Your Chamber President, Cindy Larsen attended her first “State of the State” address in Lansing this month. She thought it was an honor to be the guest of Senator Jon Bumstead who made it possible for her and White Lake Chamber President, Amy Vanloon to be there. “Meeting many state officials in one afternoon was fascinating and fun!” said Larsen. “It was impressive to see Senator Bumstead and his team in action working for our community.”
With a new year brings new leadership to the Muskegon Chamber. Steve Olsen of Northern Machine Tool is the new Chair of the Chamber board, Dave Hazekamp of Hazekamp’s Premier Foods is the new Vice Chair and Shawn Buckner of Meijer is the new Secretary. Randy Filbrant of H&S Companies, PC will continue as the Chamber board Treasurer.
Muskegon – The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome Emily Morgenstern to the chamber staff. Morgenstern joins the chamber as a Communications Specialist. Her position will focus on the creation and implementation of marketing and communication strategies for Chamber, Chamber Member and community success. This includes content development, print collateral, social media messaging and event and community promotion.
“We are excited to have Emily on the team. She grew up in the community and has many business and community contacts; as well as new skills that will help expand the reach of the chamber”, says Cindy Larsen, President of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce.
Morgenstern, a Muskegon native and former Chamber intern has experience in many forms of multimedia communications and networking. She will work directly with business owners and managers when they are trying to promote their products and services through the chamber website and social media. “I look forward to working at this incredible organization and helping both the Chamber and Muskegon Lakeshore community thrive and succeed,” says Morgenstern. Emily can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and 231-722-3751.
Friday, January 24, 2020, over 400 Chamber members and community leaders gathered at the Delta by Marriott Hotel in downtown Muskegon to hear the annual Economic Forecast presented by GVSU economist Dr. Paul Isley. In 2019, Muskegon County was the top performing employment economy in West Michigan and a diverse workforce continues to grow here in part to downtown development. Thank you to our sponsors Manpower, Nichols, The Lakes Mall and Best Financial Credit Union for making this event possible!
Muskegon – The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce announces the appointment of Steve Olsen, president of Northern Machine Tool, as Chair of the Board of Directors for a one-year term, effective January 1, 2020. In addition, Jonathan Wilson, Regional Manager of DTE Energy, has been appointed to the Board of Directors.
As the Chair, Olsen will provide the board of directors with leadership and guidance, while embracing and promoting the Chamber’s theme of Taking It Outdoors.
“It is certainly an honor to represent our local business community as the 2020 Board Chair of the Chamber of Commerce,” said Steve Olsen. “I have always appreciated the Chamber as an organization that creates opportunities for networking and is also a strong business advocate at the local, state, and national level.”
The Chamber’s Board of Directors help to shape the chamber’s positions on critical issues and influence how the chamber works to improve the business environment in Muskegon County. The Chamber’s Board of Directors help establish policy and direction to ensure the Chamber’s mission and strategic vision are achieved and member needs are best served.
Do you know a local business or organization that has been exceptionally excellent? Nominate them today for the annual Excellence Awards! One winner will be awarded in each of the following categories: retail, manufacturing, non-profit, service, tourism, community and entrepreneur.
Muskegon – The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce named Mary Beth Ramos, Ramos & Sons Auto Body, and Lisa Falcon, Comerica Bank, as recipients of the 2019 Ambassador of the Year Award.
The Ambassador of the Year Award is based on an ambassador’s support of the Chamber and its mission, their commitment to Chamber events, and their positive attitude about the Muskegon Lakeshore Community.
Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce ambassadors are volunteers who act as an extension of Chamber staff by promoting and connecting the interests of businesses to the Chamber. The ambassadors make it possible for the Chamber to offer many of its programs and services through the time and work they donate.
Ramos and Falcon have actively promoted the Chamber throughout Muskegon County. They have volunteered at the Lakeshore Art Festival along with many other Chamber and community events, completed member retention calls, and delivered new member welcome bags, while always having a great attitude.
LCC makes gifting easy. Simply purchase a certificate at muskegon.org, print at home or send via email, and redeem at 70+ local businesses.
Plus, Chamber members receive a discount and branded packaging on qualifying orders!
MUSKEGON – As part of the Livability Lab: 100-Day Challenge, Minority Businesses (Team 10), a diverse team of individuals, entrepreneurs, and business people have come together with the sole purpose to strengthen, support, and help grow minority-owned businesses throughout Muskegon County. Team 10 has created a survey to identify the needs of minority-owned businesses in Muskegon County. The survey can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8CY9MWT .
The results of this survey will help in supporting local businesses with the proper resources to fit their needs. Access to resources is a contributing factor to businesses being successful.
