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Executive Board Meeting: 
Monday March 6, 2019, 5:30 PM Location:  Bench Warmers

General meeting
Date:  Thursday,  March 14, 2019
Location: Bench Warmers 
Time:       12:00 PM.  
The Sandusky Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to promotion of our stores, restaurants, factories, and businesses of all types. We invite visitors to check out all our town has to offer for shopping, dining, entertainment, parks, and festivals!
Top 10 Reasons to Do Business in Sandusky, Michigan

1. It's the county seat, and the 41,423 people that live in Sanilac County come here for shopping, county and state offices, theater and restaurants. 

2. We have the largest concentration of retail and restaurant offerings in the county, with several major retailers drawing people into town. Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Family Farm & Home, Tractor Supply spend lots on advertising to get people here, and it works. 

3. The intersection of M-46 and M-19 brings thousands of cars driving right past your business each day, more traffic than any other business district in the county. 

4. Sandusky shoppers generate $22,498,954.00 in retail sales a year!  Add to that the shoppers from outside Sandusky who travel here, and you have some serious shopping being done here. Source, Gale Cengage Alteryx retail sales report for 2016. 

5. We have lots of things that families want to do. Think of it...we have the only theater in the county, a hockey rink, the County 4H Fair, two awesome parks with ball diamonds, walking trails, an accessible playground, and a brand new splash pad!

6. We have things that adults like too, including a microbrewery, shopping, sports bar, and lots of shopping and dining options. 

7. Two motels that are filled each week with traveling business and construction workers, and they generally spend evenings in town. 

8. Its a friendly community. Many businesses have been here for generations, and the business owners work together and support each other. Its a modern day Mayberry, where you get to know each other. 

9. It's a great place to live, work and worship. Sandusky is the epitome of a small Midwestern town, with good people who enjoy a slower pace, are welcoming and warm, and will treat you well. If you're new to town, you will be welcomed with open arms and probably be invited to at least a few Sunday services. 

10. We are on an upswing. Sandusky was one of 10 communities in Michigan chosen by Governor Snyder for the "Rising Tide" project. A committee is currently working hard on developing our community. Read more here.
2018-19 Sandusky Chamber of Commerce Board

PRESIDENT
Kevin Kohn

VICE-PRESIDENT
Kirk Forsyth

SECRETARY
Tracy Jackson-Wedge

TREASURER
Margaret Jensen

CITY LIASON
David Faber

MEMBERS AT LARGE
Jill Harding
Jessica Lamm
Patti O’Connor 
Jennifer Pangburn
Jody Woltman 

Sandusky Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year dinner
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Woodland Hills Golf and Country Club



The Sandusky Chamber of Commerce will honor outstanding citizens, volunteers and businesses at the annual Citizen of the Year awards dinner in March.

The event will feature awards for Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Civic Samaritan of the Year, Youth or Youth Group of the Year, and Business of the Year. In addition, more than a dozen businesses will receive the Golden Hammer Award, as new businesses in the community or existing businesses that have made improvements.













Citizen of the Year

The award is presented to a person that promotes the town and community, cares what happens to the people in the community, and works to make it a better place to live, work and play.

The honoree is Erin Carlson, a teacher at Sandusky Junior-Senior High School.

The Chamber lists the following accomplishments for Carlson: “Volunteers a lot of time outside of school working with the students on multiple projects such as the Moving Wall, the flagpoles (on the courthouse lawn), exercise equipment at (Diamond Trail) walking trail, and so much more. Also active in helping with fish fries. Great example for our children.”

Volunteer of the Year

The Volunteer of the Year award goes to someone that stands out, and is known for their volunteer work in the community.

The recipient is The Sandusky Community Hearts, which organizes the Fall Festival of Scarecrows, Light up their Lives tree lighting ceremony, as well as other fundraisers throughout the year. The money that is raised supports various organizations in the community.












Civic Samaritan of the Year

The Civic Samaritan award is presented to a person or group that does extraordinary work for their city and community to make the community better for its citizens and the business community.

The recipient is Rick Pangburn. The Chamber lists Pangburn’s accomplishments as: “Spearheads the fundraising for Custer Masonic Lodge with $7,000 this year going to Food for Friends, Shop with a Hero, School Trap Team, and Robotics Team. He also works with the State to get matching funds for donations given in our community.”

Youth Group of the Year

The Youth or Youth Group of the Year award is for a young person or youth group that does extraordinary work for the city and community that’s above and beyond the normal involvement. Their passion is to make the community better for its citizens and the business community.

The recipient is the Sandusky High School Key Club. According to the Chamber: “These students are constantly volunteering and raising money to improve our community. They have brought the Moving Wall Memorial to Sandusky, the flag project on the court house lawn, exercise equipment at the Diamond Trail, and most recently working on the Veteran Memorial in front of the court house lawn.”

Business of the Year

The Business of the Year award is for a business or organization that has made a substantial contribution to the community by its employees volunteering their time at events and or monetary donations.

The winner is Northstar Bank. The Chamber cites the following accomplishments: “Since opening in Sandusky Northstar Bank has been an active part of the community thru volunteerism, financial support of different fundraisers, and their annual picnic that’s open to the public during Thumb Festival where they also give $1,000 to a business.”

Golden Hammer

Several businesses will receive the Golden Hammer Award. The award goes to any business that is new to the community or has made improvements to their current location.

The award recipients include: Burger King, Dollar Tree, Elk Street Brewery, Firebird Theater, Jensen Bridge, Krause Electric Company, MCDC – My Community Dental Centers, McDonald’s Restaurant, Emerson (Numatics), Production Development Systems, LLC, ROPA North America, LLC, Sandtown Florist, Scott Salowitz Agency, Shanna’s Paper Cuts,

Sugartown Sweets Shop, Taco Bell, The Robin’s Nest, The Vault Steakhouse and Saloon, TLC Insurance, Vibracoustic, J & C Thumb Gunnery, Stone’s Car Care, Godwin’s Furniture, Sheldon Medical Supply, AVS Tech Team, Edward Jones – Financial Advisor: Jason Smith, TH Fitness, Little Ceasers.

The awards dinner will be held Saturday, March 9 at Woodland Hills Golf Club, Sandusky. Tickets are $40 and will be available to purchase at Northstar Bank, The Tribune Recorder Leader, and The City Building.Sandusky 2019 Citizen of the Year Awards Banquet
Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Woodland Hills


Contact the Chamber of Commerce at 810.648.4445 or email at sanduskychamber.mi@gmail.com