BUSINESS TO BUSINESS NEWSLETTER January 2011 vOL. 11, ISSUE # 1 2011 Wayne Chamber William C. Franks Furniture Disaster Board of Directors PRESIDENT December 29, 2010 will be a day the night buffet. Both events will also have City of Wayne will never forget. An raffles to raise funds. Other fundraisers Cathy Sionkowski explosion thought to be caused by a are currently being discussed and TDS Metrocom natural gas leak caused the building of planned, as soon as the information is Wm. C Franks Furniture to completely available the Chamber will distribute VICE PRESIDENT collapse upon itself leaving three em- through e-blast. If you are unable to at- ployees trapped. Paul Franks, the tend one of these events but would like John Rhaesa owner of the store, was pulled from the to contribute, each fundraiser is accept- JoNa Graphics & The rubble almost immediately after the ing donations for prizes and raffles. Simi- Wayne Dispatch explosion and transferred to the Uni- Image is courtesy of The Wayne Dispatch larly, monetary donations can be made TREASURER versity of Michigan Trauma Burn Cen- to the William C. Franks Furniture Disas- ter, thanks to the assistance of Henry’s Service Cen- ter Fund. William Long ter owners Chris & Jennifer Gietzen and employees Willie’s Locksmith Dave Gietzen and Brian Sylvester. After hours of Mr. Paul Franks is currently in fair condition at the searching, the bodies of the other two victims sales- University of Michigan Hospital. The staff from the man, James Zell and Secretary, Leslie Machniak store is currently working out of the Wm. C. Franks DIRECTORS were found. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their Furniture warehouse to try to fill orders as quickly as Karen Collareno families. possible and to get New York Life things moving again. Our The Wayne Chamber of well wishes go out to Mr. Patrick Currier Commerce has set up a Franks and his family. If fund to help the victims you want to send a card Scott Gocaj of this tragedy. There to Paul Franks or the US 12 Bar & Grill are many questions at families of the victims, this time, including the send them to the cham- Gordon Libby purpose of the fund, ber office and we will Libby’s Home Sales who the funds will be forward them on. Charlotte Sherman distributed to and what Henry’s Service Center heroes are presented awards from the Wayne Chamber of Commerce at the US 12 Bar & Grill fundraising event. Pictured, from left, Jill Rymsha, Dave, Jennifer & Chris Gietzen, Wayne-Westland the future of the store Brian Sylvester, John Rhaesa and Christine Easley - Image is courtesy of Councilman Jim Henley For more information on Community Schools will be. As of January the William C. Franks 10, 2011, a committee has been established to over- Furniture Disaster please visit the Wayne Dispatch Dan Wright see the funds that are currently coming into the website at www.waynedispatch.com. . Outdoor Fun Store Wayne Westland Federal Credit Union. The commit- tee has decided that the funds will be distributed to Donations can be made to: STAFF the families of the victims of the tragedy. William C. Franks Furniture Disaster Fund c/o Wayne Westland Federal Credit Union Jill Rymsha Various fundraisers will be occurring around the com- 500 S Wayne Road Executive Director munity to help those affected by this tragedy. Thurs- Westland, MI 48186 Christine Easley day, January 13th, US 12 American Bar and Grill is Phone : 734.721.5700 Executive Assistant hosting a fundraiser from 7-9 pm; $20 will get you in Website: www.wwfcu.org the door for appetizers and open bar. Another event www.waynechamber.net will be on Monday, January 17th at Avenue Sports Please contact the Chamber Office for any questions Grill from 5-10pm. A $10 door fee will be for an all on this fund 734.721.0100 Business News US 12 American Bar & Grill will be hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Congratulations to the Wayne Public Library and Director Paulette William C. Franks Furniture Disaster Fund on Thursday January 13, Medvecky who received a $1000 check from the Wayne Civitan Club for 2010 from 7pm-9pm. A $20 donation is asked at the door, complimen- new books at the December 21st City Council Meeting. Additionally, at tary drinks will be served from 7-9pm. Come honor those who helped the meeting, Paulette announced that the Library was awarded a the day of the tragedy and raise funds to help the victims of the tragedy. $12,000 grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). The Avenue Sports Grille will be hosting a fundraiser to benefit the William grant money is to be used for technology purposes including new com- C. Franks Furniture Disaster Fund on Monday, January 17, 2010 from 5- puters, servers, routers, etc. A special Congratulations to Paullette Med- 10pm. $10 