At the end of the 100 days, the Livability Lab will reconvene on January 23 to plan the next steps to continue this positive momentum.
This Livability Lab: 100 Day challenge team is working in conjunction with Mercy Health, Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, Muskegon Area First, Muskegon Heights Business Association, West Michigan Hispanic Chamber, Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC), Small Business Development Center (SBDC), SCORE of Muskegon, Muskegon Rotary Diversity & Inclusion committee, Community Foundation for Muskegon County, and local minority owned entrepreneurs.
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MUSKEGON, Mich. – The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce promotes community safety through the Muskegon Silent Observer Program. With over 60 teams and dozens of volunteers, this year’s Chamber Classic golf outing, held at Chase Hammond Golf Club, raised $4,500 for the Muskegon Silent Observer Program. This is the largest amount raised to support the Silent Observer Program from the Chamber Classic.
“This additional funding will enable the Silent Observer Program to enhance marketing efforts throughout Muskegon County and provide additional funding for tips payouts,” said Tom Schultz, Silent Observer committee Chairman. “The number of tips received by Silent Observer, and the amount of rewards paid out for crimes solved, have increased significantly over the past several years. I’m confident that this additional funding will help to continue that momentum for the Silent Observer Program.”
The Silent Observer Program is funded by private donations and contributions from the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. To find more information or to make a donation visit silentobservermuskegon.com.
To submit information on a crime call Silent Observer at 231-72-CRIME (7463), download the P3 Tips app on your Android or Apple device, or visit silentobserver.com.
Muskegon, MI – This year, the Lakeshore Art Festival was again recognized as one of the nation’s best art festival by Sunshine Artist Magazine’s 200 Best. The ranking is divided into the 100 Best Fine Art & Design Shows and the 100 Best Classic & Contemporary Shows, the Lakeshore Art Festival place 21st out of 100 Classic & Contemporary Shows.
Sunshine Artist Magazine, known for its high-quality content in the fine art and craft industry, ranks the nation’s most-profitable fine art and craft festivals based on the sales performance of its exhibitors. Each year exhibitors can vote for their top 10 shows during the year, based on the amount of sales. The top shows were selected based on the number of ballots they were listed on, as well as the total score they earned based on the reported sales.
“This year was a hot one!” said Lakeshore Art Festival Director, Carla Flanders. “Even with the high temperatures, the community came out to support all the exhibitors. If it wasn’t for our amazing community, we wouldn’t be able to put on such a great festival and be recognized on a national level.”
In 2019, the Lakeshore Art Festival provided over $22,000 to local non-profit organizations and artists involved in the festival. Local organizations that benefited include; Boys & Girls Club, Muskegon Big Red Football Team, Read Muskegon, Nuveen Art Center, Muskegon JCI and the Salvation Army. Since 2013, the festival has provided nearly $180,000 in cash back to the local community. This year’s festival had an impact of almost $1.6 million to the Muskegon Lakeshore economy with an overall impact of $7.2 million over the last seven years.
The Lakeshore Art Festival continues its social responsibility by focusing on the triple bottom line. A report will be available with full details in the coming months.
Major sponsors for the Lakeshore Art Festival include: DTE Energy Foundation, Nichols, Betten Baker, Arconic, Northern Machine Tool, Meijer, Eagle Alloy and LeafFilter. A full list of sponsors and details for 2020 exhibitor applications can be found online at: www.lakeshoreartfestival.org.
The Lakeshore Art Festival is a Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce event.
Muskegon, MI –– The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is taking a new approach in attracting people to the Muskegon Lakeshore Area. The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce has partnered with livability.com to provide a platform for nationwide talent recruitment. This program includes promotion of the community though a high-quality magazine, a digital magazine and an online presence.
Twenty eight local organizations helped sponsor this project including local governments, employers and realtors. Anyone who wants to market and promote the local community to newcomers, visitors and relocating businesses can access this publication at livability.com/muskegon-lakeshore.
MUSKEGON, MI – The Watch Muskegon’s beautification campaign makes another investment in beautifying the Sherman Blvd. corridor. The Watch Muskegon campaign in collaboration with the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and the cities of Muskegon, Norton Shores and Roosevelt Park have worked to add over 50 large-scale floral planters at multiple locations along Sherman Blvd. The planters are located at the main crossroad intersections that include: Lincoln, McCracken, Glenside, Wickham, and in the front of the Sherman Bowling Center. Planters were designed, grown and will be maintained by a Muskegon owned business, Barry’s Flower Shop & Greenhouse. This project was made possible through grants obtained by the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, Arconic Foundation, and donations by local partners including Nichols and the Mart Dock.
