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Tree Huggers Plants Roots in Downtown Holland

Tree Huggers Plants Roots in Downtown Holland

The former Post’s Jewelry store in Downtown Holland is now home to a unique new business.  Tree Huggers, which sells earth-friendly products exclusively, opened its doors at 6 West Eighth Street just last Thursday, February 9.  The store was formally located in the Westshore Mall before moving downtown.

“Downtown Holland is perfect for us,” said Tree Huggers owner Angela Topp.  “We are so excited to be surrounded by local businesses that support one another. The downtown is amazing and we cannot wait to jump in and join all the activities that make it so unique.  We love the walkable community that Eighth Street has created.”

Leadership West Michigan Graduates 27 in December 2011

Leadership West Michigan Graduates 27 in December 2011

The 2011 class of Leadership West Michigan (LWM) graduated on December 15, 2011. The class of 27 participated in 8 day sessions over the past 4 months which included a two day bus tour of the region and culminated in Regional Trustee day and graduation.

Patricia Ackerberg - Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce  
Justin Arnold - WMPS  
Charles Ash, Jr. - Warner Norcross & Judd LLP  
Douglas Bagley - Ottawa Area ISD - MTEC  
Michael Brecht - St. Mary's Health Care  
Marlene Brostrom - Michigan Works Ottawa County  
Cindy Brown - Hello West Michigan  
Frederick Bw'Ombongi - Spectrum Health  
Valerie Byrnes - Barry County Chamber of Commerce  
Kyle Dannenberg - Ottawa Area Intermediate School District  
Lori Duff - TrueNorth Community Services  
Kathy Finkler - Davenport University  
Jeffrey Hoerle - Priority Health  
Ammy Johnson - Harbor Hospice  

Holland business owner helps form Michigan Main Street Leadership Council

Holland business owner helps form Michigan Main Street Leadership Council

Job makers and small business owners across the state today announced the formation of the new Michigan Main Street Leadership Council, a steering committee that will work with lawmakers in Lansing to close the Internet sales tax loophole, level the playing field for local businesses on "main street” and protect Michigan jobs. The state House of Representatives is currently considering bipartisan House Bills 5004 and 5005 that would close the loophole and recognize that a sale is a sale is a sale.

What can the Holland Chamber do for you?

What can the Holland Chamber do for you?

Chamber Membership Orientation is an informative event that provides a comprehensive overview of Chamber events, programs, and committees.

  • Learn how to utilize your membership to its fullest
  • Network with fellow business owners and executives
  • Meet Chamber staff
  • Find out what committees interest you and how you can get involved

New members and long-time members welcome.  Limited seating.  Lunch is provided.

Thursday, January 12, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Mercantile Bank (880 E 16th St, Holland) - There is no cost for this event

Membership Orientation Sponsor:  Accident Fund Insurance Company of America

What will 2012 hold for Holland's economy?

What will 2012 hold for Holland's economy?

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM)—Guests of the Holland Chamber of Commerce’s Early Bird Breakfast this month will get a sneak peek of what 2012 holds for the local economy.

George Erickcek, an analyst at the WE Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, will present his employment and economic forecast January 10.  The presentation will also include a national economic outlook and  regional business conditions.

The Earl Bird Breakfast will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Haworth Inn & Conference Center.  The event is $15 for chamber members, and $25 for non-chamber members.

TEDx Macatawa Lunch

TEDx Macatawa Lunch

From: http://www.hollandchamber.org

Please join us on Friday, January 13 for the TEDX Macatawa Lunch, a unique opportunity to view a TED video and discuss the 'ideas' worth spreading with other community thought leaders.  Lunch will be provided.

While there is no cost to attend this event, we do ask you to register.

Friday, January 13, 11:45 am - 1:00 pm, Herrick District Library (300 S River Ave, Holland), There is no cost for this event

TEDX Macatawa Lunch is sponsored by:  Holland Area Chamber of Commerce, Zeeland Chamber of Commerce, Lakeshore Advantage, Herrick District Library & TEDX Macatawa

Time to start reading "Great by Choice" for the January Business Book Group

Time to start reading "Great by Choice" for the January Business Book Group

January 18, 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Herrick District Library

Great by Choice by Jim Collins asks: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not?  Based on nine years of research, buttressed by rigorous analysis and infused with engaging stories, Collins and his colleague, Morten Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times.

Discuss hot topics in business in this dynamic business book group co-sponsored by Herrick District Library and the Holland Area Chamber of Commerce and facilitated by Mark de Roo, Owner of Keystone Coaching & Consulting.

Pick up a copy of the book at the Library's Circulation Desk.  Please bring your own lunch, or come a little early and buy one from Captain Terry's Galley.  While there is no cost to attend this event, we do ask you to register.