donation for a all you can eat buffet. Raffles, Auctions will be vecky and the Wayne Public Library on the grant, it has come at a great held throughout the night to benefit the fund. Please come participate. time to improve our already wonderful library. Visit our Facebook page for more information. Michigan’s November Jobless Rate Continues Downward Trend. Michi- Wayne Parks and Recreation Theatre and Dance Departments are gan’s unemployment rate in November declined over the month by four- hosting A STARRY NIGHT - Variety Show Fundraiser, Featuring: Three tenths of a percentage point to 12.4 percent. The Michigan jobless rate Men and a Tenor on January 28th at 7pm. Tickets will be $18 includes in November 2009 was at 14.4 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate in Pizza, Pop and Salad. There will also be auctions and raffles. Help us November 2010 was at 9.8 percent. This is great news! Information raise funds to help those in need from Franks Furniture Disaster. For provided by Ken Miller with the State of Michigan Employment Services. more information call the Wayne Community Center at 734.721.7400 The City Council has called a Public Hearing will be held on January Additional fundraisers are currently being planned within the community 18, 2011 at 8:00pm to consider the proposed uses of the City’s FY’11- to benefit the William C Franks Furniture Disaster Fund. Please visit ’12 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Funds. Also the Wayne Chamber Facebook Page or look for emails on upcoming to be discussed during the public hearing is the proposed rezoning of events. If you are unable to attend but want to donate in some way, both various properties south of Brush Street and east of Elizabeth Street US 12, Avenue Sports Grille, and other locations will be accepting dona- from Light Industrial District (IND-1) to Multiple Family Residential (R-3). tions for raffle. Monetary donations can also be made to the William C Franks Furniture Disaster Fund care of the Wayne Westland Federal Jane Saylor, Life Coach with The Power of Self Help is offering Stress Credit Union. For more information on how you can help contact the Free Lunches at your office. Experience and learn how to de-stress not Wayne Chamber of Commerce at 734.721.0100 just that day, but every day! Contact Jane Saylor at (734)546-3260 for more questions. Don Nicholson Enterprises will be promoting Cruisin’ Michigan 2011 at Autorama this February. Cruisin’ Michigan will take place July 9th, To advertise in the Business News section of our newsletter contact the 2011. To be part of this promotion purchase an ad in the month of Janu- chamber office. Listing your business news is free and a great way to ary for the Cruise Program. This is a free promotional opportunity that is share your news, sales and announcements with other members. only available to cruise advertisers and sponsors. For more information on how you can get involved contact Don at 734.658.5296 The Wayne Parks and Recreation Department announced that their hours will be changing starting January 2nd. The administrative office will be closed Fridays and office hours will be MondayThursday from 10am-5pm. The walking track and back recreation areas will be open Monday-Friday 5:30am - 9pm, Saturday and Sunday from 8am-4pm. For questions about these changes or available programs please con- tact the Wayne Parks and Recreation Department at 734.721.7400. Collex Collision PNC Bank is announcing new longer branch hours effective January 15, Galaxie Corporation 2011: Lobby and Drive Thru hours Monday-Thursday 9 AM to 5 PM CO- Hickory Hollow CO-OP Friday 9 AM to 6 PM Michigan Foundation Saturday 9 AM to 1 PM Rork Plumbing & Piping Service The Wayne Public Library will be featuring a Naked Retirement Work- Rush Trucking Business Office shop on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 6:30pm. Flirting with retirement or thinking about going all the way? Join us for a fun and creative ap- Transitional Health Services proach to retirement that strips away all the numbers and addresses Uht Funeral Home everyday life in retirement. Create a one-page Naked Retirement Plan, build a retirement curious list, and answer the three most important questions that will change your life in retirement forever. The first 10 Your Support is people to register receive a FREE copy of Naked Retirement. Presented Greatly Appreciated ! by Robert Laura & Retirement Project.org Wayne Chamber of Commerce Page 2 Wayne Chamber assumes control of City of Wayne Farmers & Artisan Market The Wayne Chamber is very excited to announce that on Decem- Christine at the Chamber tent passing out information and pro- ber 21, 2010 the City Council of Wayne approved the proposal moting our local businesses. Christine