Crystal Flash has been a member of the Grand Rapids Chamber for many years and takes advantage of many of the programs that the Chamber offers, including participating in multiple roundtable groups, attending various annual conferences, and actively engaging with the Government Affairs team. Working closely with the Government Affairs team, the Chamber has helped us build connections with elected officials at the local, state, and federal level. I have no doubt that Crystal Flash’s visibility and ability to be heard by elected officials is due to the Chamber’s connections and assistance, and because of this the Grand Rapids Chamber is one of the most important association memberships that Crystal Flash has.
Maximize your Chamber membership by getting engaged with one of our many committees. Members who volunteer their time and efforts make our organization stronger, and participation is a great way to network, share ideas, and build lasting professional relationships.
Help Create Great Networks, Business and Growth
Help Create Great Leaders, Inclusion and Talent
ATHENA Grand Rapids fosters and supports development of strong female leaders in our community. Rooted in the eight tenets of the ATHENA Leadership Model, the ATHENA Leadership Council provides professional and developmental opportunities for women of all levels. If you’re interested in getting involved, contact Monica Mendez at (616) 771-0315.
OutPro promotes a welcoming culture in the West Michigan community for LGBTQIA+ professionals by offering opportunities for both social and professional networking through monthly gatherings at various venues throughout the city. OutPro gatherings are attended by professionals at all career levels, representing a diversity of corporations, small businesses and public and non-profit organizations. If you’re interested in getting involved, contact Monica Mendez at (616) 771-0315.
Help Create Great Policy, Advocacy and Opportunity
This group focuses on topics such as roads and bridges, mobility, energy, water, climate, broadband, etc. and will set the Chamber’s policy priorities in these areas.
Works to ensure the development of a better educated and more productive workforce.
Advocates to reduce the cost of health care and encourages communication between the business and health care communities.
Reviews issues as they relate to tax and regulations that impact the cost of doing business.
The council exists to advise Chamber staff and advance the region’s business and community interests at the local level.
The Public Policy Council exists to advance Chamber legislative priorities and the region’s business and community interests by coordinating the individual efforts of the Chamber’s issues committees to ensure broad-based advocacy and motivates members to engage in action to achieve these goals.
If you are interested in getting involved with our issue committees, contact Senior Manager, Government Affairs, Katie Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Political Action Committee
Individuals who personally contribute to the Chamber’s Political Actions Committee: The Friends of West Michigan Business participate in quarterly meetings featuring dynamic speakers who share insider perspectives and participate in the interview process for candidates running for office. If you’re interested in getting involved, contact Marcus Keech, (616) 771-0311.