HANCOCK, Mich. (WLUC) - The Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce selected three new board members December 5. Will Schuett, Brad Barnett and Todd Gast each step into their new roles to build up local business.
"Every business is different. Every business has unique needs and every community has unique needs. So, it is a very good area for the chamber of commerce to focus on how it is that they can help them grow because without the growth of the businesses, the community starts to fall apart," said Schuett.
Schuett is currently the marketing and physician relations specialist for U.P. Health System - Portage.
"It is a passion of mine. I grew up in a business family. So, it is very easy for me to kind of assimilate into the business culture and help pass on a lot of the good viewpoints that a community member would have when looking at how the chamber can help the community progress," said Schuett.
Brad Barnett is the regional planner for Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region as well as Apple Blossom Mercantile co-owner.
"Apple Blossom Mercantile is a small business in downtown Houghton. We joined the chamber as soon as we opened up because we recognized that it was an opportunity for us to grow our network and help reach new clientele. We've received a number of services, whether it was participating in a business after hours or taking advantage of the chamber newsletter," said Barnett.
Todd Gast is marketing manager for Keweenaw Co-op with a background as an art director.
"I kind of have that business sensibility, but mostly in the visual, which I believe is where a lot of our business needs are going to be coming from is a lot of really great visuals. So, as you can see behind me, we've got wonderful, beautiful visuals here at the Keweenaw Co-op. Plus, we are the quintessential local company," said Gast.
The Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce will select their new president later this month.