By Judy Reed
It’s been almost five years that Cedar Springs has been without a Chamber of Commerce, and a drive is under way to get it reestablished. A group of businesses met Tuesday evening at Perry’s Place to get the ball rolling.
“I think the visionaries are ready to move forward,” said Sonya Cronkright, owner of Reflections by Design.
Sally Howland, owner of the Cedar Chest, thinks the business owners need a common voice to speak up for their needs. “There’s not enough being done for the business owners,” said Howland. “We need a chamber. I’ll take any help I can get.”
Fourteen people attended the meeting, with 10 businesses or groups represented.
The group is looking at what other Chambers do and what their bylaws are. They also discussed staying positive, and living their dream as a business owner, despite any limitations they feel they may face. “If you dream it, you can do it,” said Michele Andres, President of the Red Flannel Festival.
The group decided to meet again on May 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Perry’s Place to work out a vision for the new Chamber. All business owners in the greater Cedar Springs area are invited to attend.
The previous Chamber of Commerce closed July 31, 2007, after membership dropped off, and they could no longer pay a director. The B2B (Business to Business) group was later formed to help fill the gap, but also has been sparsely attended. The group hopes that a new Chamber will create some excitement and community pride, and draw people to shop in Cedar Springs.