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A Word From Our President

Happy New Year!

I always love the new year because it brings the reflection of the previous year and a fresh slate of 365 days of new opportunities to come.

We have a lot to be proud of last year (check out our 2022 Recap) and another year of dynamic events planned for 2023! Make sure to save the date for all our upcoming events, especially our 140th Annual Meeting on March 9, 2023. Our theme is There's No Place Like Home, which fits perfectly with our Talent Attraction and Retention Initiative, Hey, Bay City!

There has never been a better time to be part of the Bay Area, and that is thanks to all of YOU! I am looking forward to a great year working with each of you!

Magen Samyn
President & CEO
Bay Area Chamber of Commerce

Welcome New Members!

Auburn Chiropractic Center

Bernelis Garage

Creative Grace Co.

Dover and Company

Hampton Auto Repair

High Haven


Simply You Boutique

Featured Events

Join us for Business After Hours!

No cost to attend, no RSVP needed.

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Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings

Simply You Boutique: January 24, 2023 at 3:30pm

1001C N. Euclid, Bay City, MI 48706

Renue PT - Bay City West: February 2, 2023 at 12:00pm

3720 Wilder Road (behind Newton Eye Care)

Mark Your Calendars!

January Business After Hours

Thursday, January 19, 5-7 PM, Superior Insurance Group

916 Washington Avenue, Suite 210

February Eye Opener Breakfast

Wednesday, February 8, 7:15-9 AM, DoubleTree Hotel

Making the Most of Your Chamber Membership

(Unlocking the Chamber of Secrets!)

State of the Community Luncheon

Wednesday, February 15, 2022

Featuring Bay City Manager Dana Muscott

and Bay County Executive Jim Barcia

February Business After Hours

Thursday, February 16, 5-7 PM

Klender Deesign, 1994 S. Huron Road, Kawkawlin

2023 Calendar of Events

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 Calendar HERE

140th Chamber Annual Meeting

Please join us for our 140th Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 9, 2023 at the DoubleTree Hotel.

We are accepting Award Nominations through February 10 for the following awards to be given at the Annual Meeting:

Business Hall of Fame

Athena Award

Leadership Alumni Community Service Award

Bay Area Energize YPN

Featured Content

Would you like to get more involved with the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce? We have MANY opportunities to help make that happen! Please check out our 2023 Sponsorship Sourcebook to see what would work best for you and your organization!

Our 2023 Sponsorship Sourcebook is updated and available for download. Please contact Breanna with any questions:

View & Download 2023 Sourcebook Here
Register for Transponder Here

Get your Fast Track Pass today!

The Fast Track Pass is a fast and convenient way to attend our monthly Eye Opener Breakfasts for the whole year. With a Fast Track Pass you will automatically be registered to attend each month, have the convenience of a one-time payment, and get express check-in. The Fast Track Pass is $150 for the whole year – that’s for all ten breakfasts in 2023. 


Can’t commit to every breakfast? We’ve got you covered. 

Each Fast Track pass is assigned to a specific person who plans to use it every month. However, if you can't make it to a breakfast another individual from your organization can use your pass - as long as you let us know prior to the breakfast. 


Does this sound convenient to you? If you would like to renew or purchase a Fast Track Pass for 2023, please reach out to Leann.

Email Leann Here

Ambassador Highlight

We have 3 New Ambassadors to welcome to the Club:

Matt Miller, Garber Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Kristin Madaj, Bay County Library System

Jill Armentrout, Great Lakes Bay Health Centers

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 January were presented to the following businesses: Auburn Hotel and Bailey's Bar.

Auburn Hotel – presented by Lyndsey O’Brien, EXP Realty


The Auburn Hotel and Tavern reopened in August 2022 with a renovation of new flooring, paint, new kitchen coolers, freezers and other kitchen equipment was added. This restaurant is a staple amongst the community. Please stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner and enjoy the new look!

Bailey’s Bar – presented by Lyndsey O’Brien, EXP Realty


Bailey's Bar & Grill completed a renovation consisting of new flooring, new walls, new bar top, new bathrooms, new office design, new lighting in the patio and back entrance, new interior and exterior paint. More is yet to come this Spring when "Bailey's Bar" is written on the exterior of the building. Come out and see all the work they have done, while enjoying a game of pool or darts!

Minority Business Partnership

The Minority Business Partnership is accepting new applications. You can download them HERE!

Happy Member-Versary!

1st State Bank

American Cancer Society

Barton Woods Assisted Living

Bay City Fireworks Festival

Bay City Scottish Rite

Bay County Fair & Youth Exposition

Bay County Farm Bureau

Begick Nursery & Garden Center

Betty's Party Store 

Brooklyn Boyz Pizzeria & Italian Eatery

Central Michigan University Innovation and Online

Chippewa Nature Center

Copus Orthodontics

Dow Bay Area Family YMCA

Dr. Becky Lang & Dr. Mary Durbin OB/GYN

Edward Jones

Form & Function

Frankenlust Township

G & R Van Driessche Farms, Inc.

General Motors Powertrain

Global Tan

Halla Mechatronics

Harbour Light Photography

Herman Hiss & Company

John E. Green Company

K-R Metal Engineers Corp.

Lyndsey O'Brien

MBS Title Agency

McLaren Bay Region

Mersen USA Bn Corp Bay City Branch

Michael Ciaciuch

Mid Michigan Community Action

Midland Street Books

Moulthrop-Clift, Inc.

Nelsen & Company

Pickman's Pallette

PMP Personnel Services

Resourceful Recycling

Saginaw Bay Yacht Club

Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum

Sargent Docks / Rock Products

Scotty's Sandbar Enterprises

Shaw Contracting Co.

SPACE, Inc. - Midland

St. Patrick's Day Parade Association

The State Bank

Thelen Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Kia

Three Rivers Corporation

Tondué Medical Spa

Touchstone Services Inc.

Tracy's Dance & Tumbling LLC 

Trademark Commercial Group

Urban East

Walraven's Pool Service, Inc.

Weinlander Fitzhugh

Weiss Property Management

Westminster Presbyterian Church

Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Advisors

A Special Thank You!