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A Word From Our President

We are nearing the end of February which means spring is almost here. We are also only two weeks away from our biggest event of the year - our 140th Chamber Annual Meeting!

Our Annual Meeting will host a Silent Auction to support the Leadership Bay County Class of 2023's project for Foster Families Navigation & Resource Center. We will also be honoring several award recipients including Athena, Business Hall of Fame, Leadership Bay County Alumni Community Service Award, Bay Area Energize YPN, and Ambassador Club Awards.

Our theme is "There's No Place Like Home", and we are truly lucky to call Bay County and the Great Lakes Bay Region our home. We look forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting. Make sure to RSVP today, we plan to have another sold out program!

Magen Samyn
President & CEO
Bay Area Chamber of Commerce

Welcome New Members!

Betty's Party Store

CFO Solutions

Edward Jones - Olivia Zwetzig

Frazier Law-Tax-Plan-Insure

Great Lakes Program Office

Level One HVAC

Midland Street Books

Planted Provisioning

RU Consulting

Tracy's Dance & Tumbling

Featured Events

Thursday, March 9, 2023

5-6pm: Registration, Silent Auction, Cash Bar, & Networking

6-8pm: Annual Meeting, Awards, and Dinner

DoubleTree by Hilton Bay City-Riverfront

RSVP Today!

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings

Bay City Bridge Partners: February 28, 2023 at 12:00PM

300 Center Avenue, Bay City, MI 48708

Mark Your Calendars!

Chamber Annual Meeting

Thursday, March 9, 2023, 5-8 PM

DoubleTree by Hilton Bay City-Riverfront

March Business After Hours

Thursday, March 16, 5-7 PM

Brian's House, 664 W. Nebobish Rd, Essexville

March Eye Opener Breakfast

Wednesday, March 22, 7:15-9 AM, DoubleTree Hotel

Brad MacDonald, Site Director, S.C. Johnson

Download our 2023 calendar of events and make sure to add them to your calendar so you don't miss out! Please send it to all your colleagues as well!

Download 2023 Calendar HERE

Featured Content

Bay City Bridge Information

We've received many calls and questions surrounding the bridges over the past few months. To assist in providing information to our Chamber members, we added a few tabs on our website:

Bridge Information

Timeline of Events

Toll Information

Feel free to share this information with your colleagues. Further information and other questions about the Liberty Bridge and Independence Bridge can be directed to Bay City Bridge Partners.

Leadership Bay County Class of 2023 Class Project

The Leadership Bay County Class of 2023 is working on their class project and need your help!

They are working to raise funds to help Foster Families Navigation & Resource Center (FFNRC) complete a training room on the lower level of their current facility in Bay City. The training room is a location to educate families interested in how to get licensed to foster, provide a space for additional training for current foster families, and a place for resources and support to anyone inquiring about the process of fostering youth. The training facility will also host events and seminars with organizations like the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Mental Health Service providers, and the FFNRC team to help bring more awareness and education to Bay County and the surrounding area. 

Click HERE to download project information and sponsorship form.

Click HERE to download the Auction Donation form.

Hey, Bay City!

Have you checked out the Hey, Bay City! website yet? Stories, swag, and jobs are right at your fingertips! There is no cost to post a job or to submit your resume.

Business & Education Partnership Presents Bay City Western High School Mock Job Interviews: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Business & Education Partnership Presents Bay City Western High School Mock Job Interviews

Are you a business professional who has had experience conducting interviews, or is someone in your organization looking to improve their skills providing interviews? The Bay Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for professionals with a strong sense of commitment to our community to provide personal and professional development to our upcoming talent. 

Click HERE for the full flyer.

If you can volunteer, please e-mail Jodi LaMont at or call 989.893.4567. 

Testimonials Needed!

Do you love being a member of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce?

We are looking for new testimonials to use on our website, social media channels, and other cool places.

If you would like to submit a testimonial about why you love being a Bay Area Chamber of Commerce member, please email us.

You never know where it might pop up!

Ambassador Highlight

Brick Award Presentations

The Brick Award was developed by the Bay Area Chamber Ambassadors to recognize the investment a Bay County business makes to the community when it expands, renovates, or improves its facility. The Awards for February were presented to the following businesses: Avaitor Cookie Company and Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists.

Aviator Cookie Company – presented by Megan Manning, Bay Future, Inc.


Aviator Cookie in Bay City is located on Wilder Rd. Chris has done the majority of the build out of custom-built counter top made out of an airplane wing, painting, flooring, edging, floating shelves, installed menu boards, handwashing sink, and the addition of a new wall. He enlisted the service of Three Rivers Corporation to assist in installing under floor piping for a handwashing sink and hot water tank. These renovations brought the space up to code for a retail food service facility.

Aviator Cookie specializes in making quality cookies from scratch without any added preservatives, baked fresh every day. With over 40 cookie recipes of Chris’ own creation, they sell different varieties every day. Aviator Cookie Company has a fun aviation themed atmosphere, featuring an actual airplane wing serving as the counter.

Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists – presented by Lyndsey O’Brien, EXP Realty


Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists converted office space in Uptown to a PT practice with a contemporary look and feel in an open concept design. The entire space is new and was thoughtfully designed in pleasing colors and textures to ensure all of the services offered are in a comfortable and relaxing environment.


Their mission is to serve their patients and are committed to treating you promptly with integrity, honesty and compassion. In addition to in-clinic treatment, they offer tele-health physical therapy services as an option should you choose to receive your care through video interaction/conferencing with a licensed therapist, all from the comfort of your home.

In Case You Missed It!

At the February Eye Opener Breakfast, we shared information on how to make the most of your Chamber membership and how to be more engaged.

You can view the presentation HERE. Let us know if you have any questions!

Matt Felan, President & CEO of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance, filled in for the Art Lewis Show on WSGW and hosted Magen Samyn, Phil Eich, and Marlana Cork from the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.

We had a great time talking about workforce development and our initiative called, Hey, Bay City!

Click HERE to check it out!

Happy Member-Versary!

989 Concierge

A & D Home Health Care

Ayres on Point Home Inspections

Bay Area Runner's Club

Bay City Town Center

Bay Shores Senior Care and Rehab

Bay Veterans Foundation

Bay View Foods Products Co., Inc.

Cadmium Design Studios

Charter Township of Monitor

City of Auburn

City Office

Comfort Keepers

D & D Schultz Farms

Davenport University

Disability Services Resource Center

Excited Goat Coffee Company

Ferris State University - Great Lakes Bay Region

Fletcher Land Company

Friends of Timothy H Beson

From Buds to Blooms Greenhouse

Go-To Transport, Inc.

Great Lakes Bay Orthodontics

Great Lakes Bay Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau

Hidden Harvest

Huntington Place Apartments


Kenz & Rose

Latitude 43

Michigan Crossroads Council, Boy Scouts of America

Our Home & Co. Real Estate


Renosol Corporation


Spectrum Reach

Spence Brothers

State Street Academy

The Dow Event Center

The Public House

Versiti Blood Center of Michigan

Warmbier Farms

Wieland Contracting

Wolverine Fireworks Display Inc.

X-Treme Carpet Raceway

A Special Thank You!