CHAMBER CONNECTION - March 6, 2019
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UPCOMING EVENTS:
Friday, March 8, 7:30 am
BREAKFAST OF NATIONS
Macedonian Cultural Center, Sterling Heights
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Friday, March 15, 7:30 am
SHELBY TOWNSHIP BUSINESS AWARDS
Antolin Shelby, Shelby Township

Friday, March 29, 7:30 am
GOLDMAN SACHS 10,000 SMALL BUSINESSES SALES & MARKETING CONFERENCE
Wyndham, Sterling Heights

Wednesday, April 17, 11:45 am
MEMBER ORIENTATION / REFRESH
BD's Mongolian Grill, Sterling Heights

Tuesday, April 30, 2:30 pm
SPRING FEVER SPORTING CLAYS & NETWORKING BENEFIT
Detroit Sportsmen's Congress, Shelby Township
CHAMBER CHAMPION


 
LAST CHANCE TO NOMINATE A LOCAL BUSINESS FOR STERLING EDGE AWARDS - DEADLINE IS MARCH 8!

The City of Sterling Heights and the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce are seeking nominations for the eighth-annual Michigan Week Luncheon featuring the Sterling Edge Awards recognizing outstanding businesses in Sterling Heights.  Nomination applications are due  Friday, March 8  and can be submitted by completing the nomination form.

The Sterling Edge awards seek to recognize Sterling Heights area companies that have demonstrated best business practices that can be adopted and emulated by other businesses.  Any outstanding Sterling Heights business, whether an inspiring start-up, a long-standing corporate entity, a great place to work or other, is eligible to win one of this year's five awards.

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Company: Lakeside Mall
Mai n Contact: Jerry Weller
Category: Shopping & Specialty Retail
Member Since: 1976

MEMBER TIP
IRS TO REQUIRE IDENTITY VALIDATION FOR PHONE CALLS
From UHY LLP

The IRS is requiring certain verification of identities during phone calls in an attempt to prevent tax fraud. Taxpayers and tax professionals must have the required verification in order for the IRS to answer questions regarding certain tax items. By law, the IRS telephone assistors will only speak with the taxpayer or the taxpayer's legally designated representative. In order to prevent multiple phone calls, read on to find out what information taxpayers and tax preparers should have ready.

MEMBER BENEFIT OF THE WEEK

BANKCARD PROGRAMS (EMPLOYER ONLY)Volume discount based on individual merchant.

MEMBER NEWS
AETNA'S ALTERNATE FUNDING PLAN IS GOOD NEWS FOR EMPLOYERS

Dawn The Insurance Lady has good news for employers! She says Aetna's Alternate Funding Plan is the best program she has seen in 10+ years. It covers the medical expenses employees use the most without a deductible, utilizing Aetna's PPO National Network. The cost savings are incredible (i.e. $100/Single, $200 ee/child(ren), $300 family per month). The employers she has installed the Aetna Plan with are amazed! Call Dawn for more information or a quote at 586.883.6728 (o) or 248.758.8338 (m).



SPRINT AND SPLASH RETURNS TO LAKE ST. CLAIR

Sprint and Splash is an annual event held by Macomb County focused on promoting and celebrating Lake St. Clair as well as providing a great opportunity for community members to stay active and experience some of the county's beautiful natural assets. Held on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Lake St. Clair Metropark, the event offers a variety of races and features music, food, craft beer and local vendors. The primary benefactor of Sprint and Splash is the Huron-Clinton Metropark Foundation.



CARPATHIA CLUB HOSTS WILD GAME DINNER

On March 9, taste the great outdoors at Carpathia Club's delicious wild game dinner. Try Venison, Rabbit and Carpathia's famous Schnitzel along with other German specialties as well as beer tasting with Sherwood Brewing Company. The event includes a fun raffle with a special donation from Cabela's and music by Enzian. Proceeds will help support Youth Outdoor Day. Carpathia Club is located at 38000 Utica Road in Sterling Heights. Co me join the fun and try something wild!   If you have questions, contact Monica at 586.703.6358.



JOIN PARKWAY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL FOR SINGIN' IN THE RAIN

Join us for Singin' in the Rain Jr., a classic for all ages! Tickets are still available. Don't miss this opportunity to expose your child to the arts through drama and music - what  a great "family night" or "date night" activity! Show are Friday, March 15 at 1 pm and 7 pm or Saturday, March 16 12:30 pm and 6:30 pm. Tickets are just $10 matinee and $12 evening in advance ($2 more at the door). Reserved Gold Circle Seating is $20.



