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A Word From Our President

Happy Election Day!!

If you know me, you know one of my favorite days of the year is Election Day. It is a day we have the right to cast our votes and have our voices heard. It is when we elect people and proposals we believe are in our best interest. It's been said that voting is the language of American democracy, and I believe it is the most powerful tool we have in our democratic society.

There have been many examples where local races have come down to a one vote difference (IYKYK) so EVERY VOTE MATTERS! I hope each of you exercise your right to vote today.

Magen Samyn
President & CEO
Bay Area Chamber of Commerce

Welcome New Members!

That Guy's BBQ & Custom Catering 

Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists 

Children's Grief Center of the Great Lakes Bay Region

Make It Happen Real Estate

Featured Events

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings

Mission 22 Service DogsThursday, November 10, 4:00 PM

120 W. Center Street, Linwood, MI 

High Haven: Friday, November 18, 12:00 PM

1205 Washington Avenue, Bay City 

Open to the Public, no RSVP needed.

Register Here

Join us for Business After Hours!

No cost to attend, no RSVP needed.

View Facebook Event

Mark Your Calendars!

December Eye Opener Breakfast:

Wednesday, December 14, 7:15-9 AM, DoubleTree Hotel

December Business After Hours:

Thursday, December 15, 5-7 PM, DoubleTree Hotel

Stay Connected!

Want to receive our monthly events notice? Send your name and email to and we will get you added!

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Featured Content

Bay City Bridge Partners would like to provide community education on the new, better Liberty Bridge. They are looking for high traffic facilities to set up their displays, a table, and educational material — manned by their staff, who would be there to answer questions about tolling and pre-register the public for transponder accounts. They can also set up employee registration days and provide educational literature on tolling specifics to your staff. Interested? Contact them and Nichole will reach out to you.  

Email Nichole Here

National Apprenticeship Week is next week!  

National Apprenticeship Week is a nationwide celebration where industry, labor, equity, workforce, education, and government leaders host events to showcase the successes and value of Registered Apprenticeship for re-building our economy, advancing racial and gender equity, and supporting underserved communities.

This is an opportunity to highlight how Registered Apprenticeship, a proven and industry-driven training model, provides a critical talent pipeline that can help to address some of our nation’s pressing workforce challenges such as rebuilding our country’s infrastructure, addressing critical supply chain demands, supporting a clean energy workforce, modernizing our cybersecurity response, and responding to care economy issues.

Click the link below to find resources, events or the share highlights from your own events! 

Click here!

We are bringing back the ATHENA Award at our 140th Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 9, 2023!

The ATHENA award recognizes the accomplishments of women who have attained and personified the highest level of professional excellence in business or their profession or men who have supported women in reaching their fullest potential.

We are still looking for a Business Sponsorship for this award. For more information, please contact our office at 989-893-4567. Thank you!

Download Nomination Form Here

The Regional Talent Innovation Program is a program that provides FREE, short-term training in areas targeted towards advanced manufacturing. Trainees can select up to 40 hours of trainings from the 30 courses being offered through Delta College and Mid Michigan College. 

The application opened in October 2022 and trainings will be offered through April 2023.

More Information Here
Training Request Form

What is a Fast Track Pass?

The Fast Track Pass is a fast and convenient way to attend our monthly Eye Opener Breakfasts for the whole year. With a Fast Track Pass you will automatically be registered to attend each month, have the convenience of a one-time payment, and get express check-in. The Fast Track Pass is $150 for the whole year – that’s for all ten breakfasts in 2023. 


Can’t commit to every breakfast? We’ve got you covered. 

Each Fast Track pass is assigned to a specific person who plans to use it every month. However, if you can't make it to a breakfast another individual from your organization can use your pass - as long as you let us know prior to the breakfast. 


Does this sound convenient to you? If you would like to renew or purchase a Fast Track Pass for 2023, please reach out to

Member Deals

The Wanigan Eatery Fish Fry Friday!

Head to the Wanigan at 5 PM on Fridays for fish, shrimp and sandwiches.

Dine in or takeout from $11.95 - $15.95!

1905 S. Wenona, Bay City

Heidi's Darn Good Cookies is offering a 10% discount to all of our Chamber members! 

