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The Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce is a volunteer driven organization. We rely on volunteers to set policy, develop programs and initiatives, and to help carry out those programs.

Volunteering on a chamber committee can be a very rewarding experience. You will be part of an effort that will help fellow businesses, and you will develop a new sphere of business contacts that you will work with and get to know at a deeper level.

Following is a list of  chamber programs and committees. If you have an interest in playing a role on any of these committees, contact the chamber's President, Carlin Smith at carlin@petoskey.com.


The Chamber of Commerce relies on committees led by volunteers to carry out various programs, projects and services. Committees fall into four categories: Board, Member Programs/Services, Events and Economics.

Board Committees:

Executive Committee Finance Committee
Comprised of the board officers who act on behalf of the board between meetings, select matters that should go before the full board, establish board agenda items, and evaluate the performance of the President. Comprised of the Treasurer and up to three other members of the board or membership at large. This committee tracks and manages the financial condition of the chamber. They review monthly financial statements; monitor, evaluate, and advise on the management of chamber funds; prepare the annual budget; provide oversight and guidance on audits and other protective measures; and provide regular finance reports to the full board.
Membership Committee
This committee maintains and updates the chamber's by-laws and drafts operational policies for board consideration. Evaluates and develops programs to help maintain a healthy membership count within the chamber. They monitor membership trends, review joined/dropped reports, provide guidance to Membership Director, and reviews and develops recruitment materials.
Government Affairs  
Heighten awareness of issues pertinent to the business community and ensure that government at the local and state levels is responsive to those issues. On occasion this committee may make recommendations to the Board of Directors to take action to endorse or not-endorse certain issues.  


Air Service Task Force

Health Care Task Force

Promote and support the Pellston Regional Airport to assure the highest level of commercial, freight and general aviation service. This is a multi-county committee represented by the Chamber of Commerce in St.Ignace, Mackinaw City, Mackinac Island, Cheboygan, Indian River, Harbor Springs, and Petoskey.

The Mission of the Health Care Task Force is: To promote, educate, and advocate for a healthier business community in the Little Traverse Bay region.

Economic Development Committee


We assumed this committee from Emmet 20/20 for the purpose of addressing issues in the Emmet County region that can advance our economy and assure the proper mix of business and resources in the area.  




Art in the Park

Breakfast for Champions

To present the highest possible quality juried art fair for our community, which will serve to enrich the cultural and artistic flavor of the area. Held on the third Saturday in July, this is the biggest fund-raising event for the Chamber. Organize a first-class awards program featuring a wonderful breakfast, great support from business sponsors, and the unique touches that make it a very special morning. Event is held in early December and draws an audience of over 400.

Golf Outing

Festival on the Bay
Organize a golf outing for Chamber members which is first, a fun networking event, second, a source of revenue for the Chamber, and third, a very distant third, a competitive sporting event. Coordinate a community-wide, signature festival that will promote Petoskey as a quaint, attractive community on Little Traverse Bay with Million Dollar Sunsets.


Member Programs and Services:

Ambassadors Connecting Women in Business
This is the customer service (FUN-raising) division of the Chamber that works with new and existing businesses and chamber members to help them identify available resources to make the most of their membership with the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce. These recurring events provide opportunities for area women business leaders and business owners to learn, form connections, share ideas and provide opportunities for personal and professional growth. 
Hospitality The Little Traverse Way Leadership Little Traverse
Hospitality the Little Traverse Way is a partnership of ten businesses and organizations from Petoskey, Bay Harbor, and Harbor Springs, Michigan.  The mission of this program is to elevate the service culture of the Little Traverse Bay Region so that our guests continue to return again and again.   Develop and offer an annual leadership training forum to inspire individuals to participate in civic leadership roles by gaining an understanding of various sectors of the community and strengthening individual leadership skills. This is a joint committee of the Petoskey and Harbor Springs Chambers.


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