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Watch Muskegon Campaign Making an Impact

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May 19, 2017

 

Watch Muskegon Campaign Making an Impact

 

MUSKEGON, MI – Muskegon’s image as a great place to live, work, and play has improved according to an independent research firm. The Watch Muskegon mid-campaign results were presented to the community during the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce’s Business for Breakfast event.  Avenue ISR, an independent research firm, conducted a perception survey to determine the effectiveness of the Watch Muskegon Campaign in improving the perception of Muskegon County. Survey results indicated that the Watch Muskegon Campaign has made a positive impact on the image of Muskegon, both locally and throughout West Michigan.

 

The survey revealed that within the Muskegon community 95% of respondents were familiar with the Watch Muskegon Campaign and that 38% of respondents throughout West Michigan recall seeing or hearing the campaign messaging. In addition, residents of Muskegon County and its surrounding counties are more likely to see Muskegon as a place to live, work, and play compared to before the campaign launched.

 

“We are thrilled to see that the campaign is moving the needle and positively affecting the overall perception of Muskegon County both locally and regionally,” says Carla Flanders, Director of Watch Muskegon. The survey also identified some of Muskegon County’s greatest assets which are its natural amenities, cultural amenities and diversity.

 

During the presentation, Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce’s President, Cindy Larsen, adds that there is still room for further improvement. “We need to get to the point where Muskegon’s image is cemented. Ongoing funding is needed, as well as help from the general public. For the next stage of this campaign, we are challenging you to take 100 photos of Muskegon and post them on social media using the hashtag #ThisIsMuskegon during the month of July for the chance to win big,” says Larsen.

 

The Watch Muskegon Campaign is in its last year of the initial campaign. However, due to the commitment of its stakeholders, the campaign is expected to continue for another 3 years. For more information, visit watchmuskegon.com.

May 2017 E-news

May 2017 E-news. 

Muskegon Art Festival Awarded for Sustainability Efforts

CONTACT: CARLA FLANDERS
MUSKEGON LAKESHORE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
PHONE: 231-724-3176
FAX: 231-728-7251
cflanders@muskegon.org

 

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May 2, 2017

 

Local Art Festival Awarded for Sustainability Efforts

 

MUSKEGON, MICHIGAN – The Lakeshore Art Festival continues to increase the quality of exhibitors attending and has made great strides toward zero waste event management. Because of their work in implementing a sustainable special event in the Muskegon community, Lakeshore Art Festival has just been awarded the 2017 Sustainability Champion Award.

 

“We are very thankful to be recognized as the Sustainability Champion for special projects award,” says Carla Flanders, Lakeshore Art Festival Director. “It has been our goal to provide a sustainable model that supports local business, protects the environment, and educates our youth. We feel our efforts not only improve the festival but the community as a whole in creating an overall positive experience.”

 

The festival has grown from focusing on recycling plastic bottles to an all-encompassing recycling and composting program that includes a “Green Team” educational initiative. Since the inception of the program, the festival has recycled over 3,457 pounds. This equates to 15 cubic yards of landfill space saved which is enough volume to fill 3,109 1-gallon jugs of water. The Lakeshore Art Festival is one of the only festivals in Muskegon County to take a waste reduction program to these heights. This was all made possible by a grant from the DTE Energy Foundation. More information on the Lakeshore Art Festival’s sustainability efforts can be found at http://www.lakeshoreartfestival.org/.

 

Lakeshore Art Festival was recognized along with three other Sustainability Champions on Thursday, April 20th at the 2017 Sustainability Champion Awards Ceremony. This event featured stories of people and businesses in the Muskegon community who have been making a positive difference in their sustainability efforts.

 

Recipients of the Sustainability Champion Award were presented with a unique trophy made primarily from recycled tires. In addition, recipients of this award also received a free booth exhibitor space at the Earth Fair Expo which took place at Montague High School Saturday, April 22nd.

 

The Lakeshore Art Festival is an annual event that features a unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food, and fun in beautiful Downtown Muskegon, Michigan. Previously, The Lakeshore Art Festival has been recognized by Sunshine Artist Magazine as one of the “200 Best” in the country and by ArtFairCalendar.com as “Favorite Small Town Art Fair.”

 

Local Art Festival Awarded for Sustainability Efforts

CONTACT: CARLA FLANDERS
MUSKEGON LAKESHORE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
PHONE: 231-724-3176
FAX: 231-728-7251
cflanders@muskegon.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2017

Local Art Festival Awarded for Sustainability Efforts

MUSKEGON, MICHIGAN – The Lakeshore Art Festival continues to increase the quality of exhibitors attending and has made great strides toward zero waste event management. Because of their work in implementing a sustainable special event in the Muskegon community, Lakeshore Art Festival has just been awarded the 2017 Sustainability Champion Award.

“We are very thankful to be recognized as the Sustainability Champion for special projects award,” says Carla Flanders, Lakeshore Art Festival Director. “It has been our goal to provide a sustainable model that supports local business, protects the environment, and educates our youth. We feel our efforts not only improve the festival but the community as a whole in creating an overall positive experience.”

