Gearing up for Fall

Thank you all for a wonderful summer season! We had sunshine, excellent food, lakeshore views, and many successful programs throughout the year. As we approach Fall, be sure to connect with colleagues at Chamber UnTapped on September 15th, go beer tasting during Hops & Props on September 17th, and enjoy the natural autumn colors of Manistee County!

--Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce 

In this issue:

We encourage you to read and get to know a bit about your fellow Chamber Investors!

Downtown Delights - From hot dogs to chocolate mochas, mint chocolate chip to superman, we have your cravings covered! We offer shakes, floats, sundaes, and basically any flavor of ice cream imaginable. Since our opening in the Fall of 2021, we’ve continued to grow as a downtown Manistee favorite. Visit our Facebook page for weekly specials and updates!

Manistee County Young Life - Young Life is a world-class organization for adolescents. Our staff and volunteers enter the world of kids, focusing on what matters to them -- fun, adventure, friendship, and a sense of significance. In doing so, we earn the privilege of talking to them about the good news of Jesus and His love for them. Kids' lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, and they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning, and purpose.

The Pesto Group, Inc - The Pesto Group, Inc is a technology product company that harnesses brilliant engineering minds to build scalable software solutions on top of modern platforms. Our flagship product suite, Pesto Softworks, is an integrated point of sale, accounting, service scheduling, and back office solution built from the ground up for retail hardware stores.


Manistee awarded $850,000 to upgrade the Riverwalk

Photo courtesy of Jim Crocket.

The Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently awarded $850,000 towards improving the city of Manistee's Riverwalk as part of the EDA grant program. This is a huge win for our community, supporting improvements that create better access and enjoyment for all. 

We want to thank all the partners who advocated for the Manistee Riverwalk improvements leading up to this success. For their involvement in the EDA grant preparations, we would like to especially thank Bill Gambill, Jeff Mikula, Shawn Middleton, Anne Bentley, and Marc Miller with the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce.

In addition, we sincerely appreciate all the businesses and organizations that wrote letters of support or were involved in match discussions, including West Shore Community College, Manistee Downtown Development Authority, Little River Holdings, Fricano's Manistee River, Bluefish Kitchen + Bar, and Networks Northwest.

The Manistee Riverwalk is an important asset, making our area a community of choice, offering recreation, beauty, and a unique northern Michigan experience. 

Read the Press Release


Special Going PRO Talent Fund Webinar:

Learn How to Access Grant Funding, Other Assistance for Your Workforce Training Needs

If you and your business have short-term training and demonstrated talent needs, then the state’s Going PRO Talent Fund and its cash grants may be able to help!

Join the Michigan Chamber and Michigan Works! Association for a special informational webinar on Monday, Sept. 19, from 10 to 11 a.m., to cover key elements of the Going PRO program and answer any questions you may have – all just in time before the next application period opens later this fall.

The fund provides financial awards to employers to assist with and offset costs associated with training, developing, and retaining current and newly hired employees, along with registered apprenticeships. The covered training just must lead to a credential for a skill that is transferable and recognized by the industry.

Register Here

Meet the 2022/2023 Leadership Cohort

The Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce kicked off the 2022/2023 Leadership Program on Friday, Sep. 9th with an Orientation Retreat at Portage Lake Bible Camp. We are excited to introduce this year’s Leadership Program participants, representing every corner of our beautiful county!

From left to right: Payton Tyndall (Ludington Beverage), Mike Szokola (Manistee County), Kyle Gurzynski (Filer Credit Union), Lydia Kolbe (Little Eden Camp), Rachel Henderson (West Shore Community College), Debra Bowman (Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital), Thomas Sheppard (Manistee Area Public Schools), Jill Witkowski (Manistee ISD), Kendra Dula (Manistee Conservation District), Heather Taylor (Manistee Township).

Thank you to all the 2022/2023 Leadership Program and Orientation Retreat sponsors, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Filer Credit Union, Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital, West Shore Community College, and Blarney Castle Oil & Propane

Coming this Thursday, September 15th!

Join the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce for an evening of great food, drinks, and good company.

Reserve your spot for the Chamber UnTapped on September 15th from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.! Located at the beautiful Manistee National Golf & Resort, be sure to enter and park on the hotel side. Looking forward to the lights, pool, and...a pizza truck?

Featuring the musical expressions of "The Dangerous Music Man" Luke Woltanski

Reconnect with friends and colleagues this Thursday; sponsored by Ludington Beverage LLC, Dynamic Physical Therapy, Manistee National Golf & Resort, NOMI Racing LLC, Filer Credit Union, and Searchlight Title Services LLC

Register Here