The Watch Muskegon campaign has completed many projects that have helped to beautify the Sherman Blvd. corridor. These projects include organizing community cleanups, creating a green space which includes a new bus shelter on the corner of Sherman Blvd. and Hoyt St., installing gateway banners along Sherman Blvd, and adding permanent trash receptacles in various locations. The Watch Muskegon campaign has also created lasting relationships with municipalities, local residents, and businesses along the Sherman corridor to implement positive changes in the community.
The Watch Muskegon Community Image campaign was started in 2015, when community partners rallied together to improve the overall image of Muskegon County. The Watch Muskegon campaign is comprised of three pillars: education, beautification, and marketing. Community pride, positive word-of-mouth, education and multiple advertising campaigns help to draw new residents, tourists, and businesses to the Muskegon Lakeshore Area.
Many programs were developed out of the Watch Muskegon campaign. The Muskegon Star program educates participants on the many assets Muskegon County has and demonstrates ways to share the message that Muskegon County is a great place to live, work, play and learn. The Care-A-Lot program was born out of the Watch Muskegon campaign. The non-profit organization helps reduce blight by buying distressed properties, improving and maintaining the properties, and then returning them to community members at a minimal cost.
The Watch Muskegon Campaign is in its fifth year of the six year campaign. For more information, visit watchmuskegon.com.
About the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce – The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is the premier business membership organization on the Lakeshore. The Chamber represents approximately 1250 businesses and organizations, of every size and type, all over West Michigan. The Chamber has been working for 126 years to sustain an environment for business success, through community leadership, promotion, inclusive business advocacy and valued member services. The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is an award winning Chamber, being named Chamber of the Year for the State of Michigan in 2006, 2010, 2012, and 2015 by the Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals.
September 27 | 7:15 AM – 9:00 AM | Delta Hotels by Marriott
Join us for breakfast as local resident, Kevin Dykstra, presents his theory on Muskegon’s Connection to Civil War gold.
Kevin, who appeared on the History Channel’s “Curse of Civil War Gold” will share his story and journey to television!
CALL 724-3174 TO REGISTER
Friday, September 27, 2019
7:15 AM – 9:00 AM
Delta Hotels by Marriott
939 Third Street
Muskegon, MI 49440
$300/corporate table of 8
This year’s Muskegon Home, Garden, and DIY Show drew a record crowd. With almost 1800 people in attendance, the exhibitor floor was buzzing with attendees looking for their next spring projects. The newest addition to the Home, Garden, and DIY Show was the opening of the Gallery Level in the Fricano Place Event Center.
“Opening the Gallery Level allowed us to have more exhibitors than we have had in previous years,” commented Kristin Knop, Show Director. “The response on the opening of the new level has been very positive.”
Almost every seminar offered was filled to capacity. Chef Char from Kitchen 242, floral arranging by Skeeter Parkhouse of Wasserman’s Flowers & Gifts, and DIY chalk painting with Pretty in Paint were among show favorites. Some attendees even came early just to sign up for their favorite seminar.
Our featured artist, Jeremy Church, spoke with guests in the Gallery Level about what it takes to get a great photograph and the preparations he takes to get amazing photos. One of Church’s photography prints, of the Muskegon State Park Blockhouse, was given away to a lucky person who attended the home show. Additionally, Create.a.frame Studio had budding artists painting their own home décor canvases all day.
“We are already looking forward to keeping this momentum going for next year’s home show,” says Knop.
The Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY Show is a production of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce with support from the Lakeshore Home Builders Association. Sponsors included, Shepherd Shoreline Gutters & Garage Doors, First General Credit Union, Padnos, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Spectrum Reach and many others. For a complete list of sponsors visit muskegonHGS.org.
The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce recognized those who are making a lasting impact on the community at the first annual “Excellence Awards” Luncheon. This year’s winners set the standard of excellence every day in their business sector.
The 2019 Excellence Award Winners are:
• Retail – Sanborn’s Inc.
• Manufacturing – Geerpres, Inc.
• Non-Profit – Read Muskegon
• Service – The Station Grill
• Tourism – USS Silversides Submarine Museum
• Community Engagement – CWC Textron
• Entrepreneur – Ice Box Brand Ice Cream Bars
The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce has a long history of recognizing innovative business leaders and has awarded an outstanding entrepreneur(s) each year since 1982. This year’s Excellence Awards are expanding on the past award program and awarding winners in seven categories.
May 30 | 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM | Holiday Inn & Conference Center
Get connected to your countywide peers in government and business, learn what is happening in 2019 and how your local efforts play into countywide and regional decision making!
Topics include the State of Housing and Talent, Opportunity Zones, Infrastructure, Roads and Construction and Marijuana Zoning.
