December 2018
The Results Are In!
Each year, your Chamber requests your feedback in regard to your business challenges and ways we can maximize your membership.

Topping the list are things your Chamber has been working on and will continue to work on in 2019.

Below are the highlights from the 2018 Business Member Survey:

  1. The top three challenges impacting growth or management are shortage of qualified workerscost of healthcare, and an inexperienced workforce.
  2. The top 3 business advocacy priorities for Muskegon County should be to quality workforce, smart regulatory government, and public transportation.
  3. The most valued chamber event is the Business for Breakfast.
  4. The most valued chamber benefits are networking and business connections, business advocacy, and business referrals.

Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey!  Click here to view the full summary results.
Networking Party of the Year
More than 450 members and guests gathered at the newly renovated L.C. Walker Arena last week to kick-off the holiday season with us. Thank you to everyone who joined us!

New Promotion Opportunities
We've added some new opportunities for you to get in front of other business leaders and main decision makers next year.

If you are interested in sponsoring an event or marketing to the business community, email Dawn Johnson  or call her at 231-724-3175.
Up for the Challenge?
Your Chamber staff recently completed a 30-day corporate wellness challenge through Muskegon Community College's Lakeshore Fitness Center.

This is a free program created to provide awareness of wellness options, build team rapport, and get special pricing through the fitness center.

Overall, the Chamber staff collaboratively lost 14.5 lbs and improved average body fat percentage, push up percentage and wall sit percentage!

Where are the Workers?
Your Chamber staff found a place where you might find workers for your business. Look for people commuting to the office or plant!

Right now, there are over 33,000 workers who leave Muskegon County for work every day. People who live near where they work save money on gas, car maintenance and they have significantly more time for family or socializing!

While constructing your next marketing or talent recruitment plan, consider placing billboard or radio ads in order to reach the commuters during their drive time.

Dates are set and on our website for all the upcoming Chamber events in 2019.

Lake Michigan Credit Union – Grand Opening
Friday, January 11
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, ribbon cutting held at 11:00 am
Location: 925 W. Sherman Boulevard – Muskegon, MI 49444

Heritage Square (Skye Blu Boutique and Drip Drop Coffee) – Grand Opening
Friday, January 18
Time: ribbon cutting held at 12:00 pm
Location: 930 2nd Street – Muskegon, MI 49440

Van’s Car Wash – Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, February 21
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Business Resource Guide
The Muskegon Lakeshore is FULL of resources to help you grow your business! One of those resources is BRT (Business Resource Team).

The Muskegon Business Resource Team is a comprehensive business outreach program that assists you with business concerns and connects you with applicable resources. The goal is to help your business stay and grow in Muskegon County.

This guide above showcases the services available depending on your stage of growth.

Date: Friday, January 25
Networking: 7:15 AM - 7:30 AM
Program: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Topic: Join us for a view of the economic road ahead! Presented by Dr. Paul Isely with the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University.

Date: Tuesday, January 29
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Topic: We're stirring it up with the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at the Winter Sports Complex ! Bring the family out for networking, food and fun.
Sponsored by: Muskegon County Airport

Date: Thursday, February 7
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
2624 Sixth Street, Muskegon, MI 49444
Topic: Plan the path to business success and learn what lenders expect
Event Partner: SCORE

Buy your Fast Pass in 2018
  • Save money!
  • Enjoy expedited check-in at 6 Business for Breakfasts and 1 Entrepreneur Luncheon
  • Easy one-time payment
Hist-o-gram Stories: 2002
In 2002, the Chamber partnered with the Community Foundation of Muskegon County, Paul C. Johnson Foundation and the City of Muskegon to create the Downtown Muskegon Development Corporation (DMDC).

The DMDC has been a driving force behind the development of Western Avenue to include the farmers market, housing, office space, attractions, and much more!

Check out our Facebook and Instagram page for our monthly Hist-o-gram Stories!