is very passionate about submitted by the Wayne Chamber of Commerce to transfer com- the market and the City of Wayne. plete and total responsibility of the City of Wayne Farmers Market to the Wayne Chamber of Commerce. Due to budget cuts there currently is no financial assistance from the City as there has been in the past for the market; because of Due to budget cuts within the City the Farmers Market this, the Chamber will be seeking out volunteers to help was at risk. The Chamber decided to step up and on Wednesdays to make this market a continued take responsibility for the market so that it could success. A few hours of your time would be continue to flourish within the community. The greatly appreciated to help set up a tent or goal of the Chamber is to make as few two, put out signage to promote the market, changes as possible to the market as it has pass out information at a booth, etc. There is been so successful under the City and man- something for everyone and it is a great op- agement of Sandy McClure. The Market will portunity to immerse yourself into the com- run on Wednesdays from 3-7pm at the State munity. If you are interested in volunteering Wayne Theater parking lot as it has for the your time, please contact Christine at past two years starting in early May. We are 734.721.0100 or email Chris- currently working on vendor forms and will have firstname.lastname@example.org those out in the next few weeks. We are also looking for ideas and suggestions for Additionally, the Chamber will be adding a Bridge Card feature for themes or vendors you would like to see at the market so please 2011. The Bridge Card option will provide a new payment method contact us with any information you may have. The Chamber is and help increase traffic at the Farmers Market. It will also be a very excited about this opportunity and looks forward to a great great service the community’s low income families so that they year. More information will follow in the coming months. We have too can benefit from having fresh produce and other foods. We set up a page on our website specifically for the Farmers Market are looking forward to this new addition to the market. and are also looking to start a Facebook page to help encourage information and marketing. The Chamber greatly appreciates the Christine Easley of the chamber office will take over as market City of Wayne’s support in this transition. We look forward to the manager and is very pleased about taking on this new role. If you continued success of the market. attended the market at all this past year, you would have seen Business Building Mastermind Sessions at the Wayne Chamber Office Are you ready to take your business to the next level? A Mastermind group is where brainstorming happens. You will have the opportunity to assist other local business owners in their quest for answers as they will participate in your personal quest! Just a few of the top- ics to discuss are: Marketing, Advertising and Increase Sales. Find out what others are doing to build their business and share what is (or is not) working with yours. Many years ago businesses in small communities helped each other to flourish and grow. Isn’t it time we get back to that line of thinking? Starting Thursday, January 27th from 9:00 to 10:30am… Socialize with other local business owners as we help each other be great! Every other Thursday morning attend these informational Business Building Mastermind Sessions at the Wayne Chamber of Commerce. Wayne Chamber of Commerce Page 3 Annual Holiday Auction Luncheon This year was a great success thanks to many of our members. We appreciate everyone who donated and all those who attended the event. A special thank you to the Wayne Memorial High School Choir who performed. 2010 Business of the Year was awarded to The Wayne Dispatch (pictured above). Also awarded for their commitment to the community were former City Clerk Mary Carney and City Manager John Zech. Wayne Chamber of Commerce Page 4 Michigan Main Street Presentation Luncheon January 20th 11:30am- 1pm at Wayne Tree Manor Please join us for an informational luncheon including an update on the Wm. C Franks Furniture Disaster We are coming to an exciting time for the City of Wayne’s future! Unprecedented financial pressures, combined with changes in leadership, create the perfect opportunity to look at new ideas and to do things that have never been done before. This past fall rep- resentatives from the Michigan Main Street Center explained their program to a standing-room-only crowd of active Wayne resi- dents. The most-heard comment that evening was, "I know so many people who would loved to have heard this presentation." With that in mind, the Wayne Chamber of Commerce is hosting an encore presentation of the Michigan Main Street Program with speaker, Natalie Burg, at its monthly luncheon on January 20th. