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Sept. 2, 2021

Shelly Kemp, Executive Director of the Royal Oak Chamber

Shelly Kemp, Executive Director of the Royal Oak Chamber

We figured that after 13 great Royal Oak Chamber guests, we should take an episode to go straight to the source - the Chamber itself.  Executive Director Shelly Kemp joins us today.

We hear about Shelly's background - what made her unique in Key West, and how an earthquake brought her home from California.

We also learn about the Chamber, its wonderful staff, and why it's sometimes considered the "sherpa" of Royal Oak - going above and beyond for residents.

Shelly walks us through the different networking groups within the Chamber, including the Business Women's Network, the ALPHA and ROYAL groups, TAC, and the new walking club. There truly is a group for everyone.

The Chamber has three big annual events - Art of Fire, Royal Oak in Bloom, and Barktoberfest - and Shelly teases a potential fourth event for 2022.

Most importantly, the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce exists to help local  businesses - through ribbon cuttings, the Monday Morning Memo, social media support, and so much more. 

Now in its 100th year (just like Royal Oak itself), we talk about some anniversary events planned, and of course the upcoming Holiday Soiree.

Finally, you don't have to live or work in Royal Oak to be a Chamber member.  In fact, one of our hosts now lives out of state.  Can you guess which one?


Jon Gay from JAG in Detroit Podcasts - http://www.jagindetroit.com/

Trish Carruth from The Personal Jeweler - https://www.thepersonaljeweler.com/

Lisa Bibbee from Keller Williams - http://soldbylisab.com/

Andrea Arndt of Dickinson Wright - https://www.dickinson-wright.com/

And if you'd like to know more about the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce, or join, find them here:  https://www.royaloakchamber.com/