White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
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Jan/Feb/Mar 2018 Newsletter       

2018 Board of Directors Update

2018 is upon us and our Board of Directors, both new and returning are ready to lead the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce into yet another successful year. We have an outstanding slate of officers returning this year. Sharon Blankenship of Shelby State Bank will serve as the Chairman with Dee Briegel of Pitkin's Drug & Gift Shoppe as Vice-Chairman, and Jeff Auch of the City of Montague as Treasurer. As he concludes his 6 years (2 three year terms) of service, we acknowledge Dave Hays exiting the Board. We are grateful for his years of dedication! Additionally, we welcome aboard our newest Board Member, Joshua Anderson of Country Dairy. For a complete list of Board Members and Staff, click here.

The Board of Directors and Chamber Staff look forward to serving the community and their members throughout the coming new year.

2018 White Lake Area Award Recipients

At last October's Annual Chamber Dinner, recipients of several prestigious community awards were named and recognized for their contributions to the community.

The ceremony began with recognition of Colby’s Hokey Pokey and the three managing partners–Gretchen Jacobson, Caryl Ozar, and Diane Ingalls–in celebrating their 10th Anniversary. This extraordinary business has continued to be a shining star in downtown Whitehall.

Chris and Molly Morin, owners of Ice Box Brand Ice Cream, received the Entrepreneur of the Year award. The award recognizes new or existing business owner(s) whose extraordinary vision and efforts have helped to enhance the local economy. Chris and Molly Morin started with an ice cream truck in 2012, developing their very own recipes. The ice cream bars are now sold in over 100 locations plus a retail store located at 4207 Whitehall Rd. They sell hand-crafted gourmet ice cream bars in exciting and unique flavors with a focus on high quality ingredients.

The Lady Laker Award was presented to Deb Harris. The award recognizes a professional individual within our community who has served in an exceptional manner, especially in mentoring and assisting future leaders in the White Lake area. Not only is Deb an outstanding award-winning educator, she’s a coach, volunteer, mentor, and has contributed to our community in a variety of ways, including various Board positions. Instrumental to the Barrier Dune Sanctuary, the bike trail extension through White River Township, etc., Deb goes above and beyond her call to serve the community, both personally and professionally.

John Blythe was granted the El Award, which recognizes an outstanding local business person or community member. The contributions that John has made in our community are numerous. With a background at the Mott Foundation, John has the ability to implement leadership and passion throughout the community. Furthermore, John has served on the White Lake Community Fund Committee, the Muskegon Museum of Art Board, Friends of the Playhouse Board, and co-chaired the Playhouse Capital Campaign Committee. When any good cause takes place in the community, John has either already been a part of it or will be in the near future.

Congratulations to all award recipients!

Get ready for the Business Expo!

For the 6th year, the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce presents the highly anticipated White Lake Community Business Expo 2018! The date for this rapidly growing event has been set for March 10th and will be held in conjunction with the Rotary Pancake Breakfast. More than 50 businesses from White Lake and surrounding communities will be exhibiting their services from 8:00am to 12:30pm at Whitehall High School, 3900 White Lake Drive. Returning sponsors are:  Scheid Plumbing & Heating as our Gold Sponsor, Boardwell Mechanical Services, Inc. and Redi-Rental as our Silver Sponsors, and White Lake Assisted Living as our Bronze Sponsor.  DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION!  There are still Business Expo sponsorship opportunities available at varying levels. Call us at 231-893-4585 to find out more!

Let's Partner!

Take advantage of your Chamber online! Not only does our comprehensive website support members through your listings in Places to Stay, Places to Eat, Services, and Things To Do, but we also have an up-to-date community calendar packed with events. Let’s keep it that way! As a member benefit, you may promote your event(s) on our calendar. If you do not have a password, simply email info@whitelake.org and ask for access to our website. We will reply with a password and instructions. It’s that simple!

Connect with us on Facebook and join the nearly 3,000 people who like and follow us! Keep up with member happenings, local information, and events that affect you! Furthermore, add us as a co-host or share your event, job search, information on our page.

And if you appreciate stunning photos of the White Lake Area lifestyle, find us on Instagram @livewhitelake. Tag your local photos with the hashtag #livewhitelake and share in our community pride!

Sponsorship Opportunities 2018

The White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to offer the 2018 Event Sponsorship Program. This program is in keeping with our goal to provide you with strong networking opportunities and resources that will allow you to grow your business in the White Lake Area. A hard copy will be mailed to each of our member businesses. An electronic copy will be emailed to each business shortly, as well as made available on our website, whitelake.org, listed under Member Benefits!




White Lake Area Chamber + Visitor’s Bureau
124 W. Hanson Street, Whitehall, MI 49461
231.893.4585 | 800.879.9702