Welcome to Saginaw County, Michigan, the heart of the Saginaw Valley. Located at the base of the thumb, right on the Saginaw River, we’re just 18 miles from beautiful Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay and one of the anchor communities in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
The Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber serves hundreds of member businesses in a county of over 206,000 people. The Chamber's membership is a diverse group of manufacturers, agricultural producers, retail stores, service companies, and organizations that share a common vision for the community. Our staff and board of directors are ready to serve your needs and answer your questions.
To support local business success.
We focus our resources (programming, initiatives, etc.) on implementing these three strategies to fulfill our Mission - Connect, Communicate, Influence
Build healthy organizations and a healthy community.
Strong Roots ...
Organized in 1863, the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce has diligently served the Saginaw Valley business community for 150 years. Going back to the early days of the lumbering era, the Chamber, then known as the Board of Trade, has developed our economy, helped bring jobs to the area and taken the initiative to improve our quality of life. The Chamber's goal is to enhance our community assets and work to continue Saginaw County's long tradition of being a great place to live, work, learn and play!
... Strong Future!
Our Chamber members are leaders. Executives, owners and employees are actively involved in the Saginaw County community. They are coaches, volunteers, board members for local organizations, philanthropists and investors in our local economy.
The Chamber Leadership
Twenty-five to thirty board members, a cross section of leaders from the Saginaw County business and professional community, represent the hundreds of members of the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce. Our Board members come from a variety of professional backgrounds, which allows for multiple perspectives on Saginaw County's challenges and assets. The diversity also provides a variety of opportunities for combining resources and directing them for continuous community improvement.
The Chamber in Our Community
As a community-based organization, the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce has a variety of faces and supports a diverse group of initiatives.
A Catalyst for Change
We played a key role in organizing and funding Saginaw County Vision 2020 and Saginaw Future, Inc. The Chamber helped establish Community Project Delphi. We were partners in the creation of the Saginaw Valley African American Leadership Training Institute. The Chamber also provided resources to the Saginaw County Crime Prevention Council, initiated both the Saginaw County Business and Education Partnership and the Saginaw Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, and was instrumental in creating and directing the Washington Avenue Corridor Project. In an ongoing effort to develop quality community leaders, the Chamber operates the Leadership Saginaw County Program and was instrumental in developing the 1000 Leaders Initiative and the Great Lakes Bay Regional Leadership Institute.
The Front Door of the Community
We handle thousands of inquiries every year from people moving to the area, students returning home, and people who want to learn more about the Saginaw Valley. The Chamber provides data and information on schools, employers, doctors, churches, and all of the communities within the Valley.
A Supporter of Small Business
Small businesses turn to us in challenging times, when they need advice and counsel. Our members are always willing to help fellow members. The Chamber answers questions and provides direction and assistance. We host networking events so you can get to know other members, offer small business seminars, provide sales assistance through a sales leads roundtable program, provide a forum for business to business advertising and benefits, participate in small-business resource development and education, and more.
A Leader in Regional Cooperation
We helped create the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance, whose goal is to develop the entire Mid-Michigan economy. For more than a decade, the Chamber has worked cooperatively to promote regional businesses through the Mid-Michigan Regional Business Expo and the very successful Regional Business After Hours. We have also partnered with several organizations to help fund a consultant study on regional infrastructure expansion. The Chamber is constantly searching for new ways to promote and encourage regional cooperation to improve the business climate in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
A Community Promoter
Through media relations, our website and various publications, the Chamber markets the Saginaw Valley to the region, state, country and world. Publications include the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce Membership Directory and Resource Guide, the bi-monthly business magazine "Business Advocate", the Saginaw County map, and a regional image magazine called "3 Point Perspective".
The Benefits of Chamber Membership
The Chamber offers a wide variety of benefits and services to our members including group discounts and diverse special values in areas ranging from health care packages to promotional opportunities. In many cases, the savings our members receive from these group discounts offsets the cost of becoming a member. The Chamber's benefit partners are highly regarded for their top-notch service and high quality products.
Contact the Chamber for information on benefits, events, business, government and much more!