The Grand Rapids Chamber has long supported the creative community in Michigan. This was recognized when we were chosen as one of five chambers in the state of Michigan to partner with the Michigan Film and Digital Media Office on their Creative Chambers program. This program offers funding for chambers to further support the creative community in the regions they serve.
Creatives in the following industries are included in the directory: Advertising, architecture, arts schools, artists & agents, creative technology, culture & heritage, design, fashion, garment & textile, film, AV & broadcasting, literary, publishing & print, music, performing arts & visual arts & crafts.
Our Creative Chamber Members Are:
- Dynamic organizations looking to be part of the Grand Rapids Chamber’s large network of businesses
- Are specifically part of one of the 12 creative industry categories listed above
- Excited to participate in Creative Chamber-specific programming, as well as all of the business services that the Grand Rapids Chamber has to offer
- Receive a $250 scholarship to support their first year of Chamber membership
For more information on becoming a member of the Grand Rapids Chamber, please visit "Join the Chamber" below and contact Laura Traxler, Director of Membership, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021 Creative Chambers Council
Ali McNamara, MCA Media
Benjamin Hunter, Wolf Den Studio & Farmers Insurance
Elisabeth Barry, Grand Rapids Voice Collective
Eric Dimmick, Ozone Films
Hugh Ingalls, Ingalls Pictures
Jamey Limbers, Ceramic Artist
Katie Moore, ArtPrize
Kris Mathis, Spring GR
Richard App, Grand Rapids Chamber
Steven Reynolds, Art Exchange
Shayna Harris, SIX Magazine
Tarah Cranahan, Treetops Collective
The Creative Chamber Council
The Creative Chamber Council meets quarterly and attends and promotes workshops, mixers, and other Chamber events throughout the year, including the EPIC Gala. We ask that our council members commit to attending 80% of our programming for the year. Please only apply if you can make this commitment.
We want to thank our current Council members for their time, ideas, connections, and passion for the creative sector here in West Michigan. We would not be able to create great without you and we value your expertise. Hear from our current Council members about why they give their time and consider applying today:
"I choose to serve on the council as a representation of the next generation of Thought Leaders. As a millennial, it is important that we keep creativity and innovation at the core of our businesses & community."
- Shayna Harris
Additions to the Council will be reviewed in November of every year for a January 1st start date.
CEO & Management Roundtables Scholarships for Creatives
If you are a creative business owner or in a management position looking for a group that gives you feedback on some of the tough business issues you are facing and can speak from their own personal experience in similar business situations, then the CEO and Management Roundtables are for you. Scholarships for creative business are available each program year which start in April of each year. The program provides structured discussion groups of 10-13 business executives, CEO/owners, team leaders, and management. The same group of participants gathers each month in a confidential setting to discuss issues affecting their businesses.
Creative Chamber Mixers for Great Networking
Here at the Chamber, we know that connections are key to creating a thriving business environment. Our general business membership is looking for creative talent and creatives are looking for opportunities for employment that will grow their businesses. Therefore, we have mixers throughout the year where traditional businesses can network with creative contractors and organizations to ensure creative economic prosperity in our region. Join us at our next mixer!
Creative Business of the Year Award at EPIC
At our Annual EPIC Awards Gala, we will be creating a special award recognizing a Creative Business of the Year. This will include recognition of finalists ahead of the event (4-6 Creative Business Finalists) at our finalist reception as well as recognition at the event. We anticipate 400-500 people in attendance. This audience is a wide mix of community members, business leaders, and non-profits moving Grand Rapids forward with their Entrepreneurial, Progressive, Innovative, and Collaborative initiatives/organizations. We will also plan to have Creative Talent perform at this event and utilize creative talent for the creation of an out-of-the-box video.
Nomination forms will open June 1 and close on August 30th. Please see the link below to nominate your favorite creative business.
Join Us for our Next Workshop
During the April workshop, Michigan Department of Treasury tax education specialists will present tax basics for small businesses, including specific illustrations and examples for folks in the creative industry. Topics include sales/use tax responsibility, tax-exempt transactions and purchases, tax implications when hiring employees versus contractors, registering your business with Treasury, and filing guidance.