Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce

New Board Member!

Welcome, Shawn Buckner Regional Vice President of Operations - Northern region at Meijer

Shawn began his career with Meijer in June of 2000 as Replenisher for Household Cleaning Categories. Shawn rose through the merchandising organization before transitioning to his current position.

Shawn’s current position is Regional Vice President of Operations for the North West MI region.

Shawn has a Bachelor of Science in Food Industry Management from Michigan State University and his M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix

Shawn has served on the board of the Muskegon Chamber of Commerce from 2016 to 2022 with his last year as Chairman of the Board. Shawn is serving on the Board of Directors of the United Way of the Lakeshore.

In this issue:

  • New Board Member

  • Leadership

  • Grand Opening of the Hampton Inn!

  • New Members/Investors

  • Member/Investor Updates

  • Upcoming Events & Reminders

  • Forest Festival -Thank You Sponsors!

Leadership & Professional Development

Apply for the 2023/2024 Leadership Program 

Experience the Manistee Area Leadership Program, thoroughly immersing yourself in Manistee County, and become the key to making a difference in the community and workplace. 

The Leadership Program is presented by the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce and this year’s many generous sponsors, including Filer Credit Union, Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital, West Shore Community College, Bob's Roofing Company, Inc., Republic Services, Peterson McGregor Insurance, Accident Fund, and Packaging Corporation of America.

Space is limited! The deadline to apply is Friday, August 18, 2023. 


"Not only did I learn so much about Manistee County through the leadership program, but I also got to be a part of an impactful project that will positively benefit the lives and safety of the residents and visitors of Manistee County for a long time with the installation of seven life jacket loaner stations through our class's big day of serving project. It's powerful when people from all walks of life and all areas of commerce come together with a common goal. I never would have been able to make such a huge and lasting difference in my community by myself, it took all of us together to make a difference."

-Rachel Henderson, Student Success Coach, West Shore Community College

Cohort meetings take place once a month from September through May, and finally, put your skills to the test during the Big Day of Serving community service project. The comradery will build positive lessons and relationships while benefiting the community today and in the future. You make the Big Day of Serving possible.  


Hampton Inn & Suites Manistee Waterfront!

6PM Hospitality Partners LLC, Pioneer Construction, City of Manistee, Manistee Tourism, our State of Michigan legislators, investors in the project, our board of directors, and many community members and partners joined us in cutting the ribbon on a catalyzing economic development project, bringing investment for our area.

The beautiful hotel, restaurant, and beach bar are now open to the public. The fifth-floor restaurant has 270° views of Lake, Michigan, the beach, harbor, downtown, and the dunes to the north. The beach bar will offer a great venue for beverages and sunsets.

The Hilton branded project will raise the visibility of our area for future guests and tourists and should help build a sustainable and resilient, hospitality sector, along with our other amazing businesses.

Now open! For more information and updates, check out their Facebook - Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Manistee Waterfront.

New Members/Investors

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

Venture North Funding & Development - Venture North provides affordable loans, mini-grants for growth, and professional business consulting to small businesses in northwest Michigan for economic and community development.

Clean Lines Tattoo - Clean Lines Tattoo Company LLC is a Recovery Based Tattoo and Piercing shop that also offers Permanent Make-up services and Addiction Recovery Resources to our community. 

River of Life Ministry - Non-profit Church, we serve our community with regular church services each week and have healing rooms every odd month of the year encouraging people to come out for prayer for anything they need. 

Black Lotus Salon & Wellness - Upscale salon offering hair, massage, and facial services, in the beautiful Historic Downtown District of Manistee. 

Member/Investor Updates

The Talon Group - At The Talon Group Title & Escrow Agency, we are dedicated to providing our customers with the highest quality title insurance and escrow services. We understand the stress and anxiety that comes with making such a major purchase, and we strive to provide our customers with peace of mind.

We are an independently owned business that is honest, trustworthy, and always looking out for our customers’ best interests. Our experienced staff is here to provide you with the highest quality services and ensure you have a stress-free and rewarding experience.

Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital - Mental Health Awareness & Suicide Prevention Community Assessment. Tell us what you think about the mental health support and suicide prevention network in your region.


