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Grand Haven businesses team up for "Occupy Small Street"

Grand Haven businesses team up for "Occupy Small Street"

Grand Haven, Michigan - Meg Lawton of West Michigan Company Soulseeds (www.soulseeds.com), has begun a campaign called "Occupy Small Street". She encourages everyone to support small independent businesses this holiday season. Meg Lawton believes we should get off Wall Street and put our money where our mouths are by shopping back on "Small" Street.

Lawton commented, "My heart breaks when I drive past closed family-owned retail shops. I imagine all the shattered hopes and financial stresses of the individuals involved and wish our communities could support them more. Just by being a little more mindful of where we spend our money we can help our communities grow."

Lakeshore Surge Holiday Event

Lakeshore Surge will be holding their Holiday Event on Thursday, December 1, 2011 from 5:30 - 7:00pm at the Spring Lake Business Center located at 622 E. Savidge St. in Spring Lake.

Lakeshore Surge is a group of individuals focused on expanding business relationships and developing friendships through social interaction and community involvement.

Our sponsors for the Holiday Event are Online Marketing 2 Success and Cara Fisher Law PLLC. Our guest speaker is Karen Reenders from the People Center. This event will be mostly networking with announcements and speaker at 6:00pm.

We will be collecting donations to help support our Christmas family. Donations can also be made from our website www.lakeshoresurge.org.

Social Media Workshop - Managing Multiple Social Channels

Social Media Workshop - Managing Multiple Social Channels

Friday, December 2nd, 7:30am - 9am

When organizations begin to understand there is more to social networks than Facebook, the thought of managing multiple social channels can be discouraging. Some organizations end up with poor implementation while others simply drop their social strategies because it seems too unmanageable. If you are interested in tips and tools to help administer your social channels without being overwhelmed, this session is for you. We will review the pitfalls of social networking management tools and help you develop a well thought out strategy for managing multiple social channels that deliver measurable results.

Christopher VanOosterhout, Muskegon Community College

$15 for Chamber Members/$20 for Non Members


Downtown Grand Haven to host “Friday Frenzy” on Black Friday

Downtown Grand Haven to host “Friday Frenzy” on Black Friday

From: Downtown Grand Haven

On Black Friday, forget big box retailers and overcrowded malls. The unique boutiques of downtown Grand Haven will host “Friday Frenzy,” a sensational small town shopping experience with one-of-a-kind gifts sold at special discounted prices.

Consider Santo Stefano del Lago. On the day after Thanksgiving–November 25th–the Old World Italian store will be offering 20% off its entire collection of Vietri pottery from 9:00 a.m. ‘until noon. For shoppers with little ones on their lists, Mackinaw Kites & Toys (Mackite) has some specials in store too.

The Bank of Holland open for Business in Grand Haven

Holland, MI – Grand Haven’s current and projected growth has prompted The Bank of Holland to open a Lakeshore Business Office to assist Lakeshore business owners in the Grand Haven and Muskegon areas with a wider range of lending options to support their growth potential.

The Bank of Holland Lakeshore Business Office, 16930 Robbins Rd. Suite 120, Grand Haven, MI 49417, is now open. While strictly a lending office, The Bank of Holland will provide couriers to make service runs to clients’ locations for deposits. The office will also provide a suite of electronic offerings such as OnLine Banking and OnSite Banking (remote deposit capture), which allows businesses to scan checks and deposit them digitally with the bank.

Chow Hound Pet Supplies Expands with New Grand Haven Location

Chow Hound Pet Supplies Expands with New Grand Haven Location

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Twenty-two years after opening their first Chow Hound Pet Supply store in Grand Rapids, local entrepreneurs Greg and Tyson Keane are bringing their unique mix of pet food, supplies, expert advice and personal service to pet owners in Grand Haven and the Lakeshore. The brothers opened their seventh Chow Hound Pet Supplies September 21st at 628 N. Beacon Blvd. in Grand Haven.

“This store will provide Grand Haven and Muskegon area pet owners with a very convenient location for premium pet food and products, many of which they can’t get in grocery stores” said Tyson Keane. “We’re excited to expand our involvement in the Lakeshore community beyond our Holland location.”