March 2023 | E-newsletter

Update from the President

This semester, Arthur, our intern student from Mid-Michigan College, has been helping to preserve our long-standing history. We have had boxes and boxes stored away over the years, and he has been tasked with scanning, saving, and organizing the files both on our server and in their boxes, scrapbooks, etc. In this process, Arthur reads through the articles and documents, and when something particularly interesting comes up, he brings it to my attention. It's a big task and I find our history to be fascinating.

I’ve learned through this process that our impact on the community is extensive. Starting in 1905 as the Board of Trade, we officially changed our name to the Mt. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce in 1920. Although leaders and our name changed over our 118-year history, our focus has always remained the same - to help businesses succeed. 

Our Chamber of Commerce has helped to create a sense of place by conducting events, decorating for holidays, and leading community cleanups. We advocate for our community and businesses. One great example is that in partnership with the Rotary Club, we lobbied to keep the Normal School, now CMU, right here in our community after a fire destroyed the building in 1925. Our Chamber of Commerce has worked to improve roads, improve phone services, bring businesses to town, and alleviate parking issues among many, many other things.  

There is a lot to learn about our impact on the community and the historical perspective will help us as we prepare for the next stage of growth for the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce. To paraphrase one of the articles that Arthur helped me find, "No one entity or a half dozen entities can make a Chamber of Commerce work. It needs the financial and moral support of many entities working together to exist and function." Thank you for being a member, and helping us to exist, function, and thrive!

Liz Conway

President & CEO

 Meet our Intern, Arthur Kunitzer

Hello, my name is Arthur Kunitzer. I am a student at Mid Michigan College. I am studying business and plan on graduating this spring/summer. I would like to own my own business after college, although, I don't know what kind yet. My favorite hobby is playing video games and I am a big fan of the Marvel moves.

New in 2023

Our first of the six-time roundtable, Women in Business was a success! Thank you to Marita Hattem-Schiffman for facilitating such great discussion.

This event features a variety of female leaders that will discuss tops such as work-life balance, health and wellness, and financial success. Our second of this series is April 21, 2023 at 8 am at The Eyesite and facilitated by Dr. Erin Miller.

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Join us for a new, FREE, educational series, Something to Chew On.

The first session, Managing vs. Leading, will be held on Thursday, April 13 from 11:45 am -1 pm at Mid Michigan College's Community Room. Check the website for additional details coming soon.

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Pop In 4 Lunch


Wednesday, March 15th

This month our host will be:

Nbakade Family Restaurant

5665 E Pickard 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.

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Michigan Non-Profit Association Relief Fund

Administered by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity and Michigan Nonprofit Association, the Nonprofit Relief Fund offers extra funding to nonprofit organizations that may have been impacted by the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis. Click the link below to learn about the program, and eligibility, and to sign up for the application portal.

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Share the Cost of Child Care

Open to employers in Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland, and Saginaw counties; this program offers assistance with childcare expenses. Through the program, childcare expenses are shared between the employer, the employee, and the State of Michigan. Learn more about eligibility and a full list of benefits at the link below.

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Mark Your Calendar!

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


Saturday, March 4

66th Annual Awards Banquet - Comfort Inn & Suites

Conference Center

Wednesday, March 15

Pop in 4 Lunch- Nbakade Family Restaurant

Tuesday, March 23

YPN Meeting - Location TBD


Wednesday, April 5

Ribbon Cutting for Bandit Industries

Thursday, April 13

Something to Chew On: Managing Vs. Leading- Mid Michigan College

Wednesday, April 19

Pop in 4 Lunch - TBD

Friday, April 21

Women in Business Roundtable

Facilitated by Dr. Erin Miller

The Eye Site

Tuesday, April 25

YPN Meeting - Location TBD


Wednesday, May 10

Daybreak Mt. Pleasant - Powers Hall, CMU

Thursday, May 11

Something to Chew On: Mental Health in the Workplace - Mid Michigan College

Wednesday, May 17

Pop in 4 Lunch - Location TBD

Friday, May 19

Spring Legislative Breakfast - Soaring Eagle Resort and Casino