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For nearly 120 years, the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) has proudly convened the Lansing region through events, networking, and educational opportunities, while facilitating the connectivity of business, government, education and community leaders.

During an unprecedented time of mandated social distancing and Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ executive order, the LRCC has pivoted from in-person events to new, innovative ways to virtually offer the same valuable and timely programming to our members. The events have still provided a robust lineup of speakers who are subject matter experts, prominent business professionals and leaders in their respective fields.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the LRCC has remained steadfast in its commitment to providing our members with meaningful content and finding ways to connect with other businesses and state and federal leaders.

We have hosted a webinar series on various topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the Paycheck Protection Program, healthcare coverage, business sustainability and the CARES Act. The informative webinar series has also been offered at no cost to LRCC members. We have also taken advantage of modern technology and moved our monthly business roundtables to a virtual platform. To date, we have been joined by Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, Congressman John Moolenaar, State Senator’s Tom Barrett and Curtis Hertel, Mayor Andy Schor, among others. 

Moving forward, the LRCC plans to host its first virtual Chamber University and Economic Club. The next Chamber University will be held May 14 from 10 to 11 a.m., and feature Prabode Weebadde, CEO and co-founder of Venturit, and Daniel Herzog, director of business development, Venturit. The presentation will highlight how artificial intelligence is changing the way small and mid-sized businesses operate.

Lastly, the LRCC is pleased to announce an expanded partnership with Message Makers to create a virtual Lansing Economic Club. The event will be an innovative, creative, and exciting experience that will bring the content to life. Additional details will be forthcoming in the next week. Through the end of April, we made nearly 1,050 networking connections via our virtual programming. We strongly encourage that our members take advantage of these incredible resources and use them as an opportunity to connect to other business professionals and learn valuable information on navigating through the new and next normal. 

Thank you for your continued investment with the LRCC. The landscape and the way we do things may look vastly different today, but the LRCC is incredibly proud of how our region is working collaboratively in finding new ways to do business. Now more than ever, the LRCC remains committed to helping our members and business community in growing a stronger region.