Michigan Manufacturing Firms benefit from joining a Chamber of Commerce

There are three major chambers in our region that manufacturing companies should consider joining when relocating to our community. The local chamber is the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber, the regional chamber is The Detroit Regional Chamber and our State chamber, The Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

The Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber exists to improve the overall business climate for its members by undertaking action which stimulates economic growth, interbusiness communication and member education and promotes legislative direction.
COMMUNITY & QUALITY OF LIFE
The Chamber supports the Linked Greenways initiative that connects recreational pathways and bicycle routes and the Blueways initiative for making use of our abundant water resources.
The Downriver Summit was established to bring together people from the 21 Downriver communities to discuss issues of concern to the region and ways these issues affect the economy of our area.
The Greening Downriver committee that began as part of the 2008 Downriver Summit continues as a standing committee within the Chamber to encourage sustainability in our communities and our member businesses.
The Chamber supports the Brownfield Redevelopment and Redevelopment Ready efforts of our member communities.
The Chamber publishes a Community Calendar to promote events for the 21 participating communities.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The Chamber partnered with the downriver community conference to form the Southern Wayne County Regional Alliance.  The cooperative venture is a public/private alliance engaged in economic development and quality of life activities.
LEADERSHIP
The Chamber offers the Leadership 21 program to identify and train new community leaders who will provide the ideas, common skills and dedication needed to direct the future course of our communities.
The Chamber develops awareness among high school students, our future leaders, about business and community through its annual Youth Leadership program and through sponsored student tables at monthly Legislative Forums.
NETWORKING

            The Chamber sponsors a monthly “After Business, Ours” providing a mini-expo for members.

The Chamber hosts annual events such as the Golf Outing, Steak Roast and Grub Crawl designed to give members networking opportunities.  In addition, many member businesses use these events as a means for showing their appreciation to their customers and staff.
The Human Resources Council meets monthly eight times a year to give HR professionals an opportunity to share and learn from each other in a roundtable discussion of pertinent topics.
GOVERNMENT
The Chamber is your representative on the local, regional, state and national level.  Your voice is heard on vital regulatory, legislative and educational issues affecting your business.
The Chamber hosts monthly Legislative & Business Forums, bringing in government and business leaders to address members and keep them informed.
PUBLICATIONS
The Chamber Connection is included in the News Herald Newspaper on the second Friday of each month.  Chamber members receive a reduced rate on advertising in the Chamber Connection.
The Buyers’ Guide serves as the annual membership and community directory and features an alphabetical list of members and a yellow pages section listing members by classification.  Advertising in the Buyer’s Guide is available to members only.
The (SWCRC)  Chamber offers the exclusive opportunity to advertise in the membership directory, the Buyers’ Guide, in broadcast emails and on the Chamber’s web site.  Members also receive discounted rates on advertising in the Chamber Connection, appearing monthly in the News Herald Newspapers.
The annual Business and Lifestyles Expo provides the opportunity to market your business to over 1,000 business leaders at the Black Tie Preview Party and more than 2,000 individuals and families on the public days.

Read about how the Michigan Chamber and Detroit Regional Chamber’s can help relocating manufacturing firms in the next posts. 

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