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LRCC is Proud Supporter of National Small Business Week

Monday, May 12, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Date: Monday, May 12, 2014                                                                                      Contact: Ross Woodstock

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LRCC is Proud Supporter of National Small Business Week

Over 80% of LRCC Membership is Comprised of Small Businesses

(Lansing, MI) – The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) is proud to recognize and support the Greater Lansing small business community during the National Small Business Week (NSBW), which runs from May 12 - 16. Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

“The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce has almost 1,200 members, of which more than 80% have 15 employees or less. As a Chamber of Commerce, we are proud to reflect the makeup of the overall business community,” said Tim Daman, President and CEO of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. “The small business community creates every two out of three jobs in the U.S. and more than half of all Americans either own or work for a small business. Those numbers can’t be ignored.”

Events for NSBW will take place across the country to engage the small business community and highlight their importance as innovators and job creators who strengthen the nation’s economy. Activities will include forums and panels discussing trends in small business, business innovation, financing, growth, matchmaking events, as well as networking opportunities and award ceremonies. National Small Business Week will culminate in Washington, D.C. on May 16, where the 2014 National Small Business Person of the Year will be named. Details can be found

The LRCC supports the small business community in a variety of ways including educational and training opportunities, networking events and providing ways for your business to save time and money.

Business Education Series – The Business Education Series was born out of the needs of the small business community and is designed to provide affordable and accessible education and training programs. A recent partnership with the Michigan Small Business Development Center provides additional access to programming focused on business planning, securing funding and marketing.

Redesigned LRCC Website  - The new LRCC website offers several features that will allow members to communicate important information about their company personnel, products and services to others in the business community, including: the ability to connect with LRCC members online at any time; the ability to manage their company’s online profile in real-time including all staff profiles, while uploading pictures, videos and status updates; establishing groups, committees or chapters around common interests, and the ability to maintain personal blogs with audio/video sharing. The site can also be a valuable resource to fill critical staffing needs in their organization by viewing and rating candidates applying for openings, exporting applicant information and resumes, and more.

Healthcare Support – Almost all small businesses are unsure of what to expect for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The Chamber has launched a series of programming dedicated to supporting small businesses as they make this transition. Chamber support comes in the form of educational events, printed materials, and an interactive website called MIHealthAnswers. 

Member Benefit Programs – The Chamber offers its members a variety of Member Benefit Programs that are designed to save you time and money. These programs include insurance, IT services, marketing and much more! More information can be found on each program by visiting the Membership tab of the Lansing Regional Chamber website.

Networking – The Chamber is proud to offer numerous networking opportunities throughout the year. This includes more intimate roundtable settings with only 15-30 people to our Annual Dinner where you rub elbows with 800 or more of the region’s business and community leaders. No matter the size of your business, connections are made and strengthened at LRCC events. 

“It is our duty to support the small business community because every day they’re working to create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness,” said Daman.


The mission of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) is to be the preeminent business advocacy organization in the Greater Lansing region by collaborating for economic growth, creating new opportunities for our members and upholding pro-business ideals through the advancement of sound public policy. More information about LRCC and its programs and services can be found on any of its social media platforms, including, Facebook, Twitter (@Lansing Chamber), LinkedIn and You Tube.

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