City of Muskegon
Thursday, May 30, 2019
7:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Holiday Inn & Conference Center
939 Third Street
Muskegon, MI 49440
Elected officials within Muskegon County are complimentary.
Muskegon, MI –– The 2019 Muskegon County and Area Map is now available, in circulation and online at https://www.harborhouse.com/muskegon-map/ . The map is a valuable guide for locals and the hundreds of thousands of annual visitors to Muskegon County.
This free map is more than just a cool tool to help people find their way around Muskegon. It highlights local attractions, beaches, trails, and boat launches, and it is a great way to share Muskegon and the Muskegon area to those who are not familiar with the lakeshore.
The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce produces the full-color map. The map is available at the Chamber’s Welcome Center and throughout Muskegon County at restaurants, hotels, shops and other locations.
AT A GLANCE
What: 2019 Muskegon County and Area Map
Distribution: The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce’s Welcome Center located at 380 W. Western and a variety of locations across the county.
Produced by: The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce
from Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce’s Newsletter, “The Insider eNEWS”
Biggest Show Yet!
Nearly 1,800 guests made their way through 51 exhibitor booths at the 2019 Muskegon Lakeshore Home, Garden + DIY Show.
This year brought a new gallery level and more elaborate displays than ever before! Highlights included 14 heavily attended DIY seminars, a special decor space designed by Blended Furniture and Wasserman’s Flowers & Gifts, and craft beer and wine tastings courtesy of Tyler Sales.
The event was held at the Fricano Place Event Center and resulted in an extremely high level of exhibitor and guest satisfaction. One exhibitor mentioned it was the best show they have ever attended in their 30+ year career!
“We are happy to feature local businesses and provide new ideas for our guests! We look forward to offering even more in 2020!” says Kristin Knop, Event Director.
Run for Office!
During these transformative West Michigan times, you may want to consider running for city commission. There will be multiple open seats in various cities for the upcoming election period. Contact your local city clerk for candidate information and more details.
Muskegon, MI – The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce announces the addition of Justin Pelham to the chamber staff. Pelham joins the chamber as the Communications Specialist. His responsibilities will include managing e-communications, chamber brand publications, and media relations. “We are excited to have Justin on the team as he brings new skills in technology that will help expand the capabilities of the chamber”, says Cindy Larsen, President of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce.
Pelham, a disabled veteran and recent graduate from Grand Valley State University, has experience in many forms of multimedia communications. He will work directly with business owners and managers when they are trying to promote their products and services through the chamber website and social media. “I look forward to working with local businesses and hope my skills will bring value to the chamber and to the community”, says Pelham. Justin can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
from the Watch Muskegon Market Report
L3 Technologies Combat Propulsion Systems (CPS) is preparing to double its production of engines and transmissions, which means more jobs and investments in its
facility, said CPS President Maria Hedden during a recent facility tour with MLive/Muskegon Chronicle.
“What we do matters to the safety of our nation,” Hedden said. “We power freedom.”
Since then, MOKA has built dozens of homes and currently supports over 800 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism. The mission of MOKA continues to expand, as they offer community jobs through supported employment, living supports, skill building programs, behavior analysis treatment options, and more.
The organization employs approximately 550 employees in roles such as Residential Support Staff, Skill Building Mentors and Youth Autism Specialists.
Get outdoors! The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex features two acres of outdoor ice rink, a 1/4 mile ice skating trail, a luge track (one of only four in the United States!) and endless cross country skiing or snowshoe trails.
People were invited to join Watch Muskegon in enjoying the great outdoors on February 12 anytime from 4pm to 10pm. Those who pre-ordered activity passes received a special rate, and a portion of the proceeds went back to the campaign.
The upcoming Muskegon Home, Garden, and DIY Show is expanding! With the opening of the new Gallery Level, the event will feature over 50 local businesses. The show will include everything from windows, cabinets and floors to home décor, lighting, landscaping and much more! The Muskegon Home Show is taking place at the Fricano Place Event Center on March 8 and 9.
“We are excited to open the Gallery Level and feature local businesses like Jeremy Church Photography and Create.a.frame Studio that will allow guests to paint their own art décor or purchase a lovely photo for their homes,” commented Kristin Knop, Show Director.
Seminars by local businesses are one of the most popular features of the show. This year’s seminars include cooking with Chef Char from Kitchen 242, floral arranging by Skeeter Parkhouse of Wasserman’s, DIY chalk painting with Pretty in Paint and much more!
Event highlights include; décor space by Blended Furniture, garage door solutions by Shepherd Shoreline, lending options by First General Credit Union, and landscaping ideas by Mike Rose Landscaping. Plus, FREE tulips while supplies last, thousands of dollars in giveaways, and discounted Fricano’s Pizza!
