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The goal of any Chamber is to assist local businesses in furthering their interests to build a healthier economy. Our primary function is to convene, communicate, and connect. The Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce has four main priorities: Legislative Advocacy, Economic Development, Leadership/Professional Development, and the Downtown Development Authority.

Your Chamber is a leader in the state with a model that includes Economic Development. Investment in the Chamber of Commerce supports our efforts in all areas which benefit every business and the overall community.

Advocacy Benefits Every Manistee County Business!

Advocacy is one of the most important reasons to invest in your local Chamber. The Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce is part of the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance which includes 16 other Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Organizations. Collectively we work with one voice to advocate on policies and issues that impact our businesses in our rural northern Michigan

Economic Development Promotes Growth And Revitalization Of Revitalization Of Our Local Area

Your Chamber is uniquely positioned as a leader in the state for its public-private partnership approach to economic development in Manistee County. Economic Development is critical for a community
to thrive, it allows citizens to have employment opportunities, and local government to be able to generate revenue to provide services. Economic development organizations work to promote investment in the community as well as retain and grow jobs.

Leadership Is Key To Address Challenges

Leadership within the community is important to address the challenges and opportunities facing us. Effective leadership is about facilitating and enabling people to act. Effective social action, community renewal, and community development rely on leaders from all spheres and levels of the community.

Downtown Development Authority

Downtown is the commercial core of a community that serves as its social and economic center. It is an important catalyst that will help the success of all our county businesses & communities.

Support, Networking, Connecting & Visibility Are all an Important Pieces to Ensure Business Success

Other important purposes of a Chamber are to provide business support, host networking events, and offer your business sponsorship opportunities to be visible in the community. We are here to help you form relationships in many ways!