April 23, 2014
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Good News! 


Our Good News email, which had been sent on Mondays, will now be included as a feature in our weekly member newsletter in an effort to consolidate the number of emails you receive from the Macomb County Chamber.

Good News is a compilation of positive news stories relevant to the local business community. Click the headlines below to link to the full story.

The Detroit News, 4/14/14



Detroit Free Press, 4/16/14




Upcoming Events





Mirage Banquet Center

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Breakfast of Nations

University Center  

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Coffee Connection

Airborne Sports Zone

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Governor's Macomb Business Luncheon

MacRay Banquet Center

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Team Selfridge Career Fair

Selfrdige ANGB

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All Things Green Conference

IBEW-NECA Electrical Industry Training Center  

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Chamber member benefit pays out dividend


Beth Goodman (center) of the Accident Fund presents a giant check representing more than $15,000 in dividends for participating chamber members to Chamber CEO Grace Shore (left) and Director of Business Development Heather Schmuckel (right).

The Macomb County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that several members have earned more than $15,000 in dividends through the Accident Fund Insurance Company of America workers compensation group program.   


Since the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce is a designated group, our members receive 5 percent up-front savings on Accident Fund workers compensation insurance rates. Plus, when the group performs well, participating chamber members are eligible for dividends.


In January 2014, our chamber's group program was reviewed and it was determined that we earned a 2% dividend for members that participated in the October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012 program. The $15,356 in dividends is being paid to over 25 participants, so the average dividend to participating members is $600. The group will be reviewed again this same time next year for another possible dividend distribution.


To join the Accident Fund groups program through our chamber, contact the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce at 586.493.7600 for an Accident Fund Insurance Company of America agent in your area.





New staff member introduction


Laura Bramlett has joined the Macomb County Chamber as Office Operations Coordinator.  With more than ten years of progressively responsible experience in office administration and management, Laura brings with her a strong expertise and is a welcome addition to the services the Macomb County Chamber offers its members.   


Laura was previously with Wayne State University's Educational Outreach program.  Prior to her employment with Wayne State, Laura held various office and administrative positions


Laura holds a bachelor degree in business administration from the University of Michigan.     


Chamber members may reach Laura at 586.493.7600 or laura@macombcountychamber.com.  



Member News


Macomb Habitat for Humanity needs your help!

After a full fleet of vehicle breakdowns in just one week, Macomb Habitat for Humanity is searching for resources to help repair current vehicles or acquire new ones. If you are in a position to assist, please contact For more information please contact Ruselda Johnson at 586-263-1540, ext. 126, or e-mail rjohnson@macombhabitat.org 


HAP extends non-ACA compliant policies for small groups and individuals

The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services announced that Michigan health insurance companies can allow customers to keep their current health plans that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through October 1, 2016. Health Alliance Plan (HAP) is pleased to extend this option to its small group and individual customers.-MORE-


O'Halla named COO of McLaren Healthcare 

Mark O'Halla has been promoted to executive vice president/chief operating officer of McLaren Health Care from president and CEO of McLaren Macomb.

In his new role, O'Halla will oversee all hospital and related subsidiary operations across the organization, including McLaren Medical Group, the employed physician network. -MORE-  



Commemorative bricks to highlight walkway of redesigned entrance into Macomb Community College's South Campus:
Proceeds benefit college's student success programs


As Macomb Community College begins renovations to improve student access from 12 Mile Road into the campus, a commemorative brick campaign is being rolled out to honor those connected to the college while providing support to important programs that assist current students. -MORE- 


Send Member News to Michelle Fusco at michelle@macombcountychamber.com