November 2017
Celebrating Agents of Change
Nine community individuals and organizations were recognized as the 2017 Agents of Change at the Handsome Hobo Restaurant and Bar. The Agents of Change program awards those who have made a positive contribution to the Muskegon Lakeshore.

Congratulations:
City of Whitehall (Colby Street)
Ann Meisch
Dr. Dale Nesbary
TJ Chappel
Hamburger Mikey
Muskegon Polish Festival
Great Lakes Fresh Market
La Colombe Coffee
KL Outdoor

The 2017 Agents of Change interviews will be broadcast on Thursday, November 30, at 9 AM on the WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin 95.3 FM (Muskegon) and 88.5 (Grand Rapids).

Over 1,000 STARS!
Your chamber exceeded its' goal of certifying 1,000 Muskegon STARS! by 2018. Since the introduction of the Muskegon STAR! program in 2015, 1,059 individuals have been certified. Your chamber is dedicated to certifying an additional 300 individuals each year.

The Muskegon STAR! program provides individuals with community knowledge, and resources to promote Muskegon County as the best place to live, work, and play.

If everyone appreciates and promotes the Muskegon Lakeshore in a positive manner, it will ultimately result in the development of the local economy through visitor, resident, and student attraction, as well as new business investment and workforce talent.

Donation Drop-off Locations
Is your place of business a drop off location for local charity donations this holiday season? Please let your chamber know so we can help promote your efforts. Click here to let us know your business, charity, drop-off stipulations, and pickup time frame.

There are many great local charities you can help support. For a list of community and social service organizations, click here .
Scholarship Awarded
Carla Flanders, your Chamber Vice President of Marketing, has been awarded a National Institute Scholarship from Institute for Organization Management! This scholarship is given to professionals across the country for their involvement in industry professional organizations, community service, and professional background.

National Institute Scholarships offer your chamber the opportunity to learn about emerging industry trends, expand your chambers' influence, and grow our peer network.

Congratulations, Carla!

Thursday, November 16
Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Ribbon cutting at 4:30 pm
Location: 1991 Lakeshore Drive, Suite A.

Wednesday, December 13
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Annual Report at 5:30 pm
Location: 376 E. Apple Ave.

Wednesday, January 31
Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Ribbon cutting at 4:30 pm
Location: 1715 North Getty
Date : Thursday, December 7
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location : Bella Maria's Ristorante & Event Center
Topic: PARTY OF THE YEAR!
Hosted by : Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, Muskegon Area First, PTAC, Employers Association of West Michigan, Greater Muskegon Jaycees, SCORE, and Downtown Muskegon Now

Date:  Thursday, January 18
Time: 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Location: West Michigan Works! Office
Topic: Provides individuals the tools and resources to enhance the overall experience for tourists, guests, friends, and fellow employees.
Brought to you by : Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, West Michigan Works!, Visit Muskegon, Watch Muskegon, and MAISD

Date: Friday, January 26
Time:  7:15 AM - 7:30 AM Networking
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Program
Location:  Holiday Inn and Conference Center
Topic:  Annual Economic Forecast with Dr. Paul Isely from Grand Valley State University
Sponsored by: Nichols, Manpower, and The Lakes Mall

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October 23  - Custer, Inc.


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RESPECT Highlight
Tradition. Every organization has unique cultural traditions. And although building a good product or service is cool, building a company that people love to work at is way cooler.

It’s easy to lump cultural traditions as a gimmick to make work seem more fun or interesting, but they are much more than that. One aspect that separates one company from another are the people and the things that you do together. What are you doing as an organization to promote cultural work traditions?
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