Tickets are only $5. Kids 12 and under are free. Tickets are available online at muskegonHGS.org. Advance tickets are recommended, but tickets will be sold at the door.
The Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY Show is a production of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce with support from the Lakeshore Home Builders Association, Fricano Place, Shepherd Shoreline Gutters & Garage Doors and First General Credit Union. Other home show supporters are listed online at muskegonHGS.org.
Approximately 200 people gathered at your chamber’s Future 15 STIR Networking Event last month celebrating fifteen of the Muskegon Lakeshore’s up and coming young professionals:
• Alison Updyke, Wildflower Studios
• Andrew Mann, Muskegon Habitat for Humanity
• Cherrelle Hughey, Community enCompass
• David Manley, Core Realty Partners
• JacQuaye A. Payne, Community Foundation for Muskegon County
• Jake Eckholm, City of Muskegon Heights
• Jimmy Hegedus, Great Lakes Dental Excellence
• Jocelyn Hines, Community Foundation for Muskegon County
• Joshua Mueller, Spectrum Health
• Kara Zielinski, United Way of the Lakeshore
• Kevin D. Osterhart, Concept Design Studio
• Megan Aney, Sitting Pretty Pet Spa & Boutique
• Philip David DeYoung, Self Employed Musician
• Rachel Stewart, Muskegon Community College
• Travis Dodge, Longer Days
The 2018 Future 15 finalists were recognized for contributing to the growth and success of their company or organization and the positive impact they are making in the Muskegon Lakeshore community.
Muskegon, Michigan – The ATHENA on the Lakeshore committee is pleased to announce the 2018 ATHENA Award Finalists and the 2018 ATHENA Young Professional Award Finalists. Celebrating its 14th year, the ATHENA awards are presented annually to recognize outstanding lakeshore women who have demonstrated excellence in their business or profession, provided valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in their community, assisted women in reaching their full potential and exhibit the spirit of regional collaboration. This year, we celebrate nine ATHENA Finalists and four Young Professional Finalists.
2018 ATHENA Award Finalists
Zaneta Adams, William Hughes, PLLC; WINC; Lighthouse for Veterans
Mary Boyd, Mercy Health & St. Joseph Health System
Jennifer Bustard, Mona Shores Public Schools
Pam Curtis, Senior Resources of West Michigan
Kimberly Maguire, Mercy Health Muskegon
Julia Rupp, HealthWest
Brianna Scott, Brianna T. Scott & Associates
Chris Stevenson, JW’s and J-Dubs
Barbara Lee VanHorssen, Extended Grace
2018 ATHENA Young Professional Award Finalists
Sara Barco, Weiss Chiropractic
Meghan Heritage, Blue West Properties
Dena Isabell, Consumers Energy
Cece Riley, HealthWest
The ATHENA Award presentation luncheon will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at Muskegon Country Club. Reservations are required. Cost to attend is $35 per person for chamber members, $55 per person for non-members or $400 for corporate table of eight. A portion of all tickets sales supports local leadership programs. Reservations can be made by visiting www.muskegon.org or by calling the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce at 231.722.3751.
ATHENA on the Lakeshore continues to be a unique program supporting, developing and honoring women leaders along the lakeshore. ATHENA on the Lakeshore is a program of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg. PNC Bank is the premier sponsor.
Muskegon, August 30, 2018: MOKA announces the opening of the Crescent Home and cordially invites the community to an open house on Thursday, September 6th from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The event is co-hosted with the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and includes a tour of the home and a ribbon cutting ceremony, acknowledgements and remarks at 5:00 p.m. Refreshments will be provided by Ryke’s Bakery and The Cheese Lady.
The recently constructed Crescent Home will be a new residence for six individuals with developmental disabilities moving from an existing home. The new home is located at 472 West Hile Road in Norton Shores.
MOKA is a charitable nonprofit organization supporting children and adults with autism, intellectual or developmental disabilities and mental illnesses throughout western Michigan. The agency currently supports more than 800 individuals and provides more than 750,000 hours of direct service annually. The nonprofit agency was created by parents and advocates in 1978 and currently employs 488 employees who help carry out our mission to create opportunities for independence and acceptance in our communities by supporting people in making choices, building relationships, sharing places, developing skills, enhancing reputations, and giving back to our communities.
from Watch Muskegon Market Report’s June Newsletter
Ambitious plans are in progress for the latest Muskegon development, Windward Pointe.
The 120-acre parcel, once home to the Sappi Paper Mill, may include various types of residential properties, mixed use buildings and more. Proposed features include a canal system with marina, a hardscape park, hotel and town center.
