Grayling Regional Chamber of Commerce is the business & community advocate of Crawford County, focusing on the protection & advancement of economic & business development, community image, natural resources & quality of life in the region.
Weekly Chamber E-Newsletter
The Chamber sends out a weekly newsletter via email to our distribution list which includes all Chamber Members and other residents and visitors who wish to be updated on upcoming events and community news. If you are interested in receiving this weekly newsletter, please contact us.
Daily Updates on Chamber Website
Please visit our Community Calendar to view upcoming events & community news. The Chamber is dedicated to making this website as user friendly as possible. If you have any suggestions or recommendations on what you would like to see on this website, please contact us.
Promote Calendar of Events
Send weekly calendar of events to local radio stations and newspapers
Continuing Education & Networking
Attend conferences, symposiums, & quarterly meetings to network, share ideas & learn from other Chamber Directors.
Seminars & Workshops
The Chamber holds seminars and workshops throughout the year for our Members & area businesses to help with business development.
The Ambassadors Club is designed to be the arm of the Chamber who helps at fundraising events, sponsors the “Spotlight-a-Member” program, organizes “Coffee Hour”, and makes member visits. The goal is to have a Club that actively works hand-in-hand with the Grayling Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. The Ambassadors typically meet the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30am at alternating Chamber member restaurants.
Each month, a Chamber Member is randomly drawn to be spotlighted for that month. The Ambassadors and members from the Chamber Board make a surprise visit to the business location and present the member with a certificate and baked goods donated by Goodale’s Bakery. The member then completes an interview questionnaire telling us a little bit about the history of their company and an article is put into the Avalanche and on our website & newsletter.
Ribbon Cuttings / Grand Openings / Groundbreakings
Helping new businesses or current businesses with Ribbon Cuttings, Grand Openings/Grand Re-Openings & Groundbreakings. Ambassadors and Board Members also attend.
The Ambassadors and members from the Chamber Board welcome new businesses in town by presenting them with a “Welcome Basket” filled with information and goodies from different Chamber Members who have donated to the basket. Items include gift certificates, brochures, coupons, coffee mugs, notepads, pens)
A chance for a Chamber Member business to invite local business owners and residents to their business to stop in for coffee, networking with your fellow business members, and to find out what they have to offer to.
Business After Hours
Business After Hours is an opportunity for Chamber Members to host/co-host an after hours event where they can share information about their business(es) and enjoy dinner while networking with their fellow business members. 50/50 Raffle, Door Prizes, Food, Networking & More!
Entry Fee – $5 cost for Members / $10 cost for Not-Yet Members.
Center of Excellence
The Grayling Chamber has recently been set up at a Center of Excellence. This is a program through the MI-SBDC where the Chamber has been designated as a point of contact for those wishing to open up a new business or for current business owners to receive free counseling on their current business.
Chamber Awards Gala
IN PERSON EVENT CANCELLED, HOWEVER, WE ARE STILL RECOGNIZING RECIPIENTS VIA VIRTUAL PLATFORM
Even though this year’s in person Awards Gala isn’t taking place, we feel that it is especially important this year to recognize Chamber Member and Community accomplishments in 2020. Therefore, we will be accepting online nominations in March and presenting awards via a virtual platform sometime in May (we will notify of nomination and virtual streaming details as we get them firmed up).
Thursday, April 22, 2021 – TENTATIVE DATE
(if necessary to postpone, our new date will be September 16, 2021)
Ramada Inn of Grayling
3-4pm Vendors Only / 4-7pm Open to the Public
A venue where local businesses can display & share their products/services with other local businesses, community members and visitors. Discounted booth cost for Chamber Members. Free for general public to attend.
Chamber Golf Outing
June 11, 2021
Grayling Country Club
8:00am Registration / 9:00am Shotgun Start
Outing rotates each year between Chamber Member golf courses.
4-Person Scramble with 50/50 Raffle, Bucket Raffle, Contests & Prizes,
lunch at the halfway house, and a delicious dinner to follow.
1st Place Prizes for two divisions: Men’s/Mixed and Women’s Team Categories
AuSable River Festival
July 16-24, 2021
Festival Events hosted by Grayling Chamber:
(Downtown & Grayling City Park)
Classic Car Show
AuSable Main Stage
Arts & Crafts Show
Lil’ Paddler Play Zone