February 2023 | E-newsletter

Update from the President

Since September 2022, the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce has been working to build off our century-long history of helping businesses prosper to strategize how to serve our members and the community in the years to come. In doing so, we gathered data through our Membership Survey to learn what our members thought about our strengths, opportunities, and aspirations. Our Board of Directors participated in a prework survey, and the staff and board did an in-person work session that focused on the current state of the Chamber, benchmarking, and our vision. 

It has been a priority to keep our membership informed every step of the way during this process. I am proud of the work we’ve accomplished and the direction we are going. This month, our Board of Directors approved our new vision, mission statement, and strategic initiatives. 

Our VISION is to be the center of a diverse, vibrant, and economically prosperous business climate. 

Our MISSION is to foster economic vitality by supporting and strengthening our business community. 

Our Strategic Initiatives are:

  • MEMBER ENGAGEMENT & SUPPORT- A growing and thriving membership engaged in supporting business success
  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & ADVANCEMENT- A strong voice for business in the community
  • INFRASTRUCTURE- Capacity to manage current and future needs

Our next steps at the Chamber of Commerce are implementing our work plan by cultivating growth, convening people and ideas, educating our business community, and collaborating with strategic partners. You have already seen some of these initiatives take form- whether it’s in the form of an email to update you on the current legislation that impacts businesses or to inform you about the workforce through our partnership with the Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works!, the restructuring of our events, or the introduction of new programs and committees. 

Liz Conway

President & CEO

Workforce Development Update

 Meet the Talent Experts

We're collaborating with the Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! to provide quarterly updates on the workforce in our community. In their first report, MI Works! shares how they change lives by impacting businesses through posting jobs, recruiting candidates, connecting to training program funding, and building the future pipeline of workers.

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New in 2023

The Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce introduces 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. Our first of this series is February 17, 2023 at 10am at MyMichigan Health in Mt. Pleasant and facilitated by Marita Hattem-Schiffman.

Register Here

Business After Hours

Register Here

Pop In 4 Lunch


Wednesday, February 15th

This month our host will be:

Jazzman's Cafe

Inside MyMichigan Medical Center Mt. Pleasant

4851 E. Pickard Rd.

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 30 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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Mark Your Calendar!

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


Wednesday, February 15

Pop in 4 Lunch - Jazzman's Cafe

Friday, February 17

Women in Business Roundtable

Facilitated by Marita Hattem-Schiffman

MyMichigan Health in Mt. Pleasant

Tuesday, February 21

Business After Hours - Soaring Eagle Waterpark's Nbakade Family Restaurant

Tuesday, February 28

YPN Meeting - Location TBD


Saturday, March 4

66th Annual Awards Banquet - Comfort Inn & Suites

Conference Center