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BLADE GATES: New Year, New Opportunity to Invest

By | January 23, 2024

BLADE GATES: New Year, New Opportunity to Invest While it may be too late for me to say “Happy New Year”, it’s great to be writing the first Chamber column of 2024. I don’t know about you, but ever since the spring of 2020 when so much of our world was flipped upside down, time…

BLADE GATES: How are you connecting with your community?

By | December 18, 2023

BLADE GATES: How are you connecting with your community? The end of the year always comes at a surprise to me. How is it that 2023 is coming to a close already? While I have never been big on New Year’s Resolutions, I always find myself reflecting on the year’s past and considering what I…

BLADE GATES: What Makes Small Business, Small Business?

By | November 20, 2023

BLADE GATES: What Makes Small Business, Small Business? ‘Small Business Saturday’ has become a national phenomenon. As a new employee with the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce, I am always hearing the phrase, ‘every season is small business season’… and for good reason! When any business joins the Chamber of Commerce, they invest in the…

CASSIDY JESSUP: Where are the untold stories of women in our business community?

By | March 25, 2023

Each story is only as good as the author who tells it, and this month especially, the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce is recognizing women’s stories in advocacy and business.  Did you know, according to statistics highlighted by author Sarah Hollenbeck in, women-owned businesses account for 42% of all U.S. businesses, and are responsible for employing…

OPINION: Businesses, individuals went above and beyond in 2022 

By | February 24, 2023

For each of the five award categories, the Awards Gala Committee has selected the top three finalists to choose from in a live vote during the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce 2023 Business Awards Gala, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Each of the finalists is a business or business leader that has demonstrated outstanding…

DYLLAN WALKER: Winter provides downtime to enjoy Manistee’s amenities

By | January 27, 2023

It’s a great time to be a local in Manistee, Michigan. Following a busy summer and packed holiday season, we have a perfect opportunity to take some time for ourselves and embrace our community’s winter wonderland. From January to March, we see lower traffic, reduced business hours, only very little sun, and a lot of…

CASSIDY JESSUP: Shopping locally in Manistee County has great impacts

By | December 8, 2022

It’s always Small Business season in Manistee County! Don’t miss out on the magic of traditional Christmas shopping – and the small businesses across the county have you covered.  Not only is there a gift for everyone, but you’re also supporting your friends, neighbors, and community by shopping locally. When they thrive, we all thrive.…

STACIE BYTWORK: Housing, incentives make business easier in Manistee County

By | October 28, 2022

Making Business Easier in Manistee County: Housing and Incentives The demand for housing in Manistee County has continued to grow, and if we want to see action, there are many incentives and opportunities available.  The Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a non-partisan City Council and County Commissioner Candidate Forum last week, highlighting the issues…

TED FRICANO: The process of bringing Fricano’s to Manistee

By | September 30, 2022

Everything was a fight.  Opening a new business, Fricano’s Manistee River, would not be possible without the support from the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce, the City government officials, realtor and Chamber Ambassador Gini Pelton, and the Downtown Development Authority.  Four years ago, in 2018, I began scouting locations in Manistee. Initially, I was interested…

CINDY VASQUEZ: A new perspective: investor, ambassador, community advocate

By | August 26, 2022

Positive connections are vital to growing our community, and the businesses within our beautiful county. For Manistee, it can be as easy as showing up to Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce programs and networking opportunities.  As a Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, Leadership Program graduate, volunteer at the Annual Golf Outing, and regular attendee of Chamber…