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  • THE CHAMBER NEWSSeptember 2013 | Vol. 13 | No. 9

    A publication of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

    Meijer President J.K. Symancyk shares journey to leadership at Business MattersThe Breakfast Series, Sept. 17!

    Whats new with fellow Chamber members? Read all about it in this months Newsflashes.

    Go behind-the-scenes and get connected with Inside Grand Rapids fall module, October 2-4.

    Tap the wealth of diversity among West Michigan entrepreneurs at the 4th annual Minority Business Showcase on October 24.

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    From printing to pet cemetaries, Members in the Spotlight features two flourshing woman-owned businesses.

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    ATHENA 2013 Celebration Honors Jeanne Englehart

    Congratulations to our 2013 ATHENA Award Recipient, Jeanne Englehart, The Charter Groups Vice President of Client Manage-ment! On September 12, the Chamber will honor Jeanne and recognize her outstanding advocacy and support of women and their accomplishments during the ATHENA Award Celebration luncheon at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. Jeanne is the epitome of service, business accomplishments and leadership, said Dr. Jacqueline Taylor Ph.D. of Pondera Advisors, LLC and member of the ATHENA Award Se-lection Committee. Jeanne has exhibited ev-ery ATHENA tenetleadership, giving back, fierce advocacy, celebration and joy, collabo-ration, learning, relationships, and above all, she has remained her authentic self.

    The prestigious ATHENA Award honors an individual who has demonstrated lead-ership in their professional field, mentored and opened doors of opportunities for women, and contributed time and talent to the community. Twenty-nine prominent community and business leaders were nominated for the award this year, the 24th year the award has been presented in the greater Grand Rapids community.

    Health Care Summit Sept. 20Features Director James HavemanFrom the Affordable Care Act to community health initiatives and beyond, the annual Health Care Summit on September 20 has the bases covered. The Chamber is pleased to once again bring James Haveman, director of the Michi-gan Department of Community Health (DCH), back to the podium. This year, he will be sharing the stage with several health care experts and panelists, including Kirk Roy, vice president of the Office of National Health Reform for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Both Haveman and Roy have front-row seats as the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to redefine the landscape of health care. Presented in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the 2013 Health Care Summit will provide you with the most up-to-date details on how to navigate changes in the law and take a look at whats on the horizon. With everything going on at the state and federal levels regarding ACA implementation and Medicaid reform/expansion, Havemans timely presentation is certainly not to be missed.

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  • J.K. Symancyk, Meijers youngest president in 79 years, will be joining us for the next Business Mat-tersThe Breakfast Series on September 17. Since assuming his new role earlier this year, Symancyk has garnered a lot of media attention as Meijers star executive, rising through the ranks in a fast-paced six years. His ideas are attributed to the companys strong sales growth, and he has recently led the Meijer team in opening a Detroit store. Symancyk has openly shared his thoughts on the retail grocery business as well as his evolving career and journey to leadership. Were excited to have him speak to the Chambers Business Matters attendees this month. Plus, well be hearing a community update on the Michigan Street Corridor Plan from Suzanne Schultz, planning director for the City of Grand Rapids.

    Date | Tuesday, September 17, 2013Time | 7:30 9:00 a.m.Location | Celebration! Cinema North, 2121 Celebration Dr. NECost | $18 membersearly registration before 5:00 p.m. September 13 $25/future members and late registration (includes hot breakfast)Registration | Register online www.grandrapids.org/businessmatters or call the RSVP hotline, 616.771.0303.

    Meijer Leader Shares Journey to Leadership, Sept. 17

    www.grandrapids.org2 The Chamber News September 2013 | Issue Sponsor: Flagstar Bank

    The Chamber News Editorial Policy

    CHAMBER News & Notes

    sponsored by:

    J.K. Symancyk, President of Meijer, Inc.

    Our West Michigan legislators are back in session, and there is no shortage of major issues on their plates. So come fill yours as you join us for breakfast at Hope Network! Well be hearing from our representatives on Medicaid reform, road funding, Common Core and more.

    Date | Monday, September 23, 2013Time | 7:30 9:00 a.m.Location | Hope Network, 755 36th St.SECost | $15/members, $20/future members or late registration after 5 p.m. Wednesday, September 21Registration | Visit www.grandrapids.org/bwl or call 616.771.0303 to register.

