and we'd appreciate your honest opinions on the ideas presented.  The survey has 15 questions and we expect responses to take approximately 10 minutes to complete. The survey will be available until October 31, 2017 for your feedback or additional ideas for the future of the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce.

Survey Link