Heidi's is located at 111 N. Linn Street, here in Bay City. Make sure to stop in and tell them we sent you! 

Ambassador Highlight

My name is Justin Simon. I have 2 beautiful daughters. Ashley is 19 and is a sophomore at Oakland University and Lily just turned 13 and is a student in the Bay City Public Schools. We have a 2 year old dog named Dixie who takes all of our spare energy!

I have been in the insurance industry for 10 years and I am currently with Superior Insurance Group. I am an account manager downtown and I absolutely love what I do! Superior is very involved in the community and I am proud to be a small part of that.

I have lived in Bay City most of my life. My family moved here from Tennessee when I was only a year old. I spent some time in the US Coast Guard in Cheboygan and in Maine, but otherwise have been here. I love this city and where it is headed. There are so many great opportunities here and there is always something to do.

In my free time, I am a CASA for the Can Council. It is very fulfilling work and I enjoy it. Helping kids in need is a passion of mine.

Being an Ambassador gives me the opportunity to give back to my community and represent all the wonderful things it has to offer. I look forward to seeing everyone at one of our many events soon!

Minority Business Partnership

The Minority Business Partnership is accepting new applications. You can download them HERE!

Bay Area Energize

Join Bay Area Energize for our last Coffee Social of 2022!

Friday, November 18 from 8 - 9 AM at Populace Coffee, Downtown Bay City.

Downtown Bay City is this month's sponsor and will be there with some surprises!

Join us for our Annual Bowling Bash! 

Thursday, December 8 from 6-8 PM

Washington Lanes, Downtown Bay City

$20 Per Person

(Ticket includes two (2) hours of bowling, shoe rental, pitcher of beer/pop and pizza.)

Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater for the Ugly Sweater Contest!

Limited to the first 60 people to register, so get tickets now! 

Get Tickets Here

Happy Member-Versary!

Bay City Public Schools

Valley Roofing Co.

Bay Glass & Paint Co., Inc.


McCoy Heating & Cooling Co.

Pyramid Paving & Contracting

Bay Aggregate, Inc.

United Bay Community Credit Union

YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region

York Repair Inc.

Bay County Child & Senior Citizen -

Centers, Inc.

Bay Eye Care Center

COPOCO Community Credit Union

Great Lakes Federal Credit Union

NBS Commercial Interiors

Linwood Beach Marina & Campground Haertel Heating Co.

The Wirt Rivette Group


Bay City Orthopedic Surgery, P.C. Northeastern Paint / Candlelight & Log / Flooring America

Bay County Growth Alliance, Inc.

Edward Jones - Jeff Staudacher

M.P.A. Group NFP

Do-All, Inc.

Bay-Arenac Community High School

Bay Animal Hospital

Wood Law Firm, P.L.L.C.

The Straits Corporation

Emil Rummel Insurance Agency

Fusion Medical

Shred Experts LLC

M.P.A. Group Ltd.

A. J. Rehmus & Son, Inc.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

McLaren Bay Medical Foundation

Bay Concert Band, Inc.

Treichel Chiropractic

Jimmy John's RES Enterprises

Family Foot and Ankle Centers, P.C. International RV World

Klender Design Inc.

Approved Storage

Kawkawlin Roofing Company

Shay Water Company

211 Northeast Michigan

The Temple Theatre

Artisans Landscaping & Design

Fairway Pines Condo Association

Bay City Comfort Care

Bay Community Tennis Association

Envoy Mortgage, Ltd.

Alzheimer's Association - Greater -

Michigan Chapter

Great Lakes Bay Economics Club Populace Coffee

ServiceMaster by Fuson

Live Oak Coffeehouse

State Representative Annette Glenn Attractions Salon

Artistry Lounge Hair Studio


Serenity Bay Health

Advanced Total Wound Care

Wholesale Electric Supply

ellie & isabelle

MI Table

Artigiano, LLC


Believe Inspire Beauty Boutique

North Point Grill & Bar

Wanigan Eatery & Pub

Iron Gorilla Gym

Dart Bank

O's Pub & Grill

AR Creative

Ameliorer Aesthetics

Gatsby's Seafood & Steakhouse

A Special Thank You!