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November 17, 2016

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 26, 2016 is Small Business Saturday┬« - a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Of the Macomb Chamber's 820 members, 92% are small businesses. - a mighty force for our community and economy. 

Did you know that for every $100 spent at a local business, $68 stays in that town. Spending $100 at a national chain means only $43 stays in town. And just last year, shoppers spent more than $16 billion at small businesses on Small Business Saturday.

You can register your business with the campaign. Of course, you don't have to register, but it will make it easier for new customers to find you, putting your business on a map of participating small businesses as well as gaining access to customized marketing materials to start spreading the word.

Maybe you're a large business and think this doesn't apply to you; however, the Chamber encourages you to spread the word for Small Business Saturday, even mentioning it to the businesses around you to ensure they're aware and participating. There may be avenues for large and small businesses to work together by offering complementary services or sales for Small Business Saturday.
Thanksgiving weekend is a busy time, so you'll want to be sure your customers have time to plan ahead. Let your customers know about your Small Business Saturday events and sales using social media, email ads, and your website.
Member News
Chamber Member to be featured on 'House Hunters' Friday night

Local realtor and Chamber member, Jessica Swanson, and her client  Tiffany Prater, had been searching for the perfect house around Macomb County when Prater had an idea and reached out to the producers of the HGTV series "House Hunters."

Filming took place in the span of just five days with all local scenes wrapping up filming in April. Swanson said they looked at homes in Harrison Township, Clinton Township and St. Clair Shores. Other scenes were filmed around those areas, including a scene at Bentley's Roadhouse on South River Road.

"House Hunters" will air at 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, on HGTV.
Anton Art Center hosts artist market - Christmas Market: Peace

Christmas Market: Peace will feature unique, one-of-a-kind gifts and holiday d├ęcor created by over 120 Michigan fine artists and crafters. Be sure to check out for a complete listing of activities, workshops and special events related to this year's Christmas Market!

The Christmas Market runs November 18 - December 23.  During Christmas Market: Peace the Art Center will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10a.m.- 5p.m.; Sundays, Noon - 4 p.m. and we are closed on November 23 and 24. 

Also, the public is encouraged to support local artists by attending the annual Meet-The-Artists reception, a once a year opportunity to mix and mingle with the artisans and crafters behind the Anton Art Center's holiday winter shopping extravaganza. Hosted by the Mount Clemens Kiwanis Club, the Meet-The-Artists reception will be held at the Anton Art Center on Sunday November 20th, 1-3 p.m., although the Anton Art Center will be open from noon until 4 p.m. that day
Detroit Zoo's annual holiday light display begins Nov. 18

The Detroit Zoo will light up the night this holiday season with Wild Lights, a spectacular light display presented by Bank of America.  More than five million twinkling LED lights will brighten the evening sky and illuminate buildings, trees and more than 200 animal sculptures on a trail through the front half of the Zoo. 
Wild Lights will be held 5:30-9 p.m. Nov. 18-20 and 25-27 and Dec. 1-4, 8-11, 15-23 and 26-31, 2016.  Admission is $10 in advance and $13 at the gate for guests ages 2 and older (children under 2 are admitted free); parking is $6.  Timed-entry tickets can be purchased online or at Detroit Zoo main admissions.  A limited number of tickets are also available at all Michigan Kroger stores.
Sportsmen's Direct Inc. Ribbon Cutting

Help us welcome Sportsmen's Direct Inc. (Harrison Township), and John & Beth Bacarella to the Macomb County Chamber! 

Cabin at the Creek Ribbon Cutting

Help us welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus to the new Cabin at the Creek at The Mall at Patridge Creek  (Clinton Township)! 
Orchard Brook Apartment                      
River Birch Bend Apartments                  
Premier Events Center                           
GG Music Entertainment                         
Level One Bank                                     
The Worship Center                                
Paul Linville Realtor              
Upcoming Chamber Events

Connecting Diverse Business Cultures
Dec. 1, 12:30-2 p.m.
Join us as we work towards connecting the diverse business cultures in and around Macomb County.  Our program will feature several prominent leaders in several different ethnic chambers and will be moderated. (Sponsorship opportunities available)

State of the County Address
Dec. 7, 5-9 p.m.
Join us to hear Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel discuss the current climate in Macomb County. (Sponsorship opportunities available before Nov. 23.)

Member Holiday Mixer
Dec. 8, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Come and join us at Premier Event Center for a Holiday Member Mixer.  Complimentary appetizers and CASH bar.  Bring an unwrapped new toy for Toys for Tots and receive a raffle ticket for a great prize! Socialize after five with your fellow Macomb Chamber Members and make solid connections. (Vendor tables available)

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