Rockford Chamber of Commerce

Chamber candidate forum set for June 22

June 17, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) is proud to announce that they will be hosting a candidate forum from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22. The event will take place at Boulder Creek Golf Club, 5750 Brewer Ave., Belmont, and will feature the candidates running for Michigan’s 73rd District House of Representatives. The 10 candidates—nine Republicans and one Democrat—were all invited to this exciting event so they could get their message out to their potential voters. The candidates are vying for the seat that Rep. Tom Pearce is vacating due to term limitations. The seven appearing as of most recently are: Bruce Hawley (R), Jeanine Herlacher (R), Paul Hibbard (R), Steve Jazwiec (R), Peter MacGregor (R), Tom Norton (R), and Dennis Smith (R). Dr. Michael Shibler, superintendent of Rockford Public Schools, will be moderating the event. The forum format will allow for each candidate to address the crowd for five minutes and then the moderator will ask the candidates questions that the attendees will have submitted during the actual event. Cost for the candidate forum will be $10 and reservations are required. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. Please call Jeannie at (616) 866.2000, or e-mail at your earliest convenience so the RCC may plan for the event. Deadline for reservations is Thursday, June 17.

Chamber Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series to feature Mike Guswiler

June 3, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce another installment of its popular Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series for 2010. The luncheon is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. on June 7 at the Rockford Ambulance Community Room, 8450 Shaner Ave. NE (on the northeast corner of Ten Mile Road). The event will feature the culinary delights of long-time Chamber member The Corner Bar, complete with grill and tent for a tailgating atmosphere. Mike Guswiler, executive director of the West Michigan Sports Commission (WMSC), will discuss the impact this organization has had in its first three years and how they have created a signature event to continue the momentum of generating visitor spending in our region through youth and amateur sporting events. Guswiler was named the executive director in June 2007 and has been leading the organization in all of it daily operations. His primary responsibility is to champion the mission of the WMSC to the state, region and nation as a premier destination in the effort to promote sports tourism and secure sports-related business. If you would like to attend the luncheon, please register by Friday, June 4 by contacting the Chamber office at (616) 866-2000 or e-mail Jeannie at with your reservation. The luncheons are open to everyone. Cost is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-Chamber members. Please note that if you are unable to attend the luncheon and have registered, you are urged to contact the Chamber office prior to the luncheon to avoid being charged. The bi-monthly luncheon is a wonderful way to enjoy good food, expert advice and excellent company in a relaxed atmosphere. Drawings for prizes are conducted at the conclusion of the event. The luncheon is also a great networking opportunity, so participants are reminded to bring their business cards.

Ginebaugh awarded RCC scholarship

May 20, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) is proud to announce that Rockford High School (RHS) senior Brian Ginebaugh is the recipient of its $1,000 college scholarship. A panel of 12 board members had the difficult task of poring over submitted applications and whittling down the list to the eventual winner. The applicants answered the timely question, “If you were the governor of Michigan, what steps would you take to help keep Michigan’s talent from leaving the state?” Ginebaugh impressed the judges with his answers to the essay and his involvement in the community. He is a member of the National Honor Society, a four-year member of the RHS swim team and current captain, member of the Youth Initiative, a volunteer at St. John’s Home and has participated in a church mission trip to Toronto. He is planning on attending Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. in the fall and pursuing a career in engineering. While attending Stevens Institute, Ginebaugh is planning to pursue a co-op with a large company located in New York City. “Thank you for awarding me with the chamber’s annual scholarship,” Ginebaugh said. “I appreciate the support as I head off to college next year. They have a program there called Technogenesis, which focuses on the entrepreneurial aspects of engineering. I am very interested in this and am looking forward to the next stage of my educational career.” The scholarship was announced during the RCC’s Rockford Community EXPO event on Saturday, March 20, and Ginebaugh will be honored again at the RHS Honors Convocation Ceremony on May 27.

Chamber of Commerce gears up for Community Golf Outing

May 6, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its annual Community Golf Outing. This is the 15th year the Chamber has sponsored the event and it is scheduled on the rolling links at Boulder Creek Golf Club Friday, May 7. Shotgun start begins at 9 a.m. The event features 18 holes of golf, competitive hole events, continental breakfast, lunch buffet, a raffle, door prizes and networking opportunities. The teams will be working for bragging rights and ownership of the new Chamber crystal trophy for an entire year. Proceeds of the golf outing support the Rockford Chamber of Commerce Scholarship fund. This year’s recipient of the $1,000 Chamber Scholarship is Rockford High School senior Brian Ginebaugh. The Chamber would like to thank their sponsors and Boulder Creek Golf Club for hosting the event, the Golf Outing Steering Committee and the many volunteers who make it the huge success it always is. Boulder Creek Golf Club is located at 5750 Brewer Ave. NE in Belmont, and has been an honored Chamber member since 1999. For more information about this event, or any other Chamber-sponsored event, please go to and click on “events.”

Rockford annual golf outing to be held May 7

April 22, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) is proud to present its 15th Annual Community Golf Outing on Friday, May 7. The Chamber is happy to showcase another member for this annual event, with this year’s outing taking place on the rolling links of Boulder Creek Golf Club. The golf club has been an honored RCC member since December 1999. The $95-per-person fee includes 18 holes, golf cart, hole events, continental breakfast and lunch buffet. The winning team will enjoy ownership of the beautiful crystal traveling championship trophy for a year—and the bragging rights that go along with winning it. Proceeds from the golf outing support the Rockford Chamber of Commerce Scholarship fund. Sponsorships, donations for door prizes and promotional giveaways are welcome and sincerely appreciated. Sponsorship pledges are due by April 21. At the present time the Chamber is honored to have the following sponsors: This year’s event Gold Sponsor is United Bank of Michigan; Silver Sponsor is Byrne Electrical Specialists, Inc.; Bronze Sponsor is Action Tax Service; Putt-Fore-Cash Contest is PNC; Hole-In-One Contest is John Decker Chevrolet; Golf Ball Sponsor is Rockford East Business Association; Game Hole Sponsor is Nance-Martin Accounting Service. Don’t miss out on this great networking opportunity. Registration deadline for golfing is April 26. For more information, please contact the Rockford Chamber of Commerce at (616) 866-2000, or visit

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