Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce Member Newsletter
 Business and Event Information from Richmond Chamber of Commerce    4/1/16


To Our Loyal Businesses!!

As always, we hope that area event information is helpful to you and your household. Please email us with any additional events and we will add those to our website, have stories and flyers here in our newsletter and post them on facebook.

As always, our goal is to help inform you of events and happenings around town, and keep us all connected during our busy workdays. We welcome your feedback and look forward to helping your business succeed. 

Jill Albin, Executive Director
Jessie Stager, Administrative Assistant
Local News

 Here's where to find out what's going on!
In order to keep our newsletter brief and on point, you'll find all the latest local happenings updated regularly by visiting our website. Here's how to always stay abreast of community and business news, activities, and get flyers or information in                                 one convenient place! 

Click on the Local News Icon or use the Quicklink for Happenings & News.   Or, simply click here to view the latest news! 

Remember, if your group, business or organization has something to share with the Chamber community, residents, and visitors to our area, please submit it to us via email at, or drop off your flyer at the Chamber office.

RACC Elected Officials Breakfast Forum
Updates on County, Township and City Government

2016/2017 Map Book

 We are fast approaching the deadline of April 10, so  mail in your application today!
Click here for all the downloadable docs to secure your ad for 2016/17
Business Cards on Display

Welcome Baskets
Seeking items and promo materials now for the delivery of baskets during the Spring and Summer. 

Reach New Customers EFFORTLESSLY! 

When a new person moves into town, they need to learn the lay of the land. Where to shop, where to get the car fixed, who to call for home repairs, and more. Last year we gave away 150 baskets to new residents. In fact, people spend more money in the first two years of new home ownership than any other time. 

Reach new movers by putting your promotional product, business flyers, coupons, or informational items in our 

"Welcome to Richmond" Basket!  

We have a lot of fun receiving items, assembling the baskets and delivering to new residents. So get in on the fun and drop off items for us to include in the next set of baskets to be delivered in town. 

SCORE   For the Life of Your Business
 SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. 

We have been doing this for over fifty years. Because our work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and thanks to our network of 11,000+ volunteers, we are able to deliver our services at no charge or at very low cost.

Elected Officials Story in the Voice News


Published: Thursday, March 17, 2016 
By Barb Pert Templeton For The Voice

The 2014 Elected Officials Forum in Richmond brought out representatives from cities and townships across northern Macomb County, including Executive Mark Hackel.

A chance to find out more about what's going on in local communities will be part of the 2016 Elected Officials Forum in Richmond next month.

The Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce, or RACC, will kick off its annual breakfast forum at 7 a.m. April 8 in Maniaci's Banquet Center. A breakfast buffet is offered from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. with the program beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 9:30 a.m.
The breakfast is open to the public. Tickets, which must be reserved in advance, cost $15 for chamber members and $20 for non-members.

The program will include updates on county, township and city government provided by local officials. This year's list includes Richmond Mayor Tim Rix, Macomb County Deputy Executive Al Lorenzo, Richmond Township Supervisor Cindy Greenia, Columbus Township Supervisor Bruce Christy, Lenox Township Supervisor Ron Trombly, Casco Township Supervisor Bill Ruemenapp, St. Clair County Board of Commissioners Vice Chairman Bill Gratopp, St. Clair County Commissioner David Rushing and Macomb County Commissioner Don Brown. The event moderator will be Judge Denis LeDuc.

Jill Albin, director of the RACC, said the forums used to be hosted in the evening on a much smaller scale with coffee and a few brief presentations.

Three years ago, the event was revamped and changed to a breakfast meeting with sponsors for both the forum itself and individual tables.

Last year's breakfast welcomed more than 140 people. Albin hopes to draw a similar crowd this year.

Each official will have five to 10 minutes to speak and offer highlights and updates on specific issues going on in their communities.
"This gives the officials a chance to showcase what's going on their communities or talk about whatever they feel is important," Albin said.

The event also offers an opportunity for officials to meet with citizens and share what's going on in their communities. A question and answer portion will be included, Albin said.

Table sponsorships are still available and include six seats for the sponsor, while two additional seats at the table are used for elected officials. The seating allows those in attendance to meet some of the local leaders informally over breakfast.

Major event sponsors include the Richmond Rotary Club, McLaren Macomb and First State Bank.

For event tickets, call the chamber office at (586) 727-3266.

Maniaci's Banquet Center is located at 69227 Main St. in Richmond.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe
Stop in Today to Pick Up a Coupon and Enjoy a Smoothie
Seasons of Learning Open House


Richmond Rotary Upcoming Events

Media Contact: Peter Locke
Date: March 16, 2016
(586) 469-6368

Macomb County Emergency Management has made arrangements to bring the National Weather Service to Macomb County for two SKYWARN Spotter Training opportunities for 2016.

The first course will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 2. The second chance to take this course will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 16. The two classes will be held at the Macomb Intermediate School District building located at 44001 Garfield, Clinton Township on the main floor in room 100.

