WAYLAND CHAMBER ANNOUNCES FRIENDS OF THE HENIKA DISTRICT LIBRARY AS 2018 CHAMBER CHARITY RECIPIENTS

WAYLAND CHAMBER ANNOUNCES FRIENDS OF THE HENIKA DISTRICT LIBRARY AS 2018 CHAMBER CHARITY RECIPIENTS The Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce have proudly announced that Friends of the Henika District Library of Wayland have been selected as the recipient of this year’s Charity of Choice. The chamber is honored to annually select one charity to raise awareness and funds for at various events throughout the year including, but not limited to, the Annual Chamber Business Expo and the Annual Chamber Golf Outing. The Friends of the Henika District Library goal is to support and help the Henika District Library serve the Wayland Community by providing volunteers, fundraising, and book sales. They are a non-profit volunteer group, comprised of people who know that our library is essential to the educational and cultural well-being of our community. They focus their interest in the library and work to help add the extras that tax dollars don’t cover– the resources for special programming, building maintenance and improvements, and support for the annual summer reading program. They aim to make the library a continuing cornerstone in our community and to provide opportunities for everyone in our community to engage in the joys of life-long learning. Friends of the Henika District Library Member Melanie Suk stated, “We are honored to be chosen as the Charity of Choice for 2018 by the Wayland Chamber.  We are excited for all the good that we can do for the library and the community with this opportunity.” In order to be selected as the charity recipient, interested organizations must complete an application process that includes describing their mission, goals, and objectives. The Chamber Board of Directors reviews the applications and takes a vote to determine which charity to adopt for the year. For additional information on the Friends of the Henika District Library, please view their Facebook page @friendsofhenikalibrary or email them at friendsofhenika@gmail.com.  For additional information on chamber or chamber benefits, please contact Denise Behm, Chamber Executive Director, at denise@waylandchamber.org or 269.792.9246. ### For more information please contact Denise Behm, Chamber Executive Director, at denise@waylandchamber.org or...

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Ribbon Cutting Celebration Held for From The Ground Up Management

On March 19th, the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for From The Ground Up Management located at 3710 Division Street in Wayland.  From The Ground Up Management LLC. is a Lawn Care, Landscape, and Snow Plow company with many years of experience in the Lawn Care/Landscape/Snowplow industry. From The Ground Up Management does everything (snow plowing in the winter, lawn care, lawn maintenance, landscape projects, and property maintenance). Owners Gavin and Morgan Klaver were excited to greet guests, answer questions and cut the ribbon. Plaques were presented by Mayor Tim Bala and MI State Representative Steve Johnson. The Klavers are looking forward to their new location where they can grow their business in an industry that they truly love. For additional information on From The Ground Up, please view their Facebook page or call them at...

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Representative Steve Johnson Presents at Annual Chamber Kick-Off

Representative Steve Johnson Presents at Annual Chamber Kick-Off On Friday, February 23, Representative Steve Johnson presented at the 2018 Chamber Kick-Off Luncheon that takes place annually in February. During the presentation, Rep. Johnson spoke of the economic upturn in our area and how area businesses are seeking employees. He stated the importance of skilled trades and how there are not as many students seeking the trades after high school. Rep. Johnson wants to make schools and students aware that there are many high demand careers such as plumbers, welders, and auto mechanics that involve trade schools and yield great paying positions. Rep. Johnson stated that our small businesses are the backbones of the local economy and how he is there to support them. Before speaking, Rep. Johnson mingled with the crowd and talked with individual business owners, local government officials and area law enforcement. The event was also attended by City of Wayland Mayor Tim Bala, Allegan County Clerk Bob Genetski, MI Attorney General Bill Schuette’s Constituent Relations Representative Brandon Sinclair, Allegan County Sheriff Frank Baker and Undersheriff Mike Larsen, MI State Police Lt. Angel Ouwinga, and City of Wayland Police Chief Steve Harper. For additional information on the luncheon or the chamber, please contact Chamber Executive Director, Denise Behm at...

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Wayland Economic Restructuring Committee Hosting Small Businesses Training Series – Public Invited!

Wayland Economic Restructuring Committee Hosting Small Businesses Training Series Wayland Main Street’s Economic Restructuring Committee (W.E.R.C.) will be hosting a five part small business training series designed for business owners looking to build legacy, retain talent, and grow wealth. The training titled “WERCshops: Legacy Series” will be presented by David Olson, Jr. and Nathan Morales of Principal Financial Group, a global investment leader and Fortune 500 company helping people and companies around the world build, protect, and advance their financial well-being with retirement, insurance, and asset management expertise. Workshop topics will include: introduction to financial wellness, attracting and retaining talent, employee benefits, addressing big challenges for growing your business, and converting business revenues into personal wealth. The event is FREE and open to the public. Downtown, home-based, and prospective business owners are all encouraged to attend. Seating is limited. The workshop series is scheduled to begin Tuesday, March 13 and will take place each Tuesday for five consecutive weeks. Guests can select to attend a specific week/training or the entire series. The event will be held weekly from 8:00am-9:00am at Jayda Gale Distillery; 152 S. Main Street, Wayland, MI 49348; breakfast is included with registration.  For more information or to register for the workshop, please visit www.downtownwayland.com/legacy To register for the event visit: http://bit.ly/2CKiFai Dates and Topics are listed below: March 13 – Introduction to Financial Wellness March 20 – Attract, Engage, Reward, and Retain Your Best Employees March 27 – Starting with the End in Mind: Business Valuation, Buy-Sell Agreements, and Succession Planning April 3 – Addressing Big Challenges for Your Growing Business April 10 – Your Path to Financial Security and Converting Business Revenues into Personal Wealth. The Wayland Economic Restructuring Committee (W.E.R.C.) is one of four committees making up Wayland’s Main Street program. W.E.R.C. is committed to strengthening Wayland’s existing economic base while also expanding and diversifying it. By helping existing businesses expand while recruiting new businesses to respond to today’s market, W.E.R.C. and the Main Street program help convert unused spaces into productive properties and sharpen the competitiveness of business enterprises. If you would like more information about this topic, please call Ingrid Miller at (888) 417-6653, or email ingrid.miller@downtownwayland.com...

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Meet the Allegan County K-9 Unit – Tuesday, January 2nd

TONIGHT!! Public Invited to meet the Allegan County K-9 Unit! American Legion Post 127 in Dorr (18th Street) at 6:30pm. There will be a Q & A session with time to meet the officers and their hardworking...

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