April 2018
Meet the 2018 Entrepreneurs of Excellence!
This year, seven Entrepreneurs of Excellence have made a lasting impact on the community and are being recognized. During the annual luncheon, one will be named Muskegon's 2018 Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year!

Please help us celebrate the 2018 Entrepreneurs of Excellence:

These awardees were chosen by a committee of past Entrepreneur Award winners. Their entrepreneurial stories will be shared at the luncheon where Scott Erdman, Owner of Erdman Machine Co., will speak about his journey to success and will offer some insights on how to grow a business in Muskegon County.

Expect Biggest Show Yet!
Your Chamber’s largest event, The Lakeshore Art Festival, continues to get bigger each year.

This year, a record number of nearly 450 exhibitors applied for the festival which exceeds our previous record by 122 exhibitors.

“The Lakeshore Art Festival has been getting national attention since its inaugural year in 2013 and the results are showing in record exhibitor numbers, enhanced quality of work and increased guest attendance,” says Carla Flanders, Lakeshore Art Festival Director.

In addition to the exceptional level of artistry and entertainment, the Lakeshore Art Festival will offer two new artful components: The Door Project and The Kayak Sculpture Public Art Project.

The Lakeshore Art Festival is always the first Friday and Saturday in July and will take place July 6 and 7, 2018. Click here to learn more. 
Dealing with Customers
This week on The Chamber’s Quick Tip, we’ll take a look at how to deal with customer complaints.
Each Thursday, a new 2-3 minute video will be released. Check back each week for the newest Chamber Quick Tip video.

Get in front of over 400 members each month by becoming a sponsor on this page. Contact Dawn Johnson for more information!
Nominations Open!
Do you know any young leaders making a difference along the Muskegon Lakeshore? Nominate them!

Nominations must be received by Wednesday, May 16, 2018 to be eligible.

Date: Tuesday, April 17
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: 2735 Estes Street, Muskegon

Date: Wednesday, April 25
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: 1060 Norton Avenue, Muskegon

Date: Thursday, May 3
Time: 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: 1050 W. Western Avenue, Muskegon
Date:  Thursday, April 19
Time:  1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location:  West Michigan Works! Office
Topic:  Get the knowledge and resources to enhance your community as well as attract and retain talent.
Sponsored by: Fifth Third Bank

Date: Friday April 20
Time: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Holiday Inn & Conference Center
Topic: Discussion of health and safety in terms of economic development in Muskegon County.
Brought to you by: Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, Muskegon Area First, Silent Observer

Date: Friday, April 27
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Muskegon Country Club
Topic: Meet the 2018 Entrepreneurs of Excellence!
Sponsors: Parmenter Law, ProFab, West Shore Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Rehmann, GoodTemps, Next I.T., Eagle Alloy Inc., Hines Corporation, Manpower, Comcast Business

Date: Tuesday, May 1
Time : 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location : Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce Training Room
Topic : Get tips on how to completely optimize your "Google My Business" Listing
Sponsor : GoodTemps

Date: Thursday, May 17
Time : 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location : West Michigan Works!
Topic : Get the knowledge and resources to enhance your community as well as attract and retain talent.
Brought to you by : Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, West Michigan Works!, Visit Muskegon, and Watch Muskegon

Date : Friday, May 18
Time : 7:15 AM - 9:00 AM
Location : USS LST 393 Veterans Museum
Topic : Everything Tourism! Hear from tourism leaders and find out what's happening with Muskegon tourism.
Sponsors: Community Foundation of Muskegon County, The KR Group Inc., Consumers Energy

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Friday, August 24, 2018
7:30 am & 1:30 pm Tee Times
Stonegate Golf Club
4100 Sweeter Rd., Twin Lake, MI 49457
Portion of proceeds go to Silent Observer
Hist-o-gram Stories: 1908
Your Chamber hosted the first meeting about the development of the  Muskegon Country Club. The goal was to create a vehicle to attract investors to the lakeshore.

The Muskegon Country Club, founded in 1908, is situated on 130 acres of dunes and overlooking Muskegon Lake. It is still used today for entertaining potential clients, investors, and talent.

Each month, we will be recognizing a historic moment of the Chamber's history in what we are calling "Hist-o-gram Stories". Visit our Facebook and Instagram page for our monthly Hist-o-gram Stories!
Member Benefit: Kristin Knop
We really strive to give our members the best benefits possible. One huge benefit is your Chamber staff.

This month, we would like to highlight Kristin Knop. Kristin is the Events Director - also known as The Eventor! She manages all your Chamber events including Member Celebrations.

Member celebrations are great if you are opening a new location, recently won an award or are celebrating a milestone. Reach out to Kristin and use her as a resource for your business!

Click Here to email Kristin or give her a call at 231-722-3751.