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        Overcoming Business Challenges with the Chamber

        THE LANSING REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE                                                 Executive Living:  With virtual options for
        (LRCC) was pleased to recently welcome several                                           networking and continued information updates with
        new members, during one of the most challenging                                          COVID-19 resources, we already feel very supported.
        economic and civic times of our lives. The LRCC                                          Small businesses are not meant to do this alone.
        values each businesses’ commitment to the continued
        success of their organization and the Greater Lansing                                    4.     WHAT VALUE DO YOU SEE IN A MEMBERSHIP
        region.                                                                                  INVESTMENT, AND HOW DOES THE PANDEMIC
                                                                                                 IMPACT THAT VALUE?
        The LRCC opted to highlight several new members
        and their motivations to join the Chamber during a                                       MichiGrain: The value goes beyond a number during
        global pandemic.                                                                         and beyond the pandemic. They provide networking
                                                                                                 opportunities, training, advocacy, business benefits,
        1.   WHAT FACTORS CAUSED YOU TO BE INTERESTED                                            and much more. This decision to join was not because
            IN A LANSING CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP?                                                     of the pandemic, but it showed me the need to belong.

        MichiGrain: The Lansing Chamber’s long history                                           Greater Michigan Construction Academy:  To
        is what first jumped out to us.  Their tradition of                                      us, the Lansing Chamber membership is about
        connecting local businesses and advocacy work was                                        strengthening bonds in our community and helping
        important in our decision to join. The staff of the             “                        however we can. Knowing that, we will survive and
        Lansing Chamber is another major factor in our   WE BELIEVE THE CHAMBER’S TOOLS          thrive through these challenging times.
        decision to join. We have met the team at many events,
        our place of business, and just in the community. They   AND RESOURCES THEY PROVIDE      Executive Living:  Joining during pandemic gives
        are always willing to engage and help. They will be a                                    even further value with all the phenomenal resources
        great resource and supporter of our business.  WILL HELP OUR SCHOOL CONNECT              and opportunities for networking during this time.

        Greater Michigan Construction Academy: We are   AND GROW WITH FAMILIES IN THE            ABOUT OUR NEW MEMBERS
        looking to expand our school and build stronger ties   COMMUNITY. THE VALUE WE SEE
        with the community.                                                                      MichiGrain Distillery brings its unique brand of
                                                      IN A MEMBERSHIP WITH THE LRCC              unpackaged craft to the world of spirits all starts
        Executive Living: I am a local Business Consultant as                                    with two straightforward goals: make the kind of
        well as a Partner in Executive Living Painting. During   IS BEING ABLE TO CREATE A MORE   liquor everyone wants to drink and make a whole lot
        the pandemic, it became abundantly clear that part                                       of it. Inspired by all the relentless hard workers from
        of a group dedicated to assisting small businesses   POSITIVE CHANGE, ESPECIALLY DUE     Michigan, the company has put its blood, sweat, and
        succeed was a necessity. As a commercial painting                                        tears into creating a process that proves high volume
        company, we wanted to find new avenues to share our   TO THE IMPACT COVID-19 HAS HAD     can be handcrafted.
        services during an uncertain time.                      ON OUR REGION.

                                                                                                 K-8 public charter school in Lansing, Mich.
        2.   WHAT MADE YOU SPECIFICALLY JOIN THE                        “                        Windemere Park Charter Academy is a tuition-free
                                                                           construction industry  through  continuing education programs targeting craft
        MichiGrain: I was invited to speak at a “DLI Huddle” and was so impressed by the   The Greater Michigan Construction Academy facilitates career growth in the
        topics discussed and the business to business conversation. I was able to see what   workers, foremen, supervisors, project managers, superintendents, and company
        all the local businesses were facing during these trying times. We were able to show   management.
        support and offer each other assistance if needed.
                                                                           Executive Living has over 20 years of experience in the Greater Lansing area
        Greater Michigan Construction Academy: We didn’t plan on a global pandemic,   providing commercial painting services. They specialize in commercial structures,
        but we joined right before it hit. There is no greater time for a community to come   apartments, office spaces, exteriors, new builds, and commercial renovations.
        together than when something like this happens.                    Executive Living Inc customizes the experience for their clientele and focuses on
                                                                           providing a superior customer service experience
            IN NORMAL AND CHALLENGING TIMES?                               Lansing Charter Academy is pleased to join the Lansing Regional Chamber
                                                                           alongside many other businesses in the region. We believe the chamber’s tools
        MichiGrain: The Chamber is an excellent resource for all our needs. They will   and resources they provide will help our school connect and grow with families
        fight for financial assistance, provide technical help with potential programs, and   in the community. The value we see in a membership with the LRCC is being
        much more. They are there during normal and unprecedented times.   able to create a more positive change, especially due to the impact COVID-19 has
                                                                           had on our region. Having the opportunity for our school to use our voice, create
        Greater Michigan Construction Academy: We know the importance of Skilled   positive momentum, and build a stronger community stands strongly behind our
        Trades in any community, especially in these challenging times. That is why we love   Moral Focus Values that we teach our students daily. We are grateful for this new
        the comradery and connections to our community the Lansing Chamber provides.  opportunity and look forward to working with the Lansing Chamber. n

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