CHAMBER CONNECTION
April 29, 2020
A message from the Chamber:
As we are in the middle of another week of our new normal – I wanted to check in with you all to make sure you know that the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce is there for you during these unprecedented times.

We have been working hard to find ways to connect you and your business with our communities, we know that these have been challenging and uncertain times, but we know that we will get through this by supporting each other. Let us know how we can help – please email Stacy Ziarko at  sziarko@shrcci.com  and let us know what you need from us!

Here are a few ways that we can support you:

We look forward to seeing you all soon whether it virtually, in person or from a distance! Thanks for being a part of our Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce Family!
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!
We are so excited to be welcoming more new businesses to the SHRCCI family.
Click on the link to view our newest Chamber members!
For sponsorship opportunities, contact Stacy Ziarko
at 586.731.5400 x 22 or sziarko@shrcci.com
CHAMBER CHAMPION
CHAMBER BLOG
To have your blog content shared to the Chamber's blog, please reach out to Ashley Edwards for more information, aedwards@shrcci.com .
MEMBER NEWS
How to be featured in upcoming Chamber Connections:
To have your message included (four are complimentary annually with your paid membership), they should include a contact name and phone number, not be longer than 100 words, and emailed to Ashley Edwards by Thursday at 5 pm for inclusion in the next week's edition.

The Chamber Connection is our bi-weekly newsletter that is emailed to more than 4,200 emails of members and associates every other Wednesday morning!
PAYROLL PROTECTION PROGRAM - THINGS TO KNOW
-You can only get a Paycheck Protection Program loan from an SBA certified lender. Start by checking with your existing bank or credit union. If they are an SBA Certified Lender, that’s your best bet.

-If your regular bank of credit union is not a participating SBA lender, here’s a list that we got recently from the Small Business Administration of approved lenders by county:

And a helpful link from the Michigan Credit Union League that includes participating credit unions:

-Your bank or credit union will provide you with an application, but if you want to get a jump on it, this is the universal form:

-You’ll have to collect and submit the following information with your application so that they can calculate the size of loan you are eligible to receive:

Supporting Payroll Records to be submitted with PPP application:
  • Third party payroll administrator records for the applicable period.
  • List of all employees with their total compensation. For the purposes of this application, any employee with total compensation over $100,000 should be listed as $100,000.
  • Copies of quarterly 941 payroll tax reports filed with the IRS and a copy of W-3 (note 941 statements may not be available for Q1 of 2020).
  • Records of payments made for vacation, parental, family, and medical or sick leave.
  • Records of payments made for employer paid group health care benefits, if applicable.
  • Records of payments made for employer paid retirement plan benefits, if applicable.
  • Records of payments made for state or local taxes assessed on the compensation of employees, if applicable.

-Once you have your information together, get to your bank or credit union to get your application in ASAP!

To learn more, click here .
THINKING OF LAUNCHING A NEW BUSINESS WHEN THE ECONOMY RE-STARTS?
At FranNet of Michigan, it’s a close to business as usual as possible right now. For those ready to begin a franchise search, we're doing virtual consultations to build your business model and get you started on the process. Even under normal circumstances, roughly 90% of your research can be done by phone and online.
In today’s environment, many franchisors have made it possible through technology for candidates to complete 100% of the process virtually !
Call or e-mail with your questions regarding all-things franchising and attend one or more of our webinars, a schedule of which can be found at www.frannet.com/mcory .
I’m happy to chat with you about our process and whether it makes sense for you to explore franchising as a career or a semi-absentee investment. As always, our services are at N—Cost and No-Obligation. Be well!

Mark Cory    
313-821-5060  
NEW REDUCED INSURANCE RATES
We are not STUCK at home, we are SAFE at home. My team and I consider ourselves very fortunate to have the capability to work remotely. So many of you don't have the luxury and are out on the front line putting yourselves at risk to make sure that WE are staying safe.
If you are, or know of working on the frontline keeping us all safe, call in for a free (no obligation) quote, and mention "COVID HERO", and we will send lunch from a local business, to a first responder (of your choice) on your behalf!

Call at 586-731-5556 or email at alisha.alef.wgj7@statefarm.com
CHERRY CREEK GIFT CARDS
Looking for the perfect gift for the golfer in your life?
Cherry Creek Gift Cards are an excellent gift for anyone. 
 
To order your gift card please find the selection below that works best for you and proceed to check out.
 
