• Business Development

  • The Training and Resources to Help Your Business Prosper

    You and your employees can grow personally and professionally by attending our educational workshops or by interfacing with one of our small business development partners.

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    Event Calendar - There are many educational, business-focused events occuring monthly through the Chamber. Click here to see our full calendar of events.

    Seminar Series (4-6x per year) - In-depth seminars and workshops focusing on specific topics most important to our member businesses.

    Tech Lunch (bi-monthly September-June) - Switch out your everyday lunch for an entertaining, educational and energizing event! Get an overview and participate in an interactive discussion around available and emerging technologies and find out what is right for you and your business.

    SMART Lunch  - Learn about a new topic and network during this lunch and learn style event!

    Michigan Small Business and Development Center (by appointment) - The Michigan Small Business and Development Center (SBDC) has four teams of consultants to provide services to Michigan’s existing, growing, and start-up companies. Their services include strategic needs assessment (SNA) and market analysis, ongoing strategy development, financial analysis and access to capital. There is no charge for this service. Click here for more information.

    SCORE (by appointment) - SCORE counselors help people who either want to start a new business or improve an existing one. As a part of the U.S. Small Business Administration, it is comprised of volunteer counselors with a wide variety of backgrounds and experience. Their expertise includes areas such as accounting, banking, design, engineering, finance, marketing, retail, real estate and senior management. There is no cost to use SCORE's services, and their offices are in the Holland office of the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce -- DURING THE OFFICE RENOVATION (THROUGH MARCH 2017), SESSIONS ARE HELD AT THE HERRICK DISTRICT LIBRARY.

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    Click here to sign up for a SCORE business counseling session.  These meetings will be held at the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce office, located at 272 E 8th St, Holland, MI  49423.

    Emerge West Michigan -  At first glance, Emerge is a regional web portal – a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs and businesses to access resources that will help them grow and succeed. The portal is a tool to search for the specific type of help you need to launch your business or grow your company.  The “soul” of Emerge is its growing network of partner organizations. They are committed to guiding you in the right direction and will link you with other vital resources to help ensure long-term success. Think of Emerge as an ecosystem of engaged partners with the mission of  fostering your business ideas and creativity. Count on them to connect you with the ideal combination of resources to help take your idea from conception to implementation. Emerge is here to guide you to success! Click here to visit their website.