History

CELEBRATING 82 YEARS OF SERVICE IN 2014

The South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce has been serving the greater South Haven area for 82 years. Incorporated under the laws of the State of Michigan, its principal office is located at 606 Phillips Street, South Haven, Michigan 49090. Having formed on March 11, 1932 the Chamber is defined as a Section 501 (c)(6) not-for-profit organization.

In 2014 the South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce will continue its program of work in community and economic development, but most will strive to provide developmental opportunities for membership. We are working hard to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses through BRACE: Business Resources & Counseling for Entrepreneurs, a county-wide economic development initiative that originated from the office of the South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce. We will continue with successful programming throughout 2014 including our annual Summit in November, After Business Hours events between September and May, and the Entrepreneurs Club (E-Club) Series. This year we will pursue programming and events that are cutting edge and aligned with our mission to support economic growth and opportunities for success in the greater South Haven area.

Through 2014 we will build on our membership and provide opportunities for members to engaged and be involved. Due to the expertise and commitment of our volunteers, a diverse and active group representing near 400 businesses with an interest in the area, the South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce will again be a major voice for the region. We will work collaboratively with organizations and develop meaningful relationships with other communities to the benefit of our members.

Our Board of Directors has established these and other strategic initiatives for 2014 with the purpose of ensuring that the South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce provides value-added services to our members and is a driving force in facilitating business prosperity.

The success of the South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce depends on the continued support from area businesses, non-profits, civic organizations and governmental entities. We look forward to serving the greater South Haven area and working in partnership through 2014 and into the future!