A new plan to fill Michigan’s talent pipeline was announced in Downtown Muskegon this week.
Governor Rick Snyder visited the Muskegon Community College Sturrus Technology Center on Wednesday to sign the Marshall Plan. First introduced in February, the plan aims to fill the state’s talent gap and better prepare students for in-demand careers. Millions of dollars will be invested in innovative job training, workforce development and education programs.
Fifteen of the Muskegon Lakeshore’s up and coming young professionals are being recognized by the business community. These individuals contribute to the growth and success of their company/organization and are making a positive impact along the Muskegon Lakeshore.
“The next generation of professionals is becoming more influential in our community and it is important they are recognized for the contributions being made to the area’s economy and quality of life,” says Cindy Larsen, President of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce.
A selection committee, consisting of young professionals that were among the 2017 Future 15 award recipients, gathered to determine who this year’s Future 15 would be. After careful review of the nominations, this year’s Future 15 emerging young leaders are as follows:
- Alison Updyke, Wildflower Studios
- Andrew Mann, Muskegon Habitat for Humanity
- Cherrelle Hughey, Community enCompass
- David Manley, Core Realty Partners
- Jake Eckholm, City of Muskegon Heights
- JacQuaye A. Payne, Community Foundation for Muskegon County
- Jimmy Hegedus, Great Lakes Dental Excellence
- Jocelyn Hines, Community Foundation for Muskegon County
- Joshua Mueller, Spectrum Health
- Kara Zielinski, United Way on the Lakeshore
- Kevin D. Osterhart, Concept Design Studio
- Megan Aney, Sitting Pretty Pet Spa & Boutique
- Philip David DeYoung, Muskegon Civic Theater
- Rachel Stewart, Muskegon Community College
- Travis Dodge, Longer Days
The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce representatives interviewed candidates running for county offices on business development and job creation. Two candidates received the highest “5” star rating. These candidates understand the economic issues facing the Muskegon Lakeshore community and will stand up for programs and services that create jobs and prosperity in Muskegon County.
Candidates were questioned about leadership, knowledge of the business community and how they plan to personally help Muskegon achieve its full economic potential. The volunteer representatives spent a combined total of nearly 50 hours conducting the interviews and rating the candidates.
A complete list of candidate ratings can be found in the Advocacy Center at www.muskegon.org. “This online resource provides the community a platform to quickly compare the local candidates running for office and access other election resources,” says Viktor Anderson, co-chair of the Government Affairs Committee.
“The Chamber encourages all of Muskegon’s residents to educate themselves on the candidates’ qualifications and participate in the election process,” says Eric Ringelberg, co-chair of the Government Affairs Committee. “We hope that employers will promote the importance of voting in the August 7 primary election.”
For more information about the community, business development and the elections, please visit the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce website at www.muskegon.org.
Muskegon, MI – Muskegon, Michigan is the winner of the 2018 national Strong Towns Contest! This contest is hosted by the Strong Towns organization, a non-profit community development group, who recognizes America’s most sustainable and resilient communities. Muskegon entered the month long contest competing in a bracket-based competition where finalists included Annapolis, Maryland; Greenville, South Carolina; and Kent, Ohio.
Muskegon was recognized for its ability to implement change that makes the community stronger. The judges acknowledged Muskegon for its “wildly successful farmers market, commitment to rebuilding the downtown and its good use of waterfront,” according to the Strong Towns announcement.
“It truly was March Madness for Muskegon because we had to jump through hoops each week to make it to the contest finals,” says Cindy Larsen, President of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. The contest included writing essays about the town, sending photographs, a podcast and a live webcast with the City Manager, Frank Peterson and Chamber President, Cindy Larsen. Members of the strong town organization across the country along with local community residents casted their votes for their favorite community. In the championship round, Muskegon, Michigan won against Kent, Ohio by 4 percent!
“Muskegon has come so far in recent years. It is great for the residents to receive this recognition. Strong Towns isn’t about one project or one person, it’s about everyone chipping in to move a community forward,” says Larsen. “Anyone who visits will see that Muskegon truly is a strong town and has set the framework to be successful for the next generation.”
What office item was invented in Muskegon?
And the answer…the Steel File Cabinet!
Yes, Muskegon is beautiful but it is much more than that! Become Muskegon STAR! certified and get knowledge on how unique Muskegon County really is.
This class will help you:
• Attract new talent
• Improve the visitor’s experience
• Enhance your customer’s experience
You will receive an official STAR! pin, certificate of completion and free admission to several area attractions! This class is taught by community experts: Pat Shafer and Linden Peterson.
