April 2017
Your Chamber Comes to You!

Starting this spring, your Chamber will be hosting meetings throughout Muskegon County where surrounding businesses can get together and meet for some casual networking.

We are calling these meetings "Business Neighbors Connect" and they will happen quarterly.  Contact Sue Carpenter for more information about a Business Neighbors Connect coming near you or how you can get involved.
Website Traffic Increases

Your Chamber website is your resource for upcoming events, relocation information, and Muskegon County information as a whole. It is also a platform to promote you as effectively as possible. Your business is highlighted through community news, the business directory, events, and more. 

We are excited to report that website numbers continue to improve. Compared to last year, your Chamber website is up over 26% in total page views! In addition, there is an increase of 15% in total sessions and we have an increased average visit duration time and pages viewed per sessions. Last year, more than 145,000 people visited the Chamber website and that number is expected to continue growing! When's the last time you have checked out the Chamber website? Visit it today!
The Billboards are Up!

Have you noticed the new Silent Observer billboards around town? There are several different messages promoting the program.

Silent Observer continues to improve the system. Thanks to the support from our Chamber members, recent investments have been made in new technology to increase the number and quality of crime tips being submitted.

“The new software makes it easy for people to provide information in a completely confidential manner”, says Tom Schultz, Chair of the Silent Observer Advisory Committee.

For more information, visit the Silent Observer website.

Cleaning Increases Business 
Spring is finally here! With spring comes your typical annual spring cleaning. It is a great time to clean your business exterior and parking lots. Research shows that customers notice the exterior of your building!

It is important that all of the businesses in Muskegon do what they can to beautify their own property. Some examples of how you can do this include:
  • Picking up garbage around property
  • Sweep up cigarette buds
  • Wash windows
  • Freshen up flowers
  • Review paint condition
In addition to business clean ups, there are several organized community clean ups scheduled to help keep Muskegon beautiful. Click here to learn more!

Member Benefit: Rachel Stewart

We really strive to give our members the best benefits possible. One huge benefit is your Chamber staff.

This month, we would like to highlight Rachel Stewart. Rachel is the Advocacy and Events Coordinator - also known as the Public Policy and Party Planner! She is your go-to resource for government related issues as well as the lead for Chamber events. We are here to help you! So, please reach out to Rachel and use her as a resource for your business.

Click Here to email Rachel or give her a call at 231-722-3751
RESPECT Highlight
Relationships . Creating and maintaining relationships are key to this year's Chamber theme, RESPECT. Use respect in your business relationships to communicate your pride in your products and services and the community. 
Treasure Hunt Antiques
Thursday, May 4
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
980 W. Broadway

Mission for Area People
Thursday, October 5
Time TBA
Muskegon County Club
2801 Lakeshore Dr.
Applications are being  accepted for the
2017 Lakeshore ATHENA Scholarship!

Click Here for more information.
Date: TODAY - Thursday, April 13, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Muskegon Innovation Hub
Topic : Learn free and low cost marketing tools that are included in your chamber membership benefits.
Price: $5 donation at the door
Event Partners: Downtown Muskegon Now, Muskegon Innovation Hub, Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Muskegon County Club | 2801 Lakeshore Dr.
Topic Meet the 2017 Entrepreneurs of Excellence, the Lakeshore's most innovative entrepreneurs! 
Price $40/member
$60/general admission
$325/corporate table of 8
Event Sponsors: Parmenter O'Toole, Next I.T., Rehmann, Comcast Business, West Shore Bank, Muskegon Innovation Hub, GoodTemps, Hines Corporation, Eagle Alloy, Muskegon County Airport, Production Fabricators

Date: Friday, April 28, 2017 
Time: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: Holiday Inn & Conference Center Downtown Muskegon
Topic Learn about the business of arts and culture and how it directly affects the Muskegon economy.
Price $18/member
$30/general admission
$225/corporate table of 8
Event Sponsors: West Michigan Works! and Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge

March 23- Xorbee

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