The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Local Businesses during National Small Business Week

Community News |May 3, 2022|2 min read

National Small Business Week, May 1 -7 is a time to celebrate local businesses and entrepreneurs. Muskegon County is filled with small businesses and the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce wants to give special recognition to these businesses.

The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce plans to visit over 100 small businesses in Muskegon County. during National Small Business Week this year. “Connecting businesses on an individual level is very important in the post pandemic era” says Tamara Jackson-Gatewood, Director of Membership Services. “Our goal is to provide more businesses with access to top-tier networking opportunities and customized resources,” she added.

Small business incubators and tourism businesses are the focus of the engagement program where chamber ambassadors and staff make personal visits to deliver business resource information and available to answer questions.  Local business incubators include the Century Club and the Western Market Chalets in downtown Muskegon along with Muskegon Innovation Hub, as well as the new Muskegon Market and Mercantile space located in Roosevelt Park.

It is also the time of year that tourism businesses expand their hours, hire staff and increase promotions.  “It is a time when small business owners step up business promotion, advocacy and community engagement”, says Cindy Larsen, President of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber.

As the largest business network on the Muskegon Lakeshore, with over 1260 members, the chamber is also reminding residents to “Shop Local” during a spring gift season.  “Mother’s Day, graduations and weddings are great opportunities to spend money locally”, says Larsen.

If your business has questions about resources, marketing or networking opportunities, contact the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce at 231-722-3751 or