The festival has grown from focusing on recycling plastic bottles to an all-encompassing recycling and composting program that includes a “Green Team” educational initiative. Since the inception of the program, the festival has recycled over 3,457 pounds. This equates to 15 cubic yards of landfill space saved which is enough volume to fill 3,109 1-gallon jugs of water. The Lakeshore Art Festival is one of the only festivals in Muskegon County to take a waste reduction program to these heights. This was all made possible by a grant from the DTE Energy Foundation. More information on the Lakeshore Art Festival’s sustainability efforts can be found at http://www.lakeshoreartfestival.org/.

Lakeshore Art Festival was recognized along with three other Sustainability Champions on Thursday, April 20th at the 2017 Sustainability Champion Awards Ceremony. This event featured stories of people and businesses in the Muskegon community who have been making a positive difference in their sustainability efforts.

Recipients of the Sustainability Champion Award were presented with a unique trophy made primarily from recycled tires. In addition, recipients of this award also received a free booth exhibitor space at the Earth Fair Expo which took place at Montague High School Saturday, April 22nd.

The Lakeshore Art Festival is an annual event that features a unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food, and fun in beautiful Downtown Muskegon, Michigan. Previously, The Lakeshore Art Festival has been recognized by Sunshine Artist Magazine as one of the “200 Best” in the country and by ArtFairCalendar.com as “Favorite Small Town Art Fair.”

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New Event to Discuss Economic Development

CONTACT: JODI KITTLE
MUSKEGON LAKESHORE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
PHONE: 231-724-3176
FAX: 231-728-7251
jkittle@muskegon.org

 

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April 20, 2017

 

New Event to Discuss Economic Development

 

MUSKEGON, MICHIGAN – Muskegon County is changing its profile on many levels. Therefore, The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and Muskegon Area First have organized a new event called the Muskegon County Economic Summit. This event focuses on gathering key decision makers of local government and business to discuss issues related to the Muskegon Lake port, infrastructure projects, community safety, transportation, cost of government and more.

 

“The dynamics around our local economy are changing rapidly,” says Cindy Larsen, President of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. “This summit is designed to get our local decision makers up to speed on topics that impact our residents.” In addition, The Economic Summit will provide networking opportunities among community leaders that otherwise, may not be possible.

 

There are nine program presenters to date:

  • Mayor Steve Gawron, City of Muskegon
  • DJ Hilson, Muskegon County
  • Sam Janson, City of North Muskegon
  • Erin Kuhn, West Michigan Shoreline Development Regional Commission
  • Mike Meyers, Norton Shores
  • Mayor Gary Nelund, Norton Shores
  • Frank Peterson, City of Muskegon
  • Sheriff Mike Poulin, Muskegon County
  • Mayor Chris Witham, City of North Muskegon

 

The 2017 Muskegon County Economic Summit will take place on Friday, May 12, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Muskegon Innovation Hub. Admission is $25 per person. You can register online at muskegon.org.

Wellness Spa wins 321 GO! retail competition, business plans move into Muskegon’s Midtown

Contact: Dave Alexander
Downtown Muskegon Now
231-215-8827
dalexander@downtownmuskegon.org

 

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April 14, 2017

 

Wellness Spa wins 321 GO! retail competition, business plans move into Muskegon’s Midtown

 

Muskegon, MI – Four potential retailers for Downtown Muskegon’s emerging Midtown competed in a “pitch competition” as a Muskegon woman with a passion for expanding her wellness spa business taking the grand prize.

 

A panel of five 321 Go! judges selected Jodi McClain and her East of Eden Wellness Spa proposal for the space at 1144 Third Street being offered by building owner Brad Martell for six months of free rent. McClain and Martell will now negotiate the businesses entry into the space that once was an auto dealership showroom and office, hoping to reach a one-year lease for the space beyond the initial six months.

 

“I can’t wait to see you all in Midtown,” McClain told the 321 Go! gathering at the Muskegon Innovation Hub at Grand Valley State University April 13 that also was a Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours.

 

McClain is a veteran message therapist and wants to expand her practice to a destination wellness business offering floatation and dry salt therapy along with messages. Judges found McClain’s pitch to be for a unique service not found in Muskegon from a businesswoman who is experienced and passionate with a researched business plan.

 

“I am excited and humbled to be selected as every one of the other presenters did such a great job,” McClain said. “Thanks to all who have taken a chance on me. Now let’s all get ‘salty.’”

 

McClain wins a prize package of more than $20,000 in value considering the six months’ rent from Brad and Mandy Martell along with business services from legal to marketing and accounting.

