Overview of Events and Programs
CEO Roundtable: A quarterly gathering of CEOs and top-level managers to network with each other and have an opportunity to engage with national business leaders.
Chamber Connection or C2: Hosted by a different Chamber member each month, these FREE, casual, friendly networking events attract a crowd averaging 100 attendees who find these events to be an effective resource for making contact with both current and prospective clients. Held the third Wednesday of most months from 5–7 p.m.
Holiday Party: Annual holiday celebration that normally attracts more than 450 member representatives
Issues and Answers: To help keep the membership informed on local, state and national issues and legislation, the Chamber conducts quarterly meetings that feature speakers providing in-depth information on a variety of legislative issues that affect the business community.
Great Lakes Bay Regional Business After Hours: Every June, we partner with the Bay Area, Mt. Pleasant Area and Saginaw County Chambers for this popular networking event that draws over 1,000 member representatives from throughout the region.
Great Lakes Bay Regional Summit: A regional collaboration of the Bay Area, Midland Area, Mt. Pleasant Area and Saginaw County Chambers. Join us for the regional summit to widen your network to more area business people, see the annual regional business awards presentation and hear from an outstanding speaker.
Learn How to use your Membership Benefits: Held weekly at the Chamber office. Attendees will learn how to navigate the Chamber website and what information is available through the Members Login portal. This will help you to quickly access membership benefits and give you tips to help you get the most out of your Chamber membership. This event is for new, current and future members who want to take the guesswork out of your Chamber membership so your business can maximize success based on your individual needs.
Membership Luncheons: Provides the opportunity for extensive information sharing on topics of critical interest to the community, such as the annual State of the City address, other timely topics as well as networking opportunities.
Membership Orientation Luncheon: Held quarterly at the Chamber office. Attendees will receive a general overview of the benefits and programs available through the Midland Area Chamber, learn how they can get involved in the business community, hear how current members are using their membership and meet the Chamber staff. This event is for new, current and future members who want to know what opportunities are available for their business through the Chamber and gain and understanding of how the Chamber helps our business community thrive.
Midland’s Young Professionals Network (MYPros): Program designed to attract and retain talented young professionals by creating business opportunities, supporting community involvement and fostering an overall investment in the future of Midland. Luncheon meetings, Government Issues and social events are held throughout the year.
Non-Profit Special Interest Group: This group is made up of those that work for member non-profit organizations. There was a need in the community to bring these people together to discuss current issues, best practices and collaborate with other member non-profit organizations to strengthen the non-profit segment of our membership.
Small Business Breakfast: The content for these breakfasts is driven by the Small Business Committee and made up of business owners with 25 employees or less. The topics are relevant to small business, such as marketing, ask the experts, social media, and much more.
WakeUp! Midland: Fun networking with entertainment in a “talk show” format featuring high-quality speakers, allows Chamber members to enjoy and learn while attending this program. Each month an average of 350 community leaders gather at the Great Hall Banquet & Convention Center (at the Valley Plaza Resort) for this 7:30 a.m. event. The program occurs on the first Friday of most months, except July and August. Speakers address issues of interest to business people and the community-at-large.
Programs Open to the Public
Global Networking: Experience other countries with other Chamber members from the Midland community. Click here for information for our River Cruise trip this fall.
Midland Area Farmers Market: We operate the Midland Area Farmers Market every Wednesday and Saturday, May through October, at the end of Ashman St. in Midland.
Midland Blooms: A community volunteer project that involves over 500 volunteers from many area businesses to gather and plant thousands of flowers along Eastman Avenue.
Partnerships for Education: Programs link the needs and resources of businesses with those of our schools.
- Business & Education Forums – Held quarterly; business & education come together on a mutually relevant topic.
- Career Search – juniors meet with participating business representatives to explore careers. (Not a job fair)
- Ready, Set, Get Hired! – Annual program (Feb.); volunteers administer mock interviews to high school students.
- Reality Store – 6-10 per school year; volunteers work one-on-one with students to teach everyday expenses.
Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!): A 30-week program that teaches middle and high school students how to start and run their own REAL businesses bringing educational and business communities together to encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation among today’s youth. We are excited to introduce this program to the Midland Community!
Programs for Members Only
Annual Meeting and Awards Breakfast: The Annual Meeting and Awards Breakfast is an opportunity for members to review the accomplishments for the year and learn what’s in store for the upcoming year. In addition, attendees are the first to hear who the recipients are for the Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Heritage Award, J. Kermit Campbell Award, ATHENA Award, Ambassador of the Year and the Chairman's Award.
Committees: Members may participate in any of our active, dynamic committees, covering a wide range of interests such as Ambassadors, Governmental Issues, Leadership Midland, Partnerships for Education Council, MYPros, Midland Blooms and many programs and events committees.
Leadership Midland: Leadership Midland is a community leadership development program that provides exposure and insight to people who will occupy leadership positions in our community.
Mulligan Masters Golf Outing: Held in September of every year, this sold-out event raises money to support the Partnerships for Education program of the Midland Area Chamber Foundation.
Sales Lead Roundtable: Participation with a Sales Lead Roundtable is a great way to network with a group of business people committed to helping you grow your business. Groups meet Monday, 11:30-1:00 p.m.; Tuesday 11:30-1:00 p.m.; and Thursday 7:15-8:30 a.m. Sales Lead Roundtables Roundtables are made up of representatives from different professions and organizations. Click here for more sales lead roundtable information.
Seminars: Sponsored throughout the year by the Midland Area Chamber, these events feature speakers addressing critical area topics that will impact businesses and the community. Attendees have gathered information on staff development, marketing, record keeping and many other business growth subjects while networking with other business leaders.