Ionia Area Chamber of Commerce

Ionia Area Chamber members, guests discuss broadband, housing shortage

At the same time that broadband internet is making its way into Ionia County and improving access to high-speed connectivity — a draw for businesses and families who might want to relocate here — the area is also facing a severe housing shortage.

VA Hospital, federal funds discussed at Ionia Chamber legislative update

A possible future move of the VA Hospital from Battle Creek to Wyoming and Kalamazoo was among the topics of conversation at the Ionia Area Chamber of Commerce legislative update Monday morning at Keller Williams Rivertown Hoppough in Ionia.

Jennifer Ungrey from Rep. Peter Meijer’s office told attendees Meijer was surprised by the VA’s recent announcement. She said Meijer’s staff toured the facility last fall.

Ionia Chamber hosts legislative talk

Rural broadband, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, COVID relief for businesses and other topics were on the minds of several presenters at the Ionia Area Chamber of Commerce legislative update Monday morning.

The audience, which included local, state, and national government representatives and business people, numbered 22, which is the largest crowd in some months. The meeting was held at Keller Williams Rivertown Hoppough in Ionia.

Internet access tops Ionia Area Chamber of Commerce legislative discussion

Broadband was high on the list of topics discussed at the Ionia Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Update on Monday morning.

Ionia City Manager Precia Garland reported that the city signed a unilateral METRO (Metropolitan Extension Telecommunication Rights-of-Way Oversight Authority) permit for installation of broadband fiber in Ionia right-of-ways, to begin in the spring. Garland said she was told by Point Broadband, the telecommunications company managing the installation, that it intends to invest $17 million in Ionia County for its fiber build-out.

Ionia Chamber director urges shoppers to visit local stores today

These days as shoppers begin to look for holiday gifts for their family members and friends, they often turn to the internet and big-box stores.

That’s fine with Kat Reed, executive director of the Ionia Area Chamber of Commerce. She just wants people to remember that perusing locally owned businesses is one more option when they are trying to find that perfect gift, and there is no better time to explore shops owned by their neighbors than today on Small Business Saturday.

Ionia sees return of legislative update, speakers discuss state budget, unemployment

Following an approximate 18-month-long hiatus brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, local legislators gathered in Ionia on Monday morning to discuss a variety of topics.

Meeting at the Ionia Armory Community Center, the Ionia Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the legislative update to provide constituents a chance to hear what their elected representatives are working on and what may be coming down the pike in the near future.

MIPitch business program comes to Montcalm, Ionia counties


More often than not, starting or expanding a business can be a difficult task.

Even once someone comes up with an idea for a profitable business, there are multiple hurdles to overcome — the majority likely related to finances.