 

Also making their pitches to the judges were Sheeka Hawkins of Simply Vintage Design, a custom jewelry business; Emily Prow of the Occidental Barbershop, a men’s grooming center; and Shaun Haldki and Rebecca Holtz of SkeeTown Nutrition, a nutrition club and shake bar. The event emcee was Muskegon entrepreneur and Muskegon County Commissioner Bob Scolnik

 

The three budding businesses not winning the 321 Go! competition will be embraced by the event sponsors – GVSU Muskegon Innovation Hub, Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Muskegon Now – and the Muskegon business community to find ways those business plans can progress.

April 2017 E-News

April 2017 E-News. 

Muskegon’s Entrepreneurs of Excellence Announced

The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce’s annual “E-Awards” recognize the lakeshore’s most innovative entrepreneurs. A luncheon event celebrating Muskegon’s entrepreneurial spirit will be held on April 19 to recognize eleven Entrepreneurs of Excellence that have made a lasting impact on the community. During the luncheon, one will be named Muskegon’s 2017 Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year.

 

The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce has a long history of recognizing innovative business leaders and has awarded an outstanding entrepreneur(s) each year since 1982. The awards program was recently rebranded and reinvented to better highlight the Lakeshore’s many successful entrepreneurs and showcase the rich foundation of entrepreneurial spirit in the Muskegon business community.

 

The 2017 Entrepreneurs of Excellence are:

• John and Besty McIntyre, Anderson Global

• Ed Babbitt, Babbitt’s Sports Center

• John Essex, CORE Realty

• Denise Kanaar, D & D Logistics

• Ed Dombrowski, Industrial Metal Cleaning Corporation

• Rob Riegler, Lakeside Surfaces

• David Bayne, Muskegon Awning & Fabrication

• David Ramos, Ramos & Sons Body Shop

• Craig Hindes, Scott Meats

• Randy Mulder, SERVPRO of Muskegon

• Kristi Kettler, Sparrow Boutique

 

The entrepreneurial stories of this year’s Entrepreneurs of Excellence will be shared at the Annual E-Awards Luncheon. These awardees are chosen by a committee comprised of past Entrepreneur Award winners.

 

Also hear from past Entrepreneur of Excellence, Kathleen Riegler, founder of The Cheese Lady. In 2004, Kathleen Riegler resigned from her job and decided she wanted to sell cheese at the Muskegon Farmer’s Market. In less than 3 weeks, she had a name, a license and a sign. The Cheese Lady now has 6 different locations and continues to grow.

 

E-AWARDS LUNCHEON AT A GLANCE:

What: E-Awards Luncheon Celebrating the Spirit of Entrepreneurship along the Muskegon Lakeshore.

When: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Where: Muskegon Country Club, 2801 Lakeshore Drive

Cost: $40/chamber members, $60/general admission, $325/corporate table of 8

About: Recognition of the lakeshore’s Entrepreneurs of Excellence, the announcement of Muskegon’s 2017 Outstanding Entrepreneur Award Winner and hear from past Entrepreneur of Excellence, Kathleen Riegler, founder of The Cheese Lady.

If you would like more information about the award, program, or to register for the event, contact the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce office at 231.722.3751 or visit www.muskegon.org.

New Artists Coming to Muskegon

Final artists for this year’s 2017 Muskegon Lakeshore Art Festival have been selected. “We are pleased that this year, jurors selected local favorites as well as up and coming artists who will bring new style and energy to this event. Approximately 110 new artists will be participating for the first time,” according to Carla Flanders, Lakeshore Art Festival Director. Over 300 artists and crafters from all over the country have been selected to showcase and sell their art July 7th and 8th in downtown Muskegon.

A jury of artists and craft professionals review each application to verify all pieces are unique and handmade by the artist. “Careful attention is made to make sure there is variety and diversity of items displayed throughout the show,” says Carla Flanders. The focus of the Lakeshore Art Festival is to present one-of-a-kind art to attendees that is available to purchase, not just for display.

New this year is a Student Art Showcase for young artists (K-12 grade) that will be displaying and selling art for the first time in their lives! This special area has been organized in partnership with the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District. Additionally, the show has created openings for Emerging Artists. These limited spaces are reserved for artists just learning how to apply to and become part of a large scale art event.

The festival will continue to host “fine art” in beautiful Hackley Park, while handmade crafts will be displayed on beautiful Western Avenue and 4th Street. Artists travel from as far away as Texas and California to participate in the destination event which has been named one of the “Best Small Town Art Shows in America” according to ArtFairCalendar.com.

The Lakeshore Art Festival includes street performers, a children’s area, music and food. Additional NEW 2017 festival features will be announced at a later date. For more information go to lakeshoreartfestival.org.

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March 2017 E-news

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Other ways to get involved

Volunteer for the Lakeshore Art Festival

A unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food and fun along the shoreline in historic Downtown Muskegon. More than 300 artists and crafters will be showcased with fine art in the park, crafts, children’s activities and Michigan food market – all wrapped up in a huge downtown street party atmosphere!   Come out and join us on July 7th,  and July 8th, 2017.

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Join Watch Muskegon

Muskegon has more to offer than ever before. Join the conversation, movement and Watch Us Go!

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