Thursday, May 17
1:00 – 5:00 pm
West Michigan Works! Office
316 Morris Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440
$25 per person
Friday, May 18 | 7:15 AM – 9:00 AM | USS LST 393
Food & Facts – Take a break to educate.
Optimize Your Google Listing!
Tuesday, May 1 | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Join us to learn how to completely optimize your “Google My Business” Listing with 9 simple tips.
Presented by: Michele Ringelberg, Owner of ThrivePOP, a local web and marketing firm.
Michele has over 20 years’ experience in web and marketing services and was named Marketing Genius in a nationwide IT Marketing Services competition in Nashville, TN.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce Training Room
380 W. Western Ave. Suite 202
Muskegon, MI 49440
Lunch will be provided.
Temporary Staffing Services
Seven local Entrepreneurs of Excellence will get recognized for making a lasting impact on the community at The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce’s annual “E-Awards” Luncheon. Entrepreneurs improve the standard of living in our community in addition to creating jobs, new businesses, and social change.
The luncheon event celebrating Muskegon’s entrepreneurial spirit will be held on April 27. During the luncheon, one will be named Muskegon’s 2018 Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year.
The 2018 Entrepreneurs of Excellence are:
• Steven Crooks, WaterDog Outfitters
• Lari Hines, Salon 297 Hair Studio & Day Spa
• Jim Stevens, J. Stevens Construction
• Jim VanderWier, Redi Rental & Uganski Roll-Off Services
• Rick Weihl, Hurricane Power
• Jim Wilde, Wilde Signs
• Carol Yarnold, Dog Star Ranch
The entrepreneurial stories of this year’s Entrepreneurs of Excellence will be shared at the Annual E-Awards Luncheon. These awardees are chosen by a committee comprised of past Entrepreneur Award winners. On the program is past Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year, Scott Erdman, Owner of Erdman Machine Co. who will share his story of success.
E-AWARDS LUNCHEON AT A GLANCE:
What: E-Awards Luncheon Celebrating the Spirit of Entrepreneurship along the Muskegon Lakeshore
When: Friday, April 27, 2018 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Muskegon Country Club, 2801 Lakeshore Drive
Cost: $40/chamber members, $60/general admission, $395/corporate table of 8
About: Recognition of the lakeshore’s Entrepreneurs of Excellence, the announcement of Muskegon’s 2018 Outstanding Entrepreneur Award Winner and hear from past Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year, Scott Erdman, Owner of Erdman Machine Co.
Sponsors: Parmenter Law, Profab, Rehmann, GoodTemps, Fifth Third Bank, Next I.T., West Shore Bank, Eagle Alloy, Hines Corporation, Manpower, Comcast Business
If you would like more information about the award, program, or to register for the event, contact the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce office at 231.722.3751 or visit www.muskegon.org.
from Watch Muskegon Market Report’s February Newsletter
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Chamber President, Cindy Larsen, won the Grand Rapids Business Journal 2017 Newsmaker of the Year award this month. The award recognized Muskegon’s redevelopment efforts which include over $1 billion in investments!
In addition to winning the overall 2017 Newsmaker of the Year award, Larsen and the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber won the Newsmaker award in the economic development category as well. WATCH US GO! Click here to learn more.
More living options are available Downtown Muskegon and they are quickly filling up! Highpoint Flats filled 11 of their 47 apartments within the first week that the leasing office was opened. This is just one of many projects making Downtown Muskegon a living destination. Highpoint Flats is on schedule to be complete this May.
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Location and design of the new convention center is under way! Progressive AE, an architectural design firm, has been contracted to work on the proposed convention center. The Muskegon City Commission and Muskegon County are working together to make this happen. The convention center is expected to open in 2021 with construction starting in 2019.
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Read Muskegon, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life through improved literacy in Muskegon, was selected as a finalist in the MiBiz Best-Managed Nonprofits Awards. They opened their family literacy center in Muskegon Heights last May.
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Muskegon receives more national recognition! Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon was mentioned by National Geographic as being a destination for surfers. Muskegon is continuously getting put on the map on a national level for its innovation, cultural offerings and natural resources. New this year is the Great Lakes Surf Festival slated to happen this summer.
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January 2017 = 168
January 2018 = 132
Average Sale Price
January 2017 = $121,389
January 2018 = $121,276
December 2016 = 75,900
December 2017 = 76,400
December 2016 = 72,300
December 2017 = 72,400
84% of NEW Promise scholars are planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree after the promise.
Statistics provided by: The Department of Energy, Labor, & Economic Growth; Michigan Association of Realtors, and the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District
Muskegon, MI – Cindy Larsen, President of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, accepted the Grand Rapids Business Journal 2017 Newsmaker of the Year award this morning at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids. This award recognized Muskegon’s redevelopment over the year which includes over $1 billion in investments.