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend this encore presenta- tion from the Michigan Main Street on: RSVP is appreciated as seating is limited. For questions or to RSVP please contact: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (734)721-0100 Introducing Wayne Ripple Effect The Ripple Effect is a citizens action group dedicated to creating a more vibrant, in- viting and visually appealing downtown where residents enjoy spending their leisure time and businesses prosper. We aim to accomplish this goal by teaming up with ambitious and positive volunteers who are willing to offer time, materials, ideas and/or talents in an effort to beautify downtown Wayne. They are in the process of applying to become a Michigan Main Street Community so that we can utilize their proven methods for downtown revitalization. This volunteer group welcomes any and all volunteers with only one simple Why the Main Street program? Training, assistance and other resources are made available to Main Street Communities from MSHDA (Michigan State Housing & Development Authority). The Main Street Program is a volunteer-led, grass roots effort focusing on four distinctive areas for revitalizing our community, called “The Four-Point Approach”. Most importantly: No city funding is required. Other communities that are successfully using the Main Street Program’s Four Point-Approach include: Ferndale, Northville, Blissfield, Clare, Owosso and Howell. For more information on the Main Street Program visit www.michiganmainstreet.org. The Wayne Ripple Effect presents a beer and martini tasting event: HOPS & SCHNAPPS Hosted by Avenue Sports Grill Wednesday, February 23, 2011 6:00 pm– 8:30 pm Enjoy a sampling of 5 Michigan beers, 3 specialty martinis and a delicious buffet. All proceeds will benefit Downtown Wayne revitalization efforts. Tickets available at Avenue Sports Grille and at the Wayne Chamber of Commerce for $20 Wayne Chamber of Commerce Page 5 Post, Smythe, Lutz & Ziel of Wayne LLP Certified Public Accountants 4621 S. 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WAYNE ROAD ● WAYNE, MI 48184 PH. 734-721-7244 FAX:734-721-1299 Wayne Chamber of Commerce Page 6 January 20, 2011 Chamber Luncheon - Main Street Project Presentation Thursday Networking begins at 11:30, lunch at 12:00 ● Cost $15 Location Wayne Tree Manor January 27, 2011 Business Building Masterminds Thursday 9:00-10:30am at Wayne Chamber of Commerce Office February 1, 2011 Safeguarding Your Business Seminar Tuesday 9:00-11:00am ● Cost $5 ● Location WABC Building February 8, 2011 Morning Coffee at Tim Hortons, 34441 Michigan Ave, Wayne Tuesday 8 - 9am February 10, 2011 5 Star Business Group Affiliate Luncheon ($15 per person) Thursday Registration 11:15-11:30, Benefits Presentation 11:30-12:00, Lunch 12 noon Location Sts Peter & Paul Banquet Hall 750 N Beech Daly Rd, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127 February 22, 2011 Ladies Night at the Wayne Community Center (see back page) Thursday Open to Everyone! 5:30-8pm ● Bring a Coworker or a Friend March 1, 2011 Morning Coffee at Wayne Café Restaurant and Coney Tuesday 8:00 - 9:00 am Contact the Chamber Office to make your reservations or for more information at 734.721.0100 Visit our website www.waynechamber.net for more upcoming events! Reservations requested for all luncheons Failure to cancel your reservation 3 days prior to the event will result in a charge for the reservation. We now accept Looking for a way to get potential customers in your door? Host a Morning Coffee or After hours The Chamber is currently seeking hosts for morning coffees and after hours for January & February. The host is responsible for providing the venue and refreshments for attendees. This is an easy way to get potential customers through your door with limited cost! Interested? Contact the Wayne Chamber at 734.721.011 or email us at email@example.com Wayne Chamber of Commerce Page 7 Ladies Night at the Wa y n e C o m m u n i t y C e n t e r Interested in being 4635 Howe Rd, Wayne, MI 48184 a vendor? Tuesday, February 22nd from 5:30 - 8 pm Contact Christine at Christine@waynechamber.net Join us for a great time. or call (734) 721-0100 Shop the many vendors and indulge yourself! Bring a friend...Bring all your friends!! Past Vendors included: Acorn Shop Mary Kay Avon Miche Bags Beijo Bags Party Lite Cookie Lee Quilts by Christine Costco Wholesale Send Out Cards Cut with Love Cards SVS Vision Dove Chocolate Discoveries Tarot Card Reading by Tracy J & S Portrait America Two Sisters Gourmet Jazzercise Tokala’s Tummy Yummy’s Linda’s Sewing & Embroidery Willie’s Locksmith Longaberger Products Please spread the word and support these home-based businesses.