To register for either course, call the Macomb County Office of
Emergency Management at (586) 469-5270, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday or email registration requests to

In order to register, the name of the person attending the training and the date they are attending are necessary. This course is free and open to all interested persons.

SKYWARN storm spotters are part of the ranks of citizens who form the nation's first line of defense against severe weather. The National Weather Service encourages anyone with an interest in public service and/or access to communication such as HAM radio to join the SKYWARN program. 

To train those volunteers, the National Weather Service offers SKYWARN Spotter Training to the public every year. The classes are typically two hours long. The course needs to be taken once every two years for attendees to stay up to date as a storm spotter. The training
* basics of thunderstorm development.
* fundamentals of storm structure.
* identifying severe weather features.
* information to report.
* how to report information.
* basic severe weather safety.



Contact: Amber Mullins
Phone: (810) 329-6508
Fax: (810) 329-9504


ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Mich., March 16, 2016-

Cheryl Baranowski was recently hired as a Teller at Northstar Bank in St. Clair. Baranowski has previously held customer service positions at other financial institutions. She attended Macomb Community College where she earned an associate's degree. As a Teller, she will assist customers with their banking needs including handling money accurately, answering questions and accepting deposits.
"We are pleased to welcome Cheryl to our team," commented Christine McNabb, St. Clair Branch Manager of Northstar Bank. "Her positive attitude, work ethic and commitment to superior customer service will be an asset to the bank."

Baranowski enjoys playing on her bowling league and spending time with her family. She resides in St. Clair.
Cheryl Baranowski may be reached at (810) 329-9500 or

Northstar Bank's St. Clair branch is open Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
The lobby opens at 9:00 a.m. Monday - Friday and closes at the
same times as the drive thru.

With assets totaling over $527 million, Northstar Bank employs
approximately 100 banking professionals with branches in Akron, Algonac, Ann Arbor, Bad Axe, Caro, Lenox Township, Pigeon, Port Huron, Sandusky, St. Clair and Ubly. Northstar Bank is an independent, locally operated, full-service bank offering a broad range of financial services. Our mission is to guide the way with service, leadership and trust. We are dedicated to building successful relationships within our communities.
Please visit our website at

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Northstar Bank
833 S. Van Dyke Rd.
Bad Axe, MI 48413

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Richmond Chamber of Commerce
68364 S. Main Street, Richmond, MI  48062
Phone (586)727-3266
Fax     (586)727-3635

Jill Albin, Executive Director
Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce
In This Issue
Local News
RACC Elected Officials Forum
2016/2017 Map Book
Business Card Request
Welcome Baskets
Elected Officials Story in The Voice News
Tropical Smoothie Cafe
Seasons of Learning Open House
Richmond Rotary Events
Skywarn Training
Northstar Bank
FUMC Methodist Church Polish Dinner
Member Meetings
Frontier Business Offer
MAComb-OU INCubator
Big Don's Balloons
Free CPR
H & R Block Emerald Advance
Office Depot Member Benefits
Baker College Scholarships
LWML Events
Richmond Lions Club Golf Outing
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We meet every 4th Thursday
The chamber's Monthly Meetings are held the 4th Thursday of the month-times and locations may vary. 

These meetings offer information and opportunities that will affect you and your ability to be proactive in today's competitive market.  They provide leads to expand your business and access the places you've always wanted to reach.

Click on the picture above or business logo or the meeting flyer for additional meeting information.

NEXT MEETING: April Member Meeting is the Elected Officials Breakfast Forum 

Refer to the main story in this edition of the RACC Newsletter. 

Come meet our area elected officials and take advantage of a networking opportunity. 

Please RSVP as seating is limited. 


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Starting Up:

An Introduction to the Entrepreneurial Support Ecosystem in Michigan

Presented by Mark Ignash
Client Strategist, Mac-OU INC

Thursday, April 7
9:30 - 11 a.m.

REGISTRATION: Visit the official Starting Up registration form. See Link below.

Free to attend.

Macomb-OU INCubator at Velocity Center
6633 Eighteen Mile Road, Sterling Heights, Mich. 48314

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Big Don's Balloons
Big Don's Balloons joined us in February after he was the featured event at this year's Family Fun Event during Winter Fest. Please visit his facebook page for more info about his business.

Click here or on Picture for More Info at the Chamber's Business Listing on our website!

Free CPR by World Health Institute

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H and R Block Switch and Pay Half Promotion and Non-Profit Referral Program


Member Benefits 
from Office Depot

Your business can have huge savings with Member Benefits 
from Office Depot. 

The National Chamber Program (NCP) with Office Depot: Our partnership with NCP brings cost savings for you, our members! Save on what you need to do business, while supporting your chamber.

   Scholarships Available for Chamber Members

Baker College of Clinton Township is offering  Business Program Scholarships to all members of  any Macomb County Chamber of Commerce. 

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