January 2018
A Message from your New Board Chair
This year, we bring in new leadership at your Chamber. Andy Price, President of McKenzie-Price Agency, is the new Chair of the Chamber board. In addition, Tom Schultz of Tyler Sales is the new Vice Chair, Steve Olsen of Northern Machine Tool is the new Secretary, and Randy Filbrandt is the committee Treasurer.

We also have four new board of directors: John Swanson of Swanson Pickle, Jay Wallace Jr. of Edward Jones Investments, Anna Duggins of Parmenter O’Toole, and Gary Allore of Mercy Health.

We must bid farewell to our exceptional chairman, Lee Coggin, former President of Baker College. We are also losing board member, John Workman of Eagle Alloy, who has greatly contributed to our success as a chamber!
Muskegon in the News!
Your Chamber was nominated for the 2017 Newsmaker of the Year in the Economic Development Category by the Grand Rapids Business Journal.

"This is really an award for the community," says Cindy Larsen, President of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. "It recognizes all the people who are moving Muskegon forward."

The Business Journal will host a celebration on Wednesday, January 31 at the annual Newsmakers of the Year breakfast at the Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids.

Coming Soon!
This year was an exceptional year for your Chamber. We are excited to share some of our accomplishments with you through our 2017 Annual Report.

The 2017 Annual Report will be available at the upcoming January 26th Business for Breakfast featuring Dr. Paul Isely from Grand Valley State University. Click here to register for the Annual Economic Forecast Business for Breakfast.
Dates are set and on our website for all the upcoming Chamber events in 2018.

Opening a new location, won an award, celebrating a milestone, or just simply want to celebrate your business?

Our member celebration kits maximize the promotion of your event.

Date:  Thursday, January 18
Time: 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Location: West Michigan Works! Office
Topic: This program gives you and your staff 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, January 26
Time:  7:15 AM - 7:30 AM Networking
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Program
Location:  Holiday Inn and Conference Center
Topic:  Annual Economic Forecast with Dr. Paul Isely from Grand Valley State University.
Sponsored by: Nichols, Manpower, and The Lakes Mall

Date: Wednesday, January 31
Time:  11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location:  Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce Training Room
Topic:  Marketing Your Business 101 presented by Laura Holmes from FineLine Creative.

Date: Thursday, February 8
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Parmenter O'Toole Building , 601 Terrace St. Muskegon, MI 49440
Topic: We are stirring it up with Parmenter Law, the Arc Muskegon, and Pioneer Resources.


December 25 - D&D Logistics LLC

December 18 - Muskegon Brake & Tire

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Introducing Hist-o-gram Stories
Your Chamber is celebrating 125 years! Each month, we will be recognizing a historic moment of the Chamber's history in what we are calling "Hist-o-gram Stories". This month, we are featuring how the Chamber began.

It all started with Charles Hackley and a few other lumber industry leaders who saw the need for urban revitalization and economic development in Muskegon. They organized the Muskegon Board of Trade that later formed into the Muskegon Chamber of Commerce in 1893. Thank you, Charles Hackley and other lumber industry leaders, for paving the way!
Member Benefit: Business Resource Team and SCORE
The Lakeshore is full of resources to help you grow your business. Two great resources available to you are the Muskegon Business Resource Team and SCORE.

The Muskegon Business Resource Team (BRT) is a comprehensive business outreach program assisting companies with business concerns and connecting them to applicable resources. The goal is to help your business stay and grow in Muskegon County. Click here to learn more.

SCORE is your first stop when starting a business or seeking business counseling. These retired business owners offer counseling for business men and women FOR FREE, 5 days a week, by appointment only. To set up an appointment with a Counselor, visit www.score.org or contact the Chamber at 231.722.3751.

Get connected with your Chamber and the business community!