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  • 2014 was good, 2015 looks even better!

    Posted January 1, 2015
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    As the Chamber wraps up 2014 and I look down the road at 2015, I marvel at the change and growth that has taken place—a new chamber member directory in the form of a Visitor’s Guide online and in print, the Save Local Now app and member marketing platform, 4-Star Accreditation and more.  As January rolls in, the staff are busy preparing for another year of record-setting attendance at our events, aligning past practices and inconsistencies with best practices and reaching higher to provide service and value to our members.

    Manufacturers will have more resources in 2015, starting with a featured speaker on the impact of 3-D printing on the manufacturing industry; retailers and professional services have more ‘shop local’ tools and all members now have the opportunity for greater visibility. The Chamber website is also getting updated with more features and tools, and even the Friday communication has a new svelte look! 

    Our networking events will have more actual networking and business showcasing in 2015, starting with the January Business After Hours at Cravings.  We are adding networking events as well to reach our members in the Berrien Springs and Eau Claire communities and executive leadership networking lunches.

    The Chamber has added a map to our member visibility toolkit and we have negotiated a great package for members who want to advertise on the map and in the 2015 Michigan's Great Southwest Visitor's Guide.  The value is a great deal for our members.  Members taking advantage of the Great Lakes Sweep membership level will be featured in the 2015 digital and print editions of the 2015 Visitor's Guide, as well as being underwriting sponsors of all the Chamber's signature events including the Business Recognition & Casino Night, Golf Tournament and Steak Fry and Fall Trade Fair.

    We are working hard to give every member real value and continue to find more benefits for our members through networking, advocacy, visibility and benefits for all of our members. 2015 couldn't look any brighter.