Our members have lots to say about being part of the Chamber. They’re happy to tell you how the Chamber adds value to their brands with the information, resources, advocacy and connections needed to grow their business and foster our community. Here’s a few of those stories.
“The Chamber gives you the opportunity to connect with other people, other business owners. It gives you a chance to let people know who you are and creates some validation for yourself and your business." - Ted Vaughn, Tolman’s Wholesale Meats
"We are fortunate to have such a proactive and skilled chamber advocating for a positive and fair business environment for all."
- Robert Hughes, Advantage Benefits
“Being a part of the Chamber’s Center for Community Leadership has definitely made an impact on my personal and professional development.”
- Michelle Rabideau, Mercy Health
“The Chamber’s outstanding resources help my clients establish roots in West Michigan through participation in the Multicultural Association of Professionals, Inside Grand Rapids, and Leadership Grand Rapids programs.”
- Mary Smith, Greenridge Realty, Inc.
“Our relationship with the Chamber has proven helpful in marketing and keeping up with business trends."
- Pam Olsen, Presto Print
“A strong Chamber serves as a central clearing house to support the growth and development of organizations across industry and in Grand Rapids, we have that.”
- John Zevalkink, Columbian Logistics Network
“Through our Chamber activities, we have developed great relationships with many area businesses and like-minded professional services firms."
- Rick Chrisman, Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors
"The Chamber helps us to make the RIGHT connections that enable us to continue to grow. I would encourage other companies to engage the Chamber and the resources early in their development and growth stage."
- Gary Schuler, Owner, MyWay Storage
"The Grand Rapids Area Chamber helps me learn about the new taxes and regulations that impact our business as well as connect with elected officials and local businesses."
- Tom Bylenga, President, Star Truck Rentals
"The Chamber is very helpful. It’s a resource; it’s a connector; it’s an ambassador for our city to new companies and new employees. Their promotion of our city and our economics has helped all of us. Being in business in Grand Rapids is a great thing."
- Mary Witte, President & Owner, r.o.i. Design
"[Business Casual] was the first Chamber event I've been to in more than 10 years. The amount of young professionals that showed up was very refreshing to see and the energy was certainly appropriate for networking." - Noble Williams, Marketing Director, Supersavings.com
"Capitol Day was phenomenal---informational, enlightening and empowering. In addition, it was wonderful to be able to network with other LGR grads/participants as well as Chamber staff." - Jim Verlinde, Vice President and Relationship Manager for Corporate & Institutional Banking, The PNC Financial Services Group
"I am loving the Business Exchange Luncheons! They have been awesome and I have met so many great people." - Laurie Lillie, Allegra Marketing, Print & Mail
“I have never seen any chamber as dynamic as the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.” - Derek McBeth, TEC (The Executive Committee)
"As always, I would like to thank Rick Baker for having me and my Grand Rapids Community College ABO students as guests at the Business Matters Series. It's been an awesome year hanging out with you guys." - Chris Sain Jr.