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2018 - 2019 Leadership Program Accepting Applications

The Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce has opened applications for potential and current leaders to join the Manistee Area Leadership Program for the 2018/2019 year.


Participants can expect to build their leadership skills, meet present business leaders, grow their network, identify community needs, form professional relationships, tour industries and leave a legacy for future classes.


The nine month program will begin with an orientation and retreat Sept. 13-14 and follow with seven days throughout the program where participants will connect with local professionals and interactively learn trends in education, healthcare, government, natural resources, tribal and more.


Become a part of this great program:

2018 2019 Leadership Program Application 2018 2019 Leadership Program Application (251 KB)

2018 2019 Leadership Program Description & Schedule 2018 2019 Leadership Program Description & Schedule (253 KB)

2018 2019 Leadership Program Scholarship Application 2018 2019 Leadership Program Scholarship Application (315 KB)

2018 2019 Leadership Program Acknowledgement Form 2018 2019 Leadership Program Acknowledgement Form (195 KB)





Forest Festival Thank You!
Another Manistee National Forest Festival has come and gone, and we would like to give a HUGE thank you to all of our sponsors:
Presenting & Fireworks Sponsors - Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and Little River Casino Resort,

Title Sponsors - RAM, Watson Country, DTE Energy Foundation and West Shore Bank

Champion Sponsors - 9&10 News, Ludington Beverage, Manistee Ford, Martin Marietta, Packaging Corporation of America, and Vacation Trailer Park & Vacation Trailer

Festival Supporters - 4Front Credit Union, Boyer Insurance Agency, Consumers Energy, Dr. Shrink, Filer Credit Union, Knizacky Insurance Agency, Manistee World of Arts & Crafts, Morton Salt, Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital, Ramsdell Inn & TJ's Pub, Salt City Kettle Corn, Top Line Electric, Will Zoscsak Logging & Trucking.

We'd also like to thank all of our volunteers, everyone who attended the events and a special shout out to all the smiling faces of the Public Works Employees (the smiling faces pictured above) for all the set up for the event, you guys rock!

We look forward to what the 83rd Forest Festival holds!






Part of the services provided by the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce to our membership is assisting in setting up a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. We design the invitations, create the event on Facebook and tag your business as an organizer and co-host which extends the reach of the event to the audience of both Facebook pages, broadcast the event in the Chamber E-Newsletter as well as a featured event on the Chamber Website. 

In addition we send the event in an e-blast to our entire membership, the Chamber Board of Directors, Ambassadors, and local media. We also bring the big scissors and the ribbon! For more information on requesting a Ribbon Cutting, check out the link to the form below: 


The Michigan Small Business Development Center has redesigned their online training series "The Fundamentals of Small Business Success" launching January 17th!

Webinars included will cover: Starting a Business, Writing a Business Plan, Marketing Your Business, Financial Management, and Business Legal Issues.

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DATE: September 13, 2018
TIME: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
LOCATION: Bungalow Inn

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR(S)

Filer Township DDA


Matt Knizacky
Owner/Agent, Knizacky Insurance Agency

Being an Ambassador has been very fulfilling both personally and professionally.  It has allowed me to meet many people who have become friends and clients.


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