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					 BUSINESS TO BUSINESS NEWSLETTER                                                 January 2011                                            vOL. 11,        ISSUE # 1

  Wayne Chamber                      William C. Franks Furniture Disaster
 Board of Directors

                        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 .
  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:
                        the door for appetizers and open bar. Another event    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
                                                                                         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
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everyday life in retirement. Create a one-page Naked Retirement Plan,
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                                                                                                 Your Support is
people to register receive a FREE copy of Naked Retirement. Presented                         Greatly Appreciated !
by Robert Laura & Retirement

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                               
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
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:
               or or call at (734)721-0100

                                                  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

           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
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               Certified Public Accountants
                  4621 S. Wayne Road
                    Wayne, MI 48184
                      (734) 722-9190
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      •   Tax Planning & Preparation
      •   Estates & Trusts
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      •   Specialty Services including Management Advisory,
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                                                        Executive Director

             Welcome Home

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                 1660 Venoy Road—Westland, MI 48186
                  734-326-7777 ● Fax: (734) 326-3802
      ●TDD 800-649-3777

                                                     BOB KAPLAN


      2912 S. 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 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

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
          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.

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