Chamber Chat

GINCC: A decade of building community and business support

Bob Hendrickson, GINCC

The Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce is a member driven organization that bridges businesses with the community, champions the buy local philosophy, promotes the West End of Marquette County as a whole to visit, live and explore, along with embracing the historical roots that make this area great.

The GINCC is celebrating a 10-year anniversary this year after opening the doors in 2010. We’re looking forward to the opportunities ahead by renewing partnerships with member businesses, welcoming new members and sharing stories of success while working on solutions to local challenges. Some of the roles the GINCC plays are quite evident while others are more behind the scenes.

A very popular series of events are the Business After Hours that encourage fellow business owners, community members and leaders to attend and discover what the West End offers. Typically hosted by a member business, BAHs offer a chance to network not only with the business owner but other business owners and community members.

BAHs are held from 5-7pm on a week night (typically Wednesday evening). The atmosphere is casual, there are light refreshments served and an opportunity to win a few door prizes. Most importantly they are open to the public and very welcoming to all.

In addition to BAHs the GINCC hosts ribbon cuttings, open houses and additional special events to provide media exposure and recognition for chamber members. Typically ribbon cuttings are associated with an opening of a new business but have evolved into a special event to celebrate milestones, new avenues of venture and business owner changes. These are free of cost to chamber members and offers an excellent opportunity to obtain public recognition.

Open houses are formatted similarity to BAHs but typically feature non-profit organizations or other entities where typical retail or service doesn’t take place (examples are apartments, campgrounds and agencies).

The GINCC also works with many organizations on the West End to assist with event promotion and publicity.

If you are a member of an organization contact the GINCC to find out what a membership can do for you.

For more information on networking opportunities offered visit the GINCC website at www.gincc.org or call 486-1111.

Editor’s note: Bob Hendrickson is the executive director of the GINCC. He currently resides in Negaunee with his wife, Laura, and daughter, Sierra. He enjoys mountain biking, skiing, fishing and hunting along with family time.


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