Please note, expect 3-5 business days for delivery. 
#SupportLocal
FREE CORONAVIRUS RESOURCE
A Free Coronavirus Legal Resource is being made available to business owners and others by
emailing me at  Wilma@wilmaforry.com . Our LegalShield attorneys have recorded and will update daily the legal answers to questions being asked by families and business owners.
DTE SUPPORTING CUSTOMERS
We recently launched the  Personalized Service Protection program  to help customers impacted by COVID-19 protect their energy service.
 
Residential customers concerned they may not be able to pay their energy bills due to income reductions or health impacts from COVID-19 are encouraged to call DTE at 800.477.4747. Businesses are encouraged to contact DTE at 855.383.4249 to explore options for help.
 
The newly launched plan is the latest in a series of steps DTE has taken to help its customers and communities through the COVID-19 crisis. Other actions include:
  • Extending coverage through June 1, 2020 for customers enrolled in its low income and senior shutoff protection programs
  • Extending its 30-day medical hold policy to help low-income customers who are physically exposed, infected or quarantined by the COVID-19 virus (including influenza)
  • Connecting customers to financial help. We're encouraging in-need customers to see if they meet income eligibility guidelines for State Emergency Relief (SER) by applying at
www.michigan.gov/mibridges  and reaching out to  www.211.org  if they need assistance with the process

DTE wants your feedback on their COVID-19 response. To take the survey, click here .
BEFORE YOU OPEN YOUR BUSINESS DOORS
Let’s get business going again but before we send everybody back to work let make sure the business is cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected first. Dawn to Dusk Cleaning Service is a local family owned business that is trained and certified in this type of cleaning.

We have been open and cleaning businesses this whole time, we did take the cleaning for COVID-19 cleaning class that was offered through the ISSA organization to professional cleaning companies. We have changed a few ways in which we must clean. All team cleaning has changed to solo cleaners, they all are issued N95 surgical masks and gloves, we sanitize the bottoms of shoes when entering and exiting each business, shoes covers are not recommended due to them being slippery and OSHA requirements state that they can be a safety concern. We have always used the Proctor & Gamble hospital grade cleaning products for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting our client’s homes and businesses. We clean, sanitize, and then disinfect all vertical and horizontal surfaces. The other area is all employees cannot be sick or around anybody sick in order to work. We also ask our clients to cancel, pause or reschedule their service if anybody is sick at their business.

We look forward to helping your business stay clean and healthy.

Thank You & Have a Great Day!
John & Dawn Winter
Owners
SUBURBAN FORD OF STERLING HEIGHTS - MOBILE SERVICE VIP PROGRAM
Are you looking for a no-cost way to give back to your employees AND help reduce employee time off work? We are now accepting applications for our new Mobile Service VIP program. By partnering with local businesses, we are able to offer routine vehicle maintenance, completion of safety recalls and most services to your employees right in your parking lot!
This touchless experience not only saves your employees time, but allows them to take care of their vehicle needs without setting foot into the dealership. All maintenance performed will follow strict safety protocols giving your employees peace of mind.
Payment is handled remote directly with the vehicle owner, and there is no additional cost to the hosting company. Program will be launching at the end of May and spots are limited – contact us today for more information!
Contact Amanda @ 586.977.7994 or ABrown@suburbancollection.com
MEMBER BENEFIT
​Workman's Compensation (employer only)
  To reward small-business owners for encouraging safety, Accident Fund created Group Programs. Members save money on their workers’ compensation, including a 5% up-front discount on their premium and the potential for dividends based on the Group’s loss history.
We may not be able to gather in person, but there are still ways to join together as a community. Please fill out the form and to let the community know that your business or organization is open for business! 

Please fill out the form exactly how you would like to be promoted/represented. A spreadsheet will be published with all submissions.
​(Click the header image to see published submissions) 

Thank you to our partners in promoting Macomb is Open: The Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce, Macomb County Chamber of Commerce, Macomb County, Anchor Bay Chamber of Commerce, Romeo/Washington Chamber of Commerce, Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce, and the Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce. 

We have compiled a list of Restaurants that are still offering services, like curbside, takeout, and delivery. Please support our local businesses during this time. If you don't wish to order food, gift cards can go a long way too. Click on their names to view their websites or social media profiles highlighting their hours of operation and specials.
  Please continue to follow the Chamber's  Facebook  page, as we will be doing our best to share as many posts as we can to support these businesses.
There are many of our local businesses that are still open and serving our communities. The list below has just a sampling of services available and we hope you’ll consider supporting a Chamber member. If your business is open please use the link below and let us know how we can share your information.
The Chamber, in partnership with the City of Sterling Heights and Live Picture has reached out to industry experts to share information during our current climate.
If there are topics you would like to see please let Stacy Ziarko know at sziarko@ shrcci.com.
Stay connected with your Chamber!