The results of this survey will be used to strengthen mental health support and services in your region

XPERT FULLFILMENT - Did you ever wish that you could have an Amazon-like fulfillment service in your backyard to relieve you of daily customer shipping tasks? What if you could save on shipping costs that would offset the cost of outsourcing that service? Chamber Member, Xpert Fulfillment, located near Crystal Mtn. helped them with merchandise and gift card orders seamlessly; freeing its employees to focus on the resort customers and not managing inventory and shipping orders.

Stephanie Scott, Vice President of Retail, said,” Having Xpert take over the fulfillment of our online orders made sense financially and allows our staff to be able to focus on guests in our shops. We’re so lucky to have such a great resource right down the road.”

The Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate and welcome new directors and leaders in our community!

The Manistee Recreation Association - As a former coach for the Manistee Area Public Schools, the MRA welcomes Eric Thummel, Executive Director.

The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts - With a strong event background, Laura is no stranger to the RRCA. Welcome Laura Ortiz - LaVelle, Managing Director!

The Armory Youth Project - With 20 years of recreation experience, The Armory Youth Project welcomes Janice Davidson, Executive Director!

To have your business update featured in the Chamber of Commerce Newsletter or on social media, please email with the subject line "Member/Investor Updates."

Coming soon...

Join the Chamber Staff and Ambassadors for the ribbon-cutting celebration of Z's Cart Rental, The Outsider, and Black Lotus Salon & Wellness.

Z's Cart Rentals is your source for affordable golf cart rentals in Manistee, Michigan.

Date: Wednesday, August 2nd

Location: 443 Water Street

Time: Noon

The Outsider brings food together with recreation in a way that promotes the exploration of Manistee.

Date: Friday, August 11th

Location: 457 River Street

Time: 11:00 AM

Black Lotus Salon & Wellness is an upscale salon offering hair, massage, and facial services, in the beautiful Historic Downtown District of Manistee.

Date: Wednesday, August 16th

Location: 375 River Street

Time: 9:30 AM

HOLD THE DATE - August 9th

The City of Manistee and the Downtown Development Authority are currently in the process of developing a Streetscape Design Plan for the River Street corridor in downtown Manistee.

Please join us for the second series of meetings on August 9th to review the initial project vision, goals, emerging themes, and conceptual ideas that the consultant team has been developing based on your input received through in-person meetings and a digital questionnaire earlier this spring.

Through this interactive meeting and discussion, we will continue to work toward promoting an inviting and cohesive experience that activates downtown Manistee and provides opportunities for continued placemaking and pedestrian-friendly experiences for all.  

Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Location: WSCC - Manistee Downtown Education Center

(400 River Street, Manistee MI)

Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Chamber UnTapped: Thursday, September 21st

Join us at Blue Fish Kitchen + Bar for an evening of great food, drinks, and good company!

Reconnect with friends and colleagues at Chamber UnTapped, sponsored by Filer Credit Union, RE/MAX, The Talon Group, Amazon Hub, and Blue Fish Kitchen + Bar. Get your tickets today!

Manistee National Forest Festival

Manistee National Forest Festival, brought to you by the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank ALL SPONSORS for a successful signature event!

Little River Casino Resort, Manistee Ford, Edward Jones - Jeff Reau, Spicer Group, Dr. Shrink, West Shore Community College, Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital, Morton Salt, Filer Credit Union, Packaging Corporation of America, Martin Marietta, Fab-Lite, Republic Services, Bob's Roofing Company, Inc., Myotek, Boyer Agency, Ludington Beverage, Dynamic Physical Therapy, and Meijer.

Thank you to everyone that was involved: City of Manistee, Manistee County Community Response Team, City of Manistee Police Department, City of Manistee Fire Department, City of Manistee Department of Public Works, and Manistee County Tourism Authority.

Stay tuned throughout the year for more information about next year's festival!

Get Involved!

Bring your business, non-profit, or organization into the spotlight with one of our many program sponsorship opportunities.

  • Chamber UnTapped November
  • Leadership Lunch Sponsor

For more information on sponsor recognition and costs, please browse our Sponsorship Brochure or Event Sponsorship Brochure.

Community Transformers

These businesses go above and beyond to invest in the Chamber programs & events,

ultimately benefiting our community. Thank you!

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