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West Michigan Business Day at the Capitol

Get on board with the Grand Rapids Area Chamber for West Michigan Business Day at the Capitol. Meet with West Michigan legislators to discuss issues that are important to the business community. Attend committees, House and Senate sessions, and hear from department heads. Enjoy lots of great member-to-member networking that occurs throughout the day!


Event Details

Date | Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Location | Michigan State Capitol Building, 110 South Capitol Ave., Lansing

Time | 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (bus departs Grand Rapids at 7:00 a.m./departs Lansing at 3:00 p.m.)

Cost | Free

*Expo Tables are available for $50. Please contact Mercedes Cowper to reserve your expo table at or at (616) 771-0341.

Questions, contact Joshua Lunger at 616.771.0336.

This event is ideal for: Any business interested in advocacy or gaining exposure from elected officials throughout State government.

If you like the West Michigan Business Day at the Capitol, you may also like:

Annual Meeting
Politics & Pints
Public Policy Breakfast with Legislators
West Michigan D.C. Fly-In


Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsors of this event understand that their success depends on the success of other businesses and a strong economy. Companies that sponsor this event have a stake in making sure Michigan is the best place in which to do business. Past sponsors include Amway, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Indian Trails, Inc., Meijer, and McAlvey, Merchant & Associates.

Why sponsor the West Michigan Business Day at the Capitol?

• Develop and strengthen relationships between your business and legislative leaders 
• Position the West Michigan business community as an important player in Lansing
• Meet influential lawmakers and staff who determine the policy agenda in Lansing 

Click here for sponsorship levels and benefits or contact Diane Cisler at 616.771.0357.


"A worthwhile day to build relationships with other Chamber members and our legislators."

"The Grand Rapids Chamber does a great job of advocating for West Michigan Business and ensuring that our elected officials are aware of the issues we are facing."

"Worthwhile use of one's time to meet legislators, educated oneself on current issues, and get a personal view of our government in action."

"Business Day at the Capitol was such a smooth event. We didn't have to worry about parking, meals etc. We got up close and personal with our legislators and were able to use the great relationship that they have with the Chamber as an institution to raise the visibility of our own individual issues."

"Found the visit interesting. The trip did provide an opportunity to meet members of the GR Chamber as well as a few Lansing people."

"Chamber Day is a great way to make West Michigan visible to administrators and legislators who may not recognize the intense interest we have in good public policy."

"It was an excellent opportunity to hear firsthand from elected officials what they are working on and the outcomes they hope occur from the efforts. Also to hear from appointed individuals about their roles, objectives and targeted outcomes; AG, LARA and Community Health Appropriations; Watching legislative process in action demonstrates why you need close personal relationships with governmental officials to accomplish informed and beneficial change."

"The West Michigan Business Day at the Capitol provided an excellent opportunity to network with other Chamber members as well as engage personally in the democratic governing process. Cheers for the Chamber!"

"It gives us a chance to thank our legislators and let them know we care about what they are doing. I was impressed with the person who spoke for the AG's office and the people in charge of reviewing regulations."

"Thanks for the trip to Lansing (February 21.) We are very happy with our Chamber membership and look forward to maintaining our relationship for years to come. Great job guys." -Ryan Bennett, West Michigan Plumbers, Fitters and Service Trades Local #174

2014 Event Sponsors

Without the generous support of our sponsors, it would not be possible to present this event.

Premier Sponsor

Capitol Day Underwriter


Exclusive Transportation Sponsor


Chamber Champions
Lacks Enterprises, Inc.


For more information regarding this event, please contact Chris Glass at 616.771.0311.

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