News & Announcements
GRNA has a wide selection of classes and events for all ages. See schedule at this link.
Cancellations: Participants that cancel before 24-hours from the start of a program may receive a full refund, unless otherwise noted. Cancellations within 24 hours receive no refund. Programs run rain or shine, but may be cancelled by GRNA in inclement weather. If canceled by GRNA, it is posted online and registered participants are notified & receive a full refund.
Consumers Energy last year (2021) spent more than $2 billion with Michigan based businesses for a wide array of goods and services. Could your business be one of their suppliers?
Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) is partnering with Consumers Energy
Scale Up North Awards Applications Due by February 18
Traverse Connect’s annual Scale Up North Awards acknowledge the vibrant and varied companies doing business “up north”. The Awards seek to elevate businesses in the technology, manufacturing, creative, and traded industries that are emerging, growing, and making a positive impact on the Grand Traverse Region by creating year-round jobs, attracting talent, and driving economic growth. Whether you applied last year, got through to the final rounds, or this is the first time you’ve heard of the awards – your business is encouraged to apply to participate (www.traverseconnect.com/sun).
The deadline to apply is next Friday February 18 at 11:59pm. You can find the application form, view the 2021 prize packages, a summary and video of last year’s winners, and info about the judges here. It takes about 30 minutes to complete the application. There are two award categories:
EMERGING BUSINESS AWARD: Supports new businesses in the startup phases of growth, with eligibility criteria of less than five years in business and at least three full-time employees. Prize Package includes $2500 cash, plus in-kind services and advertising valued at $23K.
HAGERTY SCALING BUSINESS AWARD: Recognizes existing scaling businesses with demonstrated growth, with eligibility criteria of more than five years in business, revenue in 2021 greater than or equal to $500,000, and up to 150 full-time employees. Prize Package includes $5000 cash, plus in-kind services and advertising valued at $41K.
Consumers Energy has done it again! In November, 2021 Consumers Energy reinvested $750,000 into Michigan communities where they do business, as part of the Our Town Two for One Chamber Bucks program. While supplies last, shoppers can purchase "chamber bucks" at their local (participating) Chambers of Commerce, and receive double the amount, thanks to a generous donation from Consumers Energy, who is matching dollar for dollar.
The chamber bucks you purchase must be redeemed and spent at participating chamber member locations. The program encourages people to shop locally and support their home-town businesses who are members of the Chamber of Commerce.
A list of participating chamber members can be found on our home page. The list is subject to change.
In Mancelona, Chamber Bucks sales launched Monday, December 13, 2021. Chamber Bucks are available while supply lasts. Limit: Purchase $50 worth, receive $100.
Purchase them at Moore Plumbing and Heating, 9136 West Limits, Mancelona. Call ahead with questions, 231-587-5500.
Thank you, Consumers Energy, for your Our Town program and supporting our communities!
Consumers Energy has reinvested hundreds of thousands of dollars into the communities in which they serve. Mancelona Chamber of Commerce received a contribution from Consumers Energy, toward our Chamber Bucks Program. It's a 2 for 1 match! For example, buy $50 worth of Chamber Bucks, and receive $100 worth to spend at any participating Mancelona Chamber Member location.
Chamber Bucks go on sale Monday, December 13, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. while supplies last.
View our printable current membership directory, here. NOTE: Not all businesses participate in Chamber Bucks program. Some exclusions, such as tax, tip, alcohol and lottery may apply