A Message from Your Director (September 2014)

Now that the primaries are behind us, attention has shifted to the November elections and marquee matchups between Republican Governor, Rick Snyder and Democratic challenger Mark Schauer, and Republican Terri Lynn Land and Democrat Gary Peters, running for an open U.S. Senate seat, Brian Calley and Lisa Brown, running for Lieutenant Governor, Judy Emmons and Fred Sprague vying for the 33rd District State Senate seat and Phil Potvin and John Ruggles running for the position of State Representative of the 102nd district, not to mention all of those running for local offices.

There are many issues currently looming over businesses, such as: government mandates, regulatory fees, taxes, minimum wage rates, roads, healthcare and free enterprise, to name a few. How do businesses thrive amid all of the legislation?

The Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce recently formed an Educational Programming Committee that is responsible for tracking legislative issues, providing educational opportunities to our members, and advocating for business interests to our government officials. The first order of business for this group was to organize a Legislative Breakfast to give interested parties the opportunity to meet the candidates and hear where they stand on the issues that affect the business community inMecostaCounty.

All of the candidates, mentioned by name in the first paragraph, have been invited to the inaugural event. The list of those attending will be updated as confirmations are received. The event will include a breakfast buffet and will be held at the Holiday Inn on September 26, 2014 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.; everyone is welcome – our goal is a community full of well-informed voters! Tickets are $15.00 and may be purchased at the Chamber office, on our website or by phone at 231-796-7649.

The Chamber is also currently immersed in the biannualMembership Drive, which will wrap up on September 18th at 5:30 p.m. at Cranker’s Restaurant and Brewery. If you are not currently a member of the Chamber and would like to be, please contact our office for more information, a complete list of the benefits we offer and a list of all the incentives offered during the drive!

As always, if there is anything we can do for you, please do not hesitate to ask!

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