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Why is joining your local chamber of commerce so important?
by Nikki Devitt
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July 29, 2021
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Downtown Petoskey shopping area

The first thing that needs to be understood is what a chamber of commerce does. A chamber of commerce is intended to promote and protect the interests of their local businesses and community. For over 100, years the Petoskey Chamber has accomplished this through a variety of ways; creating connections, hosting events, promoting businesses, advocating for local and regional issues imperative to business growth, and convening key stakeholders in the community.

The core of why a chamber exists has not changed, but the how we accomplish our mission has changed dramatically, and chambers have never been more valuable to small businesses and the communities they represent than they are now.

Chambers are the catalytic leaders of their communities. As the key driver for business growth, today’s chamber knows that for businesses to succeed, they need the tools that allow them to adapt and grow, not cope.

At the Petoskey Chamber, we create quality programming that businesses need now and continuously provide the framework small businesses need to make key connections, and share their message.

Your chamber is the communication nucleus for businesses, providing the trusted resources and information that are essential to a successful business and a thriving community.  

Most importantly, chambers are the voice of business. Advocating locally and beyond for what matters to businesses and the community is at the core of a chambers value. There is truly not a single issue in your community that does not in some way tie back to business interests.

The reason your local chamber of commerce is vital to business success cannot be summed up by a bullet list on a piece of paper, as it is far too broad for that. Providing opportunities, benefits and services that facilitate business success is what your chamber staff accomplishes every single day, because we know that to build a thriving community, you must first build thriving businesses.

Everywhere you look, your chamber is working for your success. And it’s where you belong if own or operate a business in the greater Petoskey area.

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Nikki Devitt
Nikki Devitt
Nikki Devitt was named president of the chamber in 2020 after six years as event and communication director. She has years of communications and marketing expertise, as well as extensive leadership experience within chamber and community.
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