Over 600 West Michigan business and community leaders were on hand to witness the award recognition. “It is great to see Muskegon being recognized for its economic success,” says Larsen. “The Watch Muskegon campaign was launched at the perfect time to capture the amazing story of Muskegon’s evolution.”
The community engagement strategy formulated by the Watch Muskegon Campaign has tapped the energy of over 100 community stakeholders and thousands of area residents. “From large businesses and small business start-ups to investments by education and government, Muskegon’s resurgence is now unstoppable,” according to the Chamber President.
Also recognized at this event was GE Aviation/Norton Shores facility. They are one of many growing manufacturing companies located along the Muskegon Lakeshore.
Each year, Grand Rapids Business Journal reporters and editors meet to discuss nominees for the upcoming Newsmaker of the Year honors. This year, more than 225 choices were considered before determining the top three nominees in 16 different categories. The top selection from each category was recognized with an industry Newsmaker award, and the 2017 Newsmaker of the Year was selected from among the winners of those 16 categories. The top Newsmaker in each category and the overall Newsmaker of the Year were announced during the event.
About the Chamber – The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is the premier business membership organization on the lakeshore representing over 1,200 businesses and organizations. The Muskegon Chamber represents businesses of every size and type all over West Michigan. The Chamber is celebrating 125 years in operation working to sustain an environment for business success through community leadership, promotion, inclusive business advocacy and valued member services. The Muskegon Chamber is an award winning Chamber, being named Chamber of the Year for the State of Michigan in 2006, 2010, 2012, and 2015 by the Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals.
from Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce’s Action Alert
We need people with business experience running for elected positions. This year, Muskegon County Commission seats are available.
Now is the time to start preparing! Below are resources to help you begin your journey into public office.
The Chamber’s government affairs committee is here to help!
MUSKEGON, MI — A host of residential developments have been completed, are under construction or in the planning stages for downtown Muskegon. With the transformation of downtown Muskegon from the Muskegon Mall era, now is the time to celebrate “Live Downtown Muskegon, an urban Lakeshore lifestyle.”
Downtown Muskegon Now with the support of five groups excited about the explosion of downtown residential options launched the Live Downtown Muskegon initiative at the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce’s Home, Garden + DIY Show at Fricano Place Friday and Saturday March 9 and 10. The same reasons that it is exciting to work and play in downtown Muskegon, it is now just as dynamic to live here as well, according to DMN Executive Director Dave Alexander.
“From affordable senior apartments to luxury homes on Muskegon Lake, 2018 will see all sorts of living options open up in downtown Muskegon,” Alexander said. “Among the $50 million-plus in downtown construction now underway are more than 150 apartment units that will open this year that are desperately being sought by the West Michigan market.”
Live Downtown Muskegon had a table at the Home, Garden + DIY Show to provide information on all of the downtown housing options – those existing, under construction and in the planning stages. There are also a host of reasons that living downtown is truly joining the “urban lakeshore lifestyle.”
Among the reasons to Live Downtown Muskegon:
• Walk to restaurants, breweries and distilleries.
• Be a part of more than 1.1 million people who visited downtown Muskegon last year for events and institutions
• Join the 10,000 of your friends and neighbors at the Saturday Muskegon Farmers Market
• Celebrate motorcycles, Irish music, Fridays in Hackley Park, arts and crafts, Christian music, Polish culture, jazz music and much more at annual festivals.
• Cheer on the home teams Muskegon Lumberjacks, the Muskegon Risers and West Michigan Ironmen at L.C. Walker Arena.
• Continue your education at the Muskegon Community College Sturrus Center, the Baker College of Muskegon Culinary Institute of Michigan and Hackley Library.
• Shop local, specialty retailers at the Century Club Center, Western Market, Cheese Lady, Front Porch and Vintage Redefined.
• Live in the dynamic and diverse urban Nelson Neighborhood.
• Experience art, history and culture at the Muskegon Museum of Art, Lakeshore Museum Center, Muskegon Heritage Museum and the Hackley & Hume houses.
• Take in Muskegon Lake sunsets at Muskegon County’s Heritage Landing.
• Bike, run or walk on the Lakeshore Trail along Muskegon Lake.
The Live Downtown Muskegon table was at the home show Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Alexander provided a seminar at the home show on downtown living Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. The Event Center at Fricano Place is at 1050 W. Western in downtown Muskegon’s Western Waterfront district.
Live Downtown Muskegon is being launched by Downtown Muskegon Now, Watermark Place, Lakeview Lofts, Port City Construction/Heritage Square Townhomes, Hinman Group/Terrace Flats and downtown’s Core Realty Partners.