March 2018
Biggest Show Yet!
The Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY Show has continued to get  bigger and better  each year! Nearly 1,700 guests made their way through 48 local exhibitor booths and 17 DIY and educational seminars making 2018 the biggest show yet.
 
This year brought more elaborate displays including landscaping displays by Mike Rose Landscaping and Double L. Enterprises ; Special Décor Space provided by Blended Furniture and Wasserman’s Flowers & Gifts ; Craft Beer and Wine Tastings along with a Bloody Mary Bar, and incredible prizes including a Kayak from KL Outdoor !
 
The event was held at  Fricano Event Center  and had an extremely high level of exhibitor and guest satisfaction.
 
One exhibitor mentioned it was the best show they have ever attended in their 33 year career!
 
"We are happy to feature local businesses and  provide new ideas  for our guests! Attendees really loved this year's DIY seminars. We look forward to offering even more in 2019!” says Carla Flanders, the Event Director of the Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY Show. Check out photos from the event here!
The Chamber's Quick Tip
Have you watched our Chamber Quick Tip videos yet? They offer practical business ideas that you can implement with your business - no matter your industry or size.
 
This week focuses on how Search Engine Optimization can help generate more traffic to your website.
 
Each Thursday, a new 2-3 minute video will be released. Check back each week for the newest Chamber Quick Tip video.

Interested in being a sponsor on this page? Contact Dawn for more information.
Get In Front of the Business Community!
Your Chamber has a variety of advertising opportunities available - both free and affordable. Opportunities include:

  • Placing an ad in the Chamber’s electronic newsletters.
  • Running a banner ad on the Chamber website.
  • Creating a Member-to-Member coupon on the Chamber website.
  • Enhancing your business listing in the Chamber’s online business directory.
  • Shining the spotlight on your business with a Chamber Ribbon Cutting.
 
Did You See Us?
Your Chamber staff and ambassador’s made over 40 visits last month during our recent “Business Visit Blitz”.

Didn’t see us? No worries. Your Chamber will be conducting these blitzes once a month. This is your chance to ask Chamber questions and learn more about the area!

Last month, we started in Norton Shores but we will be sweeping the county in the coming months! A huge thanks to Betten Baker Honda for hosting us!

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

Date: Thursday, May 3
Time: 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: 1050 W. Western Avenue, Muskegon
Date: Thursday, March 22 | 9 AM - 4 PM
Thursday, March 29 | 9 AM - 4 PM
Location: United Way of the Lakeshore
Topic: This two part series is designed to maximize the effectiveness of your nonprofit board.

Date: Friday, March 23
7:15 AM - 7:30 AM Networking
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Program
Location: Folkert Community Hub
Topic: Find out what is happening in South Muskegon County from community leaders.
Sponsored by: Rehmann, Little River Casino Resort

Date: Tuesday, April 10
Time: 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
Location: TBD
Topic: Connect with other business members at this fun and speedy networking event!

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.
Brought to you by : Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, West Michigan Works!, Visit Muskegon, and Watch Muskegon

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, the Lakeshore's most innovative entrepreneurs!
Sponsors: Parmenter Law, West Shore Bank, GoodTemps, Manpower, Next I.T., Eagle Alloy Inc., Hines Corporation, Fifth Third Bank, Rehmann, ProFab

REGISTRATION FOR ALL EVENTS CAN BE MADE ONLINE. CLICK HERE
March 12 - Sun Agency Inc.


February 26 - Shoreline Stix


February 12 - Auto Spa West Michigan

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This is an easy online gifting program that can be used just like cash at over 70 local businesses. This program keeps money in our community and promotes local gift giving.

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Hist-o-gram Stories: 1918
We're not the only ones celebrating a milestone this year! In honor of our 125th anniversary, we're featuring the e stablishment of  United Way of the Lakeshore  this month who is also celebrating their 100th anniversary this year!

The chamber established the United Fund in 1918. It later became the United Way of Muskegon County, which continues operating today as United Way of the Lakeshore. 

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: Business Referrals
We have had nearly 64,000 pageviews on the Chamber's website so far this year, with the online business directory being the top visited page!

This means that your business is not only receiving referrals from the Chamber staff, but the website as well!

As a member, you have access to the  online member portal ,where you can download a referral report at any time. These reports will tell you how many people have viewed your online listing, visited your website and more! You will need a username and password to log in, if you need to obtain yours, call our front desk at 231-722-3751 or email  mlcc@muskegon.org .

Remember to also support fellow chamber members and refer each other!   Use the online business directory  any time you are looking for a product or service.