STERLING HEIGHTS POLICE LOOKING TO HELP FAMILY IN NEED
On Feb. 16, Sterling Heights Police and Fire Departments were sent to a home where a man was in cardiac arrest. Unfortunately he did not survive and left behind a wife and two young children who are now in dire financial need. Officers are reaching out to local businesses and individuals that would be willing to donate anything to the family: monetary help, gift cards for gas, food, clothing, etc. Officers would greatly appreciate any and all help our Chamber members can provide. If anyone would like to donate money for the family, please make checks payable to Michelle Hentkowski and have them sent to Lt. Mario Bastianelli, SHPD, 40333 Dodge Park, Sterling Heights, MI 48314. Lt. Bastianelli will see that checks are delivered to the family. They are also looking to deliver any non-monetary gifts to the family today, but if someone would like to donate after that, they will make sure the family receives all donations.



WARMTH OF MUSIC CONCERT TO BENEFIT HOMELESS ON MARCH 24
Macomb County Warming Center and Orleans Sports CafĂ© are hosting The Warmth of Music on March 24 from 1-5 pm. The event includes buffet lunch/beverages/cash bar, entertainment, prizes, free billiards and shuffleboard. Tickets are just $25 each and proceeds benefit Macomb County Warming Center. in their ongoing effort to supply shelter, food and sundries to the homeless. This event is a great sponsorship opportunity for local businesses. 



CHEMICAL BANK CDs MAY BE YOUR IDEAL INVESTMENT
Saving for a vacation, new car, or simply looking for a steady growth option for your funds? After 100 years, we understand a thing or two about maturity. If you're interested in an investment with an attractive interest rate and flexible terms, a Chemical Bank Certificate of Deposit (CD) may be the ideal investment for you.
Invest in steady growth towards your future with our 11-month CD with a 2.40% APY*. Contact Amy at our Sterling Heights office at 586.939.2834 to get started.  Member FDIC. Equal Opportunity Lender.



UPCOMING ASE TRAINING COURSES WITH SPECIAL CHAMBER MEMBER RATES
Supervisory Survival Skills - March 28, 2019
FOR:  Individuals who are new to the field of supervision
Cost: Special SHRCCI member rate of $245 (a $65 savings) + 10% off if you register by March 15
 
Succession Planning for Leadership Positions - May 2, 2019
FOR:  HR Managers, Business Owners, Executives
Cost: Special SHRCCI member rate of $245 (a $65 savings) + 10% off if you register by March 15



Find more "Member News" on the Chamber website!


ARE YOU A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION? IF SO, THIS MEETING IS FOR YOU!
Sure you may be ON social media, but are you using it the BEST way as a non-profit professional to optimize your online presence? Attend and learn simple techniques to help position you as a resource and connector, to further support your role as a nonprofit brand ambassador. Make sure you have these four social media apps installed on your phone (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter) and/or bring your laptop for hands-on instruction. Please join Brenda Meller, owner and marketing consultant at Meller Marketing for our monthly Non-Profit Network meeting on Tuesday, March 12, 9 am at MORC, 16200 19 Mile Road, Clinton Township.

MEMBER ANNIVERSARIES
45 Years
Messina Trucking

31 Years
Utica Rent-All

29 Years
Plante & Moran PLLC

27 Years
Hansons Running Shop

19 Years
Macomb-Oakland Regional Center Inc.

18 Years
Elden Industries Corp.

14 Years
Mr. Fence Inc.

13 Years
In Pro Insurance Group

11 Years
Atlas Jewelers
B.B. Trophy & Awards Company LLC

9 Years
Multi Skilled Services LLC

8 Years
Leadership Macomb Inc.
Washington Township
7 Years
Red Ox Tavern

6 Years
Techie Gurus LLC

5 Years
Affordable Website Specialists
Milo Detroit

4 Years
Pehur Chiropractic Center PLLC

3 Years
Edward Jones / Nicole Narkus
Young Living Essential Oils /
  Debbie Cottrell

2 Years
Michigan First Credit Union
Mod Pizza, Chesterfield
Mod Pizza, 23 Mile, Shelby Township
Oakmont Parkway

1 Year
ADDvancing Your Career Coaching
Adoring Pet Funeral Home & Cremation
Faulman & Walsh Funeral Home
Gutter Systems of Michigan
Mod Pizza, Hall Road, Shelby Township
Sales Systems of Michigan Inc.
Scott Derkacz Agency LLC

For sponsorship opportunities, contact
Gina Rieck at 586.731.5400, x15 or grieck@shrcci.com.