    Sponsored by:

    Breakfast with Legislators Returns This Month

    Are you a business owner or senior manager looking for a group that gives you feedback on some of the tough business issues you are facing? How about the opportunity to meet with people who have been through similar situations and use their experi-ence as a guide or sounding board? Join the CEO and Manage-ment Roundtable offered by the Grand Rapids Chamber, a rewarding program that brings participants back year after year. Once a month, groups of 10-13 decision makers meet to discuss opportunities or challenges within their companies and to receive advice on the best course of actionthink Informal Board of Directors. All discussion is completely confidential and each member of the roundtable has the opportunity to host a session, allowing the group to focus entirely on offering sugges-tions and solutions to you. While the benefits of the roundtable are priceless to a business, the cost for participating is only $75 a year for Chamber mem-bers. If you are interested in joining this program, registrations are currently being accepted for the fall roundtables that begin in October. To register for the program, visit www.grandrapids.org/ceo-roundtable-program or call 616.771.0303. Questions? Contact Wesley Trimpe at 616.771.0342 or trimpew@grandrapids.org.

    Fall Enrollment Open!

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    & M A N A G E M E N T R O U N D TA B L E P R O G R A M

  • www.grandrapids.org 3The Chamber NewsSeptember 2013 | Issue Sponsor: Flagstar Bankwww.grandrapids.org

    The Chamber News Editorial Policy

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    Articles written by outside authors do not necessarily reflect the view or position of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. The position of the Chamber will be clearly stated.

    The Chamber reserves the right to reject advertising based on content and does not accept advertising that conflicts with a position of the Chamber.

    The advertising of products and services in The Chamber News does not necessarily represent endorsement by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.

    The Chamber News (USPS 357-010) is published monthly by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. 111 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.p: 616.771.0300 | f: 616.771.0318 | www.grandrapids.orgSenior Editor & Advertising: Latricia Trice | tricel@grandrapids.orgDesigner: Blaine Puckett | puckettb@grandrapids.orgCopy Editor: AliciaMarie Belchak | belchaka@grandrapids.org

    Second Class Periodical Postage Paid at Grand Rapids, MI.POSTMASTER: Send Address changes to The Chamber News at the Address above.

    RIBBON CuttingsCongratulations to the following members who celebrated grand openings, anniversaries and new additions! If you have an upcom-ing ground-breaking, grand opening, product launch event, or other reason to celebrate, visit www.grandrapids.org/ribboncuttings to see how we can help. We even bring the giant scissors!

    Oxford Place Apartments celebrated the remodel of their clubhouse and new fit-ness center at 2143 43rd Street SE.

    Congratulations to Bata Plastics on the achievement of their ISO Certification; 1001 40th Street SE.

    Another Huntington Bank celebration at their new branch located inside the Knapps Corner Meijer at 1977 East Beltline Ave NE.

    March of Dimes celebrated 75 years work-ing in West Michigan for stronger healthi-er babies; 3351 Claystone St SE, Suite G20.

    Zounds Hearing opened their second West Michigan location at 381 Baldwin Street, Suite B.

    Advanced Technology Recycling celebrat-ed the 1st year anniversary of their Grand Rapids location at 702 Hall St SW.

    Freds Pizza has been family owned and operated for 50 years. They hosted an an-niversary celebration at 3619 Plainfield Ave NE. Congratulations!

    Pine Rest recently celebrated the opening of the Van Andel Cook Center for Demen-tia & Behavioral Health on the Pine Rest campus in Cutlerville.

    Auto Body Xperts of Hudsonville cel-ebrated their 45 year anniversary with a community open house event at 3483 Highland Dr.

    Health insurance exchanges are slated to launch October 1 and crucial in-formation to businesses (including costs) are still being settled. You need to know the facts and learn your options. Join fellow community leaders, business owners, CEOs, presidents and human resource professionals for an informative Health Care Summit dis-cussion.

    Date | Friday, September 20, 2013Time | 7:30 11:45 a.m.Location | Notos Old World Italian Dining, 6600 28th St. SECost | $30/members, $40/future membersRegistration | Visit www.grandrapids.org/hcsummit or call 616.771.0303 to RSVP or for more information.