Volume 2 | March 2020
Monthly News & Updates
Introducing our Current Chamber Interns!

Grace & Liz have been wonderful additions to our team. Grace started in September 2019 and Liz started with us in January both will be leaving in May 2020. They have jumped in with enthusiasm to assist with our diverse projects! Grace has been working
on Business After Hours and Social Media pieces. Liz has really focused on this year's Golf Outing and Forest Festival items. Both are very excited to help with the Business
´╗┐& Career Expo, they have lots of great idea of how to make it engaging and helpful to connect High School students with career options!
Grace i s currently a Senior at Manistee High School. She will be attending Grand Valley State University in the fall and will be studying Marketing. Grace is a National Honor Society student who also works at Kellie's Hallmark Shop on River Street.
Liz is currently at West Shore Community College after a year and a half at Wayne State University. Liz wants to be an entrepreneur and has already started her own "Cakes by Liz" home business. She plans to finish her degree at Ferris in Business Administration with a concentration in Small Business Management.

2020 Sponsorship Opportunities are now available. Are you interested in Chamber Events & Programs or Festivals ? We really reviewed the options to provide your business with more visibility.


We value all of our members and want to hear from you! Please contact Kristina when there is an important event at your business, information we should share on Facebook, and if you have a milestone or anniversary year.

If you don't inform us we may not be aware!
Upcoming Events ~ Mark Your Calendars!
Workforce Development ´╗┐


NEW FORMAT THIS YEAR!




  • 9:00 - 12:00 PM High school students have an opportunity to explore local career paths. Bring hands on activities for students to explore a career in your field.


  • 12:30 - 2:00 PM Lunch & Learn - Calling all business professionals! Let's talk about the following topics and how they affect your business.


- Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, & Generation Z: How can you
increase productivity and create a corporate culture that works for you?

- Cybersecurity ~ What is it & the Importance it plays in the operation of your
business.



´╗┐Business After Hours~March 12
Sponsored by:
Blarney Castle Oil & Propane
Little River Casino Resort
Location: River Rock Sports Bar & Grille
See all the upcoming events on the Chamber Calendar !

Don't forget as member benefit you can add your events. Just sign in and add away.
Economic Development Bottom line: 2020 Census = $$
Every government program makes an assumption about the population it serves or counts how many citizens will benefit. Decision-makers utilize population numbers to determine where to spend funding and to determine how much spending or appropriations are necessary. The area's economy, and ultimately the local business community, benefit from investments in the sectors like:

  • Transportation infrastructure, such as roads, railways, airports, a deep water port and recreation trails;
  • Rural health care programs;
  • Workforce development programming;
  • Education funding for K-12, trades, and secondary education;
  • Placemaking and economic development programs from the federal and state governments;

Being silent or invisible, no matter who you are, does not help our region or communities. 
Stand up and be counted!

Want more information on Census 2020 Click Here
Advocacy
We are excited to welcome, Kirstie Sieloff as our new Government Relations Director for the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance.  

Sieloff has spent her career working from within and outside of Michigan state government and will be a great asset to the team!
Member Spotlight
Visit Bill's Bar & Grill to Check out the new Menu Items!
Supporting the Community!
Interested in the Housing Discussion?