Advocacy in Action: Promoting a Business Friendly Environment
By Arpan Lobo, Holland Sentinel
By Peg McNichol, WHTC
The West Coast Chamber serves as the region's advocate for business at the local, state and federal levels, representing the combined strength of our diverse industry sectors. We listen carefully to your concerns and find ways to make connections and facilitate conversations on key issues that impact our community . We call this Advocacy in Action. The following opportunities are open to all members.
Governmental Affairs Breakfasts give our members the chance to dialog with our community's state and federal legislators.
Public Policy Committee vigorously studies issues and identifies, prioritizes and recommends policy to our Board of Directors.
Special legislative events allow our members to hear from our U.S. Senators and Representatives, and stay on top of important business and civic priorities.
As a part of the West Michigan Chamber Coalition (WMCC), we lend our voice to that of the Grand Rapids, Muskegon Lakeshore, and Grand Haven/Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Chambers of Commerce. The WMCC speaks with a voice of over 6,000 members when lobbying legislators in Lansing on behalf of West Michigan business. The WMCC and its members will also participate in advancing the directives of the Regional Policy Forum.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business organization representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, and advocates for pro-business policies that create jobs and grow our economy. Key issues range from smart tax policy and regulatory relief to legal reform and trade promotion.We are recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as a 5-Star Accredited Chamber.