My Inspired Studio had the winning pitch Wednesday, Aug. 7, inspiring judges at Epworth, a Ludington, Michigan, resort, to choose the startup to earn this year’s Momentum 5x5 prize.


 If you are a professional with a passion for growing your career and becoming actively engaged in the community, then the Chamber’s new program, Leadership Mason County, is for you. The program is set to begin in October, with the main goal being to equip local professionals with the tools they need to identify dynamics/systems of the local community and strategically plan ways to implement change, while enhancing their leadership style and techniques.



Five Ludington-area businesses just got a boost of confidence – and a sizable chunk of change – in Mason County’s fifth annual Momentum Business Plan Competition Pitch Night May 17. Inspired Parties art business of Ludington was awarded $14,000 as the top winner, and the other contestants also each received $9,000: Art by Mary Case, HumaniTea, Leta’s Educational Daycare and The Tailor Shop.


Ludington Chamber Announces Leadership Changes – Promotion Announcement

Brandy Henderson Miller, vice president of the Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce, is being promoted to president/CEO of the Chamber, effective February 1. Kathy Maclean, currently president/CEO of the Chamber, resigns January 31 – after which point, she will assist in a consulting capacity.

Momentum Changes Made for 2019 – Rule Change Announcement

The local $50,000 business plan competition will see new changes for 2019 – including a sharing of the wealth.

Business representatives, who serve on the judges’ panel, will decide the amount of prize money awarded to a contestant. Those participating in the final pitch competition may win any dollar amount up to $50,000.

Mason County has the Best of Both Worlds – Business in Focus Article

In Mason County, Michigan, residents and visitors have access to the best of small town living without sacrificing the services and amenities of a larger center. This West Michigan county offers picturesque natural beauty, an unmatched quality of life and great potential.


Ludington to Host Statewide Entrepreneurship Conference – Announcement

January 3, 2019—Ludington, Michigan has been selected to host the 2019 Michigan State University Extension Entrepreneurship Conference. Named the “MSU Extension Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities (CEC) Conference,” the program was created by MSU Extension in 2007 as a way to increase local community knowledge and support for entrepreneurship growth throughout Michigan by providing tools and resources to help communities help entrepreneurs succeed in their towns.

2018 Momentum Winners: Sister Bees –2018 Momentum Winner Announcement

LUDINGTON, Mich., Sept. 26, 2018 – Good things do come in small packages, as natural skin care product business Sister Bees can attest after winning $50,000 last Friday in Mason County’s Momentum Business Plan Competition.

The maker of beeswax skin care products was selected out of four other finalists in front of a panel of judges and a packed auditorium in a “Shark Tank”-style pitch Sept. 21 at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts. Cynthia Lang of Cynthia Lang Pilates took home $5,000 for second prize.

2018 Momentum 5X5 Night Finalists Announced – 2018 Momentum 5x5 Night Presenter Announcement

LUDINGTON, Mich. – August 6, 2018 – The Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce, with the Epworth Assembly and Epworth Church Association, announced the five presenters who will be part of the Momentum 5X5 Night being held on August 15.

The five presenters will be (listed in alphabetical order) – Art by Mary Case, Cosmic Canine Creations, Humani-Tea, Ludington Manufacturing and Sister Bee’s. These presenters will pitch their business idea for five minutes, each in front of four judges and a live audience. One winner will take home $5,000, in addition to receiving the opportunity to submit their business plan in the Momentum Competition’s Top 10.

2018 Momentum Business Plan Competition – 2018 Momentum Competition Release 5.22.18

LUDINGTON, Mich. – May 22, 2018 – Need $50,000 to get your new business off the ground or to the next level – and want to do it in Mason County? That’s what the Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce is banking on as it launches its fourth annual Momentum Business Plan Competition, offering $50,000 to one entrepreneur with a viable startup idea or business with less than $100,000 in sales annually. The winner will be selected at a public pitch night in front of judges and a live audience Sept. 21 at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts.

LACVB 2017 Tourism Impact- LACVB 2017 Tourism Econ Impact Release 2.21.18

LUDINGTON, Mich. – Feb. 21, 2018 – Last year was a banner tourism season for Ludington and Mason County, with the highest-ever hotel room rental income, increased event attendance, and more visitors to attractions like Ludington State Park and Sandcastles Children’s Museum. And the new Port of Ludington Maritime Museum attracted 10,000 visitors since opening in June 2017.

Starting a Business Workshop- Michigan SBDC- Starting A Business Workshop Manistee May Press Release  

MANISTEE, MIIndividuals in the beginning stages of starting a business, in need of accessing capital, or simply considering self-employment will have the opportunity to attend a Starting a Business workshop Thursday, May 11 in Manistee. The workshop is being offered by the Northwest Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in partnership with Baker College of Cadillac and is co-hosted by the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce. The workshop is being held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the West Shore Medical Education Center, Classroom 2, 1465 East Parkdale (US 31).