The Kirtland Foundation hosted its 2nd Regional Chamber of Commerce Business After-hours on March 7, 2013 from 6 -8 p.m. in the Student Center. The Center was at full capacity as approximately 170 guests attended to network and be present for the Chamber of Commerce PowerPoint presentations. Michigan beer and wines were sold and hors d’oeuvres were available for the guests. Attending the event were area business owners and citizens of Kirtland’s service area. Also present was State Representative Bruce Rendon, Senator Moolenaar’s district liaison Bev Bodem, Congressman Benishek’s representative Daniel Blough, Congressman Camp’s representative Jeremiah Napier, Senator Stabenow’s regional manager Brandon Fewins and Senator Levin’s representative Dusty Houser.
The theme for the evening was “Connecting Kirtland Communities,” and each Chamber took turns showcasing the exciting initiatives that are happening in their counties. Grayling Chamber spoke about their art initiatives in the downtown area, Higgins Lake-Roscommon Chamber presented their Fireman’s Memorial, the electronic sign in downtown Roscommon that was donated by KCC, the Roscommon Historic Model Train Club and other area events. Houghton Lake Chamber highlighted Tip-Up-Town and the areas fishing and outdoor appeal. The Saint Helen Chamber showcased their “dirt sports” and potential of having some new lights put up in the near future to entice expressway traffic to stop at their exit. West Branch Chamber spoke of their new shopping guide and Kirtland’s new satellite office. Oscoda County Chamber focused on their MiFair Achieves initiative and the Timberland Quilt Trail. Tawas Chamber presented on why “it’s always a beautiful day on the Tawas Bay!” The Sunrise Side Wine and Hops Trail was prepared with lots of maps and brochures for folks to display wherever they could because word of mouth is the best form of advertisement. Oscoda-AuSable Chamber of Commerce focused their presentation on construction of their county by the downtown development authority.
The Kirtland Foundation was very pleased at the turnout and success of the event. By the Chambers sharing and updating the area communities on their unique initiatives it helps to “Connect Kirtland Communities.”