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Chamber of Commerce Events

Upcoming Events for Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce

    Don your craziest hat or some crazy eye wear (or both!) and get ready for a fun night in Downtown Mt. Pleasant!

    Mt. Pleasant YPN Downtown Pub Crawl
    WHERE: Downtown Mt. Pleasant
    WHEN: Wed, August 16
    TIME: 5:00 - 10:30 pm
    COST: FREE to Mt. Pleasant YPN Members and their guests!

    -- We'll gather at Mountain Town Station, our first stop!
    -- Everyone is asked to check-in between 5 and 5:30 pm.
         Food will be available.
    -- We'll head out from MTS to our second stop at 6:30 pm
    -- Pre-registration requested
    -- Attendees will receive commemorative can/bottle koozie!

         (while supplies last! Reserved for those who pre-register then first come, first served)
    -- Fun photo scavenger hunt and prizes to be won!

  2. REGISTER TODAY for the 6th Annual Great Lakes Bay Regional Chamber Summit!

    This event is a regional collaboration of the Bay Area, Midland Area, Mt. Pleasant Area and Saginaw County Chambers of Commerce. Join us to widen your network to more area business people, watch the presentation of our annual regional business awards and hear from an outstanding speaker. 

    Our keynote speaker is Valerie Sathe Brugeman, Senior Project Manager at the Center for Automotive
    Research (CAR) in Ann Arbor.

    Achievement Award Recipients:
    Individual - Don Bachand, Saginaw Valley State University (Saginaw)
    Small Business - Central Michigan University Research Corporation (Mt. 
    Large Business - Michigan Sugar (Bay City)
    Quality of Life - Michigan State Police

    Early-bird sign-up (until August 10):  
    $35 Individual/$280 table of 8

    Sign-up (August 10-15):  
    $45 Individual/$360 table of 8

    Online registration ends August 15.
    Contact the Chamber at (989) 772-2396 after August 15 to check availability.
    AUGUST 22, 2017
    PohlCat Golf Course Banquet Hall

    The annual Economic Outlook Luncheon, presented by the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce, features a unique perspective from each of a panel of local and regional community leaders. Hear how different industries perceive and affect our local economy and participate in a question and answer program with our guest speakers.

    11:30 am - 12:00 pm: Check-in, lunch and networking
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm:Panel Discussion and Q&A

    REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, August 16

    Vice President, Client & Community Relations Director, PNC in Mid-Michigan

    Jennifer plays an integral role establishing PNC as a leader in community and philanthropic engagement, particularly in the field of early childhood education through PNC Foundation’s signature program Grow Up Great. Among her civic and professional affiliations, she is chair elect of the Athena WIN organization, board member Impression 5 Science Center, Great Start Collaborative of Ingham County, LEAP place making council and the Lansing Arts Council place making summit.

    Brad WahrVice President of Commercial Lending, Mercantile Bank of Michigan

    Brad Wahr has spent over ten years working in the commercial banking industry for Mercantile Bank of Michigan.  He has spent time working in the Mt Pleasant, Lansing and Metro-Detroit markets. Outside of banking, Brad has a passion for volunteering on various economic development boards and committees. He currently is on the Downtown Mount Pleasant TIFA Board, the Downtown Mt Pleasant Principal Shopping District Board and the Middle Michigan Development Corporation Board. Brad and his wife, Anne, currently live in Mt Pleasant where they are raising their three boys.

    Jennifer WhiteVice President, Marketing & Physician Services, McLaren Central Michigan; CEO, Isabella Citizens for Health, Inc.

    Jennifer is currently dual-employed by both McLaren Central Michigan and Isabella Citizens for Health, Inc. (ICH). ICH is an organization created in 2010 to establish a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Isabella County. Jennifer became the Chief Executive Officer in June 2013. In October 2014, ICH became a “look alike” FQHC. Soon after, in May 2015, the Center was successful in receiving its fully-funded FQHC designation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration.

    As Chief Executive Officer, she is responsible for the entire operation of a health center that provides primary care services to all people of all ages regardless of insurance status. Jennifer is the primary liaison to the Center’s Board of Directors. She provides direction and leadership in achieving the ICH’s mission and strategic direction, which is primarily to provide access to primary medical care for all people. Since 2013, the health center has grown from one provider to 9 full-time medical providers, added a second service site, and integrated behavioral health services within the medical home.

    Rich WellsVice President Operations Canada/US North and Site Director Michigan Operations, Dow Chemical

    Over the course of his 30-year career with The Dow Chemical Company, Rich Wells has held leadership roles in a wide range of areas including advanced manufacturing and engineering (M&E); business leadership; environment, health and safety (EH&S); energy and climate change; and public policy. As a member of the Dow Operations Leadership Team, Wells is responsible for 10 advanced manufacturing sites across North America, ensuring the production and delivery of world-class products and solutions in a safe, reliable, and efficient manner. He also directly manages Dow Michigan Operations—a global strategic site with over 3,000 employees manufacturing specialty products for the agricultural, automotive, energy, electronics, pharmaceutical, and food industries.

  4. Ribbon Cutting

    Laidley Building 
    Friday, August 25, 9 - 11 am
    Ribbon Cutting at 9 am

    Stop by to celebrate the re-opening of the Laidley Building on the campus of the Shepherd Public Schools. 

    SPS and MMCC have donated their time and services to upgrade the facility and to equip the classrooms with necessary equipment to make the classrooms in to full functioning learning environments suitable for instruction.

    168 E Maple St.
    Shepherd MI 48883

    (Just off of Chippewa road next to Shepherd Elementary)

    About Laidley Building

    The 4 room building will be repurposed as a mini satellite campus for the dual enrolled classes offered to Shepherd High School and Early College students.  On this date they will celebrate their continued and strengthened partnership with MMCC.  President Hammond from MMCC will be in attendance along with Superintendent Bunker and many others from Shepherd Public Schools (SPS) to commemorate this joint venture.  They are continuing to enhance their dual enrollment offerings for the students of Shepherd High School and the select few who have enrolled in the Shepherd Early College program. 

  5. Ribbon Cutting
    Lancaster Designs & Cafe
    Tuesday, August 29, 4 - 6 p.m.
    Ribbon Cutting at 4:30 pm

    • Home decor and jewelry prize drawings -- bring your business cards!
    • Refreshments, including coffee, flavored coffee and tea!

    Stop by to welcome Lancaster Designs & Cafe to Downtown Mt. Pleasant and congratulate owners Kelly and Tim Lancaster!

    612 E. Broadway
    Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

    (Same storefront as Creme de la Creme)


    About Lancaster Designs & Cafe

    Lancaster Designs & Cafe specializes in handcrafted jewelry of Modern and Native American design and hobby craft. They carry in-store and online items and also do custom orders. Designer Kelly Lancaster started her business 12 years ago in her home, and it was such a hit that in 2016 she and her husband Tim opened a storefront for Lancaster Designs in Big Rapids, MI. They have recently relocated to Downtown Mt. Pleasant, in the same storefront as Creme de la Creme. Kelly also offers brewed, self-serve Michigan coffee and flavored coffee.