September 21, 2014
12:01 am

"Think Local" Summit Coming Soon

Executive level leaders and policy makers from the tri-state area are being called to South Haven for a high-caliber educational summit meeting early next month in an attempt to get them to Think Local and Build Stronger Communities.  The South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the six-hour forum they have dubbed Summit 2013 on Friday, November 1st on the South Haven campus of Lake Michigan College.

The Summit will feature three major keynoters including:

  • Paul Saginaw -- Co-Owner & Founding Partner of Zingerman's Community of Businesses in Ann Arbor.  That company started with 1,300 square feet of specialty food retail space and two employees.  It now has 18 partners, employs over 600 people and generates nearly $50-million dollars in annual sales.  Saginaw will address how a commitment to local spending helped lend to their successful growth.
  • Dave Lorenz -- Manager of Industry Relations and International Marketing for Travel Michigan, a division of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.  As a part of the team that created the award-winning Pure Michigan tourism brand, Lorenz will provide the latest results of the campaign and plans for international expansion in 2014.  He will share ways in which your company can benefit from the far-reaching campaign.
  • Elissa Hillary -- Executive Director of Local First.  She will share the economic impact of local spending to the community, and trends that are gaining momentum to support locally-owned businesses.

The Summit 2013 platform hopes to achieve a number of objectives that will reflect and further promote economing development.  These are some of those stated objectives:

  • Promote local sourcing, local spending, and utilize local services.  The Chamber's "Think Local" campaign is designed to encourage economic sustainability through local spending. 
  • Support statewide tourism.  There is value to the economic impact that tourism revenue provides to the region.  The Chamber is committed to providing awareness to visitors that this is a great place to plant roots, launch businesses, and raise families.
  • Develop & encourage innovative business practices.  Recognizing that today's businesses and business leaders must be prepared to operate in a highly competitive global environment, attention is required to follow emerging technologies and innovative business practices which are critical in earning the edge small businesses need in today's dynamic economic climate.
  • Leverage community resources.  Seeking to promote our assets, such as agriculture, tourism, light manufacturing, natural resources, educational venues, and proximity for maximum return is critical.
  • Build businesses already within the state.  With a goal of regional sustainability the success of current businesses is foundationally dependent.  Investing in local talent and providing for opportunities for diversification and growth of business is essential.
  • Continue to develop entrepreneurial opportunities.  Programs like this Summit are about economic and entrepreneurial development, and have been at the forefront of the Chamber's efforts for more than eight years.
  • Create connections among entrepreneurs, innovators and established employers.  Promote the establishment of relationships and encourage cooperation and collaboration. 
  • Re-invent, renew, and recharge Michigan businesses.  As evidenced the the Chamber's very mission, the stage is set to re-energize the community and help fuel revitalization of Michigan.

The Summit is scheduled to run from 7:45am until 2pm on Friday, November 1st.  The cost per person to attend is $59 for Chamber Members, and $69 for non-members.  Lunch is included in the cost.  To register call the Chamber at 269-637-5171 or email
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