mission & vision
The Gladwin County Chamber of Commerce is organized to advance the commercial, industrial and civic interests of Gladwin County; to encourage and grow businesses to support activities that benefit the community.
OUR VISION STATEMENT
Building a vibrant and prosperous community.
WE ARE YOURADVOCATE & SPOKESPERSON
The Gladwin County Chamber of Commerce is the single voice to represent your interest and communicate business and civic issues to our governmental representatives.
WE ARE YOURRESEARCHER
We offer information on area demographics, clubs and organizations, major employers, and much more. The staff is glad to help with your business needs—just give us a call and we’ll help you get what you need.
WE ARE YOURAREA'S INFORMATION CENTER
We respond to thousands of requests for information about Gladwin County’s businesses, events, and more. We have maps, directories, member brochures, and much more available at our office.
WHO IS THE CHAMBER?
The Chamber of Commerce is a partnership of businesses and professional people coming together to make Gladwin County a better place for everyone to live and work. To the public, we are Gladwin County’s Information Center.
WHAT IS THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE?
The Chamber is the one organization that best represents member’s business and civic interests; from communicating business issues to promoting Gladwin County as a great place to live and do business.
CARRIE WILL, Executive Director
Gladwin County Chamber of Commerce
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ANGELA BIGHAM, President
City of Gladwin
Angela is a lifelong resident of Gladwin. She graduated from Gladwin High School and earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Alma College. Angela is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Gladwin, Gateway Community Band and is the Treasurer for the City of Gladwin. In her spare time, Angela loves to garden and travel.
JESSICA GROVE, Vice President
Merrily Ever After Bridal Shop
Jessica is a Gladwin High School graduate and earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Central Michigan University. She is the owner of Merrily Ever After Bridal Shop located on Main Street in Gladwin. Jessica also serves on the local Junior Achievement board and volunteers in the classroom with her young son, Philip.
MICHAEL MURRAY, Treasurer
Michael was born and raised in Gladwin County. He graduated from Beaverton High School and earned his Bachelor Degree from Alma College. Michael is a producer at Burkhart-Presidio Insurance, is involved in the GBPA, and spends his free time playing golf.
BOB BALZER, Director
Bob is a graduate of Gladwin High School and received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Central Michigan University. Bob spent 9 years serving Gladwin County as the Director of Business and Economic Development with Michigan Works! Region 7B and the Gladwin County EDC before joining Consumers Energy in November of 2021. His role of Community Affairs Manager for Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Isabella, and Midland counties will allow Bob to build partnerships in those communities. Bob enjoys camping with his family, hunting, fishing and the outdoors, and positively impacting the lives of youth.
CORY BARZ, Director
Clare County Transit
Cory was born and raised in Gladwin, graduated from Mid Michigan College and later CMU, and taught in the Lansing area for six years before an opportunity arose to return to Gladwin. He is currently serving as Operations Manager at the Clare County Transit. Cory and his wife April are looking forward to becoming more invested and involved in the business community of Gladwin.
JENNIFER FEUERSTEIN, Director
Jennifer is married to Tim Feuerstein and she works for H&S Companies as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She likes to partner with individuals and small business owners to maximize their wealth by maintaining accurate financial records, filing timely tax returns, and finding effective strategies to make today work hard so tomorrow can be a brighter day. Jennifer enjoys being outside, a great coffee shop, and a good book.
WHITNEY KING, Director
Whitney graduated from Beaverton High School in 2011. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Saginaw Valley State University in 2015. She is employed at Burkhart-Presidio Insurance Company. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, Mason and Miles.
Our volunteers serve our chamber by sharing their knowledge of the area with visitors. They also increase the quality of service provided in the office and create a lively welcoming atmosphere.
There are many opportunities to volunteer through our Chamber:
- In the office
- Event committees
- Board of directors
- Ambassador program
- Special interest committees
- Gladwin County welcome team
- Destination guide distribution program