COVID-19 | SEPT 18
Little River Holdings and CL Real Estate Development presented plans to the Manistee City Council that will reshape and reinvent the gateway to River Street. The “Spirit of the Woods Manistee Gateway Project” brings together two experienced development groups in a unique partnership that will have tremendous economic impact for the community.   

The project keystone is an upscale boutique hotel with 100 rooms that will feature a rooftop bar with scenic river and lake views, meeting rooms and banquet space, indoor/outdoor pool and a fitness room, and public plaza next to the Riverwalk for outdoor events. Parking for the hotel will be included in an underground parking ramp.  

“This is an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime partnership between Little River Holdings economic development corporation and a principled, visionary investment group,” said Stacie Bytwork, President of the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce. ”This developer attended a Chamber of Commerce developer day two years ago and was attracted to the area by our economic development focus and the possibilities in our beautiful area. CL naturally partnered with Little River Holdings.”

The Spirit of the Woods Manistee Gateway Project will further economic development goals by creating a strong vibrant business community and attracting investment to our area. The hotel project will also provide a unique experience in historic downtown Manistee that provides rooms in the upscale market segment. This will encourage more travelers who might drive past the Manistee area to stop, stay and play. 

Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts
The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts (RRCA) is a 501(c)(3) organization that manages and operates the Ramsdell Theatre under lease from the City of Manistee. The RRCA is proud to serve its community and the region by programming quality arts and cultural entertainment.

Our vision is to be a vibrant regional center for cultural arts, education and community engagement.

Our mission is to optimize an irreplaceable regional center for cultural, education and social activities through programming excellence, fiscal stability, strong community partnerships and committed volunteers.

There are still tickets for the First Manistee Drive-in Concert! Available to the first 100 cars! Advance purchase is required. We will not sell tickets at the gate. Get them while they're still available!


Rummel Orthodontics - Dr. Rummel and his team have moved to the Briney Bldg at 50 Filer Street! They are committed to providing children and adults with a wonderful orthodontic experience and the most outstanding smiles possible. Braces and Invisalign are both offered. Website or Facebook Page

Port City Brew - Drive right through at Port City Brew! We have many options to make your day better including hot or iced brewed coffee's, mocha's, latte's, chai tea, smoothies, and even sweet treats. Visit us today! Facebook Page

~Ribbon Cutting~

Dublin General Store - Mark your calendar to Join us for the Grand Re-opening of Dublin General Store on September 23 from 8:00am - 9:00am! Let's welcome them back, tour the new store and get some JERKY! Facebook Page

Attention: Member Restaurant & Bar Owners
The Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance advocates for rural northern Michigan communities. In order to best represent our business, the Alliance is asking bars & restaurants that are members of the northern Michigan chamber and economic development organization to provide us with feedback on the capacity limits and business practices during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please take a couple of minutes today to ensure your voice is heard!

Here is the Survey LinkMust be complete by today 9/18 at 5pm!
Presenting the 2020/2021 Leadership Class
It’s definitely going to be a fun year with this group!

Kali Owens, City of Manistee
Courtney Gorch, West Michigan Credit Union
Josh Arnett, Republic Waste
Heather Hansen-Foggo, West Shore CC
Brian McKie, Filer Credit Union
Kristina Bajtka, Manistee Area Chamber

#Staciesnewfavorites #Leadershipmatters #Manisteecountyleadership
Attention all Manistee County Merchants
We are excited to announce our newest Chamber program, manistee county ca$h. Designed to promote local spending at participating merchants, manistee county ca$h will provide our merchants with a fantastic tool to attract new customers and grow their business.

The goal of this county-wide community currency program is to make manistee county ca$h a reward or gift that our employers, business professionals, and residents will use instead of national brand gift cards that have no benefit to our local businesses community.  For the first year the program is open to both member and non-member merchants.

Watch for your invitation to join manistee county ca$h or contact Kristina via email

Benefits of Apprenticeships Virtual Session
All types and sizes of businesses from across Northern Lower Michigan can learn about the benefits of an apprenticeship program at a virtual apprenticeship information session Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on the Zoom meeting platform. The information session is being offered by Northwest Michigan Works! in cooperation with Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium, Michigan Works! Region 7B, Michigan Works! West Central, and regional education providers.

The session will include information about what an apprenticeship is, the process of developing a program, and using apprenticeships to fill workforce gaps. “This is the perfect opportunity to explore the benefits of registered apprenticeship for today’s changing talent profile and how the registration process has been simplified,” said Evelyn Szpliet, Manager of Apprenticeships and Business Resource Networks for Northwest Michigan Works!

Registration is required and a link will be emailed to those interested in joining the online discussion. Employers should register by emailing
Work Share Webinar September 24
Do you have questions about the Lost Wages Assistance(LWA) Benefit? Join this Work Share webinar offered by the Unemployment Insurance Agency next week. Click the link below to join the session.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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