December 2022 | E-newsletter

Update from the President

It has been another exciting year for the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce. Our office continues to take steps to provide resources to our members and to create strategies for future success.  


Our Member Survey, conducted via email in October, helped to identify business challenges and aspirations. The top issues facing respondents of the Member Survey are talent acquisition and retention, increased costs, and marketing. The Survey confirmed that the number one reason people join our Chamber is to network and build community and respondents felt the Chamber’s strength is helping our members make connections. Aspirations for the Chamber ranged from coordinating more events to being the convener of a community plan to helping to develop our community’s image. 


Some of the Chamber’s accomplishments in 2022 include: 

  • We added a monthly, well-attended networking lunch called Pop-in-4-Lunch. Forty-five member businesses have participated in this program.   
  • The Corporate Cup Challenge was rebooted into a one-day event and provided 16 teams with a platform for community engagement, fun, and team building. One of our participants said, "An overall great event that allowed us to connect with our communities and others that we may not normally.” 
  • The Economic Outlook Luncheon provided an overview of challenges among eight different industries since the pandemic and provided solutions-based strategies for our community to help rebuild. 
  • We have created an Advocacy Committee dedicated to establishing productive relationships between businesses and public officials, educating members, and facilitating discussions about issues that impact business. 
  • The Chamber is currently in the midst of the strategic planning process, dedicated to optimizing our resources to better serve our members.  


As we make those plans, we have new programs for 2023! To continue to provide outstanding networking opportunities, our breakfast event is now called Day Break Mt. Pleasant, which will be held quarterly and provide an educational component in addition to networking. Please be sure to look for our first one to be scheduled in February. We are starting a Woman in Business Roundtable program where six amazing women in our community will facilitate a discussion on various topics of what it means to be a working woman today. We are also exploring how we can be a part of a workforce development and economic development solution.  


The Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to focusing on our member’s needs and utilizing solutions-based thinking to help build an economically prosperous community. 


Liz Conway

President & CEO

New in 2023

The Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to introduce a whole new breakfast networking program in 2023 that will include networking, community education, and more. Look out for the first date to be announced for February 2023.

Coming in 2023, the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce will introduce a six time roundtable event called Women in Business featuring a variety of female leaders that will discuss tops such as work-life balance, health and wellness, and financial success.

Sponsorship Opportunities 2023


The Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce has a wide variety of sponsorship opportunities available for 2023. Becoming a Chamber sponsor provides great connections with leaders across the Mt. Pleasant area as well as building strong brand recognition.


If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please click the link below for information, or contact Hannah Martin at hmartin@mt-pleasant.net.

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Call for Award Nominations

66th Annual Awards Banquet

March 4, 2023- Comfort Inn & Suites Conference Center


Do you know someone that has made great community impacts and strives to make Mt. Pleasant a great place to live and work? Consider nominating them for one of our prestigious awards recognized at the Chamber's Annual Awards Banquet! Our awards include the Citizen of the Year, Large and Small Business Awards, Rising Star Community Impact Award, and the Eagle Awards. Please click on the link below to learn more and start your nominations today!

ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE MADE BY FEBRUARY 1, 2023.

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Pop In 4 Lunch


"POP IN 4 LUNCH"

Wednesday, December 14th


This month our host will be

The Brass

128 S. Main St.

Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858



11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Members Only Event


Come join us for networking and great food and prizes!

Lunch is on you, but our host will be providing complimentary soft drinks.*Bring plenty of business cards for networking, and get ready

for the round table introductions!


Limited to 40 Mt. Pleasant Chamber members,

so please register today! Contact the Chamber at 989.772.2396.

Register Here

CMU College of Business Student

Engagement HUB

The Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the College of Business Administration's Student Engagement HUB to connect our Chamber Members with interns from CMU. If you have interest in hosting an intern, please click the link below to fill out the survey.

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My Michigan Podcasts

Latitude Media. Locally Owned. Community Minded.

Mark Your Calendar!

To register, or to find out more information, click on an event link below.


DECEMBER


Friday, December 9

YPN Bar Crawl


Wednesday, December 14

Pop in 4 Lunch - The Brass


JANUARY


Wednesday, January 18

Pop in 4 Lunch - Location TBD


Tuesday, January 24

YPN Meeting - Cheer's Neighborhood Grill & Bar

Referrals Over Business

Imagine having a focus group working for you to find referrals for your business.

If this interests you, please reach out to deenakalb@mt-pleasant.net to learn more about a NEW Referrals Over Breakfast Group.

Category suggestions for the new group would be:

  • Real Estate
  • Assisted Living
  • CPAs
  • Attorneys
  • Plumbing
  • Auto Dealers
  • Restaurants
  • Employment Agencies
  • Home Improvements
  • Physical Therapy
  • Home Health Care
  • Retail
  • Electricians
  • Heating
  • Auto Aftermarket Services
  • Non-Profits
  • Website Designers, technicians, etc.
  • Beauty Salons

Once enough members are committed (min. 8), all members of the group will be contacted and will meet at the chamber office to firm the group's meeting date and time. ALL group members must be chamber members and in good standing.
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