Chamber Operations & The Coronavirus
    The Benzie County Chamber of Commerce & Welcome Center will remain closed to visitors to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The foyer which has much information, is open 24/7 as always. For additional information you may call the Chamber office at 231-882-5801 and leave a message. It will be monitored regularly. You may also contact our Executive Director, Rick Coates via his cell: 231-883-5625 or email: Director@benzie.org.


  • About Us

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    Mission Statement

    The Benzie County Chamber of Commerce promotes a thriving four-season economy and high quality of life through networking, training opportunities, marketing and advocacy on behalf of the business community.

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    Vision Statement

    Benzie County is a diverse community comprised of resident, second-home owners and visitors. It is recognized as a dynamic resort community that actively nourishes its unique Northern Michigan mystique rich in natural resources, hospitality, recreational opportunities, and strengthened by the presence of the cultural arts and natural beauty. Residents enjoy a quality of life indicated by a high rate of youth retention, an entrepreneurial spirit and an atmosphere where local resources attract businesses appropriate in scale and in harmony with our year-round agro-tourism economy.

  • Staff and Volunteers


    Rick Coates, Executive Director - Email

    Kimberly Priest, Front Desk - Email

    Mari Heffelfinger - Membership & Marketing Director - Email

    Carol Kraak - Communication Coordinator - Email


    Kent Wood - Director of Government Relations - Email