Restaurants, breweries, coffee shops, bakeries, ice cream parlors and more have offered us a much-needed break from quarantine cooking and baking. For those who live in and near Macomb County, there are hundreds of eateries and bars to choose from, and beginning Wednesday, May 20 through Sunday, May 31, 2020, you can show some love for your favorite independently owned spot, plus give that business a chance to win some cash.
Thanks to a collaboration among Macomb County, Macomb County Chamber, the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber, the Anchor Bay Chamber, the Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber, the Greater Romeo Washington Chamber and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the Macomb is Open campaign has officially launched.
“The ‘Macomb is Open’ Campaign, which involves our many independently owned and operated businesses, is such a wonderful opportunity for our Macomb County restaurants to highlight their menus as well as offering their curbside and delivery service,” says Susan P. Eisenhardt, the Executive Director Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce. “As a community, this is our chance to show our love to our restaurants and how proud we are that they have chosen Macomb County as their home.”
With the support of the Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union, which is matching county and chamber funds, $21,000 will be awarded to local eateries and patrons. Twenty participants will receive a $50 gift card to the restaurant they highlight during this contest, while that business will receive a $1,000 grant.
How can you get involved?
All you have to do is order takeout or delivery from your favorite independently owned Macomb restaurant, winery, ice cream shop and more (fast food, franchises, chains and corporate establishments are excluded). Snap a picture and submit your entry here. Plus, share the picture on social media with #MacombIsOpen. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 31.
“The Macomb County Chamber is excited to partner with the Macomb County Economic & Planning department along with our sister chamber organizations to encourage patronage to our local eateries and drinkeries during this challenging pandemic time,” says Kelley Lovati, Ph.D. President & CEO Macomb County Chamber. “Collaboratively, we are more impactful and have a greater reach in sharing open businesses and celebrating their perseverance. Individual contestants earn an opportunity to win a gift card, which will encourage further patronage while the establishments get a chance to win a small grant that can help to maintain business operations or prepare for new safety practices. It’s a win-win!”
You must be at least 18 years old to participate. You can submit entries for multiple establishments, but will only have one chance of winning. To submit your entry, click here.
For more information on Macomb